Bryon Quertermous & Patricia Abbott

Event date: 
Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 3:00pm

Bryon Quertermous  - Riot Load & Patricia Abbott –  Shot in Detroit

Bryon Quetermous

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781940610689
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Published: Polis Books - June 14th, 2016

Dominick Prince went through hell to make his dreams come true. He finally has a book deal, time and money to write whatever he wants, and a marriage to his college crush with a child on the way. But instead of working on his next book, Dominick spends his days as a mindless office drone at the university cancer center while his wife chases bail jumpers. When an old friend reappears to call in a favor, Dominick sees an opportunity for a little excitement.

The plan seems simple enough. Dominick will use his access at the hospital to help his friend steal the last remaining piece of her murdered lover: a sperm sample left during prostate cancer treatment. Standing in their way are a pair of brothers who find kidnapping potential children far superior to kidnapping actual children, and Dominick’s wife who has her own plans for the sample. Torn between his wife’s wrath and the debt he owes his friend, Dominick taps into the most devious parts of his crime fiction training to write himself a proper ending where he saves the day, saves the girl, and lives to write another day.


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$15.00
ISBN: 9781940610825
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Published: Polis Books - June 14th, 2016

Violet Hart is a photographer who has always returned to cobble out a life for herself in the oddly womblike interiors of Detroit. Nearing forty, she's keenly aware that the time for artistic recognition is running out. When her lover, Bill, a Detroit mortician, needs a photograph of a body, she agrees to takes the picture. It's an artistic success and Violet is energized by the subject matter, persuading Bill to allow her to take pictures of some of his other clients, eventually settling on photographing young, black men.

When Violet's new portfolio is launched, she quickly strikes a deal, agreeing to produce a dozen pictures with a short deadline, confident because dead bodies are commonplace in Detroit and she has access to the city's most prominent mortician. These demands soon place Violet in the position of having to strain to meet her quota.

As time runs out, how will Violet come up with enough subjects to photograph without losing her soul or her life in the process? A riveting novel of psychological suspense, Patricia Abbott continues to cement herself as one of our very best writers of the darkness that lies within the human heart.


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The Human Side of Science (Arthur Wiggins)

Event date: 
Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 3:00pm

The Human Side of Science: Edison and Tesla, Watson and Crick and Other Personal Stories Behind Science’s Big Ideas (Arthur Wiggins)

This lively and humorous book focuses attention on the fact that "science is a human enterprise." The reader learns about the foibles and quirks as well as the admirable ingenuity and impressive accomplishments of famous scientists who made some of the greatest discoveries of the past and present. Examples abound: James Watson and Francis Crick formed a legendary partnership that led to the discovery of DNA, but they essentially ignored the contribution of female colleague Rosalind Franklin. Later, in the race to sequence the human genome, Watson criticized J. Craig Venter's technique as a process that could be run by monkeys. Nikola Tesla once worked for Thomas Edison, but then quit after a dispute about a bonus. Robert Hooke accused Isaac Newton of stealing his ideas about optics. Plato declared that the works of Democritus should be burned. With tongue-in-cheek illustrations by renowned science cartoonist Sidney Harris, this book takes the reader behind the scenes of scientific research to shine new light on the all-too-human people who do science.


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NOLA Gals (Barbara Rebbeck)

Event date: 
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 3:00pm

NOLA Gals (Barbara Rebbeck)

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780990314868
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Published: Neverland Publishing Company, LLC - January 23rd, 2015

Essence LaFontaine and Grace Woodson don’t know each other, but soon Hurricane Katrina will blow into their lives, forcing them together into a different kind of storm—a storm swirling with the winds of bigotry and prejudice. Can the girls find their way to the light behind the clouds?

New Orleans: Essence watches her neighbors prepare to evacuate, but her stubborn grandma refuses to budge, jeopardizing the lives of both her granddaughters, Essence and her little sister, Chardonnai, while their mother works as a nurse at a local hospital.

Houston: Grace listens to her iPod and sighs when her mom urges her to finish her summer reading, but Grace can think only of her forbidden MySpace page.

Katrina strikes with a fury and although Essence and Chardonnai are rescued, their grandmother Mimmi stays behind with their skinny poodle, George. After terrifying hours in the Superdome they board a bus for the Houston Astrodome along with other victims of Hurricane Katrina, including a man named Harold, who Essence strongly suspects is her long-lost father.

After Grace is suspended from St. Catherine’s for her disobedient behavior, she accompanies her father, a psychologist, to the Astrodome to help with the evacuees.

So Grace begins her essay for English class, her attempt to describe her day with the pitiful Katrina victims. She sees before her the lessons of her required reading, To Kill a Mockingbird, and at a loss as to what to do, she begins to read the book aloud to a tattered group including Essence and her new family of fellow survivors.

With the city of New Orleans devastated, the Woodson family allows Essence and Chardonnai to live with them and both girls begin school at St. Catherine’s. But, like a hurricane, trouble is brewing.


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Invincible Summers (Robin Gaines)

Event date: 
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

Invincible Summers - Robin Gaines (consignment)

Robin Gaines is the author of the novel-in-stories, Invincible Summers, forthcoming in May 2016 from ELJ Publications. Her short stories and essays can be found in Slice, Crack the Spine, Spindrift, Oasis: A Literary Magazine, Willard & Maple, The Homestead Review, Current Magazine, and Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine.

