Nicola’s Book Club Meeting

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Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

Nicola’s Book Club Meeting

Moderated by bookseller Rebecca, the Nicola's Book Club will meet every first Thursday starting in October. Each month’s selection will be 15% off in-store, and this month’s selection is Telex From Cuba by Rachel Kushner.

Telex from Cuba: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781416561040
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - June 2nd, 2009

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

Grassroots activist and author Joann Castle In Conversation with Alena Williams

Event date: 
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

Grassroots activist and author Joann Castle In Conversation with Alena Williams

What My Left Hand Was Doing:: Lessons from a Grassroots Activist Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780988671409
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Against the Tide Books - May 2018

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

Poetry Night featuring Caroline Johnson and Tara E. Jay

Event date: 
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

Poetry Night featuring Caroline Johnson and Tara E. Jay

Join us for a moving poetry night. Caroline Johnson’s first full-length publication, The Caregiver, includes 50 poems that were inspired by the 15 years she devoted to taking care of her aging parents. Midwest Book Review deemed it “very highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library Contemporary American Poetry collections.” Joining her will be UofM MFA candidate Tara E. Jay.

About The Caregiver by Caroline Johnson

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Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

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

Tazia and Gemma Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781925417722
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vine Leaves Press - May 29th, 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.


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

Poetry Night Quartet

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Poetry Night Quartet

Mnemosyne's Hand Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781625492760
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wayne State University Press - February 6th, 2017

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

Ann Arbor Native Patrick Flores-Scott presents American Road Trip

Event date: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ann Arbor Native Patrick Flores-Scott presents American Road Trip

American Road Trip Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781627797412
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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.


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

ESPN Football Reporter Tom VanHaaren presents The Road to Ann Arbor

Event date: 
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!

The Road to Ann Arbor: Incredible Twists and Improbable Turns Along the Michigan Recruiting Trail Cover Image
By Tom VanHaaren, Brian Griese (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781629375922
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Triumph Books - September 4th, 2018

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

Acclaimed journalist Anna Clark presents The Poisoned City

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

Acclaimed journalist Anna Clark presents The Poisoned City

The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250125149
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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.


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

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