Knitting for Real Women with Real Curves

O.k. Don't trust me. However, listen to what Sally Melville has to say about Big Girl Knits by Ann Arbor author Jillian Moreno.

"I love this book! It brought tears to my eyes—both with its delicious humor and its loving attention to the subject. The technical stuff is handled wonderfully—with intelligence and clarity and a big heart. The variety in the patterns that follow is a delight."

Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch ’n Bitch series "...guarantee(s) that (with Big Girl Knit) you’ll never again knit a sweater that makes your big top look like The Big Top."

Jillian will join another hip knitter, Shannon Okey at the Lifestyle Pavilion on May 13th, 11:00 a.m. at the Ann Arbor Book Festival. You can check out Jillian's blog in the meantime.

'Let's Talk Mosaics!!' Lecture and Exhibit

Mosaic Rachel

Thursday, May 4 7:00-8:30pm Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Have you seen the incredible mosiac show Mosaics: Moments Captured In Glass By The Mosaic Sphere Studio on the 3rd Floor of the Downtown Library? If you're into mosaics on any level, be sure to attend this exhibit AND the accompanying lecture 'Let's Talk Mosaics' by instructor Yulia Hanansen. Her talk will discuss different periods in mosaic making, including modern American mosaics.

And You Know You Should be Glad...

Award-winning columnist for the Chicago Tribune, broadcast journalist on ABC's Nightline, and bestselling author Bob Green (Duty), (All Summer Long) will be a featured speaker at the 2006 Ann Arbor Book Festival on May 13th.

He will be reading from his latest And You Know You Should be Glad. This true story of a lifelong friendship of five pals from Bexley, Ohio – the “ABCDJ” gang (Allen, Bob, Chuck, Dan and Jack) and their emotional reunion due to Jack’s terminal illness, is both nostalgic and heartwarming.

"Readers who enjoyed Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking will find Greenes writing to be more wistful and plainspoken but similarly rewarding." (Library Journal).

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #18

So it is not new, but decidedly it is ”first rate”(Booklist)!

Ken Kalfus’ debut novel is a “sweeping, quasihistorical fiction spanning two tumultuous decades in Russia” (PW). It traces the rise of a young cinematographer at Tolstoy's deathbed, to a high post in The Commissariat of Enlightenment (2003), Stalin’s powerful agency in charge of propaganda. The intricate plot brings to life many minor-and major-characters with double identities and secret agenda.

Ken Kalfus will be at this year’s Ann Arbor Book Festival on May 13. Besides reading from his new novel A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, he will be joined by his agent on a panel discussion on how to get published, a primer for aspiring writers.

Completely Random Trivia!

Monty Python: Great Enchanter Tim

Trivia time..
I get back from my Medieval Conference at Kalamazoo and find that a hush has fallen upon the blog.. So it looks like I need to liven it up.

NEW Question: In Monty Python and the Holy Grail How does King Arthur defeat the [edit] Bridge Keeper? (Great Enchanter Tim is not, I repeat, not the Bridge Keeper!)

For Naruto Fans.. What does one get a ninja who has everything? (Note: this is not an AMV. Its just funny)
Ask a Ninja

Music and Motion for Kids

Gari Stein M and M program B

Kids ages 2-6 (and their grown-ups) get the exciting chance to listen as cellist Eric Amidon and pianist Kathryn Goodson from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra play a G Major suite by Bach, an E Minor fugue by Brahms, The Swan by Saint Saens, Romanian Folk Dance by Bartok, and Voice of the Whale by Crumb! Does it get any better than this? Yes; they will get to move around the big room to all of it with Gari Stein! It's a great way to learn to listen and move to great classical music with folks who really know their notes. Two half-hour sessions on Friday morning, May 5; 9:30 and 10:30.

Sunday Edition Author Series Presents:

ANN PEARLMAN, local psychotherapist and author, discussing her new book- INSIDE THE CRIPS: LIFE INSIDE L.A.'S MOST NOTORIOUS GANG

Sunday, May 7 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch

Ms. Pearlman, who co-wrote this book with former gang member Colton Simpson, will talk about how she became involved with this fascinating project. Ms. Pearlman is also the author of a memoir, Infidelity, which was turned into a Lifetime TV movie.

"Books Change Lives" at any time of life

The Books Change Lives Program is part of the Ann Arbor Book Festival. BCL encourages readers to tell us about their favorite all-time book and how it changed their lives. Rachel's favorite book is Strider by Beverly Cleary. Here's what she had to say about it: "I don't know how many times I have read Strider, but I know it better than any other book. The situations that Leigh Botts faces make me love it so much. He found his comfort in writing about his anxieties and in running with his dog. The way he wrote about running made me want to run. In high school I started. Running boosted my self-esteem, kept me focused and lively, and helped me push myself. Like Leigh Botts, running helped me deal with my social awkwardness." Do you have a favorite book that influenced your life?

Be Dressed for Prom!

Are you looking for a new dress for prom? Are you tired of your old dance dresses cluttering up your closet? Give someone else a chance to wear them and come pick out a new dress of your own. The Prom Dress Exchange is on Sunday, April 30 at Malletts Creek branch from 2pm to 4pm. The library has collected lots of dresses so don’t worry about having to bring a dress to be able to take one away.

Videogame Panel Discussion: This Sunday!

AADL-GT Pad Logo
AADL-GT: Ann Arbor District Library Game Tournaments

The videogame industry is teetering on the precipice of the next console war. With Microsoft's Xbox 360 already established in the market, all eyes are on Sony and Nintendo, and what they'll announce at E3 in just a few short weeks. Sony's PS3 will be powerful and fast, but also embroiled in a disc format war could be disastrous for a product that may launch above $500. Nintendo's console, still codenamed 'revolution', has a radical new controller that offers intuitive play to a larger audience, a possible $199 pricetag, and a downloadable back catalog of 20 years worth of classic games. The all-important holiday season is fast approaching. Who will emerge victorious from the wreckage of the next console war? And, define 'victorious'!

COME SPECULATE WILDLY with a panel of gamers at Malletts Creek Branch on Sunday, from 1-3, featuring AADL-GT Season 1 Champion and Season 2 Runner-up, [gtplayer:143] (Stephen Savage), seasoned GT commentator and Season 2 comeback-story finalist [gtplayer:288] (Daniel Burgener), Lansing-based adult tournament competitor and gaming enthusiast Omokusaki (Zach Lark), and yours truly as your host and resident tattoo-bearing Nintendo Fanboy!

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