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Added to the collection on Oct 31, 2013

Called Again: An Evening with Appalachian Trail Endurance Hiker and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis

This event was held on August 16, 2013 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In 2011, two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis wanted to test her limits.

With the support of her husband Brew and a dedicated group of volunteers dubbed the "Pit Crew," she hiked, stumbled, and sometimes crawled the rugged 2,181 mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days (an average of 47 miles per day), becoming the fastest person to hike the trail and the first woman to ever set the mark.

But Jen's story is not about records or numbers; it's about endurance, faith, and most of all, love.

Join us as Jennifer Pharr Davis (the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer Of The Year) discusses the many challenges and lessons that presented themselves along the trail of this difficult hike. She will share photos from the over 12,000 miles of long-distance hiking that she has completed on six different continents and will also answer questions about her hiking exploits.

After her presentation, Jennifer will sign copies of her new book "Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph," which Kirkus Reviews has called "an inspired exploration of the meaning of commitment." Copies of her book will be for sale at the event.

Join us for what is sure to be an exciting and inspiring presentation from this world class athlete and wilderness adventurer.

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Added to the collection on Oct 31, 2013

Author Richard Snow Discusses His New Book: I Invented The Modern Age: The Rise Of Henry Ford

This event was held on May 20, 2013 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Henry Ford was born the year of Gettysburg and died two years after the atomic bombs fell - and in that time become the most famous and richest man in America.

Richard Snow, acclaimed popular historian and former editor-in-chief of American Heritage Magazine, will discuss Henry Ford and Snow's just-released (May 14) new book "I Invented The Modern Age: The Rise Of Henry Ford," a meticulous and entertaining account of Ford, the Model-T, and the remaking of American industry in the early 20th century. This special event will also include a book signing and books will be for sale.

The car made Ford a national hero-- but that's not the end of the story. Ford was driven by a sense of messianic philanthropy, but once he'd achieved his goal he felt fettered by his very success. In Snow's capable hands, Ford is a tragic figure we watch rise and fall. Filled with scene and incident, character and dialogue, Snow's book presents us with the young, unknown, industrious, and altogether resourceful young man rising in the years when people were vying to build the machine that would define the dawning age in America. In many ways his story is well known, but Snow sheds new light onto this fascinating man by viewing him through his greatest creation-- the Model T.

Richard Snow worked at American Heritage magazine for nearly four decades and was its editor-in-chief for seventeen years. The author of several books, Snow has also served as a consultant for historical motion pictures --among them "Glory" --and has written for documentaries, including the Burns brothers' "Civil War," and Ric Burns's award-winning PBS film "Coney Island," whose screenplay he wrote. Most recently, he served as a consultant on Ken Burns' World War II series, "The War."

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Added to the collection on Sep 09, 2013

Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America

This event was held on June 11, 2013 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Whether you call them franks, wieners, or red hots, hot dogs are as American as apple pie, but how did these little links become icons of American culture?

Join hot dog scholar Bruce Kraig and photographer Patty Carroll for a fascinating and colorful look at the history, people, decor, and venues that make up hot dog culture and what it says about our country! Their 2012 book "Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture In America" will be on sale, and the event includes a book signing.

In this fascinating book, world-renowned hot dog scholar Bruce Kraig investigates the history, people, decor, and venues that make up hot dog culture and what it says about our country. These humble sausages cross ethnic and regional boundaries and have provided the means for plucky entrepreneurs to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Hot dogs, and the ways we enjoy them, are part of the American dream.

Bruce Kraig has loved hot dogs since his first bite at Nathan's when he was 5 years old. Since then he has studied hot dogs, and for over 25 years, has been the leading authority on the culture of Hot Dogs. As the authority on the culture, lore and history of hot dogs, he has appeared often in national media, including documentaries by the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. As the leading expert on hot dogs, Kraig has appeared on ABC Nightline, Martha Stewart Radio, ABC National News and NPR's Talk of the Nation, and in the spring of 2009, CBS News, WGN and NBC News Chicago, as well as BBC News and Radio New Zealand-all about hot dogs.

Patty Carroll, currently Adjunct Full Professor of Photography at the School of The Art Institute Of Chicago and at Columbia College Chicago, is a distinguished photographic artist with a deep interest in American popular culture. She has published and exhibited widely on American cultural topics including Elvis Impersonators, American suburban lawns, and resorts at night, as well as hot dog stands. Her books include: "Living The Life: The World Of Elvis Tribute Artists," "Culture Is Everywhere" and her hot dog stand photos are included in "Changing Chicago."

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Added to the collection on Jun 06, 2013

Nationally-Known Cooking Experts Marilynn & Sheila Brass Return To AADL to Discuss Boston Food, A New England Melting Pot

This event was held on March 14, 2013 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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AADL joins with The Performance Network Theatre for a delightful evening of Boston lore and cooking tips with the return of Boston television stars and heirloom cooking experts Marilynn and Sheila Brass. This event is designed to give colorful insight into the food and lore of Boston - the setting for the Performance Network's March production of David Lindsay-Abaire's award-winning play "Good People."

Boston's Brass Sisters are cookbook authors, television personalities, culinary historians, and home cooks with more than 120 years of combined home baking and cooking experience. They have hosted their own Holiday Special on the Cooking Channel, were recently selected to appear in the book, "Boston's Inspirational Women" and have won a Throwdown on the Food Network with Bobby Flay (with their heirloom recipe for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake). They have appeared on television and radio throughout the country sharing recipes and stories from their two cookbooks, "Heirloom Baking With The Brass Sisters" and "Heirloom Cooking With The Brass Sisters." Food & Wine Magazine chose both cookbooks for their Best of the Best 25 Cookbooks of the Year. "Heirloom Baking" also received a James Beard nomination in the Dessert and Baking Category. This event will include a booksigning and books will be for sale.

Experts on heirloom cookery, the famous sisters have compiled a research library of more than 6,500 cookbooks, including dozens of manuscript cookbooks, as well as 1,500 books and periodicals on antiques and culinary history. Their collection of more than 2,000 antique food molds, kitchenware, culinary prints and menus is considered one of the finest in the United States.

Performance Network staff will also be on hand to provide an introduction to "Good People." This 2011 Tony nominee centers on Margie Walsh, a Dollar Store worker from Boston's "Southie" district, who is fired from her job and facing eviction. In desperation, she reaches out to a former high school summer fling who has made it out of South Boston, inviting herself to a chic cocktail party in his home. The play is a touching and funny look at America's great economic divide. Performances of "Good People" will occur at the Performance Network through March 31. Visit the Performance Network website at performancenetwork.org for more information on this award-winning play.

Join us for an insider's look at Boston (the setting of "Good People") with the delightful Brass Sisters!

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Added to the collection on Apr 10, 2013

'Gertie' Hirsch, Creater Of The Popular Blog - 'Gertie's New Blog For Better Sewing'

This event was held on January 27, 2013 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Nationally-known sewing expert Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch is a passionate home seamstress, a sought-after sewing teacher, and the creator of one of the most popular sewing blogs on the web - Gertie's New Blog For Better Sewing - a place to share tutorials and lively posts about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender.

A sewing enthusiast from Beacon, New York, Gertie has a love of all things retro. Now - meet Gertie in person, right here at AADL!! Hear about her blog, her craft and her book "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques."

An extension of her blog, this brand-new book is packed with lessons on couture techniques, customization and Gertie's spirited, modern style. The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

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

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Added to the collection on Feb 16, 2013

Music And Pop Culture Writer Susan Whitall Discusses Her Career And Her Amazing Interviews!

This event was held on November 15, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Susan Whitall was one of a handful of women on staff at the brash, irreverent Creem magazine in the mid-1970s, the rock journal immortalized in Cameron Crowe's film "Almost Famous." In the late '70s she became one of the first women to edit a national rock magazine when she took over the top editor's job.

She is the author of "Fever: Little Willie John: A Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul" (Titan Books, June 2011), a biography of one of the greatest R&B singers to come out of Detroit, a favorite of Marvin Gaye, B.B. King and Aretha Franklin, best friends with Levi Stubbs and Jerry Butler. "Women of Motown," numerous feature articles for magazines and newspapers, and liner notes for albums, including the booklet essay in the "Chrome Collection" Spinners box set.

Since the 1980s Susan has been a feature writer for the Detroit News, writing about pop culture, music and radio, often returning to stories about the R&B and soul music that came out of the Motor City.

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Added to the collection on Feb 16, 2013

Bestselling Author Gordon Korman & His New Book "Ungifted"

This event was held on November 6, 2012 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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Gordon has written more than fifty middle school and teen novels. His recently released book, "Ungifted", focuses on a 14-year-old average kid in a school for gifted children-and will soon be made into a major film! Gordon's other work includes "Titanic, Book One: Unsinkable" and the #1 New York Times bestsellers "Son of the Mob", "Schooled", and "The 39 Clues: One False Note". This event includes a book signing with books for sale.

This event is for Grades 4-12.

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Added to the collection on Feb 01, 2013

A Voyage To The Edge Of The Universe With Award-Winning Astronomy Author Terence Dickinson

This event was held on November 1, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Do not miss this evening with an expert astronomer - then check out AADL's telescope lending program and see the majesty of the stars from your own home! This event (originally scheduled for last spring) includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

In this highly illustrated presentation, astronomy author Terence Dickinson begins with the stars and constellations seen on a clear night from his backyard in rural Ontario, then reveals the grandeur of the universe as seen through telescopes and by satellites and space probes. The program includes tips on personal astronomy--that is, the easiest way to find and view planets, stars, constellations, northern lights and advice on buying your own telescope. Terence will also cover details from his just-released new book "Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries And Latest Images."

Terence Dickinson is a former staff astronomer at the McLaughlin Planetarium in Toronto, Canada, and the Strasenburgh Planetarium in Rochester, N.Y. For the past three decades he has been a leading author of astronomy books with two million copies of his 14 books in print.

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Added to the collection on Nov 24, 2012

Banned Books Week Event: Poet And Publisher Mariela Griffor

This event was held on October 3, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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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 - which forms a framework for much of her poetry. This event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

The many literary accomplishments of Mariela Griffor followed many years of involuntary exile from her native Chile. A firm supporter of freedom of speech, Mariela fled to Sweden in 1985 following the violent death of her boyfriend at that time. She moved to Grosse Pointe in 1998 with her American husband and two daughters.

The author of "Exiliana" and "House," she is the Honorary Consul of Chile in Michigan 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. Mariela co-founded The Institute for Creative Writers at Wayne State University and her work has appeared in periodicals across Latin America and the United States. She holds a B.A in Journalism from Wayne State University and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New England College.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment and highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship. It is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

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Added to the collection on Nov 01, 2012

Creating Noir Comics With Shawn Martinbrough

This event was held on August 29, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Learn how nationally-known graphic novelist Shawn Martinbrough became a graphic artist, illustrator, and novelist and about his approach to art.

Shawn's works include DMZ: Free States Rising with Brian Wood; Batman: Detective Comics; Luke Cage Noir; a new monthly series, Thief of Thieves with Robert Kirkman (The Waking Dead); and How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling.

The bulk of Shawn's work has been done for Marvel Comics, Vertigo and DC Comics. His client list includes Coca Cola/POWERade, The Hershey Company, The Topps Company, Cricket Wireless, Vibe, Bad Boy Entertainment, Penguin Books and McGraw-Hill.

Shawn's books will be for sale, and the event includes a book signing.

This event is for Grade 6 - Adult.

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Added to the collection on Nov 01, 2012

Max And Whit Alexander Discuss Their New Book "Bright Lights, No City: An African Adventure On Bad Roads With A Brother And A Very Weird Business Plan "

This event was held on August 9, 2012 at Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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At 47, Whit Alexander, the co-founder of the Cranium board game, decided to start a new business selling affordable goods and services to low-income villagers in Ghana. His brother, Max, a journalist, came along to tell the story. Neither anticipated how much of an adventure they'd find, and how many challenges they'd encounter on the path to success, from deadly insects and insane driving conditions to voodoo priests and ethnic rivalries!

Join us as Max and Whit Alexander make a special visit to Traverwood Branch to discuss their adventures and the resulting new book "Bright Lights, No City: An African Adventure On Bad Roads With A Brother And A Very Weird Business Plan." This acclaimed new book is the story of how this seminal adventure tests and finally redefines the relationship of these two extraordinary brothers.

The author, Max Alexander, is the perfect guide: skeptical at first, hilariously observant, worried about much that he is asked to plunge into, and finally inspired by what he sees.. A booksigning will follow and books will be on sale at the event.

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Added to the collection on Jun 27, 2012

Bestselling Author, Screenwriter And Playwright Delia Ephron Discusses Her New Novel 'The Lion Is In'

This event was held on May 20, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Bestselling author, screenwriter and playwright Delia Ephron makes a special appearance at the Library to discuss her career as well as her delightful new novel 'The Lion Is In.' The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

Delia Ephron's screenwriting credits include the hit movies 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,' 'Bewitched,' 'You've Got Mail,' 'Hanging Up' (based on her novel), and 'Michael.' She was also the producer of the timeless comedy 'Sleepless In Seattle.'

She has written several critically acclaimed novels for adults and teenagers, books of humor, including 'How to Eat Like a Child,' and essays. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, More, and The Huffington Post.

Recently, Delia collaborated with her sister, Nora Ephron, on a play, 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore,' which just completed an acclaimed two year run off-Broadway and has been performed in cities around the world, including Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Sydney.

'The Lion Is In' is full of "smart, snappy dialogue" according to Booklist and is the story of three women, who, one warm summer's night, go on the lam together. When their car breaks down on a rural highway in North Carolina, they're forced to seek shelter in a seemingly abandoned nightclub. Which is where they meet Marcel (a retired circus lion) - and soon everything changes.

Do not miss this chance to meet this amazing writer!

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Added to the collection on Jun 21, 2012

An Evening With Dan Rather As He Discusses His Just-Released Memoir: "Rather Outspoken: My Life In The News "

This event was held on May 21, 2012 at Michigan Theater

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The Ann Arbor District Library is honored to host an evening with journalist Dan Rather as he discusses his new memoir "Rather Outspoken: My Life In The News." The event, which includes a booksigning, will be held at The Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty in Ann Arbor. Books will be on sale. There is no charge to attend this special evening event, cosponsored by Michigan Radio.

Given his distinguished record and his long exposure on television around the globe, Dan Rather may be the best-known journalist in the world. He has covered virtually every major event in the world in the past 60 years. His resume reads like a history book, from his early local reporting in Texas on Hurricane Carla to his unparalleled work covering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; the civil rights movement; the White House and national politics; wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, Yugoslavia and Iraq. From his first days as the Associated Press reporter in Huntsville, Texas, in 1950, Rather has more than earned his reputation as the "hardest working man in broadcast journalism."

Rather served as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 1981 to 2005, the longest such tenure in broadcast journalism history. He helped to found 48 Hours, a broadcast he anchored and reported for from its premiere on Jan. 19, 1988, through 2002. He was a correspondent for 60 Minutes from 1975 to 1981, and again from 2005 to the summer of 2006. Rather also helped to found and served as a correspondent for 60 Minutes II from its debut on Jan. 13, 1999, to its final edition in 2005. His regular contributions to CBS News Radio included Dan Rather Reporting, a weekday broadcast of news and analysis on the CBS Radio Network from 1981 to 2004. In 2006 Rather founded the company News and Guts and became anchor and managing editor of HDNet's Dan Rather Reports, which specializes in investigative journalism and international reporting.

He has received virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards and citations from critical, scholarly, professional and charitable organizations. Rather has also authored or co-authored seven books, four of which have become New York Times bestsellers.

