Coming Soon -- New Book Clubs to Go Kits

The AADL's Book Clubs to Go collection continues to grow! Book Clubs To Go (BCTG) is a service of the AADL that provides local book clubs with the convenience of complete kits for book discussions. Included in each BCTG are 10 copies of the featured book for discussion (or 10 each of two related titles), 1 copy of movie DVD if available, a resource folder containing the following: summary information and reviews of the title(s); author biography; a list of suggested discussion questions and read-alikes; tips for book groups; and evaluation forms so you can let us know what you think of the service.

The library will be releasing several new BCTG kits in the coming weeks, including the following:

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai is the story of "Lucy Hull, a young children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, who finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home."

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, is a non-fiction book that "intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death."

The Greater Journey by David McCullough, also non-fiction, is "the enthralling, inspiring -- and until now, untold -- story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work"

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet is "the first-ever memoir by an autistic savant, a man who can speak ten languages, who sees numbers with color and texture, who broke a record by memorizing over 22,000 digits of pi --and can write about it all with inspiring and heartbreaking simplicity and clarity."

In Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell, "sixteen-year-old Margo takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother. Her river odyssey through rural Michigan becomes a defining journey, one that leads her beyond self-preservation and to the decision of what price she is willing to pay for her choices."

Self-Publishing: Going Indie In The Literary Industry

Saturday September 8, 2012: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Hear from successful indie writer Chris Profeta about his experiences with self-publishing and how effective writing habits can make your own work come to completion. This is a great forum to learn about publishing without a publishing house for those curious about the recent surge of self-published authors. Writers should not miss this opportunity!

This event is Grade 6 to adult.

Self-Publishing: Going Indie In The Literary Industry

Come to the Traverwood Branch today at 3:00 to hear from successful indie writer Chris Profeta (author of Life in Pieces) about his experiences with self-publishing and how effective writing habits can make your own work come to completion. This is a great forum to learn about publishing without a publishing house for those curious about the recent surge of self-published authors.

Chris Profeta teaches writing at Macomb Community College and Davenport University. He has had various works published in the Foliate Oak online literary magazine, one of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

David Rakoff, beloved NPR humorist and author, has died

David Rakoff, whose special, sweet gift for humor and sympathy, died last night at home in Manhattan.

A Canadian by birth, great friends with Amy and David Sedaris, Rakoff stole the hearts of This American Life fans on NPR / Public Radio International with his hilarious contributions, told with a calm charm that delighted.

Rakoff wrote just three collections of essays. In his first, Fraud (2001), he wrote of his first battle with cancer. His third book, Half Empty (2010), won the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

When his cancer returned, Rakoff did not go gentle into that good night. In a powerful New York Times Magazine piece published in April of 2011, Rakoff wrote about the diagnosis that his cancer was terminal: "It leaves you exposed, like grabbing onto the trunk of a tree for support in a storm only to find the wood soaked through and punky and coming apart in your hands."

The announcement on Twitter today of Mr. Rakoff's passing, saw a flood of sorrowful tweets that brought him to the top of the Trending list. He was only 47.

Making Something Out Of Nothing: Extreme Improvisation With Sneakin' Out

Wednesday June 27, 2012: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Rock out with the Portland-based band Sneakin' Out who feature some crazy mash-ups. Take a look into their weird and wild song-writing process. This workshop has it all from classical music to '80s rock anthems!

This event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and is for grades 4 - 8.

Video of Delia Ephron's Visit

This past May, the AADL hosted author and screenwriter Delia Ephron as she was promoting her new novel, The Lion Is In. If you missed her visit or want to review her talk, watch the video of her visit!

On June 26, her sister and renowned writer and filmmaker, Nora Ephron, passed away from leukemia. Nora and Delia worked on projects together such as the movie You've Got Mail and the play Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

You can also listen to our podcast with Delia.

The Amazing Song-O-Matic With Ratboy Jr.

Sunday June 24, 2012: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Learn to compose a song with the members of Ratboy Jr. and their Song-O-Matic! Listen to songs, dissect their elements, and then write a song together. The original tune will be performed at the end of the workshop!

This event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and is for grades 3 - 8.

Ann Arbor Book Fest is this weekend: June 22-23

The annual Ann Arbor Book Fest will be held this weekend, June 22nd & 23rd, on the University of Michigan's campus. Visiting authors and poets include Newbery Award Winner Christopher Paul Curtis, Steve Amick, Scott Beal, Adam Mansbach, Kevin Coval, Jeff Kass, and Aaron McCollough - just to name a few!

Events throughout the weekend will consist of everything from workshops to the bookcrawl! For a full list of the weekend's events, visit the Bookfest's website to view the schedule. Enjoy!

Songwriting Workshop With Singer/Songwriter Aric Bieganek Of The Royal Order of Keys and Chords

Sunday June 17, 2012: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Want to feel like a professional rock star?! Come learn how to R.O.C.K. with Royal Order of Chords and Keys lead singer/songwriter Aric Bieganek.

Using the program, Garage Band, everyone will work together to assemble a sequence of loops and musical ideas & melodies to create a song from scratch. Bring your own instruments if you'd like to add some live instruments into the mix!

This event, for grades K - 3, is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Beneath The Rim: Stories And Pictures From Inside The Grand Canyon

Join us in welcoming author Rick Kempa to the Downtown library on Monday June 18 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm for an evening of stories and pictures of the Grand Canyon. Mr. Kempa has been hiking in the Grand Canyon since 1974. The event will include stories spanning that length of time, from his first hike “when, as immortal teenagers, my brother and I had the bright idea of swimming across the river just above Hermit Rapids,” to his most recent hike this spring, “when I began to consider that there may come a day when I am too old and tired to climb out.” His words and photos also depict “encounters with grizzled fellow-hikers, with rangers who appear in the weirdest of places, with river-runners who feast like kings, with exotic wildlife, and—best of all—with the silence that exists between the river and the Rim.”

In August 2010, Kempa served as the Artist-in-Residence at the South Rim, giving public presentations and working on his Canyon-country writings. He is currently serving as editor of two Grand Canyon anthologies, one of poems and the other of essays by backpackers. He teaches writing and philosophy and directs the Honors Program at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

The AADL also has guide books, historical books, music, and videos on the Grand Canyon for those interested in learning more about this incredible National Park.

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