Sept. 28 2016
Quite a few Michigan State University alumni have made a name for themselves in Hollywood. One of the most unlikely movie stars to come out of East Lansing is 1225, a steam engine that spent more than...
Sept. 21 2016
The 1971 Attica prison riot is widely regarded as the nation’s most violent prison disturbance, where merciless prisoners killed hostages and brutally attacked guards who attempted to retake the...
Sept. 21 2016
Berl Schwartz showed an early interest in alternative news. While in high school, Schwartz and his best friend started an alternative high school newspaper as a counterpoint to the school’s, which...
Sept. 14 2016
Growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ray Tadgerson was inspired to become a civil engineer by the massive Soo Locks
Sept. 7 2016
If readers pick up “Detroit Hustle” thinking it’s a book about getting rich by flipping houses in Detroit’s depressed housing market, they will be sorely disappointed. But they...
Aug. 31 2016
In “First Star I See Tonight,” Chicago detective Piper Dove gets an assignment to follow former local football star Cooper Graham. She finds herself butting heads with the pigheaded pigskin...
Aug. 24 2016
In 2000, Sonia Nazario, a seasoned news reporter for the Los Angeles Times, had been in contention for a Pulitzer Prize but had never won. But she had no idea that her next big story, the one that would...
Aug. 17 2016
In the late 1980s, Sandra Brown had a difficult decision to make. Brown was a successful romance author writing under three pseudonyms, as well as her own name, when her crossover thriller, “Slow...
Aug. 10 2016
At the height of the Great Depression, Lansing residents were looking for something to cheer for, something to make them smile and take their minds off the dreary circumstances
Aug. 3 2016
In the book’s opening pages, Jack gets a middle-of-the-night phone call from his uncle, Hal. Jack learns that his aunt, Julia, has been hospitalized and is in critical condition, and Hal urges him...
July 20 2016
In Midland author Jeff Vande Zande’s 2010 book, “Threatened Species,” a father kidnaps his son and they embark on a trip through Michigan
July 13 2016
While much of the attention given to Flint recently is focused on the city’s ongoing water crisis, one author is trying to bring some attention to one of the city’s underappreciated gems
July 6 2016
“We’ll rally ‘round the flag, boys.” These lyrics, from George Frederick Root’s 1862 song “Battle Cry of Freedom,” were more than just patriotic fluff for the...
July 6 2016
Kate DiCamillo’s first visit to the library in her hometown of Clermont, Fla., left a lifelong impression on her
June 29 2016
American mystery writer Cara Black travels to Paris twice a year to do research for her successful Aimée Leduc series, which is set in the city. The books feature a hip young detective who often...
June 22 2016
Island enthusiasts have a term, island time, for the way the pace of life changes when you step on an island. From Jamaica to Goat Island, life on the island feels slower, more relaxed and less rigid....
June 15 2016
Bob Tarte has never had a “big year,” but his new book, “Feather Brained,” is a masterfully written beginner’s guide to the hobby of birding
June 8 2016
You’ve probably heard of Detroit’s Purple Gang, and have almost certainly heard about the pervasiveness of the Ku Klux Klan in Detroit during the 1920s. But just as the Klan was being ushered...
June 1 2016
What do you do with a book when it is old, worn out and worthless? Crafty folks fashion old books into tables and playhouses. Others hollow out books to store contraband. Fashion designers have bound old...
May 25 2016
Author Terry Brooks has written the great American novel — more than 35 variations of it, actually — in his groundbreaking career as a fantasy writer

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