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Chef George Vutetakis Brings Back ‘Vegetarian Traditions’

George Vutetakis is coming home this weekend. Though he now resides in San Diego, the culinary progressive and former owner of The Inn Season Cafe in Royal Oak is revisiting his “roots” with his latest work Vegetarian Traditions.

Veggies have made quite a comeback over the last decade, and no doubt Vutetakis has played a pivotal role in their fame. Before “Whole Foods” and other chains began to tout and commercialize the value of organics and natural, healthy fare, Royal Oak’s very own was already far ahead of the trend.

As stated of Mr. Vutetakis on his site, “His reputation as a leader in the creation of delicious, healthy and innovative vegetarian cuisine using fresh, unadulterated ingredients flourished as chef and owner of the award winning Inn Season Cafe in Royal Oak, Michigan.” You can read all about the famed chef, author, and teacher here, or check out his popular blog at www.thevegetarianguy.com.

George Vutetakis will appear at  The Book Beat on Sunday, June 13th at 2:00 pm to promote his cookbook Vegetarian Traditions:  Favorite Recipes From My Years at the Legendary Inn Season Cafe. As always, check all dates and times before stepping out the door.

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-Post by  Megan Shaffer

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-‘Vegetarian Traditions’ is available at several local outlets including one of my favorites, the Birmingham Farmers Market.

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Birmingham Borders Welcomes Lynch’s ‘Apparition & Late Fictions’

Cover ImageThomas Lynch has been very busy lately with his recently released book Apparition & Late Fictions. A former Birmingham Brother Rice grad, Lynch and his family are well-known in the area for their family’s funeral services rather than their literary output. However, Thomas Lynch’s mortuary skills have definitely become secondary in note of interest for avid readers.

Apparition is Lynch’s first work of fiction. His book The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade was selected by the The National Book Foundation as a finalist in the non-fiction category a few years back. In addition to numerous awards, Lynch has also penned three collections of poems and three books of essays. Definitely make the trip to Mr. Lynch’s site and check out his Utne interview Thomas Lynch on Sex, Death, and Poetry among others. You might also take a look at the New York Times review piece, Life With Death.

The next stop on Mr. Lynch’s calendar of Michigan appearances will take place at Borders in Birmingham. This discussion and signing of his debut work of fiction is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

Other Events of Note

Also on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm, author Jill Wilkinson will be at the Troy Public Library for her presentation on creative writing and to share her first novel Downsized:  A Contemporary Novel on Not Giving Up.

Book Beat’s reading group will also meet on April 28th at 7:00 pm at the Goldfish Teahouse in Royal Oak. The title to be discussed is There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales (no, I’m not kidding) by Russian author and playwright Petrushevskaya. For more, link to Book Beat’s site here.

As always, call ahead of time to confirm all event information before stepping out the door.

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-Post by Megan Shaffer

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Cash-Strapped and Nowhere to Run: Upcoming Author Appearances

Cover ImageSorry for the short and sweet, however, here are two quick posts regarding upcoming appearances for the next two evenings.

“…the key to a feast is not the price or exotic nature of the ingredients, it is the degree to which you savor the experience.” * –Laura Lee

Tonight, Wednesday, April 21, 2010, The Book Beat will present above author Laura Lee for a reading and signing of her latest book Broke is Beautiful: Living and Loving the Cash-Strapped Life. This event is scheduled to take place from 7:00-8:00 PM and is rather fitting for any who might be struggling with the saggy economy and a soggy wallet.

Borders in Birmingham will present author C.J. Box for a reading and signing of his new book Nowhere to Run. The new Joe Pickett novel from this award-winning author will take place on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM. (Oddly, I just reviewed the upcoming book by Paul Doiron titled The Poacher’s Son which also featured a game warden as it’s main character. Hmmmm…)

As always, please check all dates and times before you head out the door!

(*as quoted on The Book Beat site)

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-Post by Megan Shaffer

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