New York Times Bestselling Mystery Author J.A. Jance Discusses Her New Mystery 'Remains Of Innocence'

Wednesday August 13, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance has written the sixteenth book in her Joanna Brady series, Remains of Innocence, and she will be at AADL to talk about it!

For those of you who follow the series, you know Joanna Brady is an Arizona county sheriff. She became sheriff in an election after her husband (who was running for the election) was murdered and accused of being "dirty". After clearing his name and winning the election, although she has little background in law enforcement, Joanna continues to solve crimes with her moxie and uses being a woman excluded from the "boy's club" in her community, to her advantage.

"Remains Of Innocence" delivers all the ambiance and tension Jance’s current and future readers love, while further developing reoccurring characters and introducing unforgettable new ones.

Books will be for sale at this event, courtesy of Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookstore and the event includes a book signing.

'Michigan's Drive-In Theaters' Discussed By Author Harry Skrdla With Ann Arbor's 107one host Martin Bandyke

Monday August 18, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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Here in Ann Arbor, watching outdoor movies at festivals is a way of life in the summertime. But how did we get here? What is the history of Michigan outdoor film venues? And why are drive-ins so scarce?

Revisit a part of Michigan History as Martin Bandyke, morning host on Ann Arbor's 107one, interviews Harry Skrdla about his new book "Michigan's Drive-In Theaters" and the history of these Michigan outdoor film venues. "Michigan's Drive-In Theaters" is a nostalgic depiction of the state's outdoor theaters from the pinnacle of their popularity to their downfall, and the subsequent resurgence of interest in the remaining theaters through more than 200 vintage images.

Harry Skrdla is an engineer and a historic-preservation consultant based in Ann Arbor who as contributed to the preservation and restoration of a number of noteworthy structures, including the ornate 1920s movie palace the Fox Theatre in Detroit, one of the last of its kind in America. The initial preservation of the Fox Theatre was overseen by Skrdla and fellow theatre historian, Greg Bellamy.

Books will be for sale at the event and the evening will include a book signing.

Historic Ann Arbor Architecture

Monday August 25, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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Authors Susan Wineberg and Patrick McCauley will discuss their new book "Historic Ann Arbor: An Architectural Guide". The book describes over 350 buildings in Ann Arbor, including 40 University of Michigan buildings. Style sections describe those of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including Mid-Century Modern. Superb examples of this style can be found in many parts of Ann Arbor.

Susan Wineberg has served as President of the Washtenaw County Historical Society (1994-1999), on the Historic District Commission (HDC) three times, as Chair of the Awards Committee of the HDC for 20 years, on numerous committees including the Downtown, Landmark, Individual Historic Properties, Lower Town, Old Fourth Ward and Germantown Historic District Study Committees. She has written extensively on Ann Arbor and published Lost Ann Arbor in 2004, in addition to the second edition of Historic Buildings, Ann Arbor in 1992.

Patrick McCauly has volunteered at both the Kempf House Museum and Cobblestone Farm Museum, and served as Chair of the Fourth and Fifth Ave. Historic District Study Committee. He currently serves on the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission, having held the positions of Chair and Vice Chair, and also on the board of the Ann Arbor Historical Foundation. He has also bought and restored three neglected historic homes in Ann Arbor since 2001, winning a Rehabilitation Award from the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission (HDC) in 2009 for his efforts.

This event includes a book signing and books for sale.

New York Times Bestselling Author Louise Penny, Discusses Her New Mystery 'The Long Way Home'

Thursday August 28, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College

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AADL will be hosting New York Times Bestselling author, Louise Penny. Louise will be at Washtenaw Community College discussing the tenth book in her Chief Inspector Gamache series, The Long Way Home, which will be released only two days before her lecture!

Louise Penny is renowned for fiction that combines heartbreak and hope, and offers a window into the human soul. "How Light Gets In", the last of her Chief Inspector Gamache series hit #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Bestseller List. Louise continues to up the ante with her vibrant series – each one more unique and memorable than the last.

Penny's nine previous Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels reached #1 on the The New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling list . She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger, the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Books will be on sale, and the evening will include a book signing.