"Rather Outspoken: My Life In The News" is told in a straightforward and conversational manner. Readers will note his distinctive voice on every page. Rather discusses the major stories from his decades of reporting, including inside stories of top personalities he has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career. He also discusses his controversial dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan" and much more.

The book also include Rather's thoughts and reflections on the state of journalism today and what he sees for its future, as well as never-before-revealed personal observations and commentary.

Join us for this fascinating evening with Dan Rather.

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Added to the collection on May 07, 2012

Bestselling Fantasy Author Brandon Mull Discusses His New Book "Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion"

This event was held on April 1, 2012 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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Enter the world of fantasy as bestselling author Brandon Mull appears at the Library to discuss and read from his new book (just released in March) - "Beyonders #2: Seeds of Rebellion."

This new page-turner (for readers in grades 3 - 7) is the second epic installment in the Beyonders fantasy series! This event will include a booksigning and books will be available for purchase.

Brandon Mull is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Fablehaven series in addition to the acclaimed Beyonders series. This new installment promised to be even more exciting.

After the cliffhanger ending of "Beyonders: A World Without Heroes," Jason is back in the world he's always known--yet for all his efforts to get home, he finds himself itching to return to Lyrian. Jason knows that the shocking truth he learned from Maldor is precious information that all of his friends in Lyrian, including Rachel, need if they have any hope of surviving and defeating the evil emperor.

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Added to the collection on Apr 06, 2012

Chef Brian Polcyn Of Birmingham's Forest Grill And Milford's Cinco Lagos

This event was held on February 19, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Award-winning chef Brian Polcyn, nationally recognized for his creativity and culinary talents, is the visionary behind some of Detroit's most acclaimed restaurants (including Birmingham's Forest Grill and Milford's Cinco Lagos) and is the author of two books: "Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing" (nominated for a James Beard award) and the upcoming "Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing."

Join us as he prepares an incredibly delicious sample dish and discusses his life and his books. This event, cosponsored by the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor, includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

Chef Polcyn's numerous awards include three gold medals and a silver medal from The American Culinary Federation. The Hiram Walker Corporation recognized him as a Rising Star in American Cuisine. In 1990, he was first runner-up in the semi-annual American Culinary Gold Cup Bocuse d'Or, a competition that seeks America's top native-born chefs. He was also nominated for Best Chef Midwest in 2006 by the James Beard Foundation.

The Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor (CHAA) is an organization of scholars, cooks, food writers, nutritionists, collectors, students, and others interested in the study of culinary history and gastronomy. Their mission is to promote the study of culinary history through regular programs open to members and guests, through the quarterly newsletter Repast, and through exchanges of information with other such organizations.

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Added to the collection on Apr 06, 2012

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: An Evening With Author Stephen G. Bloom: Making Sense Of The World

This event was held on February 15, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The theme for Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2012 is Language: How We Communicate. Award-winning journalist Stephen G. Bloom, the UM Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism, will discuss how he communicates through non-fiction writing - including his December piece "Observations From 20 Years of Iowa Life" in The Atlantic which set off a firestorm of controversy placing him in the national spotlight. Bloom will also discuss the role of journalists today, touching on the future of journalism and nonfiction writing.

Since 1993, Bloom has been on the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa, where he is Professor and the Bessie Dutton Murray Professional Scholar. Prior to joining the Iowa faculty, Bloom was a staff writer at the Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Times, and Dallas Morning News. He was a Brazilian correspondent for the Field News Service and national news editor at the Latin America Daily Post.

He is the author of "Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls," "The Oxford Project" with photographer Peter Feldstein, "Inside the Writer's Mind" and "Postville: A Clash of Cultures In Heartland America." His work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Atlantic, Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Wilson Quarterly, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education, American Journalism Review, International Herald Tribune, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Money, Journal of Health Communication, Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, American Editor, and National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

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Added to the collection on Mar 05, 2012

John Titus Discusses His Book "Losing Alicia: A Father's Journey After 9/11"

This event was held on November 8, 2011 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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On September 11, 2001, local resident John Titus lost his daughter Alicia, a flight attendant on United Airlines 175, when the plane crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center. It was the second plane to hit the World Trade Center.

At this special event, John will share memories of Alicia and discuss how faith and love helped him cope with the years following the attacks and assisted him in writing his new book "Losing Alicia: A Father's Journey After 9/11." This event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

The forward of John's compelling new book states that "readers will not only witness a father's struggle over the murder of his young, vibrant and beautiful daughter, but they (will) walk with him through his agonizing grief after one of the most horrific tragedies in history, September 11, 2001."

John Titus is a retired college administrator and mental health counselor who divides his time between Michigan and Ohio. Since Alicia's death, John has become a strong advocate for peace and social justice - writing articles, participating in documentaries and political activism and giving talks throughout the United States, Canada and Italy.

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Added to the collection on Mar 05, 2012

Musician Aaron Dworkin, Founder & President Of The Sphinx Organization, Discusses His Memoir: "Uncommon Rhythm: A Black, White, Jewish, Jehovah's Witness, Irish Catholic Adoptee's Journey to Leadership"

This event was held on December 13, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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AADL is extremely proud to host violinist, arts educator, and President of the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization Aaron Dworkin, as he discusses his long-awaited inspirational memoir "Uncommon Rhythm: A Black, White, Jewish, Jehovah's Witness, Irish Catholic Adoptee's Journey to Leadership." The book is a harrowing yet moving account of Aaron's personal journey through social isolation and discrimination to found one of the nation's cultural jewels, the Sphinx Organization. Books will be on sale at the event and the evening will include a book signing.

"Uncommon Rhythm" is a tapestry of stirring narrative, precious photos and poignant poems. A MacArthur Fellow, Aaron is driven by the single vision of inclusion for all, and hopes that this book will inspire all people who have ever felt like outsiders to nurture their own gifts and make valuable contributions to society.

Named a MacArthur Fellow, a Member of the Obama National Arts Policy Committee and President Obama's first nominee to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron P. Dworkin is the Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization that focuses on youth development and diversity in classical music. An author, social entrepreneur, artist-citizen and an avid youth education advocate, he has received extensive national recognition for his vast accomplishments.

He is the recipient of the National Governors Association Distinguished Service to State Government Award, Detroit Symphony's Lifetime Achievement Award, Michiganian of the Year, Crain's 40 Under 40 and Who's Who Awards, BET's History Makers in the Making Award, AT&T Excellence in Education Award, University of Michigan's African-American Alumni Council's 5 Under 10 Award, Entrepreneur Of The Year Award by the National Black MBA Association-Detroit Chapter, and Interlochen Arts Academy's 2003 Path of Inspiration Award.

He has also been named one of Newsweek's 15 People Who Make America Great and has been featured in People Magazine, on NBC's Today Show and Nightly News with Brian Williams, on CNN's Airport Network-Innovator Series and Anderson Cooper 360 and on NPR's The Story and Performance Today. In addition, he has appeared in numerous articles in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Detroit News and Free Press, Washington Post, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Emerge and Jet Magazines and many other media outlets.

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Added to the collection on Mar 05, 2012

Season 4 Top Chef Winner Stephanie Izard Discusses Her New Book "Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats And Drinks"

This event was held on December 12, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Arrive early to this special event as Season 4 Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard returns to AADL with cooking tips and copies of her new book "Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats And Drinks." This event includes a book-signing and books will be on sale at the event (a perfect gift for the Holidays!). The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library.

Stephanie Izard knows how to inspire, captivate, and cook up a storm. Fan favorite and the first and only woman to win on TV's Top Chef, she is also the chef and owner of the acclaimed Girl & the Goat restaurant in Chicago. Join us as she discusses her life and her new book.

"The Girl in the Kitchen" collects more than 100 of Izard's best recipes, from innovative appetizers like Asian-Spiced English Peas to luscious desserts like Quince and Fig Cobbler with Vanilla Mascarpone. Beautifully photographed and bursting with flavor, personality, and insights into the Top Chef's process, the book also includes where she finds her cooking muses, how she shops for food, and which beers and wines she chooses to accompany her meals. 'The Girl in the Kitchen' represents the culmination of a craft and provides inspiration that reaches far beyond the kitchen walls.

Do not miss this deliciously amazing event as Stephanie Izard returns to the Library!

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Added to the collection on Jan 24, 2012

Famed TV Writer Mark Rothman Discusses His Shows Including "Laverne and Shirley," "Happy Days" And "The Odd Couple" And Reads From His New Book of Essays

This event was held on November 1, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Relive 1970's television as famed TV sitcom writer Mark Rothman, best known for his involvement with the creation and production of "Laverne and Shirley," visits AADL. He was also the head writer for numerous other shows including "Happy Days" and "The Odd Couple."

Join us as Mark recalls many show biz memories - and reads from his book "Mark Rothman's Essays: Many About Show Biz and All About Life." Books will be available for sale and the event includes a book signing

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Added to the collection on Jan 24, 2012

Jan Brett, New York Times #1 Bestselling Children's Author & Artist

This event was held on November 11, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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With over thirty-seven million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author/illustrators of children's books. Her books are known for colorful, detailed depictions of a wide variety of animals and human cultures ranging from Scandinavia to Africa. Her best-known titles include "The Hat," "The Mitten," "The Three Snow Bears" and "Gingerbread Baby."

Join Jan for a fun look at how she creates her stories. After her brief demonstration, Jan will meet with fans and sign books. Her new book, "Home Before Christmas," and "The Night Before Christmas" will be for sale at this event, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Jan's tour bus will be parked next to the Library. It is wrapped in artwork from "Home for Christmas" and "The Night Before Christmas" Deluxe Book & DVD Edition. Also - be sure to say hello to Hedgie, Jan's favorite friend from "The Mitten" and "The Hat," who will be visiting as well!

Arrive early - this is sure to be a popular event!

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Added to the collection on Jan 24, 2012

Author John Miller Discusses The History Of College Football And His New Book "The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football"

This event was held on November 30, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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John J. Miller, U-M graduate and author of "The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football," will discuss his new book, the history of college football and the social changes in America that made college football popular. This event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

In this fascinating new book, Miller delivers the intriguing, never-before-told story of how Theodore Roosevelt saved American Football--a game that would become the nation's most popular sport. Miller's sweeping, novelistic retelling captures the violent, nearly lawless days of late 19th century football and the public outcry that would have ended the great game but for a crucial Presidential intervention. Teddy Roosevelt's championing of football led to the creation of the NCAA, the innovation of the forward pass, a vital collaboration between Walter Camp, Charles W. Eliot, John Heisman and others, and, ultimately, the creation of a new American pastime.

John J. Miller writes for National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He is also the author of "The First Assassin," a historical thriller set during the Civil War. The Chronicle of Higher Education has called him "one of the best literary journalists in the country."

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Added to the collection on Dec 06, 2011

Comic Artists Forum With Guest Artist Dan Mishkin

This event was held on October 2, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Guest artist Dan Mishkin will talk about what a comic book writer does, and how it's important to think visually and to understand how comics work -- valuable information for writers, but also for artists. Dan is the co-creator of the comic book series "Amethyst", "Blue Devil", "Creeps" and "Spellgame", and author of the children's illustrated novel "The Forest King." Join the Forum to get fresh ideas for your next comics or graphic novel creation. Drawing supplies will be provided, so drop in for drawing, learning, and sharing.

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Added to the collection on Nov 15, 2011

"A Beautiful Mind" Author Sylvia Nasar Discusses Her New Book: "Grand Pursuit: The Story Of Economic Genius"

This event was held on October 17, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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AADL is proud to host Professor Sylvia Nasar - economist, journalist and the author of "A Beautiful Mind," the mega-bestseller that inspired the Academy Award-winning film starring Russell Crowe. Professor Nasar will discuss her critically-acclaimed just-released new book "Grand Pursuit: The Story Of Economic Genius." The event will include a book signing and books will be on sale.

This fascinating new book is the epic story of the making of modern economics, and of how economics rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation by placing its material fate in its own hands rather than in Fate. We witness men and women responding to personal crises, world wars, revolutions and economic upheavals to triumph over mankind's hitherto age-old destiny of misery and early death. This story is one of trial and error, but ultimately transcendent, as it is rendered here in a stunning and moving narrative.

A writer at Fortune and columnist at U.S. News & World Report before she joined The New York Times, Sylvia Nasar also has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and other leading publications.

While working as an economics reporter for The New York Times she discovered the remarkable story of John Nash, the Princeton mathematical genius who suffered from schizophrenia for three decades before recovering and winning a Nobel Prize in economics. Her biography, "A Beautiful Mind," which won the National Book Critics' Circle Award and was a Pulitzer finalist, helped put a human face on a devastating mental illness.

Do not miss this opportunity to meet this outstanding author!

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Added to the collection on Nov 15, 2011

Margaret Leary Discusses Her New Book: "Giving It All Away The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle" at Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event was held on October 16, 2011 at Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

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Learn more about the history of the Michigan Law Quadrangle when retired Law Library Director and author Margaret Leary discusses her book "Giving it All Away: The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle." This fascinating book not only illuminates a critical chapter in the history of the University, but sheds light on the development of laws pertaining to corporations and the communications industry.

This event, co-sponsored by the Washtenaw County Historical Society, will feature a book signing and books will be on sale.

The donor of the four architecturally outstanding buildings that are the Michigan Law Quadrangle, Cook decided to give his alma mater not just the finest physical facility of any existing law school, but to donate permanent resources that would permit the law school to engage in ground-breaking legal research. Providing these gifts to the law school proved tempestuous, protracted, and eventually very litigious and the drama included many influential players over two decades.

Author Margaret A. Leary was director of the Law Library from 1984 until her retirement in 2011. She worked to build the comprehensive library collection to support current and future research in law and a wide range of disciplines and also developed strong services to support faculty research. She received a BA from Cornell University, an MA from the University of Minnesota School of Library Science, and a JD from the William Mitchell College of Law.

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Added to the collection on Nov 15, 2011

Matt Feazell: Comics to Screenplay

This event was held on September 30, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Matt Feazell will discuss how he adapted his long-running comic strip, "The Amazing Cynicalman," into a feature-length screenplay - now a soon-to-be-released film - by the same title.

Over the past three decades Hamtramck cartoonist Matt Feazell has achieved iconic status in the comics industry through his irreverent and witty comic series, "The Amazing Cynicalman." He is now poised to do the same in the film industry, as he adapts his series into a screenplay for a feature-length production.

Matt Feazell has drawn back-up features in Scott McCloud's ZOT!, published by Eclipse, called "The Adventures of ZOT! in Dimension 10 1/2." He was also the artist of a monthly feature, "Dizzy Adventures", which ran in Disney Adventures magazine from 2000 until the magazine folded in 2007.

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Added to the collection on Nov 07, 2011

Dr. Howard Markel Discusses His New Book "An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine"

This event was held on September 12, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join us as acclaimed medical historian and UM Professor Howard Markel discusses his new book - the astonishing account of the years-long cocaine use of Sigmund Freud, young, ambitious neurologist, and William Halsted, the equally young, path finding surgeon. Markel writes of the physical and emotional damage caused by the then-heralded wonder drug, and how each man ultimately changed the world in spite of it--or because of it. One became the father of psychoanalysis; the other, of modern surgery.

"Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug, Cocaine" has just been released to nationwide acclaim. The New York Times, in their July 24 review (on the front-page on the Sunday Book Review section) called this new book a "tour de force of scientific and social history," The Wall Street Journal labeled it as "irresistible," and Booklist described this new nonfiction title as a "compelling and compassionate account of these two icons in the annals of medicine and their shared addictions."

