U of M Professor, Dr. Howard Markel, presents The Kelloggs

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Monday, September 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

U of M Professor, Dr. Howard Markel, presents The Kelloggs

The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307948373
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2018

Praise for The Kelloggs

“Markel’s amazing amalgamation of biography and history, covering the pursuit of health in late-nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America, industrialism, and the invention of cold cereals is adorned with fetching photographs and illustrations. Sibling rivalry has rarely been so dastardly and delectable.”Tony Miksanek, Booklist (starred review)

"[W]hen I was growing up, Battle Creek was this kind of mythic place for me… I’d have breakfast cereals for breakfast and, whether it was Post or Kelloggs, the address would be Battle Creek and I would stare at the cereal boxes and there wasn’t much to read on them, so you were always seeing the name Battle Creek and there was always a come-on the boxes, if you wrote to the address in Battle Creek you’d get free something or other, a souvenir of the cereal.  It would all lead back to Battle Creek.  I had no idea what that was or what that meant but it sounded like a really interesting name. Who knew what kind of battles went on there that helped to produce these cereals?"  —Terry Gross, NPR’s Fresh Air

"A compelling yarn and a fascinating window into the genesis of both modern medicine and management . . . a vivid portrait of the brothers and their era.” —Jonathan A. Knee, New York Times “DealBook” column

About The Kelloggs

From the much admired medical historian (“Markel shows just how compelling the medical history can be”—Andrea Barrett) and author of An Anatomy of Addiction (“Absorbing, vivid”—Sherwin Nuland, The New York Times Book Review, front page)—the story of America’s empire builders: John and Will Kellogg.

John Harvey Kellogg was one of America’s most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will, was the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast.

In The Kelloggs, Howard Markel tells the sweeping saga of these two extraordinary men, whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America’s notion of health and wellness from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, and who helped change the course of American medicine, nutrition, wellness, and diet.


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Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Night

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Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Night

Join us for a night of youth poets performing original work! Hasna Ghalib, Aldo Pando Leopoldo Girard, Anika Love, Karley Misek, and Thea Rowe were each finalists in Ann Arbor's 2018 Youth Poetry Slam Finals, and represented Ann Arbor at Write To The City, a summer camp for young poets and activists in Chicago.

About the Poets

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ESPN Analyst Adam Schefter, In Conversation with Michael Rosenberg

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

ESPN Analyst Adam Schefter, In Conversation with Michael Rosenberg

Join U of M alum Adam Schefter, one of the most influential voices in football today, as he appears in conversation with senior Sports Illustrated author and U of M alum Michael Rosenberg to discuss Adam’s memoir, The Man I Never Met

Tickets will be available Friday, August 3rd at 10 a.m. through BrownPaperTickets.com

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Michigan Mystery Author Trio

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Michigan Mystery Author Trio

Join us for a late-summer mystery event, filled with great beach reads for your last summer gasp. Pamela Gossiaux’s most recent book is Trusting the Cat Burglar, book two in the Russo Romantic Mysteries series. Darci Hannah is celebrating the recent release of the cozy mystery Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies, the first book in the A Very Cherry Mystery series. Rounding out the panel is Greg Jolley, whose most recent title is the second book in the Wiki Danser series, Malice in a Very Small Town.

Trusting the Cat Burglar Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780997638776
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Published: Tri-Cat Publishing - April 23rd, 2018

Abigail Russo and her handsome husband Tony met one winter night when she caught him breaking into her library to steal a map. Now, just six weeks into a whirlwind marriage, it might be a map that tears them apart.

Abigail, up for tenure soon, has lured the prestigious and charming Frenchman Jean-Pierre Mauvais to display his rare collection at the university library. But when Mauvais reveals a secret about one of his maps that links to Tony's dark past, it might be more than Abigail bargained for when she hastily said, "I do."

Tony, serving time in community service and struggling to start up a legitimate business, is content because he has found the love of his life. But soon, he realizes fresh starts aren't easy, and that building--and keeping--someone's trust is more difficult than he thought.

As danger lurks closer and Abigail's career is put in jeopardy, she must ask herself how far she will go to keep Tony in her life and her marriage alive?


Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies (Very Cherry Mystery #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780738757803
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Published: Midnight Ink - June 8th, 2018

"The first in an amusing new series features a fearless, reckless sleuth who unravels a complicated mystery while juggling her sex life and her future plans."―Kirkus Reviews

"Whitney is a well-drawn, sympathetic character, and the small-town frame, with a close-knit community and a cherry orchard, will appeal to cozy readers who enjoy Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen mysteries."―Booklist

Cherry enthusiast Whitney Bloom is furiously baking her way into the heart of Chicago with her fabulous cherry pies when she receives a desperate call from her mother. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival has just kicked off at the Cherry Orchard Inn in Door County, Wisconsin, and the manager of the Bloom family orchard has been found dead beneath the cherry blossoms. Worse yet, all evidence points to Whitney's father as the killer. After she races home to help, things really land in the pits for Whitney when she discovers that Jack MacLaren, her old high school nemesis, is Cherry Cove's only police officer. Putting her cherry-tastic treats on hold, Whitney matches wits against Jack. But will she have what it takes to clear her father's name and sift out the real Cherry Cove killer?


