The Dark Side II: Highway of Horror With Bestselling Horror Authors Andrew Pyper & Nick Cutter

Tuesday March 3, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Get ready for a spine-tingling evening when bestselling horror genre authors Andrew Pyper and Nick Cutter visit the Downtown Library for one night of chilling readings and conversation, as part of their Dark Side II: Highway of Horror author tour. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers — if you dare! A book signing will follow, and books will be for sale.

Andrew Pyper is the award-winning author of six internationally bestselling novels, including The Killing Circle, a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist, are in active development for feature films. His new novel, The Damned, was released in February 2015 and has already been optioned as a feature film by Legendary Pictures.

Nick Cutter is a pseudonym for Scotiabank Giller prize-nominated author Craig Davidson. Davidson has published four books of literary fiction, including Rust and Bone (which was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film of the same name), and Cataract City. Under the name Nick Cutter, he published The Troop in 2014 and his newest book, The Deep, in January 2015.

This event is cosponsored by Nicola's Books.

Award-Winning Chef Takashi Yagihashi Of Ann Arbor’s Slurping Turtle Restaurant

Sunday March 15, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Spend the afternoon with internationally-known Chef Takashi Yagihashi.

Over his twenty-five year career, Takashi Yagihashi has been lauded from consumers and critics alike for his exquisite ways of melding contemporary French, Asian and American cuisine.

A native of Mito, Japan, the self-taught Yagihashi was working in a local restaurant when the owner asked him to relocate to the States and work for him there; over the next several years, the young chef worked his way up the culinary ladder throughout Chicago.

In 1993, he was named chef de cuisine and eventually partner at the four-star Ambria. In 1996, he was presented with an Executive Chef opportunity, and left Chicago to open Tribute in suburban Detroit. An instant classic, Tribute was on every "best of" list, including Gourmet's list of America's Top 50 Restaurants.

Yagihashi was named one of America's ten "Best New Chefs" by Food & Wine (2000), and the esteemed James Beard Foundation selected him as "Best Chef: Midwest.” In 2003 Yagihashi relocated to Las Vegas to become Executive Chef at Okada at the Wynn hotel in 2005 and under his lead, Bon Appetit named Okada "Best New Japanese Restaurant."

In late 2007, Yagihashi opened Takashi in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. Takashi was named "Best New Restaurant" by Chicago Magazine and one of ten "Best New Restaurants of the Year" by Esquire. He then opened Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi, which was named one of the "Five Best Noodle Shops in America" by Bon Appetit; in 2009, he published his first cookbook, Takashi's Noodles. Most recently, Takashi received its third consecutive Michelin star in 2013.

In late 2011, Slurping Turtle opened to instantaneous success and received a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award in 2013. Located in Chicago's River North neighborhood, Slurping Turtle offers Japanese comfort food, where delicate balance and respect for natural flavors continues to be a hallmark of his cooking style. Slurping Turtle expanded to Ann Arbor, Michigan in Spring, 2014.

In 2012, Yagihashi competed in the fourth season of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, participating in seven rounds of competition and ultimately winning the coveted "Fan Favorite" award. In Spring 2013, Yagihashi opened "Tabo Sushi by Takashi" in Chicago's Plum Market, a neighborhood store offering natural, organic, local, and specialty items. "Tabo Sushi by Takashi" features made-to-order restaurant-caliber cuisine and a variety of sushi rolls and maki, which are perfect for health-­conscious foodies on the go.

When asked what he loves most about cooking, “I love the whole process – from cutting fish to the final plating. The creativity of coming up with a dish combined with the execution of the final product, start to finish, that’s what I like the most.”

Learn more about Chef Takashi Yagihashi, his love for cooking and Ann Arbor’s Slurping Turtle Restaurant.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday March 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up.

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects. Local authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang will be on hand to offer encouragement, answer questions, and point writers to resources. These open houses complement the Emerging Writers Workshops. These events feature perspectives from both traditional publishing and indie publishing and considerations for fiction and non-fiction writing.

Laura Ingalls Wilder and Her Place in the World

Monday March 23, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grades 6 and up

Interest in Laura Ingalls Wilder is at a peak – especially with the recent publication of her autobiography Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography.

At this special AADL evening, explore the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder, whose experiences traveling and homesteading with her pioneer family spawned her series of popular children's books. Author and Wilder scholar William Anderson and University of Michigan History professor Michelle McClellan lead us on a journey through Laura's life and tell the story of how the places she lived have now taken on a life of their own.

Wilder's legacy extends far beyond her Little House series; millions know her from the 1970s television show based on her books, and the locations she wrote about, including Kansas, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Missouri, have become tourist destinations for her devoted fans.

"Write On!" Story Contest Awards Celebration!

Sunday April 19, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for youth (grade 3 and up) teens and adults.

If you participated in the 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Contest this year, or want to support those who did, join us for the final awards celebration! We'll have light refreshments and a very special guest speaker.

Entries will be accepted from February 9 - 27. For more information about the contest and for the completes guidelines see here