The Coldest Case in Battle Creek History: Authors Blaine Pardoe and Victoria R. Hester Discuss Their New True Crime Book 'The Murder of Maggie Hume'

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October 14, 2014 at Pittsfield Branch Library

Authors Blaine Pardoe and Victoria R. Hester will discuss their book, The Murder of Maggie Hume: Cold Case in Battle Creek, about the brutal murder of the daughter of a beloved Battle Creek football coach in 1982.

Compiled from documents, videos, and interviews, this book presents the facts to the public for the first time. Blaine and his daughter, Victoria Hester, have cracked open three decades of material on this mysterious tragedy, exposing the dark secrets and political in-fighting that tore at the Battle Creek legal system for years.

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1:23
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Words The Podcast - Episode 5: The Statement

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March 1, 2015

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Episode 5 is all about The Statement, a weekly insert of The Michigan Daily, which just published its annual literary issue featuring 13 works of short fiction and poetry. We spoke with The Statement Editor Ian Dillingham and three of literary issues contributors (including our own Phil Witteveen!).

Kari Simonsen discusses her short story, The Color Blind Knitter.
JP Seguin talks Allen Ginsberg and his poem Disrespect.
Phil Witteveen elaborates on life, flash fiction, and his short story Course Evaluation.

Read all three works, and more, at the The Statement’s literary issue.

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01:04:54
 

Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts

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January 28, 2015 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Interweaving past and present, private anecdote and public record, Ann Arbor author Leslie Stainton's new book Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts captures the history of one of America’s oldest and most ghosted theaters—the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania—and recounts the story of a nation’s tumultuous struggle to invent itself.

Built in 1852 and in use ever since, the Fulton Theatre is uniquely ghosted. Its foundations were once the walls of a colonial jail that in 1763 witnessed the massacre of the last surviving Conestoga Indians. Those same walls later served to incarcerate fugitive slaves.

Staging Ground explores these tragic events and their enduring resonance in a building that later became a town hall, theater, and movie house--the site of minstrel shows, productions of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," oratory by the likes of Thaddeus Stevens and Mark Twain, performances by Buffalo Bill and his troupe of "Wild Indians," Hollywood Westerns, and twenty-first-century musicals. Stainton unfolds the story of this emblematic space, where for more than 250 years Americans scripted and re-scripted their history.

This event features a short reading from the book by Stainton followed by a conversation with Jim Leija (UMS), Martin Walsh (actor and U-M instructor) and Leigh Woods (actor and U-M theater professor).

This event was co-sponsored by the U-M Institute for the Humanities, and the Ann Arbor Book Festival, and the U-M Library in collaboration with UMS and AADL

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Gareth Murphy

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January 19, 2015

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Martin talks to author Gareth Murphy about his new book Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry. While music is an integral part of our daily lives, very little is known about the revolutionary men and women on both sides of the Atlantic who founded and shaped this enduring industry. From the invention of the earliest known sound-recording device in 1850s Paris to the CD crash and digital boom today, Murphy takes readers on an immensely entertaining and encyclopedic ride through the many cataclysmic musical, cultural and technological changes that shaped a century and a half of the music business. The interview was recorded on January 19, 2015.

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00:26:27
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Words The Podcast - Episode 4: The Human Heart

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February 15, 2015

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Jeremy Allen is a reporter for The Ann Arbor News. His article Brothers without hearts: Man makes history at U-M Hospital as first patient discharged with Total Artificial Heart was wildly popular. Fellow Ann Arbor News reporter Ben Freed stops by to discuss newsroom antics.

Jeremy Berkowitz is a filmmaker. His story, Catherine the Caterpillar, is about an insect that burrows inside the heart of young boy, and has to decided whether it wants to burst out of the boy’s heart.

Jack Bologna is the creator of Words the Podcast, and he brought a mic to the radiology department for a recent CT scan of his heart. His dad, James, helps tell the story I Hope I Have a Broken Heart.

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01:12:02
 

Words The Podcast - Episode 3: The Next Step

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February 8, 2015

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Lucy Tobier is the 10-year-old editor-in-chief of The Murray Avenue Times, the monthly, hyperlocal newspaper all about Murray Ave. in Ann Arbor. If you’d like to order the February edition of her paper, email her at Lucy.is.here.101@gmail.com.

Jacob Conflitti is a writer and the author of For Your Viewing Pleasure, a short story about a dystopian future where people in deep debt are forced into gladiator-style fights for the entertainment of the wealthy.

Brandon Reisch is the director of the Ann Arbor Poetry Blast, a city-wide poetry initiative. Learn more about this project and how to get involved by visiting the Ann Arbor Poetry Blast tab on our website.

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00:51:41
 

Words The Podcast - Episode 2: Competition

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February 1, 2015

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Alejandro Zuniga and Greg Garno are sports journalists and were the 2014 managing editors of The Michigan Daily‘s sports section. They covered University of Michigan football, writing about on the most historically dismal seasons, the firing of Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke, and the hiring of Jim Harbaugh. On-air they tell stories about life in the press box.

Carlina Duan is a poet and Ann Arbor native. she is currently one of the editors of Michigan in Color. Carlina reads three poems on-air and discusses identity, race, perception, and the menstrual cycle.

George Gardner is a short story writer who wrote Treasurer, the story of a girl who will do whatever it takes to win her middle school student government election. George discusses winning, high school wrestling, and more on this week’s episode.

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1:01:26
 

Words The Podcast - Episode 1: Beginnings

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January 25, 2015

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Dave Askins, formerly of The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Dave discusses his new civic engagement project, CivCity. Dave also brings a copy of Ann Arbor’s most hyperlocal print publication, The Murray Avenue Times.

Jeff Garland wrote Shredded Duck Confit, a short story about a caterer at the Michigan Union who can’t seem to get anyone to try his hors d’ouevres. The story is based on T.S. Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

Brendan McCaffery is a poet who writes about sex, drugs, and college. He both disparages and challenges Generation Y. Read the poems featured on this episode.

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1:02:41
 

Michigan Author Jerry Dennis: A Daybreak Handbook

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January 26, 2015 at the Downtown Library

Author Jerry Dennis is best known as an award-winning nature writer with work primarily focused on Michigan and its waterways. His book The Living Great Lakes was the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads selection in 2010. He's now branched out in two new directions: poetry and publishing. Jerry's first book of poems, A Daybreak Handbook, was published in 2014. Also in 2014, Jerry, his wife Gail, and illustrator Glenn Wolff established Big Maple Press, a small press dedicated to producing special editions exclusively available for sale through independent booksellers.

In this talk, Jerry discusses these new avenues in his career, how he got started as a writer, and his ongoing work with the Great Lakes. He also reads selections from A Daybreak Handbook, The Windward Shore, and his recently back in print The Bird in the Waterfall.

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00:59:43
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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Mandy Aftel

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December 23, 2014

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Martin talks to internationally known artisan perfumer Mandy Aftel about her new book Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent. An evangelist for the transformative power of scent, Aftel explores the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us, give us pleasure, and make us fully alive. A riveting initiation into the history, natural history, and philosophy of scent, Fragrant also includes simple recipes for fragrances and edible and drinkable concoctions that reveal the imaginative possibilities of creating with – and reveling in – aroma. The interview was recorded on December 23, 2014.

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19:11
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