Oct. 21 2015
Frank Kelley is noted for his quick wit, direct answers and insight into complex issues. The answers to the following 10 questions for Kelley, who served 37 years as Michigan’s attorney general,...
Oct. 14 2015
The most important element in any magician’s show is the audience. They want to believe that the trick — or the illusion — that they are seeing is real, that there is magic in the...
Oct. 7 2015
From the start, let’s get a few things straight: H.P. Lovecraft was not a pseudonym, and in his world, magick is spelled with a “k.” Illusionists like Penn and Teller do not make an appearance...
Sept. 30 2015
The Michigan Humanities Council’s selection for this year’s Great Michigan Read program should generate discussion about what readers consider important in their daily lives
Sept. 9 2015
Matt Bell describes his new novel, “Scrapper,” as a “quiet book” — but it comes across with the noisy fury of righteous revenge. The book is written as a first-person...
Sept. 2 2015
This book has serious shelf life — pun intended. A dozen years after Thomas C. Foster published “How to Read Literature Like a Professor,” it is still hanging around on...
Aug. 26 2015
Lawyer Bryan Stevenson has helped make the sun shine again for some 115 men, among them Anthony Ray Hinton of Montgomery, Alabama. Stevenson, who founded and directs the Equal Justice Initiative,...
Aug. 19 2015
The “NCAA Game of the Week” football program for Nov. 23, 1963 lists J. Proebstle at right end and D. Proebstle at quarterback for the Michigan State University Spartans. For the...
Aug. 12 2015
John Scalzi has gone where no science fiction author has gone before: He signed a $3.4 million, 10-book, multi-year deal with his publisher, Tor/ Forge, in May. Scalzi’s deal was written...
Aug. 5 2015
If Hollywood doesn’t snatch up the movie rights for Mardi Jo Link’s new memoir, “The Drummond Girls,” they are fools. In a time when friendships seem as fleeting as yesterday’s...
July 29 2015
For the past year, local fantasy novelist Jim Hines has led a double life. During the day, he plugged away as a demographer, compiling education statistics for the State of Michigan. But at the same...
July 22 2015
Tourists have been navigating the narrow roads of Northern Michigan’s M-22 since the early 1900s, checking out the beautiful beaches, idyllic farm lands, sweeping sand dunes and the seemingly lockedin-time...
July 15 2015
Tuesday’s publication of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” is a lesson in publishing and editing. Readers seldom get to see an original, unedited manuscript of a book in published...
July 8 2015
Mackinac Island, with its storied history, bikes-and-horses-only attitude, tons of fudge and a bevy of quaint cottages, has always been considered one of Michigan’s top family vacation destinations. East...
July 1 2015
If someone had told Ann Larabee that while working on her book, “The Wrong Hands: Popular Weapons Manuals and Their Historic Challenges to a Democratic Society,” a horrific bombing such as...
June 22 2015
MONDAY, JUNE 22 — There have been reams written about Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 “The War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, but much of it has only repeated long-held myths surrounding...
June 17 2015
Lansing author Lori Nelson Spielman said when she saw a giant poster for her new book, “Sweet Forgiveness,” at a French subway stop, it was “unbelievable, sort of like pinching yourself.”...
June 8 2015
MONDAY, JUNE 8 — Almost 90 years after it was banned in the U.S. for obscenity, “What Happens,” a 1926 book by Lansing author John Herrmann, has been re-released
May 27 2015
ERA, RBIs and OPS have always been a big deal in baseball. The numbers don’t lie, and these numbers allow fans to continue evaluating the past and predicting the future of baseball. That’s...
May 20 2015
Author and photographer David Olds certainly subscribes to the maxim “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and he mixes that maxim in his recent book, “Bulldog Blues,” with another:...