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$12.95
ISBN: 9781947727144
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Published: Bhc Press/Open Window - February 28th, 2018

Can Wiki save her daughter, her town, her own sanity?

When Wiki Danser moves into her new home, she has high hopes for a bright future. But not everything is as it seems. Her next-door neighbor gives new meaning to the word oddball, not to mention the strange smell coming from her property.

But when children start to disappear, Wiki fears for her daughter’s life. When the authorities dismiss Wiki’s claims, it’s up to her to protect her daughter, Seabee, and their simple small-town life.

Can Wiki save her daughter and her sanity? Or is the entire town destined to be a victim of malice?


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Dr. Anthony T. DeBenedet presents Playful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World

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Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

Dr. Anthony T. DeBenedet presents Playful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World

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ISBN: 9781595800855
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Published: Santa Monica Press - March 13th, 2018

Praise for Playful Intelligence

"Playful Intelligence is one of the most important and influential books you will ever read. It struck me on a deeply personal and emotional level. Anthony DeBenedet has written a wonderful and practical guide to being a more effective parent, spouse, friend, and colleague; it’s a new way to think about what matters most in work and life. Simply put, this book will make you a better human being. Prepare to be inspired!”  ―Tom Rath, best-selling author of StrengthsFinder 2.0, How Full is Your Bucket, and Wellbeing

“Anthony DeBenedet’s timely work shows us how playfulness makes us better and offers a simple framework for integrating playfulness into our day-to-day lives. An antidote to the pressure, seriousness, and responsibility overload that defines much of adulthood, Playful Intelligence is the perfect prescription for our high-stress lives.” ―Jonah Berger, best-selling author of Contagious and Invisible Influence

About Playful Intelligence

As adults, we have more responsibilities than we could have ever imagined growing up. Learning the work of marriage. Navigating the bumpy terrain of parenting. Maintaining social relationships. Facing grave hardship. Finding contentment in our career.

As the years pass by, we sense how the good things in life are so often eclipsed by stress. We find ourselves doing everything we can just to endure adulthood, all the while wondering whether we are actually enjoying it. This is exactly why Dr. Anthony T. DeBenedet decided to write Playful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World, to show readers how playfulness helps us counterbalance the seriousness of adulthood.

The book’s core chapters are devoted to exploring the effects and benefits of five playful qualities: imagination, sociability, humor, spontaneity, and wonder. By examining playfulness as a sum of its parts, readers will gain a working awareness of its power and be able to apply playful principles to their own lives, bringing the magic of childhood back into their day-to-day existence. The book also offers practical suggestions on how to make life more playful in nature.


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Manchester United Warm-up Event with author Gary B. France

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Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

Manchester United Warm-up Event with author Gary B. France

On July 28, 2018, Manchester United will play Liverpool at The Big House, in front of what is expected to be the largest crowd in history to watch a soccer game on U.S. soil.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of United Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780989908726
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Published: Fish Out of Water Books - March 10th, 2018

Praise for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of United

“A plentiful read indeed! A football fanatic’s engaging diary of refusing to cut the umbilical cord between himself and his beloved Man. Utd . . . no matter what!”  —Ray Hudson, beIN Sports commentator and host of The Football Show on SiriusXM FC


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Literary Fiction Author Panel Michael Ferro, Kelly Fordon & Laura Hulthen Thomas

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Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Literary Fiction Author Panel
Michael Ferro, Kelly Fordon & Laura Hulthen Thomas

Title 13 Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781941861462
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Published: Harvard Square Editions - February 1st, 2018

Praise for Title 13

"Affecting and inventively funny... Ferro's work is an eclectic mélange." --Kirkus Reviews

"A wonderful experience and a terribly compelling character study... sometimes fun, sometimes dark. For a first-time novelist, (Ferro is) very knowing about the emotional territory of life. A very, very ambitious book." --Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune and host of "After Hours with Rick Kogan"

"TITLE 13 is a darkly comic story for our time, a mélange of 'Barton Fink,' 'Office Space,' and Kafka, a novel that examines our alienation from one another and increasingly, our own country. Michael A. Ferro is a young writer on the rise." --Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs, Beneath the Bonfire, and The Hearts of Men

“Readers who enjoy stories of political and individual blundering and irony should run, not walk, to TITLE 13: it's a hard-hitting story wrapped in a unique voice that makes it nearly impossible to put down." --Midwest Book Review

About Title 13
A timely investigation into the heart of a despotic faction within the government, TITLE 13 deftly blends satirical comedy aimed at the hot-button issues of modern culture with the gut-wrenching reality of an intensely personal descent into addiction.

Heald Brown might be responsible for the loss of highly classified TITLE 13 government documents--and may have hopelessly lost himself as well. Since leaving his home in Detroit for Chicago during the recession, Heald teeters anxiously between despondency and bombastic sarcasm, striving to understand a country gone mad while clinging to his quixotic roots. 
 
