New York Times Bestselling Mystery Author Nevada Barr Discusses Her New Mystery "Destroyer Angel”

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April 4, 2014 at the Downtown Library

Award-winning mystery author Nevada Barr makes a special visit at AADL to discuss her new mystery novel in the Anna Pigeon series, Destroyer Angel. This event, co-sponsored by AADL and Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookshop, includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

For park ranger Anna Pigeon, the indomitable heroine of Nevada Barr’s best-selling series, the wilderness has always been a second home. Anna enters the forest again in this new mystery, embracing its unforgiving rules and feeling herself edge closer to the dangerous nature of its inhabitants.

While on a camping trip in Minnesota’s Iron Range, Anna heads away from her group for a moment to spend some time alone in the wild; while she does so, the group she left behind is approached by four armed men, intending to take them hostage. The mysterious captors march the group through the wilderness, to a rendezvous spot with an airplane; but Anna is never far behind, and while she may not be armed, she has the advantage of knowing how to survive in the wilderness—and how to stalk one’s prey.

A novelist, actor, and painter, New York Times best-selling author Nevada Barr has put her own experience as a National Park Service Ranger to repeated good use. Though Nevada Barr was born in the state that shares her name, her father actually named her after a favorite book character of his – a predestined connection to writing and storytelling. Nevada currently resides in New Orleans with her husband and many pets; she has since retired from the parks service, devoting herself full-time to her writing career.

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00:48:50
 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Dave Itzkoff

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March 13, 2014

In this episode, Martin talks to New York Time culture reporter Dave Itzkoff about his new book Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies. "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it any more!" Those words, spoken by the unhinged television anchorman named Howared Beale, the 'mad prophet of the airwaves,' took America by storm in 1976, when Network because a sensation. With a superb cast (William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall) directed by Sidney Lumet, the film won four Academy Awards and indelibly shaped how we think about corporate and media power.

Itzkoff's fascinating book recounts the incredible story of how Network made it to the screen, and gives us an in-depth view of the man responsible for the film, the uncompromising screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky.

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00:26:00
 

Meet Mochimochi Land Creator & Fiber Artist, Anna Hrachovec

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July 14, 2013 at the Downtown Library

Spend the afternoon with Anna Hrachovec - famous Brooklyn knitter, fiber artist and creator of the amazing Mochimochi Land world of tiny knitted toys, creatures and spectacular installations.

Mochimochi Land was launched in 2007 as a place where knitted toys and people can live together in a spirit of tolerance. The characters that inhabit Mochimochi Land are Anna's original designs. Anna finds inspiration in Hello Kitty, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and illustrators like Dr Seuss and Mary Blair. Anna's knitted toys have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, all around the web, and in print. The mochimochiland.com website also features Anna's books, kits, and downloadable knitting and cross-stitch patterns. Printed Mochimochi Land patterns and kits are also available.

When she's not designing patterns to share with fellow crafters, Anna creates character-based fiber art, which has been exhibited throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. You can also see her art at annahrachovec.com.

Want to learn how to make some of Anna's fantastic creations yourself? Check out all of her books and exclusively for AADL cardholders get instant access with our NEW collection of downloadable Mochimochi Land patterns - just login into your account to access this one of a kind collection.

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Robert Gordon

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February 24, 2014

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin talks to author Robert Gordon about his new book Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion. Not to be confused with the rockabilly singer-songwriter of the same name, Gordon has been writing about Memphis music and history for over three decades and is also the author of Can't Be Satisfied, King of the Road, and The Elvis Treasures. Respect Yourself tells the tale of the legendary Stax Records label in Memphis, where Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MG's, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett and many others recorded their greatest songs. A history which unfolds like a Greek tragedy, Stax went from the highest highs in the music industry to a tragic demise. You may already know the story of Motown, but you also need to know the story of Stax!

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00:19:16
 

MLK Event: Award-winning Author & Illustrator Bryan Collier

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January 19, 2014 at the Pittsfield Branch Library

On the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, AADL was pleased to host award-winning author and children’s book illustrator Bryan Collier, presenting a program for youth that highlights his acclaimed work.

