Rosman Brings ‘If You Knew Suzy’ to Birmingham Borders

Wall Street Journal culture reporter Katherine Rosman longed to find answers to the questions that we all grapple with after losing someone we love. So she did what she does best: she opened her notebook and started asking questions.”*

If You Knew Suzy is author Rosman’s tender memoir dealing with life after the loss of her mother to cancer. Katherine Rosman grew up in Birmingham and West Bloomfield where she graduated from Bloomfield Hills Andover in 1990. Rosman then attended the University of Michigan where she followed an interdisciplinary curriculum that focused on race relations and immigration policy.

“My instinct was that as long as I was reading and writing a lot…I would be learning how to become an effective writer,” Rosman shared in an email. “Studying race and immigration in the U.S. is akin to studying American history. I loved it.”

After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1994, Rosman worked several different post-grad jobs, ultimately landing at the Wall Street Journal in 1994. Adding a reality check to the vast credentials on her site she admits, “Katie is married and has two kids. She’s exhausted.”

Ms.Rosman will add to her exhaustion by offering a reading and discussion of If You Knew Suzy at Borders in Birmingham this Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 3:00 PM.

For more on the author and her memoir, try Christopher Walton’s contribution in today’s Detroit Free Press:  A Life That Sparkled.

*quote from Katherine Rosman’s site

Also of Note

Also on Sunday, April 25, 2010, famed Michigan author Bonnie Jo Campbell will be reading from her book American Salvage (National Book Award Finalist) as part of the Downtown Writers Series at the Scarab Club at 2:00 PM.

-As always, check all dates, times, and locations before heading out the door.

*Support your local bookstores, libraries, and universities. It matters.

-Post by Megan Shaffer

National Book Critics Circle Announce the Familiar

American SalvageSome familiar names flew at the Housing Works Bookstore last night when the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its 2009 awards. Recently coming off of her National Book Award nomination, Kalamzaoo resident Bonnie Jo Campbell’s short story collection American Salvage (Wayne State University Press) is once again making the fiction list.

Similarly reappearing in the non-fiction category is author Greg Grandin’s Fordlandia:  The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books) for his fascinating account of Henry Ford’s attempt to establish a “rubber kingdom” in Brazil. Both books were also selected as 2010 Michigan Notable Books.

Established in 1974, the National Book Critics Circle is a non-profit organization consisting of “more than 600 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing”. The awards for the 2009 honors will be  presented on Thursday, March 11, at The New School in New York.

*As always, support your local bookstores and universities. It matters!

-Post by Megan Shaffer (with a nod to Nancy)

Related Links:

2010 Michigan Notable Books!

National Book Critics full finalist list

Arts Beat Blog: NYTimes