Book Lovers Grab a Bite for Great Cause at Baldwin!

Don’t miss Baldwin Public Library’s Books & Bites at Baldwin fundraiser this week! On Thursday, October 18, 2012, local restaurants will come together to feature fine food and drink in Baldwin’s Grand Hall in hopes of raising money for the library. This year, the event’s proceeds will fund an upgrade of Baldwin’s teen area.

Last year, which marked the first Books & Bites at Baldwin, drew a capacity crowd and raised enough money for a renovation of the Early Learning Corner in the Youth Room. Tickets are available for $50.00 each and sponsorship opportunities are available as well. For a complete list of sponsors and more information on how you can get involved, link to www.baldwinlib.org/booksbites.

The Baldwin event begins at 6:00 p.m. and reservations are necessary. Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 West Merrill in Birmingham. For more information you can contact Josh Rouan at 248-554-4683.

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

– Post by Megan Shaffer

BPL Welcomes Authors to Celebrate National Reading Group Month

The Detroit Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) will be celebrating National Reading Group Month at the Baldwin Public Library on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Michigan authors D.E. Johnson and Natalie Bakopoulos will be featured at the event.  Johnson is the author of Detroit Breakdown, The Detroit Electric Scheme and Motor City Shakedown and Ms.Bakopoulos is the author of The Green Shore.

The third in Johnson’s Will Anderson series, Detroit Breakdown follows Will and Elizabeth Hume into their next adventure, now behind the walls of the infamous Eloise Hospital, the massive asylum west of Detroit.  Filled with Johnson’s trademark roller-coaster plot, nuanced characters, and brilliant historical research, Detroit Breakdown is a compelling, dark mystery set in the once flourishing Paris of the West.

In The Green Shore, award-winning debut novelist Natalie Bakopoulos uses stunning prose and profound empathy to vividly illuminate a seminal yet little explored moment in Greek history—the 1967 coup d’état, which ushered in a 7-year-period of devastating brutality and repression.

“Our members look forward to greeting fellow book lovers and enjoying perspectives shared with D.E. Johnson and Natalie Bakopoulos, our featured authors this year!  All are welcome to join us for the free event,” said Annette Haley, President of the Detroit Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.

Naturally, copies of Detroit Breakdown and The Green Shore will be available for sale from Book Beat Bookstore at the event.

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

– Information taken directly from BPL press release –  post by Megan Shaffer.

State of the Book Literary Symposium Not to be Missed!

The State of the Book: A Celebration of Michigan Writers and Writing*

On Saturday, October 6thFiction Writers Review and the University of Michigan’s MFA Program in Creative Writing will co-host a day-long literary symposium in Rackham Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus to celebrate Michigan’s great writers and the state’s enduring literary traditions by declaring Michigan “The State of the Book.”

The State of the Book symposium will offer a range of free programming throughout the day that is focused on Michigan writers and the craft of writing—please click the “Schedule” tab above for more details. The day’s events will conclude with an on-stage keynote conversation featuring Charles Baxter, an award-winning fiction writer and novelist, and Philip Levine, a former Poet Laureate of the United States.

This day-long series of public events will showcase the state’s leading literary stars, in partnership with several of the state’s leading non-profit literary organizations: 826michiganDzanc BooksInsideOut Literary Arts ProjectThe National Writers Series, and The Neutral Zone. The events will also feature the work of the next generation of writers that these organizations serve and support.

* Information taken directly from stateofthebook.com

For all symposium information including schedule of events, directions, and FAQ’s, link over to State of the Book.

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

– Post by Megan Shaffer

Bestselling Author Mike Lupica Brings ‘True Legend’ to BTPL

Acclaimed sports writer and young adult author Mike Lupica will be visiting the Bloomfield Township Library on Friday, September 14th from 7 t0 8:30pm to promote the release of his latest young adult novel, True Legend. Mike will speak and sign copies of his numerous titles, which  will be available for purchase and signing at the event courtesy of Book Beat.

True Legend tells the story of basketball phenom Drew “True” Robinson, whose once in a generation talent is a blessing and a curse. True buys in to his own hype, much to the chagrin of his mother, who wants to keep her boy’s head grounded–and suddenly trouble has a way of finding him. That is, until a washed-up former playground legend steps back onto the court and takes True under his wing. In this age of street agents promising riches to kids barely out of elementary school and college programs being taken down because of recruiting violations, True Legend is a resonant and inspiring novel in the Lupica tradition.

Mike Lupica is a sports writer for the New York Daily News and a commentator for ESPN. He has written dozens of inspirational sports stories for children of all ages, as well as mystery titles for adults.*

*Information taken directly from Book Beat e-news. You can subscribe to the Book Beat newsletter here.

