Nicola’s Books will be closed Sunday, April 1.
Children’s Book Week Preschool Story Time
Join us for a preschool story time in honor of Children’s Book Week, the annual celebration of children’s books and reading that is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country!
Young Adult Author Caleb Roehrig presents White Rabbit
Join us for a talk and signing with Caleb Roehrig, author of Last Seen Leaving, as he presents his newest spellbinding YA murder mystery, White Rabbit. Booklist Magazine gave it rave reviews, writing, “Roehrig deftly weaves together thrills, intrigue, and fast-paced action in this delectable murder mystery.”
About the Author
Praise for White Rabbit:
"An emerging talent, Caleb Roehrig gives us another exciting, addictive YA thriller with his second novel, White Rabbit. Roehrig kept me guessing until the very end. I can’t wait to see what he does next!" --Kristin Cast, #1 New York Times-bestselling co-author of The House of Night series
"Twisty plotting, suspenseful pacing, and vivid characters add up to a heart-pounding page turner that you'll stay up way too late to finish." -- Karen M. McManus, New York Times-bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying.
"Cinematic, nail-biting, and so much freaking fun -- destined to be a gay YA classic." -- Cale Dietrich, author of The Love Interest
"In this thrilling sophomore outing from Roehrig (Last Seen Leaving), 16-year-old Rufus Holt sets out with his ex, Sebastian, after getting a phone call from his half-sister April, who is at a party, begging for help. ... Roehrig’s ... characters and family dynamics are heartbreakingly real. He nails the angst of spending time with an ex that you can’t help but love, as well as the heartache and confusion of coming out."--Publishers Weekly
"Roehrig deftly weaves together thrills, intrigue, and fast-paced action in this delectable murder mystery. The novel is unapologetically queer, allowing Rufus and Sebastian to explore their complicated relationship, even against the backdrop of the intensely emotional and melodramatic family dynamics .... Roehrig’s narrative is deliciously sensational on the surface but sensitive and heartfelt at its core. ― Booklist magazine
About White Rabbit
Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian―the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to "talk." Things couldn’t get worse, right?
Then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. He and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.
April swears she didn’t kill Fox. Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him the whole truth, but April has something he needs. Her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can’t stop loving, Rufus has one night to clear his sister’s name . . . or die trying.
Richard Retyi presents The Book of Ann Arbor
What better book to feature on Independent Bookstore Day than a book about our awesome city? Meet Richard Retyi, co-creator of the podcast Ann Arbor Stories, as he talks about his collection, The Book of Ann Arbor!
About The Book of Ann Arbor
Independent Bookstore Day
Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. Join us in celebration of everything that makes local bookstores great with give-aways on the hour, a story time at 11am,, and exclusive Independent Bookstore Day books and literary items that you can only get on that day! Long Live the Indie!
How to Read Poetry Like a Professor with Thomas C. Foster
Join retired U of M-Flint professor Thomas C. Foster, the bestselling author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor, for a presentation of his newest title, How to Read Poetry Like a Professor: A Quippy and Sonorous Guide to Verse. The book is an essential primer to reading poetry like a professor that unlocks the keys to enjoying works from Lord Byron to the Beatles.
About the Author
Praise for How to Read Poetry Like a Professor
“[An] accessible guide… [Foster’s] discussion of symbolism is particularly effective and may help readers learn to actually enjoy the experience of interpreting a poem… Students struggling to understand poetry, or even English instructors struggling to teach it, could benefit immensely from Foster’s guidance.”
About How to Read Poetry Like a Professor
No literary form is as admired and feared as poetry. Admired for its lengthy pedigree—a line of poets extending back to a time before recorded history—and a ubiquitous presence in virtually all cultures, poetry is also revered for its great beauty and the powerful emotions it evokes. But the form has also instilled trepidation in its many admirers mainly because of a lack of familiarity and knowledge.
Poetry demands more from readers—intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually—than other literary forms. Most of us started out loving poetry because it filled our beloved children's books from Dr. Seuss to Robert Louis Stevenson. Eventually, our reading shifted to prose and later when we encountered poetry again, we had no recent experience to make it feel familiar. But reading poetry doesn’t need to be so overwhelming. In an entertaining and engaging voice, Thomas C. Foster shows readers how to overcome their fear of poetry and learn to enjoy it once more.
From classic poets such as Shakespeare, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Edna St. Vincent Millay to later poets such as E.E. Cummings, Billy Collins, and Seamus Heaney, How to Read Poetry Like a Professor examines a wide array of poems and teaches readers:
How to read a poem to understand its primary meaning.
The different technical elements of poetry such as meter, diction, rhyme, line structures, length, order, regularity, and how to learn to see these elements as allies rather than adversaries.
How to listen for a poem’s secondary meaning by paying attention to the echoes that the language of poetry summons up.
How to hear the music in poems—and the poetry in songs!
With How to Read Poetry Like a Professor, readers can rediscover poetry and reap its many rewards.
Bestselling fantasy author Tobias Buckell presents The Tangled Lands
Meet Tobias Buckell, bestselling sci-fi author of Halo: The Cole Protocol and the Xenowealth series, as he talks about his newest fantasy novel, The Tangled Lands, co-written with Hugo Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi!
From award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell comes a fantasy novel told in four parts about a land crippled by the use of magic, and a tyrant who is trying to rebuild an empire—unless the people find a way to resist.
Khaim, The Blue City, is the last remaining city in a crumbled empire that overly relied upon magic until it became toxic. It is run by a tyrant known as The Jolly Mayor and his devious right hand, the last archmage in the world. Together they try to collect all the magic for themselves so they can control the citizens of the city. But when their decadence reaches new heights and begins to destroy the environment, the people stage an uprising to stop them.
Talk and Signing: The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook
Join us for a panel presentation featuring contributors to The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook. Edited by Aaron Foley, author of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass, the new release is a literary guide to Detroit, with essays by Zoe Villegas, Drew Philip, Hakeem Weatherspoon, Marsha Music, Ian Thibodeau, and dozens of other esteemed writers. The panel will feature Lakisha Dumas, Robert Fox, Vince Guerierri and Lori Tucker-Sullivan.
About the Editor
Detroiters need to get to know their neighbors better. Wait — maybe that should be, Detroiters should get to know their neighborhoods better. It seems like everybody thinks they know the neighborhoods here, but because there are so many, the definitions become too broad, the characteristics become muddled, the stories become lost. Edited by Aaron Foley, and featuring essays by dozens of Detroit writers.
Poetry Double-header Pt. 1: Reading by Acclaimed poet Todd Boss