Food Historian Peter Rose Discusses Art In Food And Food In Art

Sunday September 21, 2014: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

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Nationally-known food historian and author Peter Rose explores the foodways brought to America by the Dutch more than three centuries ago, and how these foods were changed and adapted under new circumstances. Using slides of some 40 paintings of famous works of the Dutch masters, this presentation will demonstrate how these art works give an insight into 17th century food practices and shed new light on the colonial diet.

Peter will also discuss her new book, just released this summer, Delicious December: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats (A Holiday Cookbook).

This event is cosponsored by AADL and the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

College Night: Solving the College Admissions Puzzle

Thursday October 2, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9 to adult.

Applying to college? This event is for you: AADL's 8th annual College Night with the co-authors of "Solving the College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide for Students and Families About College Selection, Essay Writing, and High-Stakes Testing." Learn how to reduce your stress and increase your chances for success from the three experts of collegeadmissionsadvisors.com.

Community High's college prep counselor John Boshoven, M.A., M.S.W. will help you understand how to find the college that fits; Essay Coaching founder Debbie Merion, M.S.W, M.F.A. explains how to write a winning college application essay, and Managing Your Mind principal Geri Markel Ph.D. will provide tips about how to score your highest on tests such as the ACT and SAT, all to be followed by Q and A. Books will be for sale.

Emerging Writer's Workshop: What To Talk About When You Talk About Your Book

Thursday October 2, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Teens in Grades 6-12 and Adults

How do you tell others about your book? Is there a way to sum up an entire book without getting bogged down in detail or leaving out the main point? In “What To Talk About When You Talk About Your Book,” authors Margaret Yang and Lara Zielin will cover the essential documents every writer needs: query letters, synopses, log lines and blurbs. Join us for this Emerging Writers Workshop, featuring perspectives from indie and traditional publishing.

The Coldest Case in Battle Creek History: Authors Blaine Pardoe and Victoria R. Hester Discusses Their New True Crime Book 'The Murder Of Maggie Hume'

Tuesday October 14, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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Author Blaine Pardoe will discuss his new book, "The Murder of Maggie Hume: Cold Case in Battle Creek," about brutal murder of the daughter of a beloved Battle Creek football coach in 1983. Compiled from documents, videos and interviews the facts and clues of the mysterious, the facts will be presented to the public for the first time. Blaine and his daughter, Victoria Hester, have cracked open three decades of material on this mysterious tragedy, exposing dark secrets and political in-fighting that tore at the Battle Creek legal system for years.

Books will be for sale.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday October 16, 2014: 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.

New York Times Bestselling Author Dr. Kathy Reichs Discusses Her New Mystery 'Bones Never Lie'

Sunday October 19, 2014: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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30 million copies of Dr. Kathy Reich’s mysteries are in print in 30 languages around the world. One of the longest TV series in the history of the FOX network - Bones – is based on her popular mystery books and returns on September 25. Her newest sure-to-be-bestseller Bones Never Lie is released in late September and promises to be another critical smash hit!.

Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of only about a hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, as is her heroine, Temperance Brennan. Dr. Reichs’ signature trademark is her ability to weave unrelenting suspense, fascinating science and provocative human drama into unforgettable stories. In "Bones Never Lie", Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction.

The event includes a book signing with books for sale.

Photo Credit: Marie Reine Mattera

Gary Shteyngart Discusses His Bestselling Memoir, 'Little Failure'

Tuesday October 21, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Gary Shteyngart has won over readers with his blistering humor and satirical takedowns of contemporary society. His NYT bestselling memoir, Little Failure, is his candid, witty, and poignant account of his life so far and a resonant story of family and belonging. Born in Leningrad, Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor and moving insights.

The event includes a book signing with books for sale.

Photo: © Brigitte Lacombe

A Visit From Chillers Author Jonathan Rand

Sunday October 26, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Grades 2 - 5

Jonathan Rand, local author of the popular youth series Michigan Chillers and American Chillers, discusses how he became a writer and how reading and writing are necessary in life. While his books can be spooky, this talk will not be!

There will be books for sale and an author signing after the presentation. This event is geared towards children age 7 and up.