Emerging Writers Workshop: Where in the World is Your Hero? Create Page-Turning Novels by Perfecting Your Characters, Setting, and Dialogue

Thursday February 5, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Take your readers into your fictional world by giving them a character to care about, a world to live in, and interesting conversations to listen to.

This workshop will cover these three important elements that pull readers into your stories and keep them there. Join authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang as they discuss how to write larger-than-life heroes, dynamic settings, and dialog that pops off the page.

This is part of a monthly series of writing and publishing events called the Emerging Writers Workshops, featuring perspectives from both traditional publishing and indie publishing.

There will also be an opportunity for workshop attendees to meet up at the Traverwood Branch on Thursday, February 19 to discuss their works-in-progress. Both Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang will be on hand to offer advice, tips and review. These open houses will be a wonderful time to meet your fellow writers and potentially create your own writing group.

Author Ron Gries Discusses His Book "Through Death to Life"

Tuesday February 10, 2015: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Ron Gries began to write during the last years of his wife’s life and continued after she died. He later turned his writing into a book entitled Through Death to Life,which offers insight and support to those who grieve the loss of their spouse or family member.

For this event, Ron will provide hope and encouragement, sharing his difficult journey of recapturing his life from the ashes of grief and once again finding the wonder and joy in life. Books will be for sale and Ron will be happy to sign copies.

This event is co-sponsored by AADL and Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2015 Author Event: Ruth Ozeki, Author of 'A Tale for the Time Being'

Wednesday February 11, 2015: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington Street

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult.

For months hundreds of community members have been reading and discussing the award-winning novel A Tale For The Time Being by bestselling author Ruth Ozeki. Her book was selected for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2015 by a panel of judges which included Area Blogger Mark Maynard, Ann Arbor News Entertainment Reporter Jenn McKee, Musician San Slomovits, Ypsilanti City Council Member Dan Vogt and Ann Arbor City Council Member Chuck Warpehoski. Join us for an unforgettable night and hear her speak about her novel!

Novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest, Ruth Ozeki will discuss her work at a special appearance for the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Reads 2015. The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale courtesy of Literati.Bookstore.

A Tale For the Time Being begins with Nao, a sixteen-year-old in Tokyo who has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, we meet another character, Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. The book is full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth.

Four Perfect Pebbles: A Talk with Holocaust Survivor and Author Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Thursday February 12, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade 4 and up)

Author Marion Blumenthal Lazan will share her message of understanding and tolerance through recounting her experience as a young girl interned by the Nazis during WWII. Born in Germany, Lazan and her family were attempting to escape through Holland when the country fell to the Nazis. Her family spent more than six years imprisoned in various refugee and labor camps, including Bergen-Belsen. Shortly after their release, her father died of typhus contracted while in the camp. Three years later, at age 13, Lazan emigrated to the United States with her mother and sister, ready to start a new life in Illinois.

Lazan is the author of Four Perfect Pebbles, a memoir for young people about her family's struggle to survive the horrors of the Nazis. Copies of her book will be available for sale and signing.

Journalist April Ryan Discusses Her New Book: 'The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America'

Monday February 16, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

April Ryan, a 30-year journalism veteran, has been the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January of 1997, covering three Presidents. She is the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held since the Clinton era.

April Ryan will make a special appearance at AADL to discuss her new – just released – book The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America, a factual and compelling behind-the-scenes look at the inner-workings of race relations as it relates to the White House.

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

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday February 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 of fiction and non-fiction writing.

Our Auntie Rosa: The Family of Rosa Parks Remembers Her Life and Lessons

Tuesday February 24, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Most people know Rosa Parks as the courageous civil rights activist whose sacrifices, along with those of many others, made it possible for us to live in a more just society today.

What the majority of her admirers throughout the world don’t know is that she was also a model of excellence in daily life, and was a devoted mother figure to her niece, Sheila McCauley Keys, and Sheila’s twelve siblings.

Our Auntie Rosa: The Family of Rosa Parks Remembers Her Life and Lessons, a new book of memories written by Sheila McCauley Keys with Eddie B. Allen, Jr., is a collection of never-before-seen photos, letters, and family stories that pay tribute to Rosa Parks and show the woman behind the legend. Sheila McCauley Keys will discuss her famous aunt and this new book of family stories and photos.

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

"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