Collier's illustrations in his book Martin's Big Words: The Life Of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport bring to life the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This book shows Collier's talent for mixing art mediums to create stunning illustrations that entrance the reader. "Martin's Big Words" received much acclaim and was awarded the 2002 Caldecott honor as well as the 2002 Coretta Scott King Honor.

Collier also won acclaim for his book Uptown, which was his first foray into both writing and illustrating. "Uptown" is the recipient of various awards, including the 2001 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration.

Despite the fact that his career is in high gear, Collier completely values his role as the director for the Harlem Horizon Art Studio, an art program based out of the Harlem Hospital and designed especially for teenagers and kids. It is Collier's belief that teaching the appreciation of art can only lead to positive things.

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00:52:55
 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Joe Henry

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January 30, 2014

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In this episode, Martin talks to University of Michigan graduate Joe Henry, the accomplished singer-songwriter and music producer, about his new book Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him. Written by Joe and his brother David, the book is a highly personal exploration into the life and times of the legendary comedian, a man who set the stage for the likes of Eddie Murphy, Louis C.K. and Chris Rock. Joe Henry also talks about plans for his next solo album, due out later in 2014, and shares his thoughts about the current state of the music industry.

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00:29:52
 

James Mitchell talks about The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution.

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January 30, 2014 at the Downtown Library

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Author and journalist James Mitchell celebrates the release of The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution with a reading and discussion on John Lennon’s special relationship with Ann Arbor.

The opening chapter of the book takes place in Ann Arbor and details the historic benefit concert that Lennon headlined that was held for poet-activist John Sinclair to challenge his ten year prison sentence for possessing two joints.

Based entirely on new interviews and research, "The Walrus and the Elephants" is the first book about John Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided. From controversial television appearances, to benefit concerts, to his new, post-Beatlemania band, the book is Lennon’s story told by a cast of close friends and fellow activists who got to know the man behind the legend.

James Mitchell is the author of "But for the Grace: Profiles in Peace from a Nation at War," the story of an orphanage in Sri Lanka's war-torn northeast, rock biography "It Was All Right: Mitch Ryder's Life in Music," and tales from a rural newspaper, "Applegate: Freedom of the Press in a Small Town." A reporter and editor for more than twenty years, his writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, The Humanist, and Starlog.

For more on John Lennon's visit to Ann Arbor, visit the library's freeingjohnsinclair.aadl.org, which includes an audio recording of John and Yoko's intention of coming to Ann Arbor.

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00:32:07
 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Vivek Tiwary

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December 10, 2013

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In this episode, Martin talks to Broadway theater producer Vivek Tiwary about his latest project, a graphic novel entitled The Fifth Beatle, which recently reached the #1 spot on the New York Times best-sellers list. The Fifth Beatle tells the story of Brian Epstein, the Liverpool record shop owner who discovered and then managed the Beatles from 1961 until his untimely death in 1967. Tiwary will also write and produce a feature film based on his book, due out in 2015.

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00:21:21
 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Ray Davies

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October 23, 2013

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In this first podcast of a new series, Martin Bandyke Under Covers, Martin interviews Ray Davies, the legendary vocalist of British Invasion rock band the Kinks. Ray talks in detail about his insightful, witty and candid new memoir Americana, which details the good, bad and tumultuous times he has spent in the USA over the last six decades. After the Kinks were banned from playing in the U.S. for several years in the mid-60s due to assorted misdeeds, they roared back in the 70s & 80s and gained enormous acclaim here, selling millions of records and filling concert arenas from L.A. to Detroit to New York. After the Kinks disbanded in the 1990s, Davies embarked on a successful solo career and continues to record and tour. As Davies tells Martin in the beginning of the podcast, he was inspired to write Americana after a life-changing 2004 shooting incident in New Orleans.

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00:25:53
 

AADL Talks to Jennifer Pharr Davis

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August 16, 2013

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In this episode, we talk with Jennifer Pharr Davis, author of Called Again: A Story of Love And Triumph and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer Of The Year, about her lifelong love of the outdoors and her record-setting thru hike on the Appalachian Trail.

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00:09:32
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