Ann S. Epstein presents her historical fiction novel Tazia and Gemma

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ann S. Epstein presents her historical fiction novel Tazia and Gemma

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781925417722
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Published: Vine Leaves Press - May 22nd, 2018

Praise for Tazia and Gemma

“This is compulsively readable fiction: vivid, curious, and moving. It’s also an intimate chronicle of early twentieth-century American history that needs to be remembered right now. The daily lives of working-class people, immigrants, minorities, and women—Epstein tells their stories with the attentiveness and dignity they deserve. You deserve to pick up this novel, for its lessons and its pleasures.” Polly Rosenwaike, Author of Look How Happy I’m Making You

“Epstein weaves a nonlinear tale that seeks to reconcile race, religion, personal identity, truth, mother-daughter relationships and more, and which proves (as most human experience) in some ways satisfying and in others, impossible. The conflict in Tazia and Gemma makes a fascinating read.” L. E. Kimball, Author of Seasonal Roads

About Tazia and Gemma
Spanning 1911 to 1961, Tazia and Gemma is told from the perspective of an unwed mother, whose tale moves forward in time, and her daughter, whose search for her father moves backward. Tazia, a pregnant seventeen-year-old Italian immigrant and survivor of the Triangle Waist Company fire, flees New York, leaving her married lover to think she miscarried the baby he urged her to abort. To support herself and her daughter Gemma, Tazia takes low-wage jobs as she migrates westward. Gemma, now fifty, embarks on an eastward journey to find her father, eventually tracing her roots to Italy. In the end, Tazia no longer needs to escape her history, while Gemma finds that her identity leads back to her mother. The narrative illuminates the tension between assimilation versus honoring one’s heritage, and confronts the struggle for self-respect in the face of discrimination and demeaning work conditions—issues both timely and timeless.


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Poetry Night Quartet

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Poetry Night Quartet

Mnemosyne's Hand Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781625492760
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Published: Wordtech Communications - May 2nd, 2018

Overhead from Longing Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781625492852
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Published: David Robert Books - August 2nd, 2018

The Bird-While (Made in Michigan Writers) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780814342404
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Published: Wayne State University Press - February 6th, 2017

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Ann Arbor Native Patrick Flores-Scott presents American Road Trip

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ann Arbor Native Patrick Flores-Scott presents American Road Trip

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781627797412
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 18th, 2018

Praise for American Road Trip

"Told via T’s honest, engaging, and often-naive voice, the story openly explores mental illness spawned by war and how the illness affects family members and those around them."--Booklist, starred review

"In a story about mending broken ties, making sacrifices, and visiting landscapes and loved ones from the past, Flores-Scott invites readers to follow T on a road trip that brings to life the Avilas’ Latino heritage and Manny’s disorder. . . it celebrates many things: family love, realized dreams, and the taste of a green chile cheeseburger. "--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Adeptly provides a window and a mirror of Latinx culture and reimagines the American road trip as an individual journey, one deeply anchored in sacrifice for those we love." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"Flores-Scott's latest explores the fragile bonds of a fractured family . . . Teodoro's funny, wry first-person narration features quick, emotionally charged sentences that provide the narrative a breathless, hard-hitting quality. This novel bursts with much-needed optimism. A compassionate success. "--Kirkus Reviews

"Flores-Scott’s character development is extraordinary. . .Readers will find themselves intimately connected to and cheering for the success of these siblings. With strong messages of hope, survival, and the power of family, American Road Trip is a must-read."--VOYA

About American Road Trip

With a strong family, the best friend a guy could ask for, and a budding romance with the girl of his dreams, life shows promise for Teodoro “T” Avila. But he takes some hard hits the summer before senior year when his nearly perfect brother, Manny, returns from a tour in Iraq with a devastating case of PTSD. In a desperate effort to save Manny from himself and pull their family back together, T’s fiery sister, Xochitl, hoodwinks her brothers into a cathartic road trip.

Told through T’s honest voice, this is a candid exploration of mental illness, socioeconomic pressures, and the many inescapable highs and lows that come with growing up―including falling in love.


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ESPN Football Reporter Tom VanHaaren presents The Road to Ann Arbor

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:00pm

ESPN Football Reporter Tom VanHaaren presents The Road to Ann Arbor

U of M football fans will not want to miss this event, as ESPN reporter Tom VanHaaren presents The Road to Ann Arbor: Incredible Twists and Improbable Turns Along the Michigan Recruiting Trail!