Trying to deny the frightening course of his alcoholism, Heald struggles with his mounting paranoia, and his relationships with his concerned family and dying grandmother, all while juggling a budding office romance at the US government's Chicago Regional Census Center. Heald's reality soon digresses into farcical absurdity, fevered isolation, and arcane psychological revelation, hilarious though redoubtable in nature. Meanwhile the TITLE 13 secrets remain at large, haunting each character and tangling the interwoven threads of Heald's life, as the real question looms: Is it the TITLE 13 information that Heald has lost, or his sanity?


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ISBN: 9780814341049
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Published: Wayne State University Press - April 1st, 2015

Praise for Garden for the Blind

“Garden for the Blind is one of the most intricately and beautifully constructed works of fictions I’ve read…. Kelly Fordon is a writer to admire, and to keep an eye on, and this work is one I’m never going to forget.” – Laura Kasischke, author of Mind of Winter and Eden Springs

In Garden for the Blind, Kelly Fordon has situated her stories such that they dazzle with the immediacy of deeply felt life even as together they awe with the epic sweep of a life lived…. An unforgettable first collection.” – Daniel Mueller, author of Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey and How Animals Mate

About Garden for the Blind

In Garden for the Blind, trouble lurks just outside the door for Kelly Fordon's diverse yet interdependent characters. As a young girl growing up in an affluent suburb bordering Detroit, Alice Townley witnesses a tragic accident at her parents' lavish party. In the years that follow, Alice is left mostly in the care of the household staff, free to forge friendships with other pampered and damaged teens. When she and her friend Mike decide to pin a crime on another student at their exclusive high school, the consequences will reverberate for years to come.

Set between 1974 and 2012, Fordon's intricately woven stories follow Alice and Mike through high school, college, and into middle age, but also skillfully incorporate stories of their friends, family, acquaintances, and even strangers who are touched by the same themes of privilege, folly, neglect, and resilience. A WWII veteran sleepwalks out of his home at night, led by vivid flashbacks. A Buddhist monk is assaulted by a robber while seated in meditation. A teenaged girl is shot walking home from the corner store with a friend. A lifelong teacher of blind children is targeted by vandals at the school she founded.

Garden for the Blind visits suburban and working-class homes, hidden sanctuaries and dangerous neighborhoods, illustrating the connections between settings and relationships (whether close or distant) and the strange motivations that keep us moving forward. All readers of fiction will enjoy the nimble unfolding of Fordon's narrative in this collection.


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ISBN: 9780814343142
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Published: Wayne State University Press - May 15th, 2017

Praise for States of Motion

"Thomas generously gives us the whole messy life. This is deeply satisfying, but you have to pay attention. [ . . . ] Her many Michigan settings are varied, detailed, and familiar to us. She is adept at giving us a character in a few words. They feel like people we have all known. Their thoughts have often been our thoughts, and their secrets are not far from our own." - Gloria Whelan, Michigan Bookmark via Stateside with Cynthia Canty on Michigan Public Radio

"Laura Hulthen Thomas ruminates on the harried and heartbreaking minutiae of everyday people in her riveting short-story collection, States of Motion. These eight tales take the seemingly familiar and subvert it, revealing the discord that aggression and sexual trauma can cause. Set in a series of small Michigan towns, each of Thomas's stories brims with emotional nuance and a sense of grief.” - Foreward Review

About States of Motion

Newton's Laws of Motion describe the relationship between a body and its response to the forces acting upon it. For the men and women in States of Motion, imbalance is a way of life. Set in Michigan small towns both real and fictional, the stories in Laura Hulthen Thomas's collection take place against a backdrop of economic turmoil and the domestic cost of the war on terror. As familiar places, privilege, and faith disappear, what remains leaves these broken characters wondering what hope is left for them. These stories follow blue collars and white, cops and immigrants, and mothers and sons as they defend a world that is quickly vanishing.

The eight stories in States of Motion follow tough, quixotic characters struggling to reinvent themselves even as they cling to what they've lost. A grieving father embraces his town's suspicions of him as the sole suspect in his daughter's disappearance. A driving instructor struggles to care for his abusive mother between training lessons with two flirtatious teens. A behavioral researcher studying the fear response must face her own fears when her childhood attacker returns to ask for her forgiveness. Conditioned by their traumatic pasts to be both sympathetic and numb to suffering, the characters in these stories clutch at a chance to find peace on the other side of terror. From the isolated roadways of Michigan's countryside to the research labs of a major university, the way forward is both one last hope and a deep-seated fear.

The profoundly emotional stories in States of Motion will interest any reader of contemporary literary fiction.


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In Good Company book club presents August Snow

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Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 4:00pm

Please join us for a very special author discussion with Stephen Mack Jones and the In Good Company Book Club. This amazing and lively book group has the best discussions every month! They are always open to new members and this month they are bringing the author along. Established in 1997, In Good Company is a diverse group who enjoy being in the company of good friends, reading, and discussing books authored by and about people of color from the African Diaspora. You do not need to be a member to attend this event.

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August Snow (An August Snow Novel #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616958688
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Published: Soho Crime - January 23rd, 2018

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