Books will be on sale at this event, which will also include a book signing. Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D. is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. His previous books include "Quarantine!" and "When Germs Travel." His articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The New England Journal of Medicine, and he is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. Markel is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and lives in Ann Arbor.

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Author Jael McHenry Discusses Her Cooking Blog And Her New Book "The Kitchen Daughter"

This event was held on August 18, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join us for a delightful evening as author Jael McHenry, a talented and enthusiastic amateur cook who grew up in Michigan and Iowa, discusses her new book "The Kitchen Daughter" (recently selected by Oprah as one of this summer's Tantalizing Beach Reads). Jael will also discuss her love for cooking and her Simmer blog, where she blogs about food and cooking. A book signing will follow this event, and books will be on sale.

Jael currently resides in New York, where she is a monthly pop culture columnist and Editor-in-Chief of Intrepid Media, online at intrepidmedia.com. Her work has appeared in publications such as the North American Review, Indiana Review, and the Graduate Review at American University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. "The Kitchen Daughter" is her first novel.

Julie & Julia meets Jodi Picoult in this poignant and delectable novel with recipes, chronicling one woman's journey of self-discovery at the stove. This lyrical novel is as delicious and joyful as a warm brownie and is also a fascinating glimpse into the unique mind of a woman struggling with Asperger's.

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Added to the collection on Nov 07, 2011

Author Becky Thacker Discusses Her New Book "Faithful Unto Death" Based On A True Family Murder

This event was held on August 5, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Taking a true story of a murder in her own Michigan family, author Becky Thacker has crafted a page-turning mystery novel!

"Faithful Unto Death" provides a window into the daily lives of small-town Michiganders at the turn of the century, wrapped up in a riveting whodunit.... Why was the pious daughter of missionaries suddenly stricken with a mysterious and fatal ailment - was it an illness -- or suicide -- or MURDER?! Join us and hear more about the real murder; this engrossing book; and why the University of Michigan Press decided to make this mystery novel available for free on their website as a special serialized summer read! This event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

Becky Thacker is descended from the grandchildren of Rebecca Nurse and Cotton Mather, Salem Witch trials victim and hanging judge respectively. At family gatherings on the family farm in Leroy, Michigan, she and her relatives often debated about the family murder, each strongly holding a different viewpoint of what happened and why. Becky used this true mystery to create this absorbing tale of murder in Benzonia.

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Added to the collection on Jul 27, 2011

Author Jerry Weinberger Discusses Ben Franklin And His Book "Benjamin Franklin Unmasked: On the Unity of His Moral, Religious, and Political Thought "

This event was held on May 17, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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MSU Professor Weinberger looks behind the many masks of Ben Franklin and proves that the man was far more remarkable than anyone has yet discovered!

Moral paragon, public servant, founding father; scoundrel, opportunist, womanizing phony: There are many Benjamin Franklins. For this event, Jerry Weinberger, Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University and 2007 winner of the the Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award, will reveal the real Franklin, in a lecture that explores Franklin's life and many accomplishments.

This event includes a booksigning and copies of Weinburger's book 'Benjamin Franklin Unmasked: On the Unity of His Moral, Religious, and Political Thought' will be on sale. This lecture is held in conjunction with the Downtown Library May 4 - July 8 exhibit, Ben Franklin: In Search of a Better World

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Added to the collection on Jul 25, 2011

Nationally-Known Comic Artist David Malki! Discusses True Stuff From Old Books

This event was held on June 1, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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David Malki! is the nationally-known author of the celebrated comic strip Wondermark, which repurposes illustrations and engravings from 19th-Century books into sarcastic, silly, and surreal collage-style comic strips!

For this special event, David will present a slide show of fascinating, forgotten articles unearthed from Victorian-era newspapers and magazines. A man breathes fire! A steam-powered flying machine attempts its first flight! Inventors and adventurers dream big, and often die! And human nature remains unchanged through the ages. This event will include a booksigning and David's books will be on sale.

In 2008 David's Wondermark book Beards of our Forefathers was nominated for the Eisner Award -- the highest honor in comics -- for Best Humorous Publication. He's also the co-editor of the sci-fi anthology Machine of Death, which became a surprise bestseller in 2010.

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Added to the collection on Jul 25, 2011

Teen Author Laura Resau Reads From Her Work And Discusses The Craft Of Writing

This event was held on May 4, 2011 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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Laura Resau has lived and traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe - experiences that inspire her books for young people. Acclaimed for her sensitive treatment of immigration issues, she donates a portion of her royalties to indigenous rights organizations in Latin America.

Her novels have garnered many starred reviews and awards, including the IRA YA Fiction Award, the America's Award and a spot on Oprah's Kids' Book List. Her latest, "The Queen Of Water," (co-written with Maria Virginia Faringo) was praised as "riveting..heartbreaking... and ultimately inspiring" by Kirkus Reviews.

Join as Laura reads from her work and discusses her writing. A book signing will occur at this event, and books will be on sale.

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Added to the collection on Jun 28, 2011

Paddling Across Michigan and Wisconsin With Kayaking And Canoeing Expert Doc Fletcher

This event was held on April 27, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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PBS-featured Michigan author Doc Fletcher invites you to enjoy a photographic journey down rivers selected from his 3 books: the 2011 release "Canoeing & Kayaking Wisconsin" and his two Michigan river books.

You will take a virtual trip down several rivers & hear what makes each of those rivers uniquely FUN! Histories of towns along the way are shared and tales are told of local, old-time, neighborhood taverns in those towns. At the end of the program there will be a drawing for a free canoe or kayak trip, good for a day trip down one of Michigan's or Wisconsin's rivers. The event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

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Internationally Acclaimed Author Sebastian Junger Discusses His New Bestseller "War"

This event was held on May 16, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Over the course of fifteen months, acclaimed author Sebastian Junger (author of The Perfect Storm) followed a single platoon based at a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan. His objective was to convey what soldiers experience--what war actually feels like. The resulting New York Times Bestseller 'War,' (now available in paperback), describes what few civilians will ever witness - what it means to fight, to serve, and to face down mortal danger on a constant basis.

His time in Afghanistan is also the subject of the documentary feature film Restrepo, which Junger directed with award-winning photographer Tim Hetherington. Restrepo received the 2010 Grand Jury Prize for documentary at Sundance and an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

In addition to 'The Perfect Storm,' (the basis for a major motion picture starring George Clooney), other Junger bestsellers include 'Fire' and 'A Death in Belmont.' A contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Junger has been awarded a SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism as well as a National Magazine Award.

This event includes a booksigning and books will be on sale.

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Added to the collection on May 31, 2011

Bestselling Mystery Authors Brian Freeman And Craig McDonald

This event was held on May 7, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Lovers of the mystery genre -- and aspiring writers -- mark your calendars! Do not miss this presentation by international bestselling suspense authors Brian Freeman and Craig McDonald. Co-sponsored by Aunt Agatha's, the event will include a booksigning and books will be on sale.

Brian Freeman's debut novel "Immoral" won the Macavity Award in 2005 and was a finalist for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry Awards for best first novel. "Immoral" was also named International Book of the Month, a distinction shared with authors Harlan Coben and Karin Slaughter. Since then, Brian has released five more critically acclaimed psychological suspense novels, which have been published in 19 languages. His sixth novel "The Bone House" - has just been released.

Edgar--nominee Craig McDonald is an award-winning journalist, editor and fiction writer. His short fiction has appeared in literary magazines, anthologies and several online crime fiction sites. His 2007 debut novel, "Head Games," selected as an Edgar--nominee for Best First Novel by an American Author, was also a finalist for the Anthony, Gumshoe and Crimespree Magazine awards for best first novel. His nonfiction books include "Art In The Blood," a collection of interviews with 20 major crime authors, which was followed by a second collection "Rogue Males: Conversations and Confrontations About the Writing Life."

Don't miss his fun, inspiring look inside the world of the mystery genre as two of its masters share anecdotes about the mystery genre, the creative process, and the ups and downs of the writer's life.

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Added to the collection on May 31, 2011

Publishing Children's Books: The Dirty Truth

This event was held on April 7, 2011 at Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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2011 Caldecott Medal winner Erin and Philip Stead join other panelists in this discussion of issues in the children's book publishing industry, co-sponsored by the Detroit Chapter of the Women's National Book Association.

The discussion panel includes: Shutta Crum, nationally known children's author, storyteller, former librarian and teacher; Heather Hughes, Marketing Director at Sleeping Bear Press; Colleen Kammer, co-owner of Oak Park's Book Beat Bookstore; and Marian Nelson, owner of Nelson Publishing & Marketing. Eastern Michigan University Children's Literature Professor Dr. Harry Eiss will moderate.

The event will also feature a book signing by panel members and books will be on sale.

The Women's National Book Association is a national organization of women and men who work with and value books. The original WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book.

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Added to the collection on May 31, 2011

National Library Week Event: Cleveland Confidential Book Tour Featuring Cheetah Chrome Of The Dead Boys

This event was held on April 12, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Cleveland Confidential Book Tour features three author-musicians who hail from Cleveland but whose influence is without boundaries. Cheetah Chrome (Rocket From The Tombs, Dead Boys), Mike Hudson (The Pagans) and Bob Pfeifer (Human Switchboard, Tabby Chinos)will read excerpts from their books, answer questions and discuss their careers. A book signing will follow and books will be on sale.

Cheetah Chrome is best known as guitarist/founding member of both Rocket From The Tombs and Dead Boys. As a songwriter his work has been covered by artists such as Guns n Roses, Pearl Jam and the Beastie Boys. He still performs and records with Rocket From The Tombs, as well as Batusis (with Sylvain Sylvain). His new book "Cheetah Chrome - A Dead Boy's Tale From The Front Lines Of Punk Rock" is the no-holds-barred autobiography - a tale of success and excess--amazing music, legendary antics, epic drug use, and eventual resurrection--that only a true rock and roller could deliver.

Mike Hudson founded the American punk rock group the Pagans in 1977. His work has appeared in Hustler, the Associated Press, Master Detective, Field & Stream and many other publications. He is currently the founding editor and CEO of the Niagara Falls Reporter, a New York tabloid specializing in politics and organized crime. "Diary of A Punk," his autobiography, is a classic rock and roll memoir that dishes the inside dope on the groundbreaking American punk rock movement and many of its top stars.

Bob Pfeifer was a founding member and primary songwriter for the critically acclaimed band, Human Switchboard. He went on to be Senior Vice President A&R / Epic Records and President of Hollywood Records (The Walt Disney Company). He is responsible for the sale of 50 Million albums having worked with Alice Cooper, Joe Satriani, Ornette Coleman, The Screaming Trees, Elton John, among many others, and soundtracks like the Crow: City of Angels and Lion King. Bob's novel, "University of Strangers," has as its center a sensational case - that of American student Amanda Knox and the brutal murder of her roommate. A unique blend of fact and fiction, it is a spellbinding account of the violence, corruption and celebrity worship that characterize much of 21st century life.

Do not miss this opportunity to meet these three music legends!

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Added to the collection on May 23, 2011

Author Lev Raphael Discusses His Memoir "My Germany"

This event was held on March 28, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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When you grow up hating Germany because your parents are Holocaust survivors, what happens when you're invited to speak there about your books?

Lev Raphael haunted by his parents' suffering and traumatic losses under Nazi rule, was certain that Germany was one place in the world he would never visit. Those feelings shaped his Jewish and gay identity, his life, and his career. Then the barriers of a lifetime began to come down, as revealed in this moving memoir "My Germany." While researching his mother's war years, Raphael found a distant relative living in the very city where she had been a slave laborer.

What would he learn if he actually traveled to the place where his mother had found freedom and met his father? Not long after that epochal trip, a German publisher bought several of his books for translation. Raphael was launched on book tours in Germany, discovering not so much a new Germany, but a new self: someone unafraid to face the past and transcend it.

Lev Raphael is a pioneer in writing fiction about America's Second Generation, publishing his first short story about children of survivors in 1978. Many of his early stories on this theme were collected in his award-winning book, "Dancing on Tisha B'Av," while the best of those appear in his second collection "Secret Anniversaries of the Heart." He is the author of 17 other books including two novels about survivors, "Winter Eyes" and "The German Money," two memoirs, "Journeys & Arrivals" and "Writing a Jewish Life" and dozens of essays, articles, and stories in a wide range of publications

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Added to the collection on May 23, 2011

Culinary Historian Andrew F. Smith Discusses His New Books: "Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War" and "Potato: A Global History"

This event was held on March 27, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Nationally-known culinary historian Andrew F. Smith will make a special appearance to discuss his two new books, "Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War" and "Potato: A Global History." This event, which will include a book signing, is cosponsored by the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor. Books will be on sale at the event.

Andrew F. Smith has taught food history at the New School University in Manhattan since 1995. He is the author or editor of 19 books, including "The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America," and "The Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food" and has written more than 1000 articles, entries and papers on culinary topics. He is also the editor of the "Edible Series" published by Reaktion Books and has been regularly interviewed on radio and television, including National Public Radio, Discovery, the History Channel, and the Food Network.

In "Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War", he takes a fascinating gastronomical look at the war and its legacy. While the Civil War split the country in a way that affects race and politics to this day, it also affected the way we eat and drink. "Potato: A Global History" tells the captivating tale of an allegedly lowly vegetable that has changed - and continues to change - the world.

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Added to the collection on May 23, 2011

Author Tom Nanzig Discusses How To Use Archival & Historical Material To Write And Publish A Book

This event was held on March 20, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Author Tom Nanzig gives an inside look at finding and researching publishable material in an archival setting and how to edit the material, find a publisher and produce the final polished product. Tom is the author of "The Civil War Memoirs Of A Virginia Cavalryman"

This event is co-sponsored by the Washtenaw County Historical Society.

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Added to the collection on May 01, 2011

Explore The Quirky, Incredible World Of Adult Fans Of LEGO With Jonathan Bender, Author Of "LEGO: A Love Story"

This event was held on March 18, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored toys that make them so hard for everyone to put down?

Join as for a fun filled evening as Jonathan relates the LEGO adventures and discusses his new book "LEGO: A Love Story." The event will include a book signing and books will be on sale.

In search of answers and adventure, Jonathan Bender set out to explore the quirky world of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs) while becoming a builder himself. As he participated in challenges at fan conventions, searched for the largest private collection in the United States, and visited LEGO headquarters (where he was allowed into the top secret set vault), he found his LEGO journey twinned with a second creative endeavor--to have a child. His two worlds intertwined as he awaited the outcome: Will he win a build competition or bring a new fan of LEGO into the world? Like every really good love story, this one has surprises--and a happy ending.

Ann Arbor also features prominently in the story, as Ann Arbor's own BRICK BASH was one of the first events Bender attended as he was getting back into LEGO. Bender's back for BRICK BASH 2011, which is Saturday, 3/19 at WCC!

Whether you're an avid LEGO freak or a onetime fan who now shares LEGO bricks with your children, this book will appeal to the inner builder in you and reignite a love for all things LEGO.

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Added to the collection on May 01, 2011

Graphic Artist Matt Dembicki Discusses "Trickster: Native American Tales"

This event was held on March 14, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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"Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection" is an amazing collection of more than 20 Native American tales cleverly adapted into comic form. Each story is written by a different Native American storyteller who worked closely with a selected illustrator, a combination that gives each tale a unique and powerful voice and look. Ranging from serious and dramatic to funny and sometimes fiendish, these tales bring tricksters back into popular culture in a very vivid form.

