June 25 2014
It’s unlikely that most of the brides posing and toasting in the rose garden next to the Turner-Dodge House have any idea who Frances Willard was. If they did, they might find irony in the fact that...
June 18 2014
Travel writer Kevin Revolinski calls himself a “born-again drinker with a writing habit.” Over the last several years, he’s developed a practical knowledge of Great Lakes area craft beer...
May 21 2014
Great storytelling is an art, and this week, the Capital Area District Library will host two raconteurs. Tonight, Dennis Hale will share the amazing true story of his survival after the freighter he was...
May 14 2014
In his new novel, the apocalyptic horror thriller, “Bird Box,” Josh Malerman hits all the right notes. It makes sense, since Malerman is also a musician who has shared his writing skills as...
May 7 2014
In his three years as a Michigan Supreme Court judge in the late ‘50s, John D. Voelker wrote an impressive 100 opinions. One of the most titillating was “People v. Hildabridle” in 1959,...
April 30 2014
A funny thing happened on the way to the book signing. Chelsea Handler, comedian, author and late night talk show host, and Christopher Moore, author of 13 comedic novels, have been scheduled for stops...
April 23 2014
The historic house at 520 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing is part of the bustling Lansing Community College campus, and home of the college’s president Brent Knight, and his wife, Rise. But in 1893, the...
April 16 2014
This year’s 20 Michigan Notable Books are weighty — close to 60 pounds — so if you plan to haul home some of this year’s selection at the Night for Notables, where the authors of...
March 26 2014
Poets are the Rodney Dangerfields of the literary world, located somewhere down near society writers at weekly newspapers on the no-respect spectrum (no-respectrum?) But each April — National Poetry...
March 19 2014
Thirteen-term Georgia congressman John Lewis is the last living member of the core group of speakers who addressed the historic March on Washington in 1963. He also led marches and sit-ins that would result...
March 5 2014
When I was a child, I always looked forward to our family’s annual summer vacation in Sault Ste. Marie, pestering my grandmother in the front seat when we were going to see “real” Indians...
Feb. 19 2014
There are no capes, masks or superhuman abilities in the graphic novel “March: Book One.” But there is a hero: Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, 73, the book’s co-author....
Feb. 5 2014
Handsomely dressed in black suits, skinny ties, pegged pants and pointed boots, and gripping their blue Pan Am bags like someone was going to ask for them back, the Beatles arrived at John F. Kennedy International...
Feb. 5 2014
Iconic folk singer Pete Seeger, who died last week, performed and helped write the classic union organizing song “Talking Union” for people like late United Auto Workers leader Ken Morris. Seeger...
Jan. 22 2014
There are celebrity chefs, celebrity fitness instructors and, yes, even celebrity duck call manufacturers. But there is only one celebrity mortician
Jan. 9 2014
These three terrific characters are all woven into a tight story through the young law student who was involved in the Innocence Project and was trying to exonerate a schoolteacher who was sent to prison...
Dec. 26 2013
“Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton” by Matt Phelan This graphic novel, suitable for both adults and young adults, tells the charming but little known story of silent film star Buster...
Dec. 18 2013
Books make great presents. “The key to a really fun book for very young readers is it must be enjoyed by the child and also the adult,” said Grand Ledge children´s book author Deborah...
Dec. 11 2013
He was making a list and checking it twice, stuffing everything into his Airstream for the big trip. Santa Claus? No. Just Guy de la Valdene — author, photographer, fisherman and French count —...
Dec. 4 2013
A new short story has brought the writing career of New York Times best seller author Jodi Picoult full circle. The online publisher Byliner recently released “The Color War,” a return to the...

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