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Terror in the City of Champions (Tom Stanton)

Event date: 
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 7:00pm

Terror in the City of Champions (Tom Stanton)

Tom Stanton is author of several nonfiction books, among them the critically acclaimed Tiger Stadium memoir "The Final Season" and the Quill Award finalist "Ty and The Babe." A journalist for more than thirty years, he co-founded The Voice Newspapers in suburban Detroit and served as editor for 16 years, winning numerous press awards, including a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society That Shocked Depression-Era Detroit Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781493015702
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Published: Lyons Press - June 1st, 2016

In the mid-1930s, Detroit reigned as the City of Champions. Within a six-month span, the Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings won a World Series, NFL title, and Stanley Cup -- a major-sports trifecta achieved by no other American city before or since -- and it happened as undefeated local boxer Joe Louis was becoming a national sensation. As the successes mounted, the national media made heroes of the city's sports stars, and Detroit grew almost delirious, the string of victories providing a sweet diversion from the Great Depression. 

But beneath the jubilance, a nefarious plague was spreading unchecked. A wave of mysterious crimes had police baffled: bodies dumped along roadsides, suspicious suicides, bombings of homes and halls, flogging victims who refused to speak, assassination plots. All were the work of the Black Legion, a secret terrorist organization that flourished in Detroit until the summer of 1936, when one murder (and the loose lips of a gunman) led to its unraveling.

In the forthcoming Terror in the City of Champions, author Tom Stanton tells for the first time the riveting, intersecting tales of the frightening rise and fall of the Black Legion and the magnificent athletic ascension of Detroit. Publication is set for June 2016.

“With the racist Black Legion spreading evil and the rambunctious Detroit Tigers bringing joy, Detroit’s seemingly eternal forces of darkness and light coexist in this captivating slice of American history.”

—David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story


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Poet, Jane Hilberry

Event date: 
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 3:00pm

Poet, Jane Hilberry

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781597097390
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Published: Red Hen Press - April 11th, 2016

"Exuberant dogs, deer splintering a fence, bears that slip in through the door of dreams: in Hilberry's poems, the animals surely enter, and it is this book's dream-found responsibility to see further, or rather, see better, to leave the door open to strange visits and visitations, in daylight, in the looked-over corners of our daily lives." 

"In these expertly crafted poems, Hilberry does not shy away from the difficult--she looks into loneliness, a friend's suicide, the death of a parent. But the alchemy of poetry is that it transforms darkness into song. As experience arises in all its wild and ungovernable forms, the book ultimately offers an invitation: "You could be part of this.


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A Conversation with Ray Roberston and Jas Obrecht

Event date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 7:00pm

A Conversation with Ray Roberston and Jas Obrecht

Lives of the Poets (with Guitars): Thirteen Outsiders Who Changed Modern Music

Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar

Ray Robertson:

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ISBN: 9781771960724
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Published: Biblioasis - April 12th, 2016

“The days of poets moping around castle steps wearing black capes is over. The poets of today are amplified.”—Leonard Cohen

Picking up where Samuel Johnson left off more than two centuries ago, Ray Robertson’s Lives of the Poets (with Guitars) offers up an amplified gathering of thirteen portraits of rock & roll, blues, folk, and alt-country’s most inimitable artists. Irreverent and riotous, Robertson explores the “greater or lesser heat” with which each musician shaped their genre, while offering absorbing insight into their often tumultuous lives.


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$22.95
ISBN: 9780816698042
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - November 9th, 2015

Since the early 1900s, blues and the guitar have traveled side by side. This book tells the story of their pairing from the first reported sightings of blues musicians, to the rise of nationally known stars, to the onset of the Great Depression, when blues recording virtually came to a halt.

Like the best music documentaries, "Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar" interweaves musical history, quotes from celebrated musicians (B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Ry Cooder, and Johnny Winter, to name a few), and a spellbinding array of life stories to illustrate the early days of blues guitar in rich and resounding detail. In these chapters, you ll meet Sylvester Weaver, who recorded the world’s first guitar solos, and Paramount Records artists Papa Charlie Jackson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Blind Blake, the King of Ragtime Blues Guitar. Blind Willie McTell, the Southeast s superlative twelve-string guitar player, and Blind Willie Johnson, street-corner evangelist of sublime gospel blues, also get their due, as do Lonnie Johnson, the era s most influential blues guitarist; Mississippi John Hurt, with his gentle, guileless voice and syncopated fingerpicking style; and slide guitarist Tampa Red, the Guitar Wizard.

Drawing on a deep archive of documents, photographs, record company ads, complete discographies, and up-to-date findings of leading researchers, this is the most comprehensive and complete account ever written of the early stars of blues guitar an essential chapter in the history of American music.


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FIGHT CLUB 2 (Chuck Palahniuk)

Event date: 
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 4:00pm

This Fight Club 2 appearance is a signing ONLY SOLD OUT!  Thank you for your interest.  We are currently sold out of tickets for this event and have no spots left in the signing line.

Chuck will not be performing or reading at this event

This is a ticketed event & each ticket will include a copy of the FIGHT CLUB 2 hardcover ($29.95 plus tax)

Tickets must be purchased in order to join the signing line

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