The Play Ground

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The Play Ground loved Escanaba in the Moonlight. We, who can barely kill an ant, warmed to this hunting story that spun a hilarious tale of humor and horror. Now, Jeff Daniels has created a prequel, Escanaba in Love, set forty years before the original. Meet the love of young Albert Soady Jr.’s life, Big Betty Baloo - the woman destined to become the mother of Reuben and Remnar Soady - along with a whole new cast of wacky Yoopers. The Purple Rose Theatre Company, September 28 - December 23, 2006. (734) 433-ROSE (7673).

Evanescence Returns

As we get closer to the holiday season, more cds are coming out.
The Open Door by Evanescense debuts at number 1 on this week's Billboard 200. Will this cd be as popular as Fallen which spent 104 weeks on the big chart?

Steampunk Anime

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Are you a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist wondering what to watch next? Consider checking out some of the other steampunk anime—stories set in an alternate past with advanced technology, or that combine magic and machinery—in our anime dvd collection:

Steamboy
Last Exile
Howl’s Moving Castle
Escaflowne

Orhan Pamuk wins the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature

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Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, 54, received the Nobel Prize for Literature yesterday. Never one to shy away from political controversy, the Nobel Prize brings Pamuk full circle in a tumultuous year – last year he was put on trial in his native country for insulting “Turkishness”. Bowing to international outrage, Turkey dropped the charges.
In recognizing Pamuk’s artistic courage, the Nobel Committee stated that the author, “…in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city [Istanbul] has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.”
Pamuk, who wrote My Name Is Red, The White Castle, and Snow, will receive a $1.4 million purse, gold medal, and diploma, and a place of honor at the December 10 banquet in Stockolm honoring all the winners.

Zappa Zoning In

This great adventure story of the newest generation in a long line of monster hunters by Frank Zappa's son, Ahmet is filled with gross formulas and bizarre illustrations. Why are we not surprised? The Lemony Snicket crowd will gobble The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless up.

Gimme Shelter 2006

The Interfaith Hospitality Network at Alpha House is hosting its annual fundraiser at the Morris Lawrence Building on the campus of Washtenaw Community College this coming Saturday October 14, 2006 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. A Silent Auction preview begins at 6 p.m.

Gimme Shelter 2006 will feature:
* a fabulous strolling dinner coordinated by Donnie Burton and Amie Mongeau
* live music by Mannafest
* a fabulous silent auction

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Children 6 and under can come for free!

Click here for more information about this fun event and this wonderful community organization.

Kid Bits - Trick or Treat

If you are planning for Halloween, here are some reads for costume inspirations, as well as fun for the Preschool Set. Fancy Nancy by Robin Preiss Glasser], How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, or Skippyjon Jones by Judith Byron Schachner.

Family Reads - If You Like Junie B.

If you enjoy Junie B. Jones and Ramona Quimby, try Roxie And The Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Willimena Rules: How To Fish For Trouble by Valerie Wilson Wesley, and Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry.

Domestic Violence in the Spotlight

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Sponsored by a number of organizations, it is designed to raise awareness of the effort to end violence against women, children and within families. It is estimated that 20% of violent crimes against women are committed by their partners. Locally the effort to support and protect victims is led by the SafeHouse Center. Family violence, spouse abuse, and child abuse are all pervasive problems in American society which need our serious attention. If you are a victim, call the SafeHouse hotline at (734)995-5444 for assistance.

Kiran Desai wins the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006

If you believe that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, then you won’t be surprised to learn that Kiran Desai, daughter of acclaimed author Anita Desai, won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, October 10, 2006.

Kiran Desai, 35, is the youngest woman (and the first woman since 2000) to be awarded the UK’s most prestigious literary award in its 37-year history. She enchanted the jury with The Inheritance of Loss, an epice novel spanning the globe from India, home of Ms. Desai’s birth, to the tense world of Manhattan’s illegal immigrants.

The other authors on the shortlist for this year were: Hisham Mater (In the Country of Men), Kate Grenville (The Secret River), Edward St. Aubyn (Mother’s Milk), M. J. Hyland (Carry Me Down), and Sarah Waters (The Night Watch).

The Desai women are the first mother/daughter team to be nominated for the Booker. Anita Desai, (Baumgartner’s Bombay and The Zigzag Way), was a finalist three times.

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