Le Tour de France

Riders competing in the world's most prestigious cycling race, Le Tour de France, completed Stage 2 of 21 today, climbing from Bruxelles to Spa in the magnificent country of Belgium (they enter France in Stage 3). The soggy weather caused one major crash that slowed many cyclists in the peloton down, including American Lance Armstrong, who has said this will be his last Tour.

The televised, three week event will test the limits of international riders with over 2200 miles of picturesque -- yet arduous -- French countryside. This year's Tour began on July 3rd, and the champion will be crowned on July 25th. If Le Tour has you excited about bicycle racing then check out the AADL's collection of books and magazines on the sport of cycling.

Writers to Watch : 20 Under 40

It has been more than a decade since the magazine The New Yorker has published a “20 Under 40” list. The last one, in 1999, included some future literary stars who were then relatively unknown, like Jhumpa Lahiri, Nathan Englander, and Junot Díaz. (Relatively established authors like Michael Chabon, Jeffrey Eugenides, and David Foster Wallace were also on the earlier list.)

This year's list is gender-balanced : naming 10 men and 10 women. They are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 32; Chris Adrian, 39; Daniel Alarcón, 33; David Bezmozgis, 37; Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, 38; Joshua Ferris, 35; Jonathan Safran Foer, 33; Nell Freudenberger, 35; Rivka Galchen, 34; Nicole Krauss, 35; Yiyun Li, 37; Dinaw Mengestu, 31; Philipp Meyer, 36; C. E. Morgan, 33; Téa Obreht, 24; Z Z Packer, 37; Karen Russel, 28; Salvatore Scibona, 35; Gary Shteyngart, 37; and Wells Tower, 37.

The new list has its own distinctions. A significant number of the writers hail from outside the United States or have parents who do. All but two (Ms. Obreht and Ms. Russell) are in their 30s.

The process began in January, when editors in the fiction department started brainstorming. By e-mail they asked literary agents, publishers and other writers to suggest potential candidates.

The editors eventually whittled the possibilities down to a shortlist of roughly 40 eligible writers. A few prominent fiction writers, including Colson Whitehead and Dave Eggers, were slightly too old to make the cut. 20under4020under40

The 100 Most Creative

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The feature story in the June issue of Fast Company is The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010. You may know James Cameron, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Jamie Oliver and Elizabeth Warren, who are on the list, but do you know Ping Fu, Dele Olojede, Igor Puseniak, Kr Sridhar, Beth Simone Noveck and Majora Carter?

It's helpful to know that the editorial team tasked with compiling the list couldn't include anyone who was on last year's list or who's been featured in the magazine before. Therefore, you won't see Steve Jobs, John Legend, Mark Zuckerberg and many others who might normally qualify for such a list. Nevertheless, the editorial team feels that their choices still "reflect the breadth of new ideas and new pursuits at play in our business landscape."

Take a look and see who else is on the list. There are 90 more to learn about...

Self-Propelled Recreation in the Upper Midwest

Self-propelled recreation is awesome! And the library now carries the magazine Silent Sports: Driving Human-Powered Recreation since 1984 which covers outdoor activities and sports such as bicycling, paddling, running, walking, paddling, triathlons, biathlons, duathlons, adventure racing, inline skating, rock and ice climbing, and when the weather is right, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Whew!

What's really handy is the Calendar of Events in every issue that is organized by month, activity, and location. Locations include Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Ontario.

Of course, you can also check-out their website.

Here are just a few of the events listed in Silent Sports coming up in June.

Bicycling:

June Dairy Days Classique Bike Tour in Wisconsin.
Udder Century in Illinois.
Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival in Michigan.

Running:

Sour Grapes Half & Half in Minnesota
Tooth, Fang & Claw Run 10K & Swamp Party and Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Run-Walk in Michigan.
Hog Wild Days 5k Run-Walk in Iowa.

Paddling:

Go With the Flow Yak & Yoga Chestnut Mountain in Illinois.
Huron River Canoe Challenge in Michigan.
Kettle River Paddle Festival in Minnesota.

Multisports:

Bigfoot Triathlon in Wisconsin.
Trinona: The Battle for the Bluff in Minnesota.
Triceratops Tri in Michigan.
Copper Creek Triathlon in Iowa.

