Steve Hughes presents Stiff

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Steve Hughes presents Stiff

Join us for a talk and signing with author Steve Hughes as he presents his new collection of stories, Stiff.

About the Author

Steve Hughes was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and still has a number of friends/family there. He's also the publisher of Detroit's longest-running zine, Stupor, and has many author friends and fans in the Detroit-Ann Arbor area.

Stiff (Made in Michigan Writers) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780814345887
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wayne State University Press - November 5th, 2018

About Stiff

Steve Hughes wrote Stiff with an audience in mind. As creator of The Good Tyme Writers Buffet-a literary series/potluck which runs out of a neighborhood art space-Hughes offers up each story in the collection like a dish to be passed. Just as each Buffet was thematically tied to a gallery show, so is each story in Stiff. The book serves as a kind of photo album of moments when artists were working separately and collaboratively in the same space. The process of eating, drinking, making, and working together (and apart) is what Hughes says is the central theme of the collection: finding home.

In Hughes's stories, home is not just a physical structure where one arranges their stuff but the place where one most belongs. Finding that place can be a lifelong struggle. In "Ripening," a man and woman in an illicit affair witness their genitals leave their bodies for a rendezvous. In "I Don't Feel Sorry for Mrs. Miller," a paperboy becomes "friendly" with one of his customers. In "Dexter's Song," a drug-addicted saxophone player meets a bored suburban woman who gives him her ex-boyfriend's sax, which causes him to play better than ever. The stories in Stiff are odd and otherworldly, with themes ranging from cowboys to "burn" to "girlfriend material" to summer. And yet, at the end of the day, the characters in these stories are all just looking for a place to hang their hats and feel whole again.

Readers of contemporary fiction will enjoy this outrageous and evocative ensemble of stories.

Praise for Stiff

"Combining magical surrealism with downright grittiness, Steve Hughes's astounding.  Stiff reads as if Franz Kafka and Denis Johnson hooked up in one of the meaner sections of Detroit and spent the next year together in an abandoned pizza parlor writing short stories. Yes, it is that damn good." --Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time


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

Nicola’s Book Club Meeting

Event date: 
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

Event address: 
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
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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
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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

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
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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.


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

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