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

The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy Cover Image
$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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Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes!: 101 Stories about Adventure, Change and Positive Thinking Cover Image
$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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Westgate Shopping Center
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Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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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Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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
$26.00
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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Westgate Shopping Center
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Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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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Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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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Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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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2513 Jackson Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tri-Cat Publishing - May 8th, 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 23rd, 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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Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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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$16.95
ISBN: 9781595800855
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Published: Santa Monica Press - May 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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Westgate Shopping Center
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Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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