Youth Magazine Update -- Take Me Out...

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...To the ball game! This month's Youth Magazine Update focuses on America's classic sport, baseball.

Sports Illustrated Kids brings you their 2010 Baseball Preview. This jam-packed issue has overviews of the American League and National League teams, an article on the best defense players, and a feature article on American League MVP Joe Mauer.

Faces Magazine explores Chicago baseball, along with other excellent elements of the Midwest, like the American Bison, the Mississippi River, and the world's largest goose. Also in this issue is "The Legend of the Moccasin Flower" -- an Ojibwe folktale.

If the ball game isn't far enough for you, you could always try outer space! The current issue of Odyssey Magazine is all about space -- with ideas for a moon base, articles on the moons of our solar system, and a short story about life on Saturn's moon, Titan -- can Alan survive a solo flight back to base? Read and find out!

Parent Magazine Update -- Good for You

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This month's parent magazine update focuses on things that nourish the soul and body, starting with my personal favorite -- books.

Book Links magazine starts with some interesting articles on multi-platform books -- books that include online components. The popular 39 Clues series is a great example of this innovative genre, as is the Skeleton Creek series for teens. Also featured in this issue are series books that are good for reading aloud -- The Porcupine Year, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and The Runaway Dolls for example -- and books about young artists, along the lines of Peter Reynolds' classic The Dot.

Mothering magazine has its own list of recommended books -- "visually sophisticated" picture books. Though he isn't mentioned in the article David Wiesner would be my personal recommendation in this category. This issue also features lots of other good-for-you stuff -- foods to boost the immune system, ways to foster creative play indoors and an article about celebrating your daughter's menarche in a supportive and empowering way.

Teens and Adoption: Books, magazines, meetings

Issues of identity and social life can complicate adolescence for adopted teens. Fortunately for families, there is lots of information at the library and support in the community. Check out Adoptive Families magazine in which the March-April issue has the article "Between Worlds" by Fran Eisenman. In Ann Arbor, a new group is beginning for adopted teens, "Connections," co-led by an adoptive mother/psychologist and her 22 year old daughter. The group will be a place to reflect on challenges, opportunities, relationships and adoption. For details, call Kristine Freeark, 668-0140 or email kfreeark@gmail.com.

Teen Magazine Update -- Ahead of the Game

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Do you enjoy being one step ahead of the game? Name dropping and looking cooler than your friends? Then this month's teen magazines are for you!

Wizard Magazine starts off this party with the "Wizard 20" -- a list of games, movies, artists, authors and comics that you should probably already know about. We are lucky enough to have many of these pearls of awesome here at the AADL -- such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novels. Not to be missed in this edition -- the ten worst superhero girlfriends of all time!

This month's issue of Rolling Stone Magazine features two old school masters of awesome -- Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, two of rock music's most amazing guitarists. Also in this issue, comedian Tracy Morgan discusses his hard-knock life, and Matt Taibbi tells us how Wall Street is setting the entire country up for a fall. Good times.

For the awesome girls out there, Justine Magazine features bios of Elissa Bernstein, author of the scrumptious blog 17 and Baking and 17-year-old tennis star Melanie Ouden. And, talk about being one step ahead of your friends, this issue also features a ten-step prom countdown and a guide to job hunting, from resume to interview.

Ice Skating and Winter: A high-performance combination

Ice skating has a long, fascinating history in this area -- and the allure continues today. Earlier this month, U-M students Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates were headed to the national figure skating competition in Spokane, the Ann Arbor Observer reported. To see a dicussion with Samuelson, Bates, and other skaters, check out our DVD The Life of a Figure Skater: Local Ice Dance Medalists Discuss National and International Competition.

Youth Magazine Update -- Past and Future

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The month of January is named after the Roman god Janus, who looked both forward into the future and backward into the past. How appropriate that January's Youth Magazine Update should focus on magazines dealing with the past and the future!

Cobblestone Magazine celebrates their 30th anniversary by presenting the thirty greatest figures in American History. The list may surprise you! Kids Discover Magazine, meanwhile, devotes their entire January issue to the American Civil War.

Appleseeds Magazine looks into the future, with article on the cutting edge of speculative science -- including floating cities, paper-thin computers and vertical farms.

As for the present, that's all up to you. Carpe diem!

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