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June 21 2018
Henry’s short story “The Prisoner of Haiku,” illustrated by Neal Shannacappo, is an imaginative look at the negative impact of American Indian boarding schools. A young man loses his...
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June 14 2018
At the time, small photographs called cartes de visite were commonplace — especially of famous people. Photography was only 26 years old at the time of the assassination, but it blossomed during...
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June 7 2018
With the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the year 1968 was already pivotal in her young life. There was more yet to come. Fryer would go on to receive a Ph.D. at MSU and...
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May 31 2018
This summer, as always, the road between Petoskey and Mackinac City will be jammed with cars filled with vacationers and residents talking about the weather and the temperature of the water. However, 50...
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May 24 2018
The sartorial Wolfe, often seen in full-peacock splendor dressed in all white, preferred a formal topper, while the more casual O’Brien is seldom seen without his signature baseball cap. Both authors...
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May 17 2018
Michigan’s Looking Glass River twists and turns 70 miles from its source in Livingston County until it dumps into the Grand River in Portland. It was once a major trail for Native Americans, but...
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May 10 2018
While WWI raged in Europe, German citizens on the homefront faced violent backlash, including tarring and feathering from local vigilance committees — groups of private citizens that took the law...
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May 3 2018
The book, “Behind the Badge: the History of the Lansing Police Department,” by Patricia E. Heyden, was long thought to be out of print. It will be on sale for $25 at the celebration, with proceeds...
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April 26 2018
That window opened for Lille Foster of Holt when she finally decided to read her father’s World War II era letters. Foster’s father, Theodore Pattengill Foster, had sent hundreds of letters...
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April 19 2018
Much has changed in South Africa since apartheid’s 1994 abolishment, but a new book about a horrific massacre in 2012 reveals what awful things have stayed the same. It also reveals that many Westerners...
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April 12 2018
Horrific murders, a legal lynching and her father’s oral history draws Melanie Morrison, an Okemos-based author and civil rights activist, back in time to the Jim Crow South. It’s there she...
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April 5 2018
The City Pulse Book Club meets the first Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., at Schuler Books & Music in the Meridian Mall. April’s selection is “Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63,”...
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March 29 2018
Ernest Hemingway spent his first 21 summers in Michigan as his “up north” was being transformed from an Eden-like existence to a popular tourist destination. The languorous summers were filled...
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March 22 2018
Cities and corporations adore being on lists like “Best City to Raise a Family” or “Best Company to Work For.” But, beginning in 1988, there was a list that neither wanted its name...
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March 15 2018
“The Radium Girls” sounds like the name of a 50s sci-fi horror movie, and the similarities extend beyond the title. Characters in the book have radium poisoning and suffer true horror —...
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March 8 2018
Over 10 years, Rowling wrote seven books in the series, all of which received a blockbuster film adaptation. Spinoffs, which have continued to this day, include video games, the “Fantastic Beasts”...
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March 1 2018
The halls of the Veteran Memorial Courthouse outside Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s chambers were eerily quiet on a recent Friday afternoon. A far cry from two weeks earlier, when throngs of victims,...
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Feb. 22 2018
Olson said he developed a love for old books from a junior high teacher, who told the students about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s first book, “Fanshawe.” After an abysmal reception, the author...
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Feb. 15 2018
Richard Spencer, a white supremacist, will speak on the MSU campus 4:30- 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 5. MSU first refused to let him speak due to concerns about violence, but following a lawsuit MSU agreed...
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Feb. 8 2018
“Last call for alcohol” is a common refrain in bars near closing time, but on April 30, 1918, the barkeepers across Michigan really meant it. Due to a statewide referendum, Michigan turned...