This unique collection of Indian lore was conceived and edited by cartoonist Matt Dembicki, the founder of DC Conspiracy, a comic creators' collaborative in Washington, DC. Matt will be here to discuss this work, the Indian lore which inspired it, and what it takes to create a graphic novel.

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Added to the collection on Apr 12, 2011

Women's History Month Event: Michigan History Magazine Editor Patricia Majher Discusses Her New Book "Ladies Of The Lights: Michigan Women In The U.S. Lighthouse Service"

This event was held on March 3, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Michigan leads the country in the number of lighthouses, and they're still a central part of the mystique and colorful countryside of the state. What even lighthouse enthusiasts might not know is the rich history of female lighthouse keepers in the area.

Join us as Michigan History Magazine Editor Patricia Majher discusses the history of more than 50 of these women who served the Michigan sailing community with dedication and distinction from 1849 to 1954. She will tell the fascinating stories of 10 of these women, who are also featured in her new book "Ladies Of The Lights: Michigan Women In The U.S. Lighthouse Service." A booksigning will follow and books will be on sale at the event.

Lighthouse keeping was a rugged life of long hours and hard work punctuated by periods of real peril. Imagine how it felt to be one of the rare women admitted into this profession: challenged to their limits, yet loving every minute of it. Celebrate Women's History Month and learn more about this unique facet of Michigan history.

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Added to the collection on Feb 11, 2011

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Author Event: Richard Glaubman Discusses His Book "Life Is So Good"

This event was held on January 22, 2011 at Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building

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Richard Glaubman will make a special appearance in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area as part of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2011. His book, 'Life Is So Good,' the true story of a man who learned to read at the age of 98, has been chosen as the focus of the 2011 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program. Glaubman will discuss this book and his friendship with George Dawson, the remarkable 103 year old African-American man who is the co-author and subject of the book (Dawson died in 2001).

A booksigning will follow and books will be on sale at this event, courtesy of Borders. This appearance is a key event for the 2011 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti reads program, which this year focuses on the subject 'What Makes Life Worth Living?'.

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Added to the collection on Feb 03, 2011

Musings From The Tall Grass Prairie With Author/Illustrator David Small And Author/Gardener Sarah Stewart

This event was held on November 17, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Author/illustrator David Small and his wife, author/gardener Sarah Stewart, will share their thoughts on the importance of art and reading for young people and the impact of the picture book in children's literature. Mr. Small will also present illustrations from his latest children's book project. A booksigning will also occur at this event and books will also be on sale.

David Small has illustrated more than 40 picture books. His books have been translated into several languages, made into animated films and musicals, and have won many top awards. 'Stitches,' David's 2009 graphic memoir about his problematic youth, was nominated for a National Book Award. A published poet and lifelong diarist, Sarah is the author of five acclaimed children's books -- 'The Money Tree,' 'The Library,' 'The Gardener,' 'The Journey,' and 'The Friend.'

This event is held in conjunction with the October- November exhibit at the Library: Children's Books By Famous Folks from the Children's Literature Collection in the University of Michigan Special Collections Library.

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Author Brett Callwood Discusses His Book MC5: Sonically Speaking: A Tale Of Revolution And Rock 'N' Roll

This event was held on December 1, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Along with the Stooges, the Velvet Underground, and the New York Dolls, the MC5 are recognized as one of the bands that paved the way for punk rock. While the group did not reach the heights of national celebrity or financial success during their seven years together, their musical legacy has never been more celebrated -- with recently reissued recordings and documentary footage, as well as an unlikely reunion tour.

In 'MC5: Sonically Speaking,' Detroit-based author Brett Callwood delves into the MC5's story from the band's beginnings in 1960s Detroit to its 1972 break-up, the post-MC5 fates of its members, and the eventual reunion that cemented its legacy. This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale at the event.

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Added to the collection on Feb 03, 2011

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: FAMILY Makes Life Worth Living: Joan M. Broggi Discusses Her Book "Bursting with Joy - Discovering Universal Truths Through Our Special Son"

This event was held on January 7, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The theme for Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2011 is 'What Makes Life Worth Living?'. Joan Broggi demonstrates how FAMILY makes life worth living. Her son, Alex, has epilepsy and has experienced numerous grand mal seizures throughout his 19 years. But his innate wisdom has taught his family, friends, and educators invaluable life lessons.

The impact Alex has had on other people's lives has been remarkable. Joan realized the breadth of Alex's impact when she experienced the love and joy bestowed upon him at his high school graduation. This outpouring of affection led Joan to put pen to paper and write 'Bursting with Joy - Discovering Universal Truths Through Our Special Son.' A book signing will occur at this event and books will be on sale.

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Bestselling Young Adult Author Scott Westerfeld

This event was held on October 29, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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New York Times bestselling author of science fiction young adult literature, Scott Westerfeld will celebrate the October release of his new book, 'Behemoth.' He will discuss this new book as well as his career in writing. A booksigning will occur at this event and books will also be on sale.

Scott is the author of the New York Times Bestselling 'Uglies' series. His other novels include 'The Last Days' (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and the sequel to 'Peeps'), 'So Yesterday' (another ALA Best Book for Young Adults) and the 'Midnighters' trilogy. 'Peeps' and 'Uglies' were also both named as Best Books for Young Adults 2006 by the American Library Association. Scott was born in the U.S. state of Texas and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married Australian author Justine Larbalestier.

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Added to the collection on Dec 21, 2010

Famed Conductor Gustav Meier Presents 'A History Of Conducting'

This event was held on October 26, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Conducting an orchestra is a skill that has existed and has been refined through many centuries and in many cultures. Internationally-renowned conductor Gustav Meier takes us through time to explore the history of his art, and explains what it means to conduct an orchestra today.

Gustav Meier is known internationally as a teacher of conductors. He has led orchestras around the globe while teaching at Yale University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan and the Tanglewood Music Center. He is currently Director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra and is on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. Gustav will sign copies of his new book, 'The Score, The Orchestra, And The Conductor.' Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.

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Added to the collection on Dec 21, 2010

Family Guy's Alex Borstein And Cherry Cheva

This event was held on November 8, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Alex Borstein, the star of MADtv (Ms. Swan) and the voice of Lois on the Fox TV show 'Family Guy,' returns to the Library to discuss her role on the popular TV series and her screenwriting career. Joining her is Cherry Cheva, a writer/producer on 'Family Guy' and the author of teen novels, 'She's So Money' and 'Duplikate.' They will offer an inside look at one of the most popular and creative shows on television.

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Added to the collection on Dec 21, 2010

Author Susan Messer Discusses The Detroit Riots Of 1967 And Her Book, 'Grand River and Joy'

This event was held on November 4, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Susan Messer's 2009 novel, 'Grand River and Joy,' offers a fascinating glimpse of several northwest Detroit neighborhoods during the long, hot summer of 1967. This fascinating work weaves the stories of a Jewish shoe wholesaler, his family, and the African-American father and son who live above his business at Grand River and Joy. The book has been chosen by the U-M Honors College to be read by its incoming 2010 freshmen over the summer.

Join us as Messer, of Oak Park, Ill. discusses the book and the issues it raises - racial strife, white flight, blockbusting and how learning about Detroit's past might help in planning for its future. A booksigning will also occur and books will be for sale at the event.

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Added to the collection on Dec 21, 2010

Banned Books Week Event: To Kill A Mockingbird Discussed By Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy - Author Of 'Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration Of Fifty Years Of To Kill A Mockingbird'

This event was held on September 27, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In observance of Banned Book Week (September 25 - October 2) as well as the 50th anniversary of this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Mary McDonagh Murphy, will show excerpts from her new documentary 'Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird' and discuss the documentary and her book 'Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration Of Fifty Years Of To Kill A Mockingbird.' She will also cover the controversies surrounding 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' and why it has been one of the most challenged books in America.

Mary McDonagh Murphy's new documentary and book explore the novel's power, influence and popularity. With reflections from Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, James McBride, James Patterson, Wally Lamb, Oprah Winfrey and more, they chronicle the many ways the novel has shaped lives and careers. Harper Lee has not given an interview since 1964, but Murphy's reporting, research and rare interviews with the author's sister and friends add new details and photos to the remarkable story of an astonishing phenomenon.

A book signing will follow and books will be available for sale at the event.

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Added to the collection on Oct 22, 2010

University of California-Santa Barbara Professor Nelson Lichtenstein Discusses His Book 'The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business'

This event was held on September 8, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Wal-Mart is the world's largest company and it sets the standard, both socially and commercially, for a huge swath of the global economy. UCSB History Professor Nelson Lichtenstein will demonstrate how the company's success has spread evangelical Protestantism into the workplace, made South China an American workshop, and pushed American politics to the right, when he discusses his widely-praised book, 'The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business.'

This event, which is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan's Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, will include a book signing and books will be on sale at the event.

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Best-selling Author Linda Greenlaw Discusses Her New Book 'Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea'

This event was held on June 18, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Linda Greenlaw, America's only female swordfish boat captain, whose life was featured in the book and film 'The Perfect Storm,' will discuss her new book, 'SEAWORTHY: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea.' She has written three New York Times bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a commercial fisherman, and has also written a cookbook and two mysteries.

This new book marks her return to non-fiction and aptly chronicles her return to one of the world's most dangerous professions: swordfishing. This event will also include a booksigning and books will be on sale, courtesy of Border's.

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Michael Erlewine Discusses His Book 'Blues in Black & White: The Landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festivals'

This event was held on August 19, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Michael Erlewine, the award-winning archivist of popular culture, who founded and built the largest music review database in the world, All-Music Guide, has written a fascinating new book that chronicles the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival.

The first Ann Arbor Blues Festivals, in 1969 and 1970, brought together the greatest-ever selection of blues performers and helped bring modern blues music to a wider audience. Never before had such a far-reaching list of performers been assembled. These groundbreaking festivals were the seed that grew into the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, which was continued annually for many years.

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Kris Carr, Author of "Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips," Presents From Illness to Activist

This event was held on August 17, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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When Kris Carr was diagnosed in 2003 with a rare liver cancer (Stage IV) with metastasis to the lungs, she decided to exert control over the things there were in her power: her attitude, her diet, and her lifestyle. In the process, she has become an outspoken advocate for living your best life with cancer, promoting a message that focuses on health and wellness and motivating her audiences to become empowered participants for change.

Kris chronicled her journey with cancer in the 2007 documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, and has written two books, Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips, and Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor: More Rebellion and Fire for Your Healing Journey. Kris has been featured on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. At this event, she will discuss her remarkable journey and show clips from her documentary.

Two medical professionals from the University of Michigan will join Kris after her presentation for a panel discussion focusing on the nutritional and psychological aspects of living life with cancer: Zora Djuric, PhD, is a Research Professor at the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine and performs research at the Cancer Center in the U-M Medical Center. Laurel Northouse PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Mary Lou Willard French Professor of Nursing at the University of Michigan. She is also Co-Director of the Socio-Behavior Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

A book signing will follow and books will be on sale at the event. This event is made possible through a Partners In Research grant from the National Institutes of Health and is cosponsored by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Outreach Office, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, the UM Taubman Health Sciences Library, and the Ann Arbor YMCA LIVESTRONG Program.

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Added to the collection on Jun 18, 2010

Andrea Lyon Discusses Her Memoir: Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer

This event was held on February 4, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Andrea Lyon, a nationally recognized expert in the field of death penalty defense and the first woman in the nation to serve as lead defense attorney on a death penalty case will discuss her fascinating new memoir 'Angel Of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer.' Over the past 30 years Lyon has defended and tried more than 130 murder cases, all for clients who could not afford a lawyer, nineteen of which were death penalty cases (she won all 19). This gripping book spans her years in the courtroom defending those accused of murder and fighting the inequities that corrupt our justice system. This event will also include a booksigning and books will be on sale.

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Author Doug Stanton Discusses His Book - Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story Of A Band Of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan

This event was held on May 17, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Bestselling author Doug Stanton will discuss the amazing story of the small band of Special Forces soldiers who went on a secret mission to battle the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan immediately following September 11th, and achieved victory. This inspiring and dramatic account of that stunning victory, recorded in his acclaimed book, 'Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story Of A Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan,' has just been sold for a major theatrical release to Jerry Bruckheimer Productions, producers of 'Black Hawk Down.' This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Borders.

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National Library Week Author Event: Grant Brown Discusses His Michigan Notable Book 'Ninety Years Crossing Lake Michigan: The History Of Ann Arbor Car Ferries'

This event was held on April 18, 2010 at Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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In 1892, the Ann Arbor Car Ferries shook the transportation world by doing what was then deemed impossible, carrying loaded railroad cars by ship across the 62 miles of open water between Frankfort, Michigan and Kewaunee, Wisconsin. Crossing the lake with loaded freight cars was a treacherous task that presented daily obstacles. With passion, acuity, and remarkable detail, Grant Brown, in this Michigan Notable Book, describes the nearly 100-year crossings, from their beginnings with James Ashley's bold new idea of car ferrying down to the last fight for survival until the Michigan Interstate Rail Company finally closed in 1982. This event, co-sponsored by the Washtenaw County Historical Society, will include a book signing and books will be on sale.

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National Library Week Event: Stan Sakai, Creator Of Usagi Yojimbo

This event was held on April 17, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Meet graphic novelist Stan Sakai, whose most famous creation is Usagi Yojimbo, the epic saga of Miyamoto Usagi, a samurai rabbit living in late-16th and early-17th century Japan. First published in 1984, the comic continues to this day, with Sakai as the lone author and nearly-sole artist.

Set primarily in Japan's Edo period, with anthropomorphic animals replacing humans, it features a rabbit ronin, Miyamoto Usagi, who is partially based on the famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. Usagi wanders the land on a warrior's pilgrimage, occasionally selling his services as a bodyguard. Usagi Yojimbo is heavily influenced by Japanese cinema and has included references to the work of Akira Kurosawa and to icons of popular Japanese cinema such as Zatoichi, and Godzilla. The series was awarded a Parents' Choice Award in 1990 for its educational value through Stan's skillful weaving of facts and legends into his work.

Vault Of Midnight will be on hand to sell copies of Stan's books and there will be plenty of time for audience questions.

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Author Gregory Orfalea Discusses His New Book: Angeleno Days - An Arab American Writer on Family, Place & Politics

This event was held on January 21, 2010 at Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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There are more than 400,000 Arab Americans in Los Angeles--the largest contingent in America outside of Detroit. In his new book, 'Angeleno Days: An Arab American Writer On Family, Place And Politics,' Gregory Orfalea explores his own community and its political and social concerns. He agonizes over another destruction of Lebanon and examines in searing detail a massacre of civilians in Iraq. Books will be on sale at the event, which will also include a booksigning.

Gregory Orfalea directed the Writing Program at Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, and currently teaches Arab American Literature at Georgetown University.

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Added to the collection on Mar 24, 2010

Zingerman's Ari Weinzweig Talks Bacon

This event was held on February 16, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Come ready to taste bacon and ask questions when Ari Weinzweig, co-owner of Zingerman's, discusses the role premium ingredients play in making a standout dish, and celebrates his new book, 'Zingerman's Guide To Better Bacon.'

In the book, Ari guides readers on a personal tour of bacon's long and curious history, and brings them right to the smokehouse door of some of his favorite bacon curers in the U.S. Celebrated bacon makers from Wisconsin to Kentucky to Connecticut are featured in this book, where readers will learn not only what makes their bacons so full of flavor, but also, just as importantly, what makes one bacon different from the next. This event will also feature a booksigning. Books will be on sale at the event.

