Jean Alicia Elster, Ruth Behar, Jack Cheng with Shutta Crum: Official Children’s Book Week

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Official Children’s Book Week Event – Captivating Middle Grade Novels

Jean Alicia Elster, Ruth Behar and Jack Cheng with Shutta Crum as moderator

The Colored Car (Great Lakes Books) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780814336069
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wayne State University Press - September 13th, 2013

After boarding the first-class train car at Michigan Central Station in Detroit and riding comfortably to Cincinnati, Patsy is shocked when her family is led from their seats to change cars. In the dirty, cramped "colored car," Patsy finds that the life she has known in Detroit is very different from life down south, and she can hardly get the experience out of her mind when she returns home-like the soot stain on her finely made dress or the smear on the quilt squares her grandmother taught her to sew. As summer wears on, Patsy must find a way to understand her experience in the colored car and also deal with the more subtle injustices that her family faces in Detroit. By the end of the story, Patsy will never see the world in the same way that she did before.

Elster's engaging narrative illustrates the personal impact of segregation and discrimination and reveals powerful glimpses of everyday life in 1930s Detroit. For young readers interested in American history, The Colored Car is engrossing and informative reading.


Lucky Broken Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399546440
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 11th, 2017

In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative--based on the author's childhood in the 1960s--a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie's plight will intrigue readers, and her powerful story of strength and resilience, full of color, light, and poignancy, will stay with them for a long time. 


Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro's Cuba to New York City. Just when she's finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English--and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood's hopscotch queen--a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie's world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.


See You in the Cosmos Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399186370
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Published: Dial Books - February 28th, 2017

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan--named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he'll uncover--from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew. 
Jack Cheng's debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time. 


William and the Witch's Riddle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101932698
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

William and his little brother, Pinch, have been left alone at their home atop the mountain. When a witch named Morga shows up, William is forced to embark on a terrifying journey, the worst part of which is Morga herself. She has three riddles for William to solve, with only the help of an odd fellow who wakes up a different size every day and a tiny yellow dragon who can dream storms into reality. Three riddles.  Three chances to lift an ancient curse. Three chances to save his family.  Part fantasy and part fairy tale, and sprinkled with charming black-and-white illustrations, William and the Witch's Riddle is a loose retelling of Sleeping Beauty and an adventure that's just right for middle graders. 


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Poetry Society of Michigan Authors Celebrate Anthology

Event date: 
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 3:00pm

Poetry Society of Michigan Authors Celebrate Anthology

Several members of the Poetry Society of Michigan will gather for a public reading from Water Music: The Great Lakes State Poetry Anthology at Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor on Sunday, April 23rd at 2 PM. This reading of their own poems is in observance of Shakespeare’s birthday as well as National Poetry Month.

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Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Stories for a Spring Evening

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

 "Stories for a Spring Evening" - Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild members  Lyn Davidge, Jane Fink, Darryl Mickens and Patti Smith  in a concert of  favorite stories. Judy Schmidt will add smidgens of history from 25 years of storytelling in Ann Arbor.  Copies of the Guild's new 2-CD package Tellabration! LIVE with the Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild available for sale.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48103

The Tundra Trial (Monica Tesler)

Event date: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

U of M Graduate and Young Adult Author Monica Tesler
The Tundra Trial – Book Two of the Bounders Series

The Tundra Trials (Bounders #2) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481445962
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - December 13th, 2016

Jasper learns that secrets can strain even the strongest bonds as the Bounders adventure continues in The Tundra Trials
After discovering that Earth Force is waging a covert alien war, Jasper and his friends return to space and continue their training. This time, Earth Force brings them to the remote planet of Gulaga, where the cadets compete in the Tundra Trials: a grueling pod race across the planet's frigid landscape. 
But when their pod leader asks Jasper and Mira to secretly test a dangerous new technology that will take their Bounder abilities to the next level, the kids begin to suspect that there are rifts within Earth Force. The worst part? Jasper must keep the truth from everyone--even his own pod mates. 
When Earth Force prepares for an attack against the aliens, the kids are tasked with a treacherous mission. With their loyalties torn, will Jasper and his friends once again fulfill their duty and fight for their planet? And if they do, will the secret tech work as planned or lead their enemies to their doorstep?


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Elizabeth Kostova in Conversation w/Natalie Bakopolous

Event date: 
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Elizabeth Kostova, In Conversation with Natalie Bakopolous
The Shadow Land

Author:

Elizabeth Kostova is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Swan Thieves and The Historian. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award for Novel-in-Progress. She is also co-founder of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for Creative Writing in Bulgaria.

