Sunday Lovely Sunday

A Weekly Post By Megan Shaffer

November 22-29, 2009

Of Note

Travelin’ Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes With Bob Seger is a photo-driven look at the career of Bob Seger. Making appearances throughout Michigan are authors Tom Weschler and Gary Graff. They will be at the Birmingham Borders this coming Friday at 7:00pm. Books are available for purchase at the store.

Of National Interest

– “I think I was drawn to medicine with a strong sense of medicine being a romantic pursuit, a calling. I still really am very much in love with medicine, and I love what I do. And I often think the writing emanates from that stance of being a physician. And I worry that I would become mute if I ever left medicine and tried to write.” This quote from Abraham Verghese is from Story Specialists: Doctors Who Write and not that surprising given his eloquence in Cutting For Stone, his beautiful first novel which was published this year.

-I am interested in Zadie Smith but not so much in reading essays. In her new book Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, Smith reportedly flexes her considerable literary muscle perhaps offering me a new look at the art of the essay. For NPR’s take, try the piece and excerpt Brave, Brainy, Changeable – Zadie Smith Revealed. (loved her book On Beauty but couldn’t do White Teeth)

-Can’t get that publisher to put your book out? Try this article from UTNE Reader to do it on your own: How to Make Your Own Book in 3,000 Simple Steps.

-More coverage of Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book appears in The New York Time’s Book Review today. Check out this essay Mau-Mauing the Flesh Eaters as the book world tackles the vegetarian dilemma.

Local Voice

-Though our National Book Award nominees didn’t take top prize, both authors continue to enhance the literary vibe of Michigan with their talent and continual contributions. For more on Bonnie Jo Campbell and David Small check out this article by the Kalamazoo Gazette Editorial Board.

-I happened across this book by Luke Bergman titled Getting Ghost:  Two Young Lives and the Struggle for the Soul of an American City. That city, of course, is our beloved Detroit and I am quite interested in the book. For more try this article Drugs and the City by Jennifer Guerra for Michigan Radio.

– Book Beat will present National Book Award winning author Gloria Whelan today, Sunday the 22nd from 2-3:30. Whelan has written over forty children’s chapter and picture books since her first title in 1978, according to Book Beat’s site.

-On Friday at 7:00, Borders in Birmingham will present “Travelin’ Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes with Bob Seger” by Tom Weschler and Gary Graff. This book offers a photo-driven insider’s look at Bob Seger’s career from the beginning.

Bestseller Lists

New York Times

Publishers Weekly

Indie Bestsellers

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