Author Louis Hatchett Discusses His Book "Duncan Hines: How A Traveling Salesman Became The Most Trusted Name In Food"

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November 9, 2014 at the Downtown Library, Multi-Purpose Room

Duncan Hines may be best known for the cake mixes, baked goods, and bread products that bear his name, but most people forget that he was a real person and not just a fictitious figure invented for the brand.

Author Louis Hatchett shares more about this fascinating figure in American cookery and the subject of his book, "Duncan Hines: How A Traveling Salesman Became The Most Trusted Name In Food." As America’s pioneer restaurant critic, Duncan Hines discovered his passion while working as a traveling salesman during the 1920s and 1930s—a time when food standards were poorly enforced and safety was a constant concern. He traveled across America discovering restaurants and sharing his recommendations in his best-selling compilation Adventures in Good Eating (1936). The success of this work and of his subsequent publications led Hines to manufacture the extremely popular food products that we still enjoy today.

This event was cosponsored by AADL and the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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01:05:47
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Author Ayelet Waldman Discusses Her Acclaimed New Novel 'Love And Treasure'

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November 11, 2014 at the Downtown Library, Multi-Purpose Room

Author Ayelet Waldman discusses the inspiration behind her latest novel, "Love and Treasure." Waldman is the author of Red Hook Road, The New York Times bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, and other popular novels.

"Love and Treasure" is a spellbinding novel of contraband masterpieces, tragic love, and the unexpected legacies of forgotten crimes, weaving a tale around the true history of the Hungarian Gold Train in World War II.

The tale begins in 1945 on the outskirts of Salzburg, when victorious American soldiers capture a train filled with unspeakable riches: piles of fine gold watches; mountains of fur coats; crates filled with wedding rings, silver picture frames, family heirlooms, and Shabbat candlesticks passed down through generations. Jack, a tough, smart New York Jew, is the officer charged with guarding this treasure—a responsibility that grows more complicated when he meets Ilona, a fierce, beautiful Hungarian who has lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust.

Seventy years later, amid the shadowy world of art dealers who profit off the sins of previous generations, Jack gives a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie, and charges her with searching for an unknown woman—a woman whose secret may help Natalie to understand her grandfather's guilt - and a way out of the mess she has made of her own life.

This event was cosponsored by AADL and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor as part of the 2014 Jewish Book Festival.

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00:49:39
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Historic Ann Arbor Architecture

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August 25, 2014 at the Pittsfield Branch Library

Authors Susan Wineberg and Patrick McCauley will discuss their new book Historic Ann Arbor: An Architectural Guide. The book describes over 350 buildings in Ann Arbor, including 40 University of Michigan buildings. Style sections describe those of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including Mid-Century Modern. Superb examples of this style can be found in many parts of Ann Arbor.

Susan Wineberg has served as President of the Washtenaw County Historical Society (1994-1999), on the Historic District Commission (HDC) three times, as Chair of the Awards Committee of the HDC for 20 years, on numerous committees including the Downtown, Landmark, Individual Historic Properties, Lower Town, Old Fourth Ward and Germantown Historic District Study Committees. She has written extensively on Ann Arbor and published Lost Ann Arbor in 2004, in addition to the second edition of Historic Buildings, Ann Arbor in 1992.

Patrick McCauley has volunteered at both the Kempf House Museum and Cobblestone Farm Museum, and served as Chair of the Fourth and Fifth Ave. Historic District Study Committee. He currently serves on the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission, having held the positions of Chair and Vice Chair, and also on the board of the Ann Arbor Historical Foundation. He has also bought and restored three neglected historic homes in Ann Arbor since 2001, winning a Rehabilitation Award from the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission (HDC) in 2009 for his efforts.

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01:00:22
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Gary Shteyngart Discusses His Bestselling Memoir, 'Little Failure'

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October 21, 2014 at the Downtown Library

Gary Shteyngart has won over readers with his blistering humor and satirical takedowns of contemporary society. His NYT bestselling memoir, Little Failure, is his candid, witty, and poignant account of his life so far and a resonant story of family and belonging. Born in Leningrad, Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor and moving insights.

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00:54:47
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Annabelle Gurwitch Discusses Her New Book 'I See You Made An Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50'

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November 16, 2014 at Live!