The Shadow Land Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345527868
Availability: Special Order - This Item May be Out of Print
Published: Ballantine Books - April 11th, 2017

From the #1 bestselling author of The Historian comes an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present--and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria, a beautiful and haunted country. 
A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi--and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes. 
As Alexandra sets out to locate the family and return this precious item, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician who was shattered by political oppression--and she will find out all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger. 
Elizabeth Kostova's new novel is a tale of immense scope that delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country. Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss.

Advance praise for The Shadow Land 
"In The Shadow Land, Elizabeth Kostova, a master storyteller, brings vividly to life an unfamiliar country--Bulgaria--and a painful history that feels particularly relevant now. You won't want to put down this remarkable book."--Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs 


"In this brilliant work, what appears at first a minor mystery quickly becomes emblematic of a whole country's hidden history. Lyrical and compelling, The Shadow Land proves a profound meditation on how evil is inflicted, endured, and, through courage and compassion, defeated. Elizabeth Kostova's third novel clearly establishes her as one of America's finest writers."--Ron Rash, author of The Risen 


"The Shadow Land is thrilling, and not just as a gripping tale. It's also thrilling to watch such a talented writer cast her spell. The central character actually begins this deft novel in an urn, only to emerge as one of the most memorable characters I've encountered in a long time."--Richard Russo, author of Everybody's Fool 


"Transporting . . . draws us into Bulgarian history and character revelation like an elegant, mysterious labyrinth. Page-turning, evocative, and richly imagined."--Dominic Smith, author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos 


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U of M Professor Emeritus George Bornstein

Event date: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

U of M Professor Emeritus George Bornstein
The Wild Swans at Coole: A Facsimile Edition

George Bornstein attended Harvard University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1963. He then attended Princeton University, where he earned his Doctorate in 1966. Professor Bornstein joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as associate professor in 1970 and was promoted through the ranks to professor in 1975.

The Wild Swans at Coole: A Facsimile Edition (Yeats Facsimile Edition) Cover Image
By William Butler Yeats, George Bornstein (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501106040
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - March 7th, 2017

A stunning facsimile of the 1919 first edition of William Butler Yeats's The Wild Swans at Coole an elegant volume showcasing these poems as they would have first been read and a complement to facsimile editions The Winding Stair and The Tower
Published in 1919 during W.B. Yeats's "middle stage" and composed of poems written during World War I, The Wild Swans at Coole is contemplative and elegiac. This collection captures Yeats at a time when he was looking back on his life, coming to terms with the realities of modern war, reflecting on lost love, and defining his place in the world as a poet. It features forty poems, among them "The Fisherman," "In Memory of Major Robert Gregory," "The Wild Swans at Coole," and "On Being Asked for a War Poem." 
This facsimile of the original 1919 edition presents the reader with the work in its original form, with handsome old fashioned type, how readers and Yeats himself would have seen it in the early twentieth century. A great gift book and collector's item, The Wild Swans at Coole also includes an Introduction and notes by esteemed Yeats scholar George Bornstein.


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Poetry and Illustration with Keith Taylor and Tom Pohrt

Event date: 
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Poetry and Illustration with
Keith Taylor and Tom Pohrt
The Bird-while

Author:

Keith Taylor:

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

The Bird-while is a collection of forty-nine poems that meditate on the nature-both human and non-human-that surrounds us daily. Taylor is in the company of naturalist poets such as Gary Snyder and Mary Oliver-poets who often drew from an Emersonian sensibility to create art that awakens the mind to its corresponding truths in the natural world. The book ranges from the longer poem to the eight line, unrhymed stanza similar to that of the T'ang poet Han-Shan. And without section breaks to reinforce the passing of time, the collection creates greater fluidity of movement from one poem to the next, as if there is no beginning or end, only an eternal moment that is suspended on the page. Tom Pohrt's original illustrations are scattered throughout the text, adding a stunning visual element to the already vivid language. The book moves from the author's travel accounts to the destruction of the natural world, even species extinction, to more hopeful poems of survival and the return of wildness. The natural rhythm is at times marred by the disturbances of the twenty-first century that come blaring into these meditations, as when a National Guard jet rumbles over the treeline upsetting a hummingbird, and yet, even the hummingbird is able to regain its balance and continue as before. At its core, Taylor's collection is a reminder of Emerson's idea that natural facts are symbols of spiritual facts.


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