Ages 18+.

Alison Krauss Rounds Out Top Tier

A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection by Alison Krauss enters this week at number ten on Billboard 200. "A Collection" refers to cuts from soundtracks, side projects, tribute albums, guest duets on others' albums and previously unreleased tracks.

If you are ready for more Bluegrass Music check out cds by Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs.

Man Raised by Apes found in Africa

A man was recently found in Africa, aparently raised by apes. His human parents were shipwrecked shortly before his birth and died shortly after. A she ape raised the young child, who eventually became the leader of the group. After rescueing a Frenchman from natives, the jungle man learns to be "civilized". So goes one of the greatest adventure stories of all times, Tarzan of the Apes, frist published in 1912. Edgar Rice Burroughs went on to wrote a total of 25 stories about Tarzan.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #60

For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison, the 5th in her paranormal mystery Hollows series just made it onto the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers. A hardback debut, it features a Rambo-esque Rachel Morgan - witch and bounty hunter who is assigned to protect an ancient artifact from demons and from Piscary, the vampire master.

With a serial killer on the loose and her werewolf pal being the prime suspect, growing tension at home with vampire roommate and boyfriend Kisten, Rachel’s high-octane supernatural adventures will leave you spellbound and breathless.

This series with a sexy, urban, kick-ass tough female protagonist will appeal to fans of Laurell K. Hamilton's erotic Anita Blake (federal marshal, vampire executioner, raiser of the dead) series. and L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress Legend series with African-American runaway Damali Richards and her eclectic band of guardian protectors/evil vampire fighters. Erotic, pop-fiction gritty and action-packed.

Another first - many authors and publishers are making a splash in the internet. Check out Kim’s spot on MySpace.

Kid Bits - Web Safety

The internet is a challenge and there are web sites that provide safety tips for parents raising kids to use the internet wisely. The following web site is from the American Library Services for Children (ALSC). GetNetWise offers "web sites for kids", "Tools for Families", and an "Online Safety Guide".

2007 Orange Prize for Fiction - Shortlist

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Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, announces the 2007 shortlist

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk (A perosnal favorite)

The Booker Prize winner The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo.

The Observations by Jane Harris

Digging to America by Anne Tyler

This year’s shortlist honors both new and well-established writers and reflects the international reach of the prize with authors from Nigeria, China, India and America represented. Your vote?

Workshop on using Genealogy Software

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The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County is offering a 2-part workshop on Sunday, April 22 on choosing and utilizing genealogy software to document and create your family history. A number of software packages will be profiled (including 'The Family Tree Maker', 'GenBox', 'Legacy', 'The Master Genealogist' and 'Reunion'). Attendees will be able to try out the programs and obtain assistance from Society members. The workshop is free to anyone interested. It will be held at the Education Center Auditorium, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Campus, 5305 Elliott Drive, at 1:30 p.m.

New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (4/15/07)

The allure and mystery of Shakespeare. The world's most famous playwright. THE genius of Western literature. And we know almost nothing about him. A few years ago Stephen Greenblatt wrote a speculative biography Will in the World, lively and informed by years of scholarship. Now Michael Gruber has written a fantastic thriller about a lost, unknown Shakespeare play. Critics have lobbed a few beanballs at The Book of Air and Shadows but many readers are loving it. It enters the List tied for #15 this week.

The four other new entries are all thrillers, too (Obssesion by Jonathan Kellerman, The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag, Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson, and Hunter's Moon by Randy Wayne White)

2007 Pulitzer Prizes announced

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The much-coveted Pulitzer Prizes for 2007 were announced Monday, April 16, 2007.

Among the winners in more than a dozen categories are:

Fiction
Cormac McCarthy for The Road, his dark post-apocalyptic vision of a world gone mad, as a man and his young son journey to the sea, with only their wits, two bullets, and a devolving immorality standing between them and destruction.

History

Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff, co-authors of The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation won for their riveting account of the best that American journalism used to be, when reporters dug out the truth and brought to light wrongs that needed to be righted.

Biography or Autobiography

Debby Applegate wrote The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s brother, Henry, was a powerful minister, abolitionist, and intellectual who gripped the public’s interest as much for his beliefs as for his weakness for women.

General Non-Fiction

Lawrence Wright, for The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Stunning, carefully researched masterpiece that highlight’s one desperate FBI agent’s desperate race to stop 9/11 before it happened.

Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007

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Kurt Vonnegut, the unofficial grandfather of the unofficial ‘disruptive group’ of 1970s literary mavericks, such as Richard Brautigan, Jerzy Kosinski, and Donald Barthelme, died April 11, 2007, from complications of a brain injury due to a fall.

Author of fourteen novels (Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; or, Pearls before Swine (1965), and Mother Night (1961), to name a few), Vonnegut used his experience as a WWII prisoner of war and his disdain for modern society's blind devotion to technology to craft novels that were a wholly unique blend of science fiction, fantasy, and sheer raw vision.

Vonnegut was 84.

Vonnegut factoid

The complete official title for Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Slaughterhouse Five, is:

Slaughterhouse Five; or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a Fourth-Generation German-American Now Living in Easy Circumstances on Cae Cod (and Smoking Too Much) Who, as an American Infantry Scout Hors de Combat, as a Prisoner of War, Witnessed the Fire-Bombing of Dresden, Germany, the Florence of the Elbe, a Long Time Ago, and Survived to Tell the Tale: This Is a Novel Somewhat in the Telegraphic Schizophrenic Manner of Tales of the Planet Tralfamadore, Where the Flying Saucers Come From

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