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'Family Guy' Writer/Producer Cherry Cheva Discusses Her Career and Her Book, 'She's So Money'

This event was held on December 29, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Cherry Cheva, who is originally from Ann Arbor and a Huron High grad, currently serves as a writer/producer on Fox's hit TV show 'Family Guy' and is an author of novels for teens. Her 2009 book, 'She's So Money' is a lighthearted look at the senior year of high school. She will discuss the book as well as her experiences with 'Family Guy' and the TV industry.

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Added to the collection on Feb 19, 2010

Nobel Prize-Winner Dr. Henry Pollack Discusses His New Book 'A World Without Ice"

This event was held on November 18, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Dr. Henry Pollack will discuss his new book, 'A World Without Ice,' the first book to fully explore the connection between humans and climate change. Much has been written about global warming, but the crucial relationship between what effect people have had on the Earth's ice and its ramifications has received little focus until now.

Dr. Pollack has been a professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan for more than forty years, and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with fellow members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former vice president Al Gore. The event will include a book signing and books will be on sale.

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'Mrs. Charles Darwin's Recipe Book Revived and Illustrated,' Discussed By Author Weslie Janeway

This event was held on November 8, 2009 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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While husband Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species changed the way we viewed evolution, there was another book, written by a different Darwin, that shed light on Victorian style, taste, and family life. Unknown to the general public until now, Mrs. Charles Darwin compiled a cookery notebook filled with culinary instruction and personal anecdotes about everyday life in the Darwin household. The book features facsimile representations of the original recipes, each one tested by authors Weslie Janeway and Dusha Bateson. The event is cosponsored by the Culinary Historians Of Ann Arbor. Books will be on sale and a booksigning will follow the event. The Culinary Historians will prepare several tasty samples for the audience, based on Mrs. Darwin's recipes.

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Added to the collection on Feb 18, 2010

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010 Author Event: Author Jerry Dennis Discusses 'The Living Great Lakes: Searching For The Heart Of The Inland Seas'

This event was held on January 28, 2010 at Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building

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Acclaimed author Jerry Dennis will discuss his book in the Towsley Auditorium of the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College (located at 4800 Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor Township) and offer his own thoughts on the Great Lakes and his personal 4-week journey through the Lakes as a crew-member on a tall-masted schooner. Dennis' book, 'The Living Great Lakes: Searching For The Heart Of The Inland Seas,' has been chosen as the focus of the 2010 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program. This appearance is a key event for the Reads program, which this year focuses on the subject of Michigan. A booksigning will follow and books will be on sale at this event, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

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Added to the collection on Dec 21, 2009

Lucinda Scala Quinn, Co-Host of PBS's Everyday Food Discusses Her New Book 'Mad Hungry: Feeding Men And Boys: Recipes, Strategies and Survival Techniques'

This event was held on October 26, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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With three ravenous sons and a husband who loves to eat, Lucinda Scala Quinn has spent much of her life feeding the men in her life and teaching them how to feed themselves. Now she shares winning strategies for how to sate the seemingly insatiable, trade food for talk, and get men to manage in the kitchen in her new cookbook, 'Mad Hungry: Feeding Men And Boys: Recipes, Strategies and Survival Techniques.' She provides recipes for single-skillet meals and dinners that yield fabulous leftovers and that are a cinch to stretch for extra guests.

Scala Quinn is Executive Food Director for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and co-host of PBS's Everyday Food. This special event will include tastings and cooking demos that will make you MAD HUNGRY for more! A book signing will occur and books will be for sale at the event.

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Acclaimed Author Rita Mae Brown Discusses Her New Memoir 'Animal Magnetism: My Life With Creatures Great And Small'

This event was held on October 19, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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There's no disputing the fact that Rita Mae Brown has lived a dynamic life full of incredible experiences - she's been a literary icon, groundbreaking feminist, Hollywood darling, and now a working farmer tending thousands of acres in rural Virginia. But throughout it all, one thing she has always been is a passionate lover of animals - from the cat that purred her to sleep in her cradle to the foxhounds and horses that fill her barn, an animal companion has always been by her side. She will share some of the many experiences that she had with animals as she discusses her new memoir Animal Magnetism: My Life With Creatures Great And Small. The event will include a book signing and books will be on sale at the event.

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Added to the collection on Dec 21, 2009

Television and Film Star David Alan Grier Discusses His New Book 'Barack Like Me'

This event was held on October 18, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Television and film star David Alan Grier will discuss his new book 'Barack Like Me: The Chocolate Covered Truth.' In it, the acclaimed comedian and actor expounds upon what politics, culture, and race mean today, while recalling significant experiences from throughout his life. David Alan Grier is well known as being a principle cast member of the acclaimed television series "In Living Color," where he helped to create some of that show's most memorable characters. Recently, he appeared on the hit tv show "Dancing With the Stars." He is currently working on a stand-up comedy tour that may culminate in a special on Comedy Central about the experiences described in Barack Like Me. This event includes a book signing and books will be on sale courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

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Added to the collection on Dec 16, 2009

Hungry Planet/Healthy Schools With Photojournalist Peter Menzel, Co-author of 'Hungry Planet, What The World Eats,' and Kim Eagle, MD, Director of Project Healthy Schools

This event was held on October 7, 2009 at The Ark

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This community symposium will explore cultural/geographical relationships to food and the need for nutrition as a preventative measure against chronic disease. Peter Menzel, photojournalist and co-author of 'Hungry Planet, What The World Eats,' will discuss how globalization, migration, and rising affluence are affecting the diets of communities around the globe. This event will include a book signing and copies of Hungry Planet will be available for purchase, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Following Peter's talk, Dr. Kim Eagle, Albion Walter Hewlett Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan Health System, will provide an overview of Project Healthy Schools. This unique program is designed to teach middle school students about heart-healthy lifestyles, including the need for nutrition, with hopes of reducing their future risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

This event is made possible through Partners In Research grants R03 NS065493 and R03 NS065491-0 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health and is co-sponsored by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research and the UM Health Sciences Libraries.

For more information, check out Peter Menzel's Hungry Planet and books on children's health.

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Added to the collection on Dec 16, 2009

An Evening With White House Press Corps Star Helen Thomas As She Discusses Her New Book 'Listen Up Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President To Know And Do'

This event was held on November 24, 2009 at Michigan Theater

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Since John F. Kennedy's presidency, Helen Thomas has covered more presidents as a member of the White House Press Corps than any journalist working today. The recipient of more than thirty honorary degrees, she was honored in 1998 with the inaugural Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award, established by the White House Correspondents' Association. From her long and illustrious vantage point, she has seen presidents succeed and fail, and has now collected that knowledge in her new book (co-written with Craig Crawford), 'Listen Up Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do.'

At this special event, cosponsored by Michigan Radio, Helen shares her candid views about the White House and discusses her new book of Presidential advice. The event, which will include a booksigning, will be held at The Michigan Theater (603 East Liberty, Ann Arbor). Books will be on sale at the event, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

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Added to the collection on Oct 26, 2009

Disaster Survivor Pierette Domenica Simpson Discusses Her Experience On The Andrea Doria and her Book 'Alive on the Andrea Doria: The Greatest Sea Rescue in History'

This event was held on August 17, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Pierette Domenica Simpson will share her up-close and personal account of surviving the most catastrophic ship collision in history between the Andrea Doria and the Stockholm, in July of 1956, when she was 9 years old. Now an outspoken proponent of safety at sea, she is the only survivor in history to have written a complete shipwreck account, investigating and reporting on both the human and technical aspects that lead to the collision. This event will include a book-signing, books will be on sale courtesy of Nicola’s Books.

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Dale Dougherty, Founding Editor and Publisher Of Make Magazine, Discusses Its Current Theme - 'ReMake America'

This event was held on June 11, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join Dale Dougherty, Founding Editor and Publisher of MAKE Magazine and the Founder of Maker Faire for a discussion on the topic of, 'ReMake America.' 'ReMake America' is the featured theme of the current issue of MAKE and this year’s Maker Faire. He will discuss current opportunities for makers as we look at ways to build a sustainable future for all. Our current challenging times have presented makers with a chance to try new techniques in the fields of manufacturing, education, food production, transportation, recreation and more.

MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to DIY technology projects. The magazine unites, inspires and informs a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKEhas sparked a movement of makers who share their DIY projects through the magazine, web site and also at their annual Maker Faire event in San Francisco.

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Children's Book Week Event: Writing and Publishing Books for Young Readers With Noted Children's Author Shutta Crum

This event was held on May 12, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Interested in writing and publishing for youth audiences? Do you have an idea for a book you want to write, and you’re not sure how to start? Celebrate Children’s Book Week with a special event featuring children’s author Shutta Crum as she discusses the craft of writing, submitting manuscripts, working with an agent, earnings, and the issues facing today’s authors. She will also cover aspects of writing for, and winning, the hearts of today’s young readers. A book signing will occur at the event and books will be on sale courtesy of Barnes and Noble.

Shutta Crum, an award-winning writer of books for children and poetry for adults, has authored ten books for children. Her novel, Spitting Image (Clarion), made several state reading lists, as well as the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2003. In 2005, she was invited to read at the White House.

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Washtenaw County Bike Rides With Author Joel Howell and Ann Arbor Cyclery's Jon Kieft

This event was held on May 6, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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What could be more scenic than a bike ride in Washtenaw County in the Spring? If biking is one of your passions then this is the event for you. Start the season right with two of the most knowledgeable local experts. Joel Howell will present highlights from his book- Washtenaw County Bike Rides: A Guide To Road Rides In And Around Ann Arbor- and Jon Kieft will display new models of many styles of bikes and discuss choosing the right one for your needs. This event will include a book signing and books will be on sale courtesy of Nicola’s Books.

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Added to the collection on Jun 05, 2009

Mystery Author Night: Elmore Leonard And Peter Leonard Interviewed By Loren D. Estleman

This event was held on May 28, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This special event is an excellent opportunity to meet three of the best-loved writers of the mystery genre! Authors Elmore Leonard and Peter Leonard will discuss their careers and their new mysteries as they are interviewed by the mystery writer Loren Estleman. All three authors will be on hand to sign copies of their books (books will be on sale courtesy of Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookshop, co-sponsor of this event).

Elmore Leonard has written more than three dozen books during his highly successful writing career, including the bestsellers Be Cool, Get Shorty and Rum Punch. He has been a successful screenwriter as well and many of his books have been made into films. Once called the greatest living crime writer by the New York Times, his newest mystery, Road Dogs, will be released on May 12, just weeks before this event.

Peter Leonard, Elmore’s son, made his mystery debut with the critically acclaimed novel Quiver. In 1980, he established the advertising firm of Leonard, Mayer & Tocco Inc. in Birmingham. In his second novel, Trust Me, he crafts a classic noir thriller loaded with double- and triple- crosses.

Since the appearance of his first novel in 1976, Loren D. Estleman has written over 60 books, including the famous Amos Walker mystery series, and hundreds of short stories and articles. All of this on a manual typewriter, no less. He has acquired a loyal cult readership across the United States and in Europe, and his work has appeared in 23 languages.

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Added to the collection on Apr 30, 2009

Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Reads Event: Reading The Universe - A Panel Of Today's Best SciFi Writers

This event was held on March 4, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Learn what's in store for the future of Science Fiction when three of today’s best science fiction writers - Tobias S. Buckell, Steven Harper Piziks and Sarah Zettel – join forces for a discussion and book signing in conjunction with The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009, which this year focuses on the theme The Universe: Yours To Discover. Books will be on sale at the event, courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born speculative fiction writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has published stories in various magazines and anthologies. He is a Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer Finalist and has written three novels: Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, and Sly Mongoose. He is currently working on the Halo novel, Halo: The Cole Protocol.

Steven Harper Piziks was born in Saginaw, Michigan and currently lives with his wife and three sons near Ann Arbor. His novels include In the Company of Mind and Corporate Mentality, both science fiction published by Baen Books. Writing as Steven Harper for Roc Books, he has produced The Silent Empire series.

Sarah Zettel is a science fiction and fantasy author, currently living in Ypsilanti. Her fourteen novels include the award-winning Reclamation and Fool’s War, a New York Times notable book. Most recently she has become the project manager for Book View Cafe, an online cooperative venture by 23 noted SF authors, including Vonda N. McIntyre and Ursula K. LeGuin to bring new work in new formats direct to the reader.

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Added to the collection on Mar 26, 2009

Nationally-Known Architect Fritz Haeg Discusses His Book 'Edible Estates: Attack On The Front Lawn'

This event was held on November 10, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Nationally-known architect Fritz Haeg is the recipient of Avalon Housing's 2008 Community Stewardship Award. As part of their activities surrounding Mr. Haeg, he will visit AADL to discuss his work and book Edible Estates: Attack On The Front Lawn. The Edible Estates project proposes the replacement of the domestic front lawn with a highly productive edible landscape. It was initiated by Haeg in 2005, with the planting of the first regional prototype garden in the geographic center of the U.S., Salina, Kansas. The event will include a book signing and books will be for sale. Cosponsored by Avalon Housing

Fritz Haeg studied architecture in Italy at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his B.Arch. He has taught in architecture, design, and fine art programs at CalArts, Art Center College of Design, Parsons, and the University of Southern California. In 2006 he initiated Sundown Schoolhouse, the self-organized educational environment originally based in his geodesic dome in Los Angeles.

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Feasting On Books with Thomas C. Foster Author of 'How to Read Novels Like a Professor'

This event was held on December 10, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In celebration of the season, Thomas C. Foster, author of "How To Read Literature Like A Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide To Reading Between The Lines," will offer his humorous and insightful remarks on the role of dining, parties, and community in books, poems, plays, and the arts. Literature provides us with myriad examples of eating, celebrating holidays, and gathering to enjoy friends and family. Those occasions, in books as well as in life, range from the dismal to the sublime.

This event will include a book signing and copies of Professor Foster's new book, "How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World’s Favorite Literary Form" will be for sale, courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop. Thomas Foster is a professor of English at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he teaches classic and contemporary fiction, drama and poetry, creative writing, and composition.

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Added to the collection on Mar 11, 2009

Historian Timothy Tyson Discusses His Acclaimed Memoir 'Blood Done Sign My Name'

This event was held on January 16, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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AADL and the University of Michigan Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies invite you to spend an evening with acclaimed writer and historian Timothy Tyson. He will discuss his memoir - soon to be made into a major motion picture - of the South and civil rights. Mr. Tyson will be accompanied by musician and singer Mary Williams, who will perform at this event. The event will include a book signing, with books available for purchase.

Timothy Tyson is an American writer and historian from North Carolina, currently serving as Senior Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, with secondary appointments in the Duke Divinity School and the Department of History. He is also adjunct professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His narrative of the fiery summer of 1970 in Oxford, North Carolina, brings gritty blues truth, soaring gospel vision, and down-home humor to a shocking episode of our history.

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Added to the collection on Mar 11, 2009

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads '09: Award-Winning Author Timothy Ferris Discusses His Book 'Seeing In The Dark'

This event was held on January 29, 2009 at Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building

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Acclaimed author Timothy Ferris made a special appearance at this key event of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009. The theme of 2009's Reads program is The Universe: Yours To Discover, and Mr. Ferris' book, "Seeing In The Dark: How Amateur Astronomers Are Discovering The Wonders Of The Universe," has been chosen as the focus of the program. Mr. Ferris discussed his book, as well as his thoughts on astronomy and the universe around us.

Timothy Ferris has received the American Institute of Physics prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His works have been nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Ferris is the author of 12 books, including "The Whole Shebang," and "Coming of Age in the Milky Way," which was translated into fifteen languages and named by The New York Times as among the leading books published in the 20th century. A former newspaper reporter and editor of Rolling Stone magazine, he has written over two hundred articles and essays for publications such as The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper's, Nature, Time, Newsweek, Scientific American, The Nation, The New Republic, and The New York Times.

