Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Michigan Fall Conference

Event date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Michigan Fall Conference

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Nicola’s Books will be at this event throughout the day selling books.

Homegrown Talent Schedule

Schedule (subject to change)

8-8:55 AM:  Registration / Mingle / Coffee 

9-9:10 AM:  Welcome and Opening

Event address: 
Thompson-Shore
7200 Joy Road
Dexter, MI 48130

John Bacon – Endzone

Event date: 
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

John Bacon – Endzone

John U. Bacon has written for "Time", "The New York Times", and "ESPN Magazine", among other publications, earning national honors. He is the author of five books on sports and business, including "Bo's Lasting Lessons "(with Bo Schembechler), a "New York Times "and "Wall Street Journal "business bestseller. Bacon teaches at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan and is a popular public speaker. 

Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250078971
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 1st, 2015

"Endzone" tells the story of how college football's most successful, richest and respected program almost lost all three in less than a decade - and entirely of its own doing. It is a story of hubris, greed, and betrayal - a tale more suited to Wall Street than the world's top public university. 
Author John U. Bacon takes you inside the offices, the board rooms and the locker rooms of the University of Michigan to see what happened, and why - with countless eye-opening, head-shaking scenes of conflict and conquest. 

But "Endzone" is also an inspiring story of redemption and revival. When those who loved Michigan football the most recognized it was being attacked from within, they rallied to reclaim the values that made it great for over a century -- values that went deeper than dollars. The list of heroes includes players, students, lettermen, fans and faculty - and the leaders who had the courage to listen to them. 

Their unprecedented uprising produced a new athletic director, and a new coach - the hottest in the land - who vindicated the fans' faith when he turned down more money and fame to return to the place he loved most: Michigan. 

If you love a good story, you'll want to dive into "Endzone: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football.


Event address: 
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Jon Falk - FORTY YEARS IN THE BIG HOUSE: MICHIGAN TALES FROM MY FOUR DECADES AS A WOLVERINE

Event date: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 7:00pm

Jon Falk - FORTY YEARS IN THE BIG HOUSE: MICHIGAN TALES FROM MY FOUR DECADES AS A WOLVERINE

Jon Falk is in his 40th season as the head equipment manager for the Michigan football program. He is responsible for the overall budgeting of the athletic department's equipment needs and oversees a staff of five fulltime assistants and student workers.

Forty Years in the Big House: Michigan Tales from My Four Decades as a Wolverine Cover Image
By Jon Falk, Dan Ewald, Jim Harbaugh (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781629370736
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Triumph Books (IL) - September 1st, 2015

An inside look at the University of Michigan's football program from the man who was the team's equipment manager for more than four decades 


Forty years ago, Michigan equipment manager Jon Falk began his legacy, becoming a living encyclopedia of Michigan football tradition and history. Hired by Bo Schembechler in 1974, the now retired Falk shares his firsthand, inside stories from in the locker room, on the sideline, and on the road with one of college football's most storied institutions. He may not be as well known as the Big House or the Little Brown Jug, but among coaches, players, and a good portion of the Michigan football faithful, Jon Falk has fashioned a lively legend of his own. Falk's recollections connect the past and present to highlight the importance of the relationships created during the best four years of any college player's life and it's those relationships that drive the Wolverines to success.


Event address: 
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Carl Cohen - A CONFLICT OF PRINCIPLES: THE BATTLE OVER AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Event date: 
Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 3:00pm

Carl Cohen - A CONFLICT OF PRINCIPLES: THE BATTLE OVER AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Carl Cohen is professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan and the author of Affirmative Action and Racial Preference.

A Conflict of Principles: The Battle Over Affirmative Action at the University of Michigan Cover Image
$47.94
ISBN: 9780700619962
Availability: Special Order - This Item May be Out of Print
Published: University Press of Kansas - October 3rd, 2014

"No state . . . shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." So says the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, a document held dear by Carl Cohen, a professor of philosophy and longtime champion of civil liberties who has devoted most of his adult life to the University of Michigan. So when Cohen discovered, after encountering some resistance, how his school, in its admirable wish to increase minority enrollment, was actually practicing a form of racial discrimination calling it "affirmative action" he found himself at odds with his longtime allies and colleagues in an effort to defend the equal treatment of the races at his university. In "A Conflict of Principles" Cohen tells the story of what happened at Michigan, how racial preferences were devised and implemented there, and what was at stake in the heated and divisive controversy that ensued. He gives voice to the judicious and seldom heard liberal argument against affirmative action in college admission policies.

 

In the early 1970s, as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union, Cohen vigorously supported programs devised to encourage the recruitment of minorities in colleges, and in private employment. But some of these efforts gave deliberate preference to blacks and Hispanics seeking university admission, and this Cohen recognized as a form of racism, however well-meaning. In his book he recounts the fortunes of contested affirmative action programs as they made their way through the legal system to the Supreme Court, beginning with "DeFunis v. Odegaard" (1974) at the University of Washington Law School, then "Bakke v. Regents of the University of California" (1978) at the Medical School on the UC Davis campus, and culminating at the University of Michigan in the landmark cases of "Grutter v. Bollinger" and "Gratz v. Bollinger" (2003). He recounts his role in the initiation of the Michigan cases, explaining the many arguments against racial preferences in college admissions. He presents a principled case for the resultant amendment to the Michigan constitution, of which he was a prominent advocate, which prohibited preference by race in public employment and public contracting, as well as in public education.

 

An eminently readable personal, consistently fair-minded account of the principles and politics that come into play in the struggles over affirmative action, "A Conflict of Principles" is a deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking contribution to our national conversation about race.


Event address: 
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Ann Arbor Author Deborah Wolter – ‘Reading Upside Down’

Event date: 
Monday, September 28, 2015 - 7:00pm
Reading Upside Down: Identifying and Addressing Opportunity Gaps in Literacy Instruction Cover Image
$45.54
ISBN: 9780807756652
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Teachers College Press - June 26th, 2015

‘Reading Upside Down’ offers a paradigm shift from achievement gaps to opportunity gaps in literacy instruction. Drawing on the author’s rich experiences working one-on-one with challenged readers, this book presents case studies illustrating the complexities of student learning experiences and the unique circumstances that shaped their acquisition of literacy. Wolter explores eight key factors that contribute to reading challenges in developing readers, including school readiness, the use of prescribed phonics-based programs, physical hurdles, unfamiliarity with English, and special education labeling. With a focus on the differences that educators can make for individual students, the text suggests ways to identify and address early opportunity gaps that can impact students throughout their entire educational career.


Event address: 
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Bob Clifford – Poet - ‘Gasping for Air’

Event date: 
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:00pm

Bob Clifford

Bob Clifford is a poet, a U of M graduate in creative writing and former associate director and coordinator of academic programs where he designed and implemented an academic program for over 600 student-athletes and monitored compliance of Big Ten and NCAA regulations.  He is currently the associate athletic director at Oregon State University.  Clifford will be at Nicola’s Books for the release of his latest collection of poetry, ‘Gasping for Air’.

Event address: 
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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