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Post by Megan Shaffer

2012 Kerrytown Bookfest – Make it Happen!

It’s that wonderful time of year again! The Kerrytown Bookfest will take place in Ann Arbor on Sunday, September 9, 2012 and has more offerings than ever before. With so many distinguished authors slated to speak, this is definitely the year to make it happen!

Regardless of your literary appetite, the Bookfest has offerings for people of all genres. Sunday’s schedule of events will offer children’s programs, book making workshops, illustrator samplings, indie bookstore displays, panel discussions and of course, books.

Michigan acts as host and home to a rapidly growing, ever-thriving literary community. The Kerrytown Bookfest is a great way to hear from Notable authors and those whose work we admire while making connections with readers and writers who share a passion for fine literature. For all information, link to the Bookfest site here.

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

-Post by Megan Shaffer

Boo’s Bestseller Selected as “One Book, One Community” Title

The City of East Lansing and Michigan State University announced the OBOC program’s 11th anniversary book selection, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” by New York Times bestselling author Katherine Boo.

What is East Lansing’s One Book, One Community? The annual One Book, One Community program, co-sponsored by the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University, encourages the city-university community to read the same book and come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. The book is also an assigned reading for all incoming Michigan State University freshmen. Pick up a copy of this year’s book and turn the pages with the community.

*Support your local bookstore, library, and universities. It matters.

– Post by Megan Shaffer/information taken directly from the OBOC site.

Milan: A Treasure for the Traveling Bibliophile

While we struggle to keep our independent bookstores alive here in the United States, those in Italy appear to be thriving. At almost any turn in Milan, tiny bookstores are warmly tucked into the deep, ancient facades that crowd and curve through the city. This bookstore is nestled in a fairly quiet corner and might have been easily missed had I not been staying across the street.

One of the highlights of Milan for me were the small stands that raise their arthritic arms to reveal rows of used books of every genre. The vender fidgets close by while pedestrians take their time perusing titles or looking for that special treasure.

Books and art often hold hands. Should you make it to Milan, don’t miss out on seeing Leonardo DaVinci’s The Last Supper, which is housed at Santa Maria delle Grazie. I was completely unprepared for the painting’s magnificence. A bookstore is attached but absolutely no pictures are permitted.

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

Post by Megan Shaffer

Gregory Sumner Brings Vonnegut to Baldwin Public Library

Gregory Sumner, author of Unstuck in Time: A Journey through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels will speak at the Baldwin Public Library tonight, Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.  Sumner’s appearance is part of Baldwin’s celebration of National Library Week.

In Unstuck in Time, Gregory Sumner guides the reader, with insight and passion, through a biography of fifteen of Kurt Vonnegut’s best known works, his fourteen novels starting with Player Piano (1952) all the way to an epilogue on his last book, A Man Without a Country (2005), to illustrate the quintessential American writer’s profound engagement with the “American Dream” in its various forms.

Sumner gives the reader a poignant portrait of Vonnegut and his resistance to celebrating the traditional values associated with the American Dream: grandiose ambition, unbridled material success, rugged individualism, and “winners” over “losers.” Instead of a celebration of these values, we read and share Vonnegut’s outrage, his brokenhearted empathy for those who struggle under the ethos of survival-of-the-fittest in the frontier mentality—something he once memorably described as “an impossibly tough-minded experiment in loneliness.”

Heroic and tragic, Vonnegut’s novels reflect the pain of his own life’s experiences, relieved by small acts of kindness, friendship, and love that exemplify another way of living, another sort of human utopia, an alternative American Dream, and the reason we always return to his books.

Gregory Sumner, JD, PhD, is a professor of history at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he has taught since 1993. He holds a doctorate in American history from Indiana University and is the author of Dwight Macdonald and the Politics Circle. Sumner has been awarded summer fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has twice been William J. Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the Université di Roma Tre.

Books will be available for purchase and signing from the Book Beat bookstore.  You can also pre-order with Book Beat at 248-968-1190.

The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street and can be reached at 248-647-1700 or through the Library’s website at www.baldwinlib.org.

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

– Press release provided by Baldwin Public Library  and posted by Megan Shaffer

Bookstores Alive and Well in Italy

… and did I mention beautiful?

This is Libreria Rizzoli which is located in the breathtaking Piazza del Duomo in Milan. Though it appears to be just a storefront, it  actually connects to many other fine stores and rests opposite more high-end retail. The magnificent marble constructions extend upward where they blend and form a fantastic arch that covers the pedestrian walkways.

Piazza del Duomo – Libreria Rizzoli is through the arch to the left. Incredible.