Brad Meltzer Brings ‘Inner Circle’ to Birmingham Borders

Cover ImageBest-selling author Brad Meltzer will be presenting a reading and signing of his new book The Inner Circle at Borders in Birmingham tonight, January 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm. The author will also be sharing footage from his new TV show Decoded which airs on The History Channel.

Meltzer’s Inner Circle was just released on January 11th and it’s a real ripper. Packing enough suspense and conspiracy theory to make it to the big screen, The Inner Circle’s pace thrills and easily turns it’s 449 pages into a true popcorn read.

For more on Brad Meltzer and The Inner Circle, try this article from Birmingham Patch or link here for more on Decoded.

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Birmingham Borders Offering Empowerment this Weekend

Cover ImageIt’s hard to motivate when it’s 14 degrees outside. New Year’s resolutions begin to fade and your down comforter is far more soothing than the idea of heading anywhere beyond the front door. However, if you’re in need of a little sunlight for your frigid bones, you might try catching author Sandra Chimenti at Borders in Birmingham this weekend.

Chimenti’s book is titled The Real Me:  Awakening Your True Self, and “offers a powerful quick read and useful combinations of tools to reach higher levels of self-esteem and spiritual empowerment.”* The author is also the owner of Creative Books and Music and currently hosts her own cable show. Chimenti will be offering a discussion and signing of her work at the Birmingham store this Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm. As always, call first as event dates and times sometimes change.

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Prime Yourself with Brad Meltzer’s ‘Decoded’

Cover ImageIn case you didn’t know, best-selling author Brad Meltzer is coming to town for a reading and signing of his latest novel The Inner Circle. Just released January 11th, Meltzer’s Inner Circle is a ripper, packing enough suspense and conspiracy theory to flash it up on the big screen. But more on that later.

Meltzer, who is a University of Michigan grad, will be appearing at Borders in Birmingham next Thursday, but you might want to prime yourself with a taste of “Meltzer the historian” first. You can catch his new TV show Decoded on The History Channel tonight at 10:00 pm. For more on Brad Meltzer and his show, you can link here.

For your information, Brad Meltzer will be reading and signing his new book at Borders in Birmingham on Thursday, January 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm. He will also be sharing footage from his new TV show Decoded. Check Night Light Revue next week for more on the author and his upcoming appearance.

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‘Bad Things Happen’ with author Dolan at Borders in Ann Arbor

Cover ImageSorry for the last minute info but it’s not too late to catch Harry Dolan, author of the Ann Arbor hit Bad Things Happen this evening. Mr. Dolan will be appearing at Borders in Ann Arbor (Liberty Street location) for a reading and signing tonight, August 5th, 2010 at 7:00 PM.  As always, check all event details before heading out the door. For those of you who might have missed my review a few months back I have attached it below for your enjoyment.

It’s true that bad things happen, but are we supposed to enjoy them so much when they do? In Harry Dolan’s Bad Things Happen, half the fun is waiting out the next “bad thing” (of which there are plenty) while the other is enjoying the ride.

Bad Things Happen is…well…sexy. From the alluring, yet solitary main character David Loogan right down to the seductive college vibe of Ann Arbor itself, Mr. Dolan hooks you up with a delicious murder that fills you with a sweet, edgy unease. As his sultry characters glide in and out of focus, you are left wondering beyond wonder, who in the world can you trust?

After David Loogan becomes inadvertently involved with the mystery magazine Gray Streets, his quiet low-key life somehow slips into a sea of complicated suspicion. However, Mr. Loogan’s appeal lies in his subtle, easy dialogue and blithe manner towards all things homicidal.

As Loogan makes his way through the maze of Gray Street personalities in hopes of solving his friend’s murder, he encounters one Elizabeth Waishkey. Elizabeth is a cop who is also intent on solving the murder, but is saddled with the snag of distancing herself from the ambiguous Loogan, who is a promising prime suspect with each turn of the page.

As Waishkey works on Loogan, and Loogan works on his own, this shadowy tale is spun on pure Ann Arbor background, bringing about a well-deserved nod for this progressive midwestern pocket. Matched in sophisticated tones, Ann Arbor provides the perfect setting for Dolan’s sleek, hard-boiled fiction.

“Ann Arbor has the street life of a much larger city. When the weather is fair, and sometimes when it’s not, the sidewalks along State Street and Liberty and Main bustle with people:  hip, arty, confident people who walk to theaters and shops, bookstores and coffeehouses, who gather at sidewalk tables that spill out of restaurants.

David Loogan found them fascinating. He thought it must be the university that produced them. The university made the city more prosperous and young and good-looking. It gathered all these people to itself and then it sent them out into the city where they ate fine meals, and attended plays, and greeted one another on the street with hugs and cheery shouts and back-slapping.”

Bad Things Happen brings in the sharp, classic styles of other noir lit authors such as Raymond Chandler, whom is mentioned more than once in the book. But even if you are not a seasoned mystery reader (like myself) Harry Dolan’s seductive style easily translates. Mr. Dolan’s work is fun, and mentally unspools itself in close-up, pan-back fashion. Like a smooth, smoky Hollywood flick, Bad Things Happen definitely has movie rights potential, but for now I highly suggest kicking back and enjoying it just the way it is.

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Educator Esquith to Light a Few Fires at B’ham Borders

A quick trip to the site of Rafe Esquith will fill you in on the man known to teach like his hair’s on fire. Now the celebrated educator returns with his latest book, Lighting Their Fires: How Parents and Teachers Can Raise Extraordinary Kids in a Mixed-up, Muddled-up, Shook-up World.

