Unsquared unleashed on Ann Arbor!

Soon to appear on AADL’s shelves - a new anthology, Unsquared: Ann Arbor Writers Unleash Their Edgiest Stories & Poems, jointly published by Neutral Zone and 826michigan. Sonja Brodie of AA News describes the anthology as “a mix of stories and poetry, with some essays thrown in for good measure. A final section focuses on previously unpublished work by young poets from this year's Youth Poetry Slam team. What these works have in common is that they are gritty and offbeat. . .”

Meet some of the contributors at Nicola’s Books this Friday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. You’ll hear poet and novelist Laura Kasischke, quirky fictional writer Jeff Parker, Hopwood Award winning poet Scott Beal, rising poetic star Adam Falkner, and 2006 AA Youth Poetry Slam Team member Courtney Whittler.

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Two additional opportunities to hear writers from Unsquared:

Crazy Wisdom on Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m.: Writers Craig Holden and Laura Pershin Raynor and Poet Onna Solomon will read at this event.

The Neutral Zone on Tuesday, November 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Local writers Steve Amick, Patrick O'Keefe and Lauren Whitehead will appear at this event.

The library is also offering a book discussion on Unsquared for students (Grades 9-12: registration required, please call 327-8301) on Monday, November 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library.

The Neutral Zone's description of the book:

"Co-edited by Amy Sumerton and Jeff Kass, Unsquared is an attempt to fight back against the national trends of declining readership among young people. It’s a hard left hook to the jaw of anyone who believes books are quaint relics of a bygone era. It sets New York Times Best-selling authors like Elizabeth Kostova next to 17-year-old firebrand poets like Angel Nafis; august personages from the academic realm like Nick Delbanco and Charles Baxter next to innovative hustlers like Davy Rothbart. It aims to grab that 19-year-old kid rolling blunts in his basement (or 23-year-old college drop-out scalping tickets at football games, or 31-year-old coffeehouse vinyl album collector, or 16-year-old essay-downloader, or 27-year-old club-hopper, or 33-year-old new father…) and yank him by the ear. Here, it says, check this book out. "