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Adventurer Greg Mortenson Discusses His Book 'Three Cups Of Tea: One Man's Mission To Promote Peace... One School At A Time'

This event was held on January 24, 2009 at Huron High School

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Humanitarian and adventurer Greg Mortenson will make a special appearance at Huron High School Auditorium as part of the nation-wide tour for the new Youth and Teen versions of his book, "Three Cups Of Tea: One Man’s Mission To Promote Peace... One School At A Time." Greg is the co-founder of the nonprofit organizations Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace, as well as co-author of the New York Times bestseller "Three Cups of Tea." This event includes a book signing, with books for sale courtesy of Nicola’s Books. There is no charge for admission and tickets are not required.

Stumbling, lost and delirious, into a remote Himalayan village in Pakistan after a failed climb up K2, Greg Mortensen’s life was saved by the villagers. He vowed to return and build them a school. Over the next 15 years, Greg established more than 78 schools in rural, often volatile, areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The schools provide education to more than 28,000 children, including 18,000 girls, where few educational opportunities existed before. He has endured death threats, a kidnapping, and more to dedicate his life to building literacy and peace, one child at a time.

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Added to the collection on Jan 19, 2009

Author Michael Rosenberg Discusses His New Book 'War As They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America In A Time Of Unrest'

This event was held on October 16, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Campus sit-ins, Vietnam War protests and the Black Panther Party: In "War As They Knew It," Michael Rosenberg perfectly captures what life was like both on and off the football fields of college campuses during the remarkable era of the 1960s - '70s. He details how both Schembechler and Hayes strived to make their football programs a model for the rest of society — a counter to the counter-culture. At the same time, they struggled to cope with the shifting political landscape and the volatile atmosphere on their campuses.

Michael Rosenberg, a sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press and FOXsports.com, takes us back to those unsettling times as he discusses his new book. This event includes a booksigning, with books available for purchase.

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Holocaust Survivor Gisèle Naichouler Feldman Discusses Her Experiences and Her Book 'Saved By the Spirit of Lafayette: The French Righteous & The Hidden Children''

This event was held on October 15, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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At the start of World War II, Gisèle Naichouler Feldman was separated from her family. Although this was not the first time, this separation would prove to be life saving. Through the help of many people, now known as the Righteous, Gisèle found herself at the steps of a great castle once owned by French freedom fighter General Lafayette. As a hidden child, instructed to forget her Jewish heritage and pretend to be Catholic, Gisèle spent two and a half years in the castle.

"Saved By the Spirit of Lafayette" tells of many hidden children – hidden from the outside terrors of the Nazi regime - and takes the opportunity to thank all of those who earned the right to be called the Righteous. This event includes a book signing with books available for purchase.

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Helene Cooper, Diplomatic Correspondent for The New York Times, Discusses Her New Memoir: House At Sugar Beach: In Search Of A Lost African Childhood

This event was held on October 20, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Helene Cooper is a native of Liberia who came to the United States at 14 years of age. She grew up at Sugar Beach, a mansion by the sea, and lived a childhood filled wealth and advantages. It was also an African childhood, filled with knock foot games and hot pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. But after the coup d'état in 1980, Helene, her mother, and her sister fled Liberia for America. Helene will discuss her memoir, a deeply personal story and an examination of a violent and stratified country. It is also the story of Helene Cooper's long voyage home.

Ms. Cooper holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill. She has been the diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times, based in Washington, since 2006.

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Added to the collection on Jan 05, 2009

The Great American Nerdfighter Tour with John and Hank Green

This event was held on November 14, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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For more than a year and a half, award-winning YA novelist John Green ("Looking for Alaska," "An Abundance of Katherines," and his new book "Paper Towns") and his brother Hank, founder and editor of EcoGeek.org, have been communicating through videoblogs. Together, they are the vlogbrothers -- one of the most popular channels in the history of YouTube. What began as an experiment in bringing long-distance siblings closer has become a sprawling community devoted to books, social activism, and the love of all things nerdy.

The Green brothers have been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on NPR, Fox News and BBC Radio. John and Hank's videos have now been watched more than 12 million times, by tens of thousands of loyal viewers who call themselves Nerdfighters. This event includes a book signing, with books for sale courtesy of Borders.

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A Conversation with the Brass Sisters

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AADL's Community Relations manager, Tim Grimes, talks over tea with Marilynn and Sheila Brass, aka the Brass Sisters. With their trademark sisterly banter, the sisters discuss their devotion to heirloom cooking and its influence on their lives and careers as writers and television hosts of The Brass Sisters: Queens of Comfort Food.

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Added to the collection on Dec 30, 2008

Nationally-Known Cooking Experts Marilyn & Sheila Brass Return to AADL to Discuss Their New Book 'Heirloom Cooking with The Brass Sisters'

This event was held on November 13, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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They're back! Now television stars of their own PBS series, "The Brass Sisters: Queens of Comfort Food" on WGBH in Boston, Marilynn and Sheila Brass return to the Library on their national tour for their new book, "Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters." They will also help celebrate the first anniversary of AADL's online database of cookbooks and recipes, Ann Arbor Cooks. A book signing will follow the event and books will be for sale.

Marilynn and Sheila Brass have spent a lifetime collecting handwritten "manuscript cookbooks" and "living recipes." These James Beard Award finalists have launched a new cookbook category with their "heirloom" baking recipes. The Brass sisters, who reside in Massachusetts, are experts on heirloom cookery and have compiled a research library of more than 6,500 cookbooks, including dozens of manuscript cookbooks, as well as 1,500 books and periodicals on antiques and culinary history.

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Added to the collection on Dec 13, 2008

Author Jeff Counts Discusses Michigan and His Book, "Michigan: An Explorer's Guide"

This event was held on September 18, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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As publisher of Michigan’s Streamside Journal, Jeff Counts has explored the rivers, lakes, and backcountry of his home state to bring readers the essential stories of the outdoors. Counts’ new book "Michigan: An Explorer’s Guide," recently released by The Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton, is the state’s first comprehensive guidebook, with an emphasis on the outdoors, especially in the remote areas of the Upper Peninsula. Jeff will discuss the many familiar and unfamiliar regions of Michigan which are highlighted in this new guidebook. Books will be for sale, and the evening will include a book signing.

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Novelist Ann Packer Discusses Her Book 'Songs Without Words'

This event was held on October 9, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Ann Packer’s debut novel, "The Dive from Clausen’s Pier," was a nationwide best seller that established her as a gifted chronicler of the interior lives of women. Her second novel, "Songs Without Words," explores the lifelong friendship of two women, the confining roles we sometimes take upon ourselves, and the deep connection in a friendship that is pushed to the breaking point. Ann will discuss the novel, recently released in paperback. A book signing will follow with books for sale courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop, cosponsors of this event.

Ann Packer received the Great Lakes Book Award for "The Dive from Clausen’s Pier," and is a past recipient of a James Michener award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and other magazines, as well as in "Prize Stories 1992: The O. Henry Awards." She is the author of "Mendocino and Other Stories."

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The Food Historian in the Kitchen with New England Food Expert & Author Sandy Oliver

This event was held on September 28, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The time-tested traditions of food can assist you in today's modern kitchen - and food historian Sandy Oliver can tell you how! This event, which will include a book signing, is held in conjunction with the first anniversary of the Ann Arbor District Library’s Ann Arbor Cooks online database (aadl.org/cooks) and is cosponsored by the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor. Books will be for sale at the event.

Sandy is a freelance food writer with a weekend column, Tastebuds, in the Bangor Daily News, and regular columns in Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors magazine and The Working Waterfront. She is also the author of "The Food of Colonial and Federal America," and "Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving History and Recipes from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie," co-authored by Kathleen Curtain. Check out her website: foodhistorynews.com

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The Good, The Bad & The Alien: Science Fiction Authors Tobias Buckell, John Scalzi and Paul Melko Discuss Their Work

This event was held on August 24, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join us for an afternoon with three of today's hottest science fiction authors in a discussion of their craft and latest books. Tobias Buckell, John Scalzi, and Paul Melko will discuss science fiction, the craft of writing, and their new books, "Sly Mongoose" (Buckell),"Zoe’s Tale" (Scalzi), and "Ten Sigmas and Other Unlikelihoods" (Melko).

The event will include a book signing, with books for sale courtesy of Nicola's Books.

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Dear Dumb Diary, Jim Benton Author Visit

This event was held on August 26, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Meet the author of the New York Times bestselling series Dear Dumb Diary and the Franny K. Stein: Mad Scientist book series. Jim draws, tells stories and signs books in this lively, interactive event.

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2006 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Jonathan Weiner

This event was held on January 27, 2006 at Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jonathan Weiner will make a special appearance at Washtenaw Community College (4800 Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor Township) as part of the 2006 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. He will discuss his book, "The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time," which was chosen as the focus of this year's Reads program. It is an examination of the groundbreaking scientific research of scientists Peter and Rosemary Grant, who spent years studying Darwin's finches in the Galapagos Islands and resulted in new ways to look at evolution. A booksigning will follow with copies of the book for sale, courtesy of Barnes & Noble Booksellers. The 2006 Reads theme is Revolutions in Science: the people, theories, explanations and discoveries that challenged our thinking and changed the world.

Jonathan Weiner has written several non-fiction books on his biology observations, in particular, evolution in the Galapagos Islands, genetics, and the environment. He won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science for The Beak of the Finch. His other books include Planet Earth, Time, Love, Memory, and His Brother's Keeper: A Story from the Edge of Medicine. His books have also won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and many other honors. Weiner has served as senior editor of The Sciences, the magazine of the New York Academy of Sciences, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, New Republic, and the Washington Post. He currently teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. For more information about Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads or this event, visit online at aareads.org.

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Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Special Community Event: Leo Africanus Website Creator Cristel de Rouvray

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Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2005 is proud to host this special event at Pioneer High School, 601 West Stadium, Ann Arbor, in Schreiber Auditorium. Cristel de Rouvray, who attends the London School of Economics, spent 9 months in 2000-2001 traveling through Morocco on a Fulbright research scholarship, following in the footsteps of Leo Africanus. She then created a website, www.leoafricanus.com, which has been used internationally for Leo Africanus information by students, teachers and those curious about Leo's 16th century travels.

Using slides and photographs from her travels and research, Cristel will discuss the website and her personal experiences of living and traveling in Morocco in the 21st century. As she leads the audience in a recap of her travels, she will compare Morocco in the time of Leo Africanus with Morocco today. She will also discuss Leo Africanus, the man - as well as the process of undertaking such a project as the Leo Africanus website.

Through discussion and using a selection of pictures, and excerpts from Leo's text (each being a building block of his life and world) Cristel de Rouvrey will examine: Leo Africanus' writings, the life of Leo Africanus, Morocco in the 16th century and Morocco today, and the importance of putting historical fact in context and turning it into living knowledge.

Cristel holds a Bachelors in Economics and a Masters in International Policy Studies from Stanford University; she is currently finishing her PhD at the London School of Economics. She is half French, half American - and has lived in Paris, San Francisco, Rabat and London.

If you have read the novel, "Leo Africanus," this is a unique chance to see the world of the book come visually to life. It is also a chance to become more familiar with this excellent website, which can be a valuable companion tool when reading the book. Copies of the book are available at all Ann Arbor District Library sites and at area bookstores.

Using virtual travel, the website encourages readers to learn about the exceptional 16th century Mediterranean: an epoch that saw the constitution of many of the elements of our contemporary political, geographical and cultural identities; just as it uses Leo Africanus' adventurous life and unlikely destiny to awaken our modern minds to the desire for travel and exploration. The research and travel underlying the website were supported by a Fulbright Grant.

Leo Africanus is a person of many voices. His world was one of a tremendous melting pot. He came from many countries (Spain, Morocco, Italy); many ethnicities (Berber, Arab) and many religions (Muslim, Christian and shades of Berber mysticism) and his text is constantly torn among these various perspectives. His description of Morocco is deeply marked by all these views.

ANN ARBOR/YPSILANTI READS The 2005 Read program encourages readers of all ages to explore the Cultural Treasures of the Middle East - its many shared and diverse histories, memories and traditions of creative expressions.

A selection committee of community leaders, students and educators in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area chose Amin Maalouf's "Leo Africanus," translated by Peter Sluglett, as the focus of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2005. This is the first time a work of fiction has been chosen for the Read. Written in the form of a memoir, Leo Africanus explores Islam and Christendom through the fictional adventures of a real-life Arab traveler and geographer.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads has been coordinated by several area organizations, including the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library, the University of Michigan, the Ann Arbor Public Schools, the Ann Arbor News, Barnes and Noble Bookstores, Borders Books and Music, Community Television Network, Eastern Michigan University, The Jewish Community Center of Washtenaw County, Nicola's Books: A Little Professor Store, Shaman Drum Bookstore, the University Musical Society, Washtenaw Community College and many others.

For more information about Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads, or this event, check out the website at www.aareads.org, or phone the events line at 327-4205.

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Australian Adventurer Lincoln Hall Discusses His New Book 'Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest'

This event was held on June 3, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Lincoln Hall likes to say that on the evening of May 25, 2006, he died on Everest. He was, in fact, pronounced dead that evening after collapsing from altitude sickness during a climbing expedition. But early the next morning an American guide found Hall, sitting cross-legged on the summit ridge. An unprecedented rescue effort saved his life.

Lincoln Hall will make a special appearance at AADL to discuss his incredible story, chronicled in "Dead Lucky." The event will include a book signing, with books for sale courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop, cosponsors of this event.

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Author Nancy Goldstein Discusses Her New Book :"Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist"

This event was held on March 5, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In honor of Women’s History Month, Ann Arbor author Nancy Goldstein will discuss the life of Jackie Ormes and show examples of her illustrations. In an era (1937-56) when there were few opportunities for women, and even fewer for African American women, Ormes blazed a trail as a popular artist with the major black newspapers of the day. Her cartoons and comic strips provide a glimpse into her view of U.S. culture and history during that era, including racial segregation, cold war politics, the atom bomb, and environmental pollution.

Goldstein's book will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop. The event is cosponsored by The University of Michigan Press, The University of Michigan Art Museum, and Shaman Drum Bookshop.

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Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads: Author Rachel DeWoskin Discusses Her Experiences In China and Her Memoir "Foreign Babes In Beijing"

This event was held on March 27, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In conjunction with Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2008, AADL is delighted to welcome Ann Arbor native and author Rachel DeWoskin in a discussion of her experiences as a foreigner in China, her popular memoir, and the progress in making her novel into a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures – including updates on casting the film. DeWoskin, an award-winning poet, is the Associate Poetry Editor at Agni Magazine, and an artist-in-residence at Teachers & Writers. She teaches creative writing at New York University. The event will include a booksigning, with books available for purchase.

"Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China" (W.W. Norton, 2005) has been published in five countries. Her novel, "Aysha’s English," is forthcoming in 2008. She has published poems in magazines including Ploughshares, Seneca Review, The New Delta Review, and Nerve Magazine, and non-fiction in the Sunday Times Magazine of London, Conde Nast Traveler, Departures, Teachers & Writers Magazine and Wanderlust, an anthology by Thundersmouth Press.

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Added to the collection on Aug 26, 2008

Amy R. Singer, Founder, Editor and Publisher of the Online Knitting Magazine Knitty.com, Leads a No Sheep/Knitty® Knit-in!