“Esquith expands on the techniques presented in Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire to show that any child can become extraordinary,” states the B’ham Borders site. For more on Esquith and his concepts, try this NPR segment Rafe Esquith Offers His Fiery Teaching Methods.

Borders in Birmingham will host Rafe Esquith for a hot reading and signing of his latest work this Wednesday, July 28th at 7:00 pm. As always, confirm all information before heading out the door as details are subject to change.

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Rhoda Janzen Brings her ‘Little Black Dress’ to B’ham Borders

DetailsMichigan’s very own Rhoda Janzen will be at Borders in Birmingham for a reading and signing of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM. The Hope College professor will present her humorous hit memoir which was recently released in paperback and has become a book club darling.

Ms. Janzen was born in North Dakota where her father was the pastor of a small Mennonite church but has made Michigan her home for years. You can catch a few “quick facts” about Ms. Janzen by clicking here. Ms. Janzen currently teaches English and creative writing and has a previously published collection of poems titled Babel’s Stair.

If you haven’t yet read Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, you can catch my NLR review Mennonites and Potheads? which I posted back in November. Rhoda Janzen’s next book is in the works and you can read more about her anticipated Backslider in my post Michigan’s Mennonite is at it Again.

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Local Author Brings ‘Madison’s Avenue’ to B’ham Borders

Wow! It might be hard to get anyone in the Detroit metro area inside on a day like today. However, if you wish to duck out of the sun for a bit of lit, author Mike Brogan will be appearing at Borders in Birmingham today, Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM. Mr. Brogan will be offering a discussion and signing of his latest book Madison’s Avenue.

According to Mike Brogan’s site, the former Creative Director of General Motors and talented ad man now resides in southeast Michigan where he devotes himself to his one true love:  fiction. Please call and confirm all appearance information before heading out the door.

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Brad Meltzer Brings ‘Heroes’ to Birmingham Borders

Cover ImageBrad Meltzer is a busy man, just hit his author page and you’ll see what I mean. Though  Meltzer’s best known for his prolific novel writing, this time around the University of Michigan alumnus is switching gears with his first non-fiction work, Heroes for My Son.

Upon the birth of his son Jonas, Meltzer began compiling a list of heroes he could share with his son. Eight years in the making, Meltzer’s list topped off with fifty-two people who  live or lived the extraordinary and serve as examples of inspiration. ‘Heroes for My Son’ is the result of this lovely labor of love.

Mr. Brad Meltzer will offer a reading and signing of his latest book ‘Heroes for My Son’ at Borders in Birmingham tonight, Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM. As always, it’s wise to double check all event information before heading out the door.

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Funny Maven Jen Lancaster at Birmingham Borders

Cover ImageAdmission One:  I have not read any of Jen Lancaster’s books.

Admission Two:  I did buy ‘Bitter is the New Black’ under the pressure of my peers.

Admission Three: I really want to read it but am saving it for summer.

I imagine it’s a difficult feat for any author to keep the humor tempo at full-tilt throughout an entire book, however, my friends swear by Jen Lancaster’s comic writing abilities. This laugh-out-loud business has happened to me before with the work of Sophie Kinsella and Jancee Dunn, but one book in that vein was plenty.

The ability to make a reader laugh naturally is truly a gift considering the visual image is mentally crafted around the author’s words. In that, author Lancaster seems to be breaking the “funny, but one is enough” mold. Apparently Lancaster has been able to keep pace for five books as of late. For a taste of her humor, check out her bio at Jennsylvania.

To see Ms. Lancaster  in person, the New York Times bestselling author will hold a discussion and signing of her latest book ‘My Fair Lazy’ at Borders in Birmingham tonight, May 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm.

Another Author Event of Note

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of ‘The Last Stand’ and ‘Mayflower’ will offer a discussion and signing of his latest work at Borders in Ann Arbor. This May 11, 2010 event is scheduled for 7:00 pm and is a wristband event. Bands will be distributed at this store only upon opening today.

As always call and confirm dates and times before stepping out the door; events are always subject to change. Also, based on what I see out my window right now I would take an umbrella. Yuck.

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‘If You Knew Suzy’ – A Family Affair

Cover ImageWhat a nice appearance by Katherine “Katie” Rosman at Borders yesterday. The reading and discussion of her memoir If You Knew Suzy fell on the ears of a full and apparently familiar crowd. A true family affair, her young son furiously peddled her books  while her sister swayed with an armful of gorgeous baby in the back. Hugs were shared and a feel good vibe was definitely in the air; something I didn’t expect with such potentially weighty material.

I haven’t read If You Knew Suzy, but I must say that I was impressed with what I heard. Ms. Rosman chose two pieces from her memoir; one from the day of her mother’s gut-wrenching death, the other pertaining directly to Detroit. Full of wit, Rosman was somehow able to entertain without being overshadowed by the true tragedy behind her book; the unexpected death of her young mother.

Many names mentioned in the reading will be recognizable for those who live in the metro-area, particularly so for the well-heeled. As Ms. Rosman made mention of several fashionable names, boutiques, and establishments, heads were visibly nodding in appreciation; a reiteration of Suzy’s clear sense of style.

Though the realm of retail may sound trite, Rosman’s parallel is poignantly drawn – simple, understated, influential, and profoundly classy all seem to fit into the bigger picture that was Suzy’s life.

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