Actress/comedienne/author Annabelle Gurwitch gained a loyal comedic following during her years hosting Dinner & A Movie on TBS. She has been a regular commentator on NPR and contributor to The Nation, More, Glamour, Marie Claire and a number of other national publications. Gurwitch is also the author of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up which is now a play receiving its third national tour, and Fired! which became an acclaimed documentary and Showtime Comedy Special.

Every 7.5 seconds, someone in America turns 50. While some people like to say that “50 is the new 40,” Annabelle Gurwitch believes “50 is still F-ing 50.” In her wickedly funny new collection of essays, I See You Made an Effort, Gurwitch explores the hazards of reaching the half-century mark, aging out of your wardrobe, outsourcing your endocrine system, and falling in lust at the Genius bar. From the woman the Washington Post calls “hilarious,” this new book is the ultimate coming-of-middle-age story.

This event was co-sponsored by the AADL and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor a part of the 2014 Jewish Book Festival.

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43:03
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

New York Times Bestselling Author Dr. Kathy Reichs Discusses Her New Mystery 'Bones Never Lie'

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October 19, 2014 at the Downtown Library

There are 30 million copies of Kathy Reichs's mysteries in print in 30 languages around the world. One of the longest TV series in the history of the FOX network – Bones – is based on her popular mystery books and returns on September 25. Her newest sure-to-be-bestseller, Bones Never Lie, is released in late September and promises to be another critical smash hit!.

Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of only about a hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, as is her heroine, Temperance Brennan. Dr. Reichs’s signature trademark is her ability to weave unrelenting suspense, fascinating science and provocative human drama into unforgettable stories. In Bones Never Lie, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction.

Photo Credit: Marie Reine Mattera

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1:07:10
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Brian Jones

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October 8, 2014

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Martin talks to author Paul Trynka about his new book Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones. Former editor of the essential English music magazine Mojo, Trynka has also written critically-acclaimed biographies about David Bowie and Iggy Pop. His latest book focuses on the brilliant but deeply flawed musician Brian Jones, whose deep love of the blues and endless creativity in the studio helped give the Rolling Stones their distinctive sound. The interview was recorded on October 8, 2014.

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14:17
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

New York Times Bestselling Mystery Author J.A. Jance Discusses Her New Mystery 'Remains Of Innocence'

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August 13, 2014 at the Pittsfield Branch Library

New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance has written the sixteenth book in her Joanna Brady series, Remains of Innocence, and she will be at AADL to talk about it!

For those of you who follow the series, you know Joanna Brady is an Arizona county sheriff. She became sheriff in an election after her husband (who was running for the election) was murdered and accused of being "dirty". After clearing his name and winning the election, although she has little background in law enforcement, Joanna continues to solve crimes with her moxie and uses being a woman excluded from the "boy's club" in her community, to her advantage.

"Remains Of Innocence" delivers all the ambiance and tension Jance’s current and future readers love, while further developing recurring characters and introducing unforgettable new ones.

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1:31:32
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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: James Harvey

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September 24, 2014

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Martin talks to playwright, essayist, and critic James Harvey about his new book Watching Them Be: Star Presence on the Screen from Garbo to Balthazar. With great perception and insight, Harvey explores how charisma is created in the movies, writing about Greta Garbo, Robert De Niro, Charles Laughton, John Wayne and many other stars, concluding with a strikingly moving passage about director Robert Bresson’s masterpiece Au Hasard Balthazar, whose star is a donkey! Hopwood Award winner James Harvey, who graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master’s Degree in English, has written a deeply personal and extraordinarily compelling account of the films that have changed his life and will also change yours. The interview was recorded on September 24, 2014.

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17:17
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Bill Morris

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August 13, 2014

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Martin talks to Bill Morris about his long-in-the-works new book Motor City Burning.

From the critically acclaimed author of Motor City, Detroit comes alive in a powerful and thrilling novel set amidst the chaos of the race riots and the serenity of Opening Day.

Bill Morris is currently a staff writer with the online literary magazine The Millions, and his writing has appeared in Granta, the New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Popular Mechanics and numerous other newspapers and magazines. Bill grew up in Detroit and now lives in New York City.

The interview was recorded on August 13, 2014.

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17:29
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