This event was held on March 9, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Knitters unite: You know her from her knitty.com online magazine, and now Amy Singer will make a special AADL appearance! Amy will share knitting tips and tales from her infamous blogs and online musings. The event will include a booksigning (Amy’s popular titles include "No Sheep For You" and "Knit Wit"), with books for sale, courtesy of Nicola’s Books. Grab your yarn and arrive early for this one! Cosponsored by Busy Hands

In the fall of 2005, Knitty welcomed its ten-millionth visitor. Online, Knitty is famous for patterns like the thong knit from strings of red licorice (for the Sex and the Knitty issue) and the Clapotis drop-stitch bias knit scarf, seen on shoulders all over the world, and recently named "Pattern of the Year" by Knitter's Review.

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Cassandra Carter, Teen Author

This event was held on March 18, 2008 at Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

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How does it feel to be 18 years old and have two books published? Find out from Cassandra Carter, who will discuss her books "Fast Life" and "16 Isn’t Always Sweet." The event includes a book signing, with books for sale courtesy of Nicola’s Books. For Grades 6-12

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Mystery Writer Jon Jefferson of Jefferson Bass Discusses Forensic Science and His New Mystery "The Devil's Bones"

This event was held on March 14, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Interested in forensic science? CSI? Good mystery/thrillers? Jon Jefferson, of the mystery writing team Jefferson Bass, will discuss his forensic science, the world famous Body Farm and his new mystery, just published by William Morrow. A booksigning will follow, with books for sale courtesy of Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookstore.

A veteran journalist, science writer, and documentary filmmaker, Jefferson has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, and National Public Radio. He is also the producer of two National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm (University of Tennessee’s Body Farm: the world’s first, and only, laboratory devoted to human decomposition). Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist who founded the Body Farm, have written two non-fiction accounts of Dr. Bass’ cases from the Body Farm, "Death’s Acre" and "Beyond the Body Farm," and three forensic thrillers, "Carved In Bone," "Flesh and Bone" and "The Devil’s Bones."

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Added to the collection on Jun 20, 2008

An Evening with Cokie Roberts As She Discusses Her New Book "Ladies Of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation"

This event was held on May 19, 2008 at Michigan Theater

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Cokie Roberts covers Congress, politics and public policy for ABC News and serves as Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio, where she was the congressional correspondent for more than ten years. AADL is honored to host an evening with the award-winning journalist at the Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty in Ann Arbor. In her best-selling book "Founding Mothers," Roberts paid homage to the women who helped establish our nation. In "Ladies of Liberty," (Morrow; on sale April 8, 2008) she continues the story of more remarkable women and their achievements in moving the fledgling nation forward, from 1796 to 1828. The event includes a book signing, with books for sale courtesy of Borders. There is no charge for admission. Cosponsored by Michigan Radio.

In her more than thirty years in broadcasting, Ms. Roberts has won many awards, including two Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

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National Library Week Special Event: Yarn Harlot Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Discusses the Art of Knitting and Her New Book 'Things I Learned From Knitting ... whether I wanted to or not'

This event was held on April 11, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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AADL kicks off National Libraray Week with the Yarn Harlot! Stephanie Pearl-McPhee made two spectacular visits to AADL last year, where over 300 knitters at each event heard her comments about knitting and life. She is the best-selling author of At Knit's End, Knitting Rules and other tongue-in-cheek meditations on this obsession with knitting. Stephanie returns to AADL to talk, knit, laugh, and discuss her new book. A book signing will follow, with books for sale courtesy of Borders.

Not just for knitters, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a humorist for all world-weary parents, friends of knitters, adult children who haven’t yet begun therapy to complain about their upbringing, and those who just like to look at lovely scarves in fuzzy wool. Her award-winning blog, Yarn Harlot (yarnharlot.ca/blog/), chronicles the daily travails of life as she parents, partners, knits... and writes.

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National Library Week: Censorship with Banned Book Author Nancy Garden and ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair Kent Oliver

This event was held on April 14, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Are books and the right to read still under attack? This discussion of book and library material banning issues will feature Nancy Garden, winner of the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for her work defending her novel "Annie On My Mind" from an attempt to ban it from libraries in a Kansas school district, and Kent Oliver, Chair of the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee. A book signing will follow, with books for sale courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop.

In 1993, Annie On My Mind was banned by the Olathe School District and burned in demonstrations. The issue became a First Amendment lawsuit when a group of teens and parents sued to have the book returned to library shelves. In 1995, a federal judge ruled in their favor.

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Dr. Robert Bartlett, Surgeon and Inventor: Reflections On A Life In Medicine

This event was held on October 26, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Ann Arbor's own Dr. Robert Bartlett will reflect on his amazing career as a doctor, inventor and, most recently, a writer of fiction. For many years, Dr. Bartlett was professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School, director of critical care/general surgery, and director of surgical intensive care at the U-M Health System. One of his greatest achievements, however, is as a pioneer in the development of prolonged extracorporeal circulation, including development of the technique for respiratory failure in newborn infants and children. His most recent role is of author, and he has penned a new work of fiction entitled 'Salem Syndrome: A Novel of Medicine and Law.'

Bartlett led the development of ECMO, an artificial lung that can oxygenate the blood of those who have experienced acute heart or lung failure. In 1975, Dr. Bartlett used the then little known device to successfully treat a newborn infant with respiratory failure. Since then, ECMO has helped to save the lives of literally tens of thousands of patients.

Dr. Bartlett is also one of a team of four that launched the University of Michigan Health System's Breast Care Center in 1984. He also developed the field of critical care medicine at Michigan, and was director of the internationally recognized Surgical Intensive Care unit for 25 years.

He is a recipient of the Medal of Special Recognition from the National Academy of Surgery of France, the McGraw Medal of the Detroit Surgical Association, and the Medallion for Scientific Achievement from the American Surgical Association.

Bartlett also was the recipient of the Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons for the year 2003, in honor of his work in the development and establishment of the first ECMO program. He is the author of more than 450 articles, monographs, chapters and books.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Anthony Shadid Makes a Special Library Appearance

This event was held on October 29, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Mr. Shadid, the only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Iraq, will discuss the world of Iraq and his awardwinning book, 'Night Draws Near: Iraq's People In The Shadow of America's War,' a riveting account of ordinary people caught between the struggles of nations. Shadid went to war in Iraq neither embedded with soldiers nor briefed by politicians. Because he is fluent in Arabic, Shadid -- an Arab American born and raised in Oklahoma -- was able to disappear into the divided, dangerous worlds of Iraq. Day by day, as the American dream of freedom clashed with Arab notions of justice, he pieced together the human story of ordinary Iraqis weathering the terrible dislocations and tragedies of war. A booksigning will follow, with books for sale courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookstore.

Anthony Shadid has reported for the Associated Press, The Boston Globe, and, since the beginning of the war in Iraq, The Washington Post. In addition to the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, his stories from Iraq have earned him an American Society of Newspaper Editors award for deadline news reporting and the Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award for best newspaper or wire-service reporting from abroad. While at The Boston Globe, Shadid was awarded the 2002 George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting for a series of dispatches from the Middle East. An Arab-American of Lebanese descent, he was born and raised in Oklahoma and now lives in Washington, DC, and Baghdad. 'Night Draws Near' -- as compelling as it is human -- is an illuminating and poignant account from a reporter whose coverage has drawn international attention and acclaim. It was the winner of the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, A Washington Post Book World Top Five Nonfiction Book of the Year, A Seattle Times Top Ten Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Through the lives of men and women, Sunnis and Shiites, American sympathizers and outraged young jihadists newly transformed into martyrs, Shadid shows us the journey of defiant, hopeful, resilient Iraq.

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Sunday Edition Author Series: Local Historian Grace Shackman Discusses Her Book 'Ann Arbor Observed'

This event was held on December 10, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Twenty-five years ago, Grace Shackman began writing articles about Ann Arbor's buildings, events, and people for the "Ann Arbor Observer." Her latest book compiles the best of these articles into eight sections: public buildings and institutions; the University of Michigan; transportation; industry; downtown Ann Arbor; recreation and culture; social fabric and communities; and architecture. Shackman will discuss her book, including her research methods, local history sources, and her experience with writing local history. Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Shackman's 'Ann Arbor Observer' articles, which depicted all aspects of Ann Arbor, became much-anticipated regular stories. Readers turned to her illuminating mini-histories when they wanted to know about a particular landmark, personality, business, structure, organization, or other story from Ann Arbor's past. For long-time residents, Ann Arbor expatriates, University of Michigan alumni, and visitors alike, "Ann Arbor Observed" provides a rare bygone glimpse of a town with a rich and varied history.

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Sunday Edition Local Author Series: American Book Award-Winner Thomas Lynch

This event was held on October 9, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Michigan author and American Book Award winner Thomas Lynch will discuss his newly-released book, 'Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans,' in which he reflects on his journeys to Ireland and the binding ties of family, language and home place. It is a mixture of reminiscence, cultural portrait and meditation on what it means to be Irish, American and Irish-American.

Thomas Lynch won the American Book Award for his 1997 book, 'The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade' (the book was also a finalist for the National Book Award) and has published three volumes of critically-acclaimed poetry. He is a funeral director in Milford, Michigan, and has made numerous journeys to his ancestral country, Ireland.

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Award-Winning Author Jane Hamilton Discusses Her Novel 'When Madeline Was Young'

This event was held on October 24, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Jane Hamilton, award-winning author of "The Book of Ruth" and "A Map of the World," is back in top form with a richly textured novel, now in paperback, about a tragic accident and its effects on two generations of a family. She will make this special appearance to read from and discuss her compelling work "When Madeline Was Young." A book signing will follow, with books for sale courtesy of cosponsor Shaman Drum Bookshop.

Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Rochester, Wisconsin. Her first novel, "The Book of Ruth," won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction. Her novel "A Map of the World," a New York Times Notable Book of the Year was named one of the top ten books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, the Miami Herald, and People magazine. Hamilton is also the author of "Disobedience" and "The Short History of a Prince."

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Ireland's Fashion-Forward Designer Maggie Jackson Presents Her Latest Designs For Knitted Clothing

This event was held on October 12, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The renowned, award-winning clothing designer from Ireland showcases her knitted clothing line, Maggiknits, and discusses her book, "Maggie's Ireland." She brings a fashion designer's approach to hand knits combining traditional fabrics like Irish linen with denim, mohair and tweed yarns. Enhanced with strips of fabric, even fur, her innovative techniques offer an amazing variety. A booksigning will follow with books available for purchase, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

In 1977, Maggie Jackson was the first fashion designer to set up a design studio in Northern Ireland. A string of awards followed, including the coveted title of Northern Ireland Young "Business and Professional Woman of the Year," the Guinness Special Award for Design Excellence and second place in the 1996 international Mohair Association Competition for the most innovative ladies garment. Recently her achievements have won her a place in the Who's Who in Textiles 2003 publication.

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Alternative Radio Founder David Barsamian Discusses His Book 'Targeting Iran'

This event was held on October 10, 2007 at Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

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David Barsamian is founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent award-winning weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado. In "Targeting Iran," Barsamian argues that Iran and the U.S. are on a collision course. Through interviews, the author presents the perspectives of three experts on Iran (Ervand Abrahamian, Noam Chomsky, Nahid Mozaffari); Iran's history, internal dynamics, competing forces and relations with Iraq and Afghanistan; and the consequences of U.S. policy. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named Barsamian one of its "Top Ten Media Heroes." This event includes a book signing, with books for sale courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop.

A radio producer, journalist, author and lecturer, Barsamian has been working in radio since 1978 and his interviews and articles appear regularly in The Progressive and Z Magazine. He is the winner of the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, the 2006 Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Award, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. His earlier books include "Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky," "Eqbal Ahmad: Confronting Empire," and "The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting." Barsamian lectures on U.S. foreign policy, the media, propaganda, and corporate power in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, India and Europe.

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Ann Arbor Book Festival Special Appearance: Nancy Pearl, Librarian, Author and Action Figure

This event was held on May 14, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Nancy Pearl, retired executive director of the Washington Center for the Book, is the model for, believe it or not, a new librarian action figure. She is also the author of Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason and its sequel, More Book Lust. Ms. Pearl will explain how her love of reading was fostered, how she became an author and why (why?!), she is now an action figure. A booksigning will follow with books (and action figures) available for purchase, courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop.

In her two novel guides to finding the right book for the right mood, Nancy Pearl describes, in a humor-filled and engaging manner, her hundred-or-so favorite titles--and why you should read them. In addition to her Book Lust titles, she has penned Now Read This: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1978 - 1998 and Now Read This II: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1990-2001. She also reviews books for local and national publications, and speaks to library and community groups full-time. Ms. Pearl reviews books regularly on KUOW, the Seattle affiliate of National Public Radio, as well as Wisconsin and Tulsa public radio stations. Among her many honors and awards are the 2004 Brava Award from Women's University Club in Seattle, the 2003 Humanities Washington Award, the Public Library Association's 2001 Allie Beth Martin Award, the 2004 Louis Shores Greenwood Publishing Group Award for excellence in the reviewing of books and other materials for libraries; and the 2004 Media and Communications Award from the Ontario, Canada, Library Association. Ms. Pearl also was named the Totem Business and Professional Women's "1998 Woman of Achievement" award and received the 1997 Open Book Award from the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. In 1998, Library Journal named her Fiction Reviewer of the Year. She received her library degree in 1967 from the University of Michigan.

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Former New York Times Editor And Pulitzer Prize Winner Joseph Lelyveld Discusses His Memoir and Career

This event was held on May 15, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The Library is proud to host Joseph Lelyveld, executive editor of The New York Times from 1994 to 2001, as he discusses his new memoir and his illustrious career.

Mr. Lelyveld held high leadership positions at The New York Times for twelve years. He has been a correspondent for The New York Times in London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Washington, D.C. and South Africa.

In his memoir, 'Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop,' Lelyveld unravels the tangled story of his father, a rabbi, and mother with equal measures of candor and tenderness.

A booksigning will follow, with books available for purchase courtesy of Nicola's Books. There is limited seating for this event - arrive early!

Lelyveld's book on South Africa, 'Move Your Shadow,' (Times Books, 1985) won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986. It also won awards from The Los Angeles Times, the Overseas Press Club and the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

His effort to recapture his family history, through this new book, takes him on an unforeseen journey past disparate landmarks of the last century, including the Scottsboro trials, the Zionist movement, the Hollywood blacklist, McCarthyism, and Mississippi's "freedom summer" of 1964. As Lelyveld seeks out the truth of his life story, he evokes a remarkable moment in our national story with unforgettable poignancy.

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Cover to Cover Book Discussion - The Historian with Elizabeth Kostova

This event was held on October 13, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Elizabeth Kostova's debut novel, "The Historian," has captured the top of several nationwide bestseller lists, including the local list for Ann Arbor. Its literary approach to horror and the Dracula legend has proved fascinating for the public. Join us as Elizabeth leads a discussion of this fascinating book.

The story opens in 1972 Amsterdam when a teenage girl discovers a medieval book and a cache of yellowed letters in the library of her diplomat father. This find involves her in the legend of Dracula and horrors that she could not have forseen. Fascinating historical information combines with suspense to produce a truly satisfying horror novel.

Elizabeth Kostova graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.

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Yale Historian David Blight Discusses His Book 'A Slave No More'

This event was held on November 8, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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During the past few years, two new slave manuscripts have surfaced. Each is an authentic, handwritten memoir of the escape to freedom of a young male slave during the Civil War. David Blight, Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University and the nation's leading expert on race during and after the Civil War, was commissioned to combine these narratives into his book, "A Slave No More." Blight will discuss his newly published groundbreaking work. The event will include a book signing, with books for sale courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop. Cosponsored by the UM Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, the UM Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, and the UM Program in American Culture

Slave narratives, some of the most powerful records of our past, are extremely rare, with only fifty-five post-Civil War narratives surviving. Only a few are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. The two recently discovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, are a major addition to the canon of American history. The first manuscript, "The Journal of Wallace Turnage," is the story of a slave born in Snow Hill, North Carolina in 1846. The second, entitled by the author, "Memorys of the Past," is the narrative of a former slave, John Washington, born in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1838.

