Literati – Reason to Celebrate

If you haven’t had the pleasure of entering Literati Bookstore in the heart of Ann Arbor, I suggest you make the trip. Recently recognized as PW Bookstore of the Year, the little bookstore that could continues to thrive. Opening shortly after the demise of Borders, Literati has firmly settled into the Ann Arbor community winning the hearts of readers, writers, and upstairs coffee drinkers alike. Though the space is small, the love and knowledge of literature is large. Link to Literati Bookstore for events and information. To hear Literati’s story, see the video below.

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– Post by Megan Shaffer

Wallace and ‘The Blind Contessa’ at Borders in Ann Arbor

Cover ImageIn case you missed NLR’s piece on Chelsea author Carey Wallace, I am again posting it below for your enjoyment. Ms. Wallace will appear at the Borders Lohr Road location in Ann Arbor for a reading and signing of her wonderful novel, The Blind Contessa’s New Machine. This event is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 7:00 PM. As always, call and confirm all event details before heading out the door.

Incredibly unique, wildly vivid, and so unlike anything I have read…

These were a mere few of my many thoughts upon finishing the book The Blind Contessa’s New Machine. Needing to know more about the genesis of this stunning slip of a book, I took to the site of author Carey Wallace.

As the title suggests, blindness sits at the core of this work. Yet as Wallace slowly syphons the reader’s vision, she delicately replaces it with a creative vision that manages to supersede that of any other. While Wallace’s site reveals that she hasn’t personally experienced blindness, she hopes that The Blind Contessa’s New Machine might give her readers “…permission to find the world just a little more beautiful, a little more strange, a little more wonderful than what we think we can see.”

When I realized that Carey Wallace had grown up in several small towns in Michigan, I managed a lovely exchange with the author and found out that she spent her elementary school years in Hillsdale where her dad was a professor before moving on to graduate from Chelsea High School. While Wallace currently resides in Brooklyn, she considers Chelsea her hometown and shares the sweet fact that “the more time I spend there as an adult, the more remarkable I find it.” Ms. Wallace credits the dedication of former teachers who were “fully supported by a community that deeply valued the arts” for her deft skills as a writer and creative.

With Ms. Wallace’s sincere responses to my queries, it was easy to hear the echo of Contessa’s fleshed and heartfelt characters. If she had any program in The Blind Contessa’s New Machine, she says, it may have been this: to challenge materialism, to complicate the seen world’s claim to be “reality”, and to encourage people that their sense that “there must be more than this” is not only accurate, but the foundation of all truth.

The Blind Contessa’s New Machine appears on the July 2010 Indie Next List. Check back with NLR for a full review later this week.

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-Post by Megan Shaffer

Related Information

Carey Wallace also runs ‘The Hillbilly Underground.’ In its tenth year, the Underground is an arts retreat that welcomes a diverse group of artists to the Michigan lakeside for a precious ten day block of undisturbed creative freedom.

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri Brings ‘Price of Stones’ to Liberty Street

Cover ImageI hate to be a sponge, but why reinvent the wheel? To read up on the wonders of author Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, link to the following posts –

Free Press Special Writer Christopher Walton:  Writer Builds School for AIDS Orphans

Journalist Bill Castanier’s article on blog site:  Mittenlit

The Liberty Street Borders in Ann Arbor will host author and activist Twesigye Jackson Kaguri tonight, June 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm for a discussion and signing of his book The Price of Stones:  Building a School for My Village. As always, call and confirm dates and times before heading out the door.

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-Post by Megan Shaffer

‘Someone Like Me’ at Nicola’s Books Tonight

Someone Like Me by John W. Quinn: Book CoverNative Detroiter John W. Quinn was born with cerebral palsy. Yet despite his disabilities Mr. Quinn was determined to make his lifelong dream of joining the military come true. After much hard work and determination, Mr. Quinn now boasts a successful and decorated twenty-year career in the United States Navy.

Written to “give hope to the millions of people struggling with muscular disorders who fight to make it through every day,” this is Quinn’s tale of how he kept his condition a secret and managed to make his vision of becoming a military man a reality.

Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor will host author John W. Quinn for a discussion and signing of his book Someone Like Me: An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy tonight, June 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM. As always, call and confirm date and time before heading out the door.

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

-Post by Megan Shaffer