Achewood Creator Chris Onstad coming to AADL 11/3!

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AADL, Dark Horse Comics, and Vault of Midnight are thrilled to announce a very special evening with the enigmatic but extremely affable Chris Onstad, creator of the epically vivid masterwork Achewood. Achewood is not for delicate sensibilities and definitely not for kids; it's a webcomic that's ostensibly about two cats in their thirties, one blessed by alternating showers of dumb luck and marketing savvy, and the other cripplingly neurotic but capable of genius. Plus, a cast of supporting characters wider and deeper than a Wes Anderson fever dream. Achewood was one of the first webcomics to push the boundaries of the form and raise the writing bar so high that few other strips even know that there's a bar up there. Can you tell I'm a fan? Onstad's new book, The Great Outdoor Fight, spanning one of the favorite story arcs of Achewood fans, is on order at AADL and available for request. As part of the GOF tour, AADL is bringing Chris to town on Monday night, November 3 at 7 PM, for a Q&A at the Downtown Library followed by a signing at the Vault. More details to come!

UPDATE: Check out our Comcast Spot (20mb .mov) for this event, featuring music, by the inimitable MC Frontalot, who we're also trying to book for a show at AADL. Stay tuned!

Film & Discussion: KING CORN

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Recent college graduates Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis leave the east coast for rural Iowa, where they decide to grow an acre of the nation's most powerful crop. They find that America's most subsidized crop has become the staple of its cheapest - and most troubling - foods. Watch the film and join the post-discussion led by UM Community Scholars. Cosponsored by Michigan Television and University of Michigan Community Scholars Program.

Check here for background to the making of the film or get the scoop on taking the eating challenge. Can you go a month without eating corn? Probably not. Thursday, September 25 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm Downtown Library 4th Floor Meeting Room

Booksigning and Discussion

If you missed her in March, here's your chance to meet with Cassandra Carter! This Friday September 26th, author Cassandra Carter will be at Borders to sign and discuss her latest book. Miss Carter is known for her coming of age novels about America's teens which she writes about in her own unique and youthful style. Her latest book, 16 Isn't Always Sweet, is about a teenage girl, Jordan, dealing with sudden popularity after being in the hottest rapper's music video, and the fall out of her friendship to Adrienne, her best friend, whose jealousy is ruining Jordan's life. The signing and discussion will take place at 7:00 pm at the Arborland Mall Borders.

Book Talk at Crazy Wisdom

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Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, on Main St. in Ann Arbor, holds a monthly book discussion on a different book each month. The October 10th discussion starts at 7pm and will feature Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama. If you’re reading the book, or plan to, this event is open to the public and requires no registration.

Bonsai Auction - Wednesday, Sept 24 - 7:00 PM

The Ann Arbor Bonsai Society will be holding a auction at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Items featured will include bonsai equipment, trees, and pots provided by club members. Once you have your bonsai, be sure to check-out the wide selection of books on growing bonsai here at the library.

Free RENT!!

Free rent! You see this on signs outside apartment complexes, all the time. Tomorrow evening, come to the Downtown Library's Multi-Purpose Room for free Rent of a different kind.

As part of its 25th Anniversary season, the University of Michigan Department of Musical Theatre is thrilled to be one of the first regional companies to produce the theatrical phenomenon musical Rent by Jonathan Larson.

Join us at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, September 24 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm as Mark Madama, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan (and the director of the upcoming UM production) discusses Rent and the reasons why it has become such an important part of musical theater history. He will also describe the upcoming UM production and, as a special treat, cast members will perform selections from the musical (which begins its run on October 16)

Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

And if tomorrow's presentation isn't quite enough Rent for you, check out these Rent-related items in the Library's collection.

All that jazz

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Take advantage of the great free series of concerts at the U of M School of Music like the one happening this Saturday, September 27. The Renaud-Garcia Fonds Trio known for their polyphonic sound will be performing. The opening act will be the local jazz percussion group, the Michael Gould Trio. The concert will be at the School of Music on Baits Drive, North Campus.

Graphic Novel Bootcamp: Training in the Fundamentals of Comics Storytelling

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How is a graphic novel different than a comic book? Is it the length of the story, the format in which the story's printed, the genre or subject matter, or is there something more going on? Find out Sunday, September 28, 2008 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Pittsfield Branch Program Room .

Join cartoonist and teaching artist Mark Rudolph, author of the graphic novel Closing Doors (recently featured in a documentary aired on Detroit Public Television), in an interactive discussion and hands-on workshop that explores the unique affordances granted to a cartoonist when making a graphic novel. Learn some of the fundamental techniques used by professional cartoonists as you create some of your own comics work. Discover some of the idiosyncratic storytelling possibilities facing an author of "long form" comics stories.

Supplies will be provided. All you need to bring is your imagination and the urge to create!

Oprah Knows

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First, AADL picked The Story of Edgar Sawtelle for our Cover-to-Cover book discussion. Then Oprah, obviously noticing the excitement over our selection, made it the latest Oprah's Book Club choice. There are a limited number of books reserved for AADL cardholders who register for the book discussion. Call the Traverwood Branch at 327-4200 if you would like a copy for the discussion.

What’cha Gonna Wear?

Outrageous hats and backward dressing jazz up the storytime jamboree at the downtown preschool Tuesday and Wednesday storytimes next week . Put on your silliest outfit and find out how hen hatches a plot to get scarecrow’s fabulous hat.

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