Banned Books Week Event: Poet And Publisher Mariela Griffor

Wednesday October 3, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Thirty Years Of Liberating Literature is theme for this 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week (September 30 through October 6). To observe the week, AADL welcomes acclaimed poet and publisher Mariela Griffor, who will read from her work and discuss her extraordinary life.

Griffor is the author of "Exiliana" and "House," and founder of Michigan's Marick Press, a not-for-profit literary publisher, founded to preserve the best work by poets of the American Midwest.

This event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

Write Michigan! -- Statewide Short Story Contest

Short story writers, grab your laptops for the first annual Write Michigan Contest
presented by Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and Schuler Books & Music.

Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers' Choice and Judges' Choice.
Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press in both print and eBook format.

Entries accepted September 4 – November 30, 2012

One story per author
Maximum story length: 3000 words
Entry fee: $10.00 for 18 and older
(free for 17 and younger)
Contest open to Michigan residents only
See complete contest guidelines

The Write Michigan Contest has an entry deadline of November 30, 2012.
Winners will be announced by the first of February and celebrated on March 19, 2013 at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

A great opportunity for aspiring writers!

Have You Read a Good Short Story Lately?

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For twenty years the AADL has sponsored an annual Short Story Contest often refereed to as It's All Write! A challenge to judge, but a pleasure to read, these stories are selected first as Finalists, then as Winners by authors, who amongst them have won many awards from the Printz to the Hopwood. This year's stories can be found here.

In addition to local teen writers' stories, here's a list of Teen Short Story Collections from your library's collection, along with publications from 826michigan, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Interspersed with reading great short stories is writing some too, and here's a couple titles that could help, Writing To Describe and 1001 Writing Projects for Students.

"There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories." Ursula K Le Guin

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.

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