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Author Tim Kiska discusses his book From Soupy to Nuts:A History of Detroit Television

This event was held on September 12, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Go back to local TV's golden years when Tim discusses the history of this television genre. As the medium grew, thousands of Detroiters visited Channel 4 to see Milky the Clown or bombastic anchorman Bill Bonds. With the evaporation of local television, a piece of Detroit's character disappeared. Come re-capture this era. A booksigning will follow with books available for purchase.

'From Soupy to Nuts: A History of Detroit Television' is a snapshot of Detroit TV history - from Sonny Eliot, Bozo the Clown, Bill Kennedy, Lou Gordon and Gil Maddox to Al Ackerman, Sir Graves Ghastly, Dick the Bruiser and Mr. Belvedere.

To write his book, Kiska spent hundreds of hours at the Detroit Public Library, as well as the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News libraries and others. He also interviewed countless people in person and by phone, including Duane X. Riley, Sonny Eliot and Bill Bonds. The result is this extremely entertaining book.

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Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Lecture: On Becoming Chinese American with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

This event was held on January 23, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Growing up the child of immigrants, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang was both part of and slightly outside of Chinese culture and mainstream American culture. What does it mean to be Chinese American? Ms. Wang's discussion will touch on issues raised by this year’s theme, China and America: Bridging Two Worlds, and the selected book, The Eighth Promise: An American Son's Tribute To His Toisanese Mother, by William Poy Lee.

As acting editor of IMDiversity.com Asian American Village, Ms. Wang has written extensively on issues of identity and culture as process rather than simply one moment in time. She will share the stories of the different ways she has wrestled with identity and culture through her life, including during childhood, as a young adult, and as a parent.

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Author and Adventurer Jon Waterman Discusses His Arctic Travels and His Book

This event was held on August 12, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Since 1983, Jon Waterman has taken eighteen trips into the Arctic, trekking and paddling thousands of miles and encountering wolves, Inupiat hunters, and the oil-ravaged Prince William Sound. At this event, co-sponsored by the Alaska Coalition, he will blend historical narrative with vivid tales of his journeys, creating tension between past and present, science and politics, reflection and investigation. A book signing will follow and books will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Jon will also explore how oil exploration has choked Alaska's pristine wilderness and will trace the lives of Olaus and Mardie Murie, legendary conservationists who were devoted to the protection of America's Arctic. Jon is the author of eight books, published in several languages, and the only author whose books have twice won the Banff International Book Festival "Best Adventure Travel" award. He has been presented with a National Park Service Special Achievement Award for his rescue work on McKinley, the American Alpine Club's Literary Award, and is an honorary member for life of Phi Kappa Phi. Jon's television documentary films (The Logan Challenge, Surviving Denali, Odyssey Among the Inuit) have aired on PBS, ESPN, and the Outdoor Life Network. For more information, call 327-4560.

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Detroit Tiger Legend Denny McLain and TV Personality Eli Zaret Discuss Their New Book

This event was held on August 14, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Denny McLain's biography allows the former All-Star pitcher to share his cautionary tale with generations of baseball fans: older ones who witnessed his downfall and younger ones who can learn from McLain's multitude of mistakes. From being the only 30-game winner in more than 70 years, to touring the country as a popular musician playing on national TV, to spending nine years in jail -- Denny McLain has lived a bizarre and remarkable life. Co-authors McLain and Zaret will make this special Library appearance to discuss McLain's career. A book signing will follow the discussion, with books available for sale at the event. This event is scheduled to be broadcast live on Community Television Network, channel 18.

In 1968, McLain set the baseball world on fire by being the first pitcher to win at least 30 games since Dizzy Dean 34 years earlier. But two years later he was banned from the game for half a season, traded away to the laughing-stock Washington Senators where he entered into a never-ending battle with baseball icon Ted Williams. By 1972, he was a retired star, hustling games of golf - and his troubles were just beginning. Emmy-winning sportscaster Eli Zaret published his first book, "84 - The Last of the Great Tigers, Untold Stories from an Amazing Season" in 2003. He followed that in 2004 with "Blue Collar Blueprint - How the Pistons Constructed their Championship Formula."

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Added to the collection on Mar 25, 2008

Bestselling Suspense Author Ridley Pearson Discusses His New Thriller 'Cut and Run'

This event was held on April 8, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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AADL continues its celebration of National Library Week (something for everyone @ your library) with one of the bestselling authors of the thriller genre. Ridley Pearson discusses his new novel 'Cut and Run' and answers audience questions at this event. He will also sign copies of his books, which will be on sale at the event courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Whether it's writing frighteningly real suspense fiction, playing bass guitar in a literary all-star garage band, or the inherent joys of new fatherhood, Ridley Pearson has mastered the art of keeping a lot of people up all night. With twenty novels under his belt, Pearson has earned a reputation for stories that grip the imagination, emphasize high-tech crime and dazzling forensic detail, and, all too often, imitate life.

"Undercurrents," Ridley's classic 1988 novel, helped a prosecuting attorney from Washington state solve a real-life homicide by referring to research methods used in the book. The attorney - who happened to be reading "Undercurrents" at the time - enlisted the aid of an oceanographer mentioned in the book's acknowledgment page. The oceanographer identified a tidal flow and window of time essential to the case and, serving as an expert witness, helped convict the victim's husband of murder.

The topic of Pearson's 1995 novel, "Chain of Evidence," which involved the existence of a crime gene, was the focus of a genetics conference later that year that erupted in controversy, making national news. "Beyond Recognition" (1997) tackled the violent mystery of high-tech arson, and at least one death occurred subsequently just as Ridley described it in the book.

Ridley has co-produced and written documentaries for television, and is currently working on a dramatic series for Showtime. He is the bestselling author of fourteen novels which have sold over six million copies and have been translated into twenty languages.

In 1991, Ridley was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler Fulbright at Oxford University.

His new thriller, "Cut And Run," features witness protection agent Roland Larson who has the misfortune of falling in love with Hope, a protected witness, whose testimony had put away prominent members of a crime family. In a series of terrifying encounters, he must match wits with a brutally ingenious henchman who has kidnapped Hope and Larson's daughter in a ruthless quest to destroy Hope.

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Fox 2 Reporter Lee Thomas Discusses His Battle With Vitiligo And His New Book 'Turning White: A Memoir of Change'

This event was held on November 15, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In his newly released book, Emmy Award-winning TV broadcaster Lee Thomas shares the physical and mental battle he is currently waging. In 1996, the African-American broadcaster was diagnosed with the skin pigment disorder vitiligo. In "Turning White: A Memoir of Change," Thomas shares his journey to help people understand vitiligo, and to help others cope with the psychological war that comes from this life-changing disease. Hear him discuss his career, his struggle with vitiligo, and his thought-provoking memoir at this special event. A book signing will follow, with books for sale courtesy of Nicola's Books. As someone in the very public eye, vitiligo has transformed not only Thomas' color, but his life. "Even people who have known me for years avoid eye contact when they see my face without makeup for the first time." He is also currently slated to be the keynote speaker for the National Vitiligo Foundation annual meeting/ awards banquet in October 2007. FOX 2 Detroit and PBS Detroit are developing a documentary on Thomas, which is slated to air locally in November and may go into national syndication. More than two million people in the U.S. suffer from vitiligo. This is the only book on the market addressing the personal and emotional struggles one faces with the disease.

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Added to the collection on Mar 25, 2008

Best-selling Mystery Authors Loren Estleman and C.J. Box Discuss Their Mystery Novels

This event was held on January 10, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Meet two of the country’s leading writers in the mystery genre. C.J. Box will discuss "Blue Heaven" ("a suspenseful tour-de-force" -- Kirkus Reviews) and Loren Estleman will cover "Gas City" (a "razor-sharp tale of crime and corruption" -- Publisher’s Weekly). Both books will be released in January. The authors will sign books and answer audience questions. Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookshop.

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2008 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Author William Poy Lee Discusses "The Eighth Promise"

This event was held on January 25, 2008 at Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building

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Acclaimed author William Poy Lee will make a special appearance as part of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. His book, "The Eighth Promise: An American Son’s Tribute To His Toisanese Mother," has been chosen as the focus of the 2008 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program. Mr. Poy will discuss his book and his perspective on the Chinese American experience. A book signing will follow, with books for sale at the event, courtesy of Borders.

This appearance is a key event for the 2008 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti reads program, which this year focuses on the theme China and America: Bridging Two Worlds.

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Added to the collection on Mar 06, 2008

Graphic Novelist Josh Elder, Author of 'Mail Order Ninja' Discusses His Craft

This event was held on September 27, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This Chicago-based graphic novelist recently made a splash in the publishing world with his "Mail Order Ninja" graphic novel series and nationally-syndicated comic strip from TokyoPop. He has also written an upcoming issue of "The Batman Strikes" for DC Comics. Find out how Josh got his start and what it's like in the world of graphic novel authors when Josh visits the Library to discuss his craft. The event will include a book signing, with books available for purchase. This event will be taped for future broadcast on Community Television Network, Channel 18. A life-long comic book fan and graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Film, Josh spent several years after graduation on the periphery of the comic book industry, first as a DC Comics intern and later as an associate editor for Wizard Magazine. In April 2005, his short story, "Mail Order Ninja," won the grand prize in TokyoPop's fifth Rising Stars of Manga contest. He scored a six-book deal as a result. Josh is now working on the third volume of "Mail Order Ninja." He also writes graphic novel reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Author Jonathan Lethem Discusses His Novel 'You Don't Love Me Yet'

This event was held on April 5, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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AADL and Shaman Drum Bookshop are pleased to host a special event featuring award-winning author Jonathan Lethem in a discussion of his latest novel. The author of six novels, including the bestsellers The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), Lethem is also the author of two short story collections, Men and Cartoons and The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye, and a collection of essays, The Disappointment Artist. A book signing will follow, with books for sale courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop. You Don't Love Me Yet is a raucous romantic farce that explores the paradoxes of love and art. It is a funny and affectionate send-up of the alternative band scene, the city of Los Angeles, and the entire genre of romantic comedy.

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Added to the collection on Feb 12, 2008

Nationally-Known Heirloom Cooking Experts The Brass Sisters Discuss Heirloom Baking and Introduce AADL's New Digital Database of Local Recipes 'Ann Arbor Cooks'

This event was held on October 25, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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See the premiere of Ann Arbor Cooks, the new online database of local historical cookbooks and heirloom recipes available at aadl.org. Who better to introduce this terrific new service than the nationally-known (and always enjoyable!) heirloom cooking experts from New England, Marilynn and Sheila Brass, authors of "Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters." This delightful evening includes a demonstration of Ann Arbor Cooks, a discussion of heirloom baking by the Brass sisters, and refreshments made by the Washtenaw County Historical Society from heirloom recipes. The Brass sisters will also sign their book, for sale at the event courtesy of Nicola's Books. ANN ARBOR COOKS: This new project by AADL, in cooperation with the Washtenaw County Historical Society and Hadassah, digitizes cookbooks published by Ann Arbor churches and organizations, making them available through aadl.org. The Library has reached back in time to gather cookbooks from the late 19th and 20th centuries that capture the tastes and tempo of Ann Arbor throughout its history. Many of these books were provided for this project by the Washtenaw County Historical Society. The online exhibit also contains two illustrated cookbooks from Hadassah, "Like Mama Used to Make" and "Like Mama Used to Make ... And More." Ann Arbor Cooks will also highlight local growers, local food clubs, classes and many special events for everyday cooks, aspiring chefs and food lovers. "Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters" was recently nominated for a 2007 James Beard Foundation Book Award.

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Added to the collection on Jan 11, 2008

Knitting Author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Discusses Her Personal Obsession With Knitting and Her New Book 'Knitting Rules!'

This event was held on July 30, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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If you're a knitter, then you know the Yarn Harlot (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/), whose blogs about knitting, yarns, babies and all (interesting) matters under the sun for some of the most interesting knitting material in cyberspace. In this special event, cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Book Festival, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee comes to the Library to dish and bitch about the joys and perils of playing with sticks and strings. She will also talk about her latest book, 'Knitting Rules!' The event includes a booksigning, with books for sale courtesy of Nicola's Books. In real life, she is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the author of 'The Secret Life of a Knitter' and 'At Knit's End: Meditations For Women Who Knit Too Much.' Her tongue-in-cheek meditations on a personal obsession fraught with guilt, frustration, over-optimism, sly deception, and compulsion, along with passionate moments of creative enlightenment, are truly down-to-earth witticisms--and not just for women who knit too much. Pearl-McPhee, who lives in Toronto, has also contributed articles and patterns to knitting magazines such as Cast On, Interweave Knits, Knitty, Stranded, and Spin Off. Her writing and work is best known through her blog. In 2004, she founded Tricoteuses sans Frontieres (Knitters without Borders), a group dedicated to raising money for the non-profit Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders). As of 2006, they have raised over $100,000. In 2006 she started the Knitting Olympics, a competition for knitters to start and finish one project during the timeframe of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Over 4,000 knitters worldwide participated.

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Added to the collection on Jan 09, 2008

The Yarn Harlot & Knitting Author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Discusses Knitting and Her New Book

This event was held on April 1, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The Yarn Harlot makes a return visit to AADL to talk (about everything), knit, and answer your questions! Stephanie's newest book is "Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting." The event includes a book signing, with books for sale courtesy of Borders Books and Music.

Stephanie invites knitters of all ages, levels, and persuasions to embark with her on a journey deep into the land populated by those who are obsessed with yarn, needles, and what's on their needles now.

Note: Due to a travel nightmare (which she details in the video), Stephanie was 4 hours late for this event, with the both the multipurpose room and the 4th floor overflow room filled to capacity with knitters and knitbloggers from all over the great lakes! Fortunately, the audience was well-equipped to kill time, and were treated to a few parades from a Festifools-inspired kid's craft program going on upstairs.

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Added to the collection on Jan 08, 2008

Legendary Television Producer Chuck Barris Discusses His New Novel of a Futuristic TV Game Show

This event was held on May 22, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Legendary producer Chuck Barris virtually invented reality TV with such era-defining shows as The Newlywed Game, The Dating Game, and The Gong Show, and later stunned the world with the outrageous revelations in his memoir, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (which became a George Clooney/Drew Barrymore/Julia Roberts film). His new book, The Big Question: A Novel of Reality Television, is a satire of a futuristic game show. Enjoy an evening with the creator of some of the most innovative and groundbreaking television of our time, as Barris shares anecdotes of his famed career and discusses his book. A book signing will follow, with books for sale, courtesy of Nicola's Books. This event is scheduled to be broadcast live on Community Television Network, channel 18.

What Chuck Barris brought to television was spontaneity using ordinary people, and the country tuned in to watch. Barris's use of spontaneity - no right or wrong answers - is generally accepted as the beginning of TV's "reality programming" as we know it today. He also changed the television industry behind the scenes. When the network dropped one of his shows before it ever aired, Barris bought back the pilot and sold the show to local stations one at a time - and first-run syndication, now a multi-billion dollar industry, was born. Beneath the veneer of social satire, Barris' new novel raises some pertinent questions of its own - not only about the state of television, but about the contemporary culture that spawns it.