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Watcha reading: Robin Agnew discovers 'The crazy School,' by Cornelia Read: Robin Agnew, with "The Crazy School, by Cornelia Read.Watcha reading: Robin Agnew discovers 'The crazy School,' by Cornelia Read: Robin Agnew, with "The Crazy School, by Cornelia Read.

If you're searching for a good mystery, Robin Agnew would like to make a couple of suggestions.

Robin is the vice president of the Kerrytown BookFest (which takes place this Sunday, Sept. 7). What's more, she and her husband Jamie own Aunt Agatha's, the peculiar book shop at 213 South Fourth Ave. that specializes in mystery and detective books.

They founded the store in 1992, after Jamie, also a bookworm, spent some time working for Borders, another book store that originated in Ann Arbor. The choice to sell mystery and detective fiction was natural, Robin said. She worked her way through Nancy Drew in elementary school, and in middle school she read every one of Agatha Christie's mystery novels. She's remained a mystery reader ever since.

Robin is usually on the lookout for new authors to share with other book lovers, and this year she's telling people about Cornelia Read, after being impressed with her first novel, A Field of Darkness. She emailed us last week that the book was "terrific," and the writing "beautiful."

Now, here's what she has to say about Cornelia Read's latest novel, The Crazy School:

The Play Ground

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Can the summer be over already? It must be as we have just received our Calendar of Events from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. We have seen many wonderful student performances over the years--last year's production of Carousel was very professional. The first item we are interested in is on September 19 when the University Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Michael Daugherty's homage to Superman, Metropolis Symphony. There is a great year ahead and we will keep you informed of "not to be missed" events. Hill Auditorium, 8pm.

The Global Jazz Trio Visits The Ark

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Detroit jazz musicians, The Global Jazz Trio, bring their jazz jams to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Monday, September 8 at 8pm. Band member Mark Hershberger describes their music as “a world influenced jazz that combines African, Latin, Asian and European influences with traditional jazz and funk to form a global jazz for all people.” Cool! Check out The Ark’s website for details and ticket information.

The Play Ground

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The Kerrytown Concert House was founded in 1984 and has been going strong since then providing an eclectic assortment of about 70 musical offerings a year.
Next week they are hosting Tumbao Bravo which was formed in 2003 but has already won the 2005 and 2007 Detroit Music Awards in the Best Jazz and World Music categories. Tumbao Bravo is a 5-7 piece Cuban Jazz combo consisting of Congas, Timbales, Sax/Flute/Piccolo, Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Piano, Bass Guitar, and Bongos. Sounds like some cool music for a hot summer night. 769-2999, 8/22/2008 at 08:00pm.

The Iguanas Visit The Ark

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If you’re looking to see a fun band with Latin flair and bit of Cajun funk then why not check out The Iguanas at The Ark on Saturday August 23. They call their music "Chicano Rock with a greasy New Orleans second-line/mambo flavor." Talk about fun! The show starts at 8pm, see The Ark’s site for ticket information. Cha cha cha!

German Park Picnic

Festival lovers, fear not the end of July, for the German Park Picnic is back for the summer! Located at 5548 Pontiac Trail, the annual festival is held from 4-11pm on the last Saturday of June, July, and August. Like an Oktoberfest, but with warmer weather, the festival is best known for its authentic German fare, live music and dancing, large buckets of cold beverages, and abundance of lederhosen. Looking for some Volksmusik to get you in the spirit? Try Songs for Oktoberfest, or a Wagner opera available at the AADL. See you at the bratwurst stand!

Chelsea SummerFest!

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If Ann Arbor's Art Fairs and Summer Festival weren't enough, you'll have another chance to look at art, listen to music, and eat elephant ears this Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, at the Chelsea SummerFest. Now in its 30th year, the SummerFest includes ARTicipation, a juried art show and art activities for kids; a variety of musical events at three different stages; an antique car show; and plenty of activities for kids, including a Pet Parade and tours of the Teddy Bear Factory. On top of that, the Chelsea Toy Museum makes its debut this weekend.

Shadow Art Fair

The Shadow Art Fair is being held this Saturday, July 19 from noon to midnight at the Arbor Brewing Company's Corner Brewery, in Ypsilanti. Meant to focus less on the national scope of this week's big Ann Arbor Art Fairs and more on our rich local arts scene, it's always a quirky and rewarding event. The Shadow is refreshingly human-sized, and a great way to find out what's happening with homegrown creativity.

Celtic Festival

This weekend the Saline Celtic Festival will be taking place. Today and tomorrow (July 11th and 12th) the festival will be running from 8:30 am to 9 pm. If you are interested in celtic traditions and culture, the library offers a wide variety of books on the topic. Titles included are Twilight of the Celtic Gods, The Celtic Cross: An Illustrated Guide to Celtic Spirituality and Mythology, and Celtic Connections: The Ancient Celts, Their Tradition and Living Legacy.

Australian folk rock and family history

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My favorite song by the Waifs at their show during the Ann Arbor Summer Festival was The Bridal Train, which Wikipedia says made the Australian Top 50 list when it came out as a single. This amazing and moving song was written by Waif Vikki Thorn about her grandmother joining other young Australian girls after WWII, to eventually hook up with their American husbands.

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