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By Tom VanHaaren, Brian Griese (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781629375922
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Published: Triumph Books - September 4th, 2018

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Acclaimed journalist Anna Clark presents The Poisoned City

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

Acclaimed journalist Anna Clark presents The Poisoned City

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781250125149
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Published: Metropolitan Books - July 10th, 2018

Praise for The Poisoned City

“Incisive and informed... In the first full accounting of the Flint water crisis, Clark combines a staggering amount of research and several intimate story lines to reveal how the Michigan city was poisoned by its leaders and then largely abandoned to its fate by state officials.... Clark takes no prisoners, naming all the names and presenting the confirming research. ‘Neglect,’ she warns, ‘is not a passive force in American cities, but an aggressive one.’”―Booklist (starred review)

“A complex, exquisitely detailed account... A potent cautionary tale of urban neglect and indifference... Clark goes far beyond the immediate crisis―captured nationally in images of bottled water being distributed to Flint’s poor, the most severely affected―to explain ‘decades of negligence’ that had mired the city in ‘debt, dysfunctional urban policy, disappearing investment, disintegrating infrastructure, and a compromised democratic process.’ She warns that other declining American cities are similarly threatened.”―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Compelling... A comprehensive account [that] boils down this complex tragedy... While devastating, this account is also inspiring in its coverage of the role of Flint’s ‘lionhearted residents’ and their grassroots activism, community organizing, and independent investigation... This extremely informative work gives an authoritative account of a true American urban tragedy that still continues.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A comprehensive chronicle of the crisis―with an eye for the institutional corruption and indifference that enabled it.”―The New York Times

“An arresting and copiously documented saga of moneyed corruption… A bracing, closely reported chronicle… Clark ably pieces together the grotesque convergence of forces that transformed Flint into a byword of failed oversight and artificially induced hazard. And she rightly notes that the water crisis, as sudden and unexpected as it might have seemed, was the culmination of more than a generation’s worth of systemic neglect and cynical austerity-minded pillaging from on high.”―Bookforum

About The Poisoned City

When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins.

Through a series of disastrous decisions, the state government had switched the city’s water supply to a source that corroded Flint’s aging lead pipes. Complaints about the foul-smelling water were dismissed: the residents of Flint, mostly poor and African American, were not seen as credible, even in matters of their own lives.

It took eighteen months of activism by city residents and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. By that time, twelve people had died and Flint’s children had suffered irreparable harm. The long battle for accountability and a humane response to this man-made disaster has only just begun.

In the first full account of this American tragedy, Anna Clark's The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision making. Places like Flint are set up to fail―and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences can be fatal.


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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes presentation

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Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 3:00pm

Learn first-hand how Chicken Soup stories are curated for anthologies, and enjoy a reading from Michigan authors featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes! Featured authors will include Women Writers of Ann Arbor/Ypsi founder Kaye Curren, Nancy Beaufait, and Tammy Nicole Glover.

About the Book

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781611599787
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Published: Chicken Soup for the Soul - August 14th, 2018

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes! celebrates the empowerment we feel when we say “Yes!” to something that challenges us. Change your life for the better by doing the things that scare you. These 101 true, revealing stories will help you do just that.

In a world where “why” is too often asked and “no” is too often an answer, this book encourages us to ask “why not” and celebrates the tremendous power in saying “Yes!" The authors of these 101 stories explain how saying “Yes!” changed their lives for the better. Whether it’s something little, like trying a new food or something big, like jumping out an airplane, you’ll be ready to shake up your own life after you read about their experiences.


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Book Signing with Debut Ann Arbor Author Lillian Li

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Book Signing with Debut Ann Arbor Author Lillian Li

Meet Ann Arbor resident and U of M MFA recepient Lillian Li as she signs her acclaimed debut novel, Number One Chinese Restaurant. Released in late June, Number One Chinese Restaurant was named a Summer Must-Read by TIME, Buzzfeed, The Wall Street Journal, Star Tribune, Fast Company, The Village Voice, Toronto Star, Fortune Magazine, InStyle, and O, The Oprah Magazine!

About the Author

Number One Chinese Restaurant: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250141293
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 19th, 2018

Praise for Number One Chinese Restaurant

"A joy to read―I couldn't get enough."Buzzfeed

"This novel practically thumps with heartache and sharp humor."―Chang-rae Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Native Speaker

About Number One Chinese Restaurant

An exuberant and wise multigenerational debut novel about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant.

The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, is not only a beloved go-to setting for hunger pangs and celebrations; it is its own world, inhabited by waiters and kitchen staff who have been fighting, loving, and aging within its walls for decades. When disaster strikes, this working family’s controlled chaos is set loose, forcing each character to confront the conflicts that fast-paced restaurant life has kept at bay.

Owner Jimmy Han hopes to leave his late father’s homespun establishment for a fancier one. Jimmy’s older brother, Johnny, and Johnny’s daughter, Annie, ache to return to a time before a father’s absence and a teenager’s silence pushed them apart. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, are tempted to turn their thirty-year friendship into something else, even as Nan’s son, Pat, struggles to stay out of trouble. And when Pat and Annie, caught in a mix of youthful lust and boredom, find themselves in a dangerous game that implicates them in the Duck House tragedy, their families must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to help their children.

Generous in spirit, unaffected in its intelligence, multi-voiced, poignant, and darkly funny, Number One Chinese Restaurant looks beyond red tablecloths and silkscreen murals to share an unforgettable story about youth and aging, parents and children, and all the ways that our families destroy us while also keeping us grounded and alive.


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Mystery Author Duo featuring C.M. Gleason and Sarah Zettel

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Mystery Author Duo featuring C.M. Gleason and Sarah Zettel

The Other Sister Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781538760901
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 28th, 2018

"An exhilarating ride full of twists and turns, this page-turner will leave you guessing until the very end!" -Steena Holmes, New York Times bestselling author of The Forgotten Ones

"Sarah Zettel's THE OTHER SISTER is as dark and twisted as they come; a compelling and sinister psychological thriller in which every character is deeply flawed, their desire for revenge understandable and relatable. With its intricate web of secrets long buried, readers won't be able to stop turning the pages!" -Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter

Two sisters. One murder plan.

Everyone thought reckless, troubled Geraldine Monroe was the bad sister-especially when she fled town after her mother's death twenty-five years ago.

But people don't know the truth.

Marie Monroe knows. She was there for their father's cruel punishments, the constant manipulation, the lies. Everyone thinks she's the perfect daughter-patient and kind, and above all obedient. No one would suspect her of anything. Especially not murder.

Now Geraldine's home again, and she and Marie have united in a plan for the ultimate revenge. But when old secrets and new fears clash, everyone is pushed to the breaking point . . . and the sisters will learn that they can't trust anyone-not even each other.


Murder in the Oval Library (Lincoln's White House Mystery #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781496710215
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Published: Kensington - August 28th, 2018

"An excellent mystery combined with brilliant historical detail." --Kirkus Reviews

April 13, 1861: Rebel troops are across the Potomac River, only 800 feet from the White House and President Lincoln—but a murderer is even closer . . .

With the Confederate Army firing on Fort Sumter, the Civil War has begun—and an invasion of Washington, DC, from Secessionist Virginia seems imminent. As the population evacuates, the President is in desperate need of men to defend the capital.

Lincoln’s trusted aide, Adam Speed Quinn, and Quinn’s old friend from the Bloody Kansas conflict, Senator Jim Lane, hastily assemble a motley crew of just over a hundred men and garrison them in the East Room at the White House. Dubbed the Frontier Guard, these rough-and-tumble patriots steel themselves for the inevitable attack.

But even as dawn breaks with no Rebel strike, a single act of violence intrudes within the White House. One of the Frontier Guard lies dead in the oval library, throat slit ear to ear. There is a murderer among them.

Lincoln promptly assigns Quinn to deal with the matter, who is in turn aided by journalist Sophie Gates and Dr. George Hilton. And to Quinn’s chagrin, the Southern belle Constance Lemagne insists on being involved in the investigation as well. But when Dr. Hilton examines the body, he makes a startling discovery that overturns all Quinn’s assumptions about the murder. With his president at grave risk from without and within, Quinn must act quickly to catch the White House killer . . .


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