March 27 2013
April is National Poetry Month, and, like the flowers it often celebrates, poetry is about to spring forth all around town. Michigan State University's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities' Center...
March 18 2013
Wednesday, Jan. 25 — Michigan State University associate dean and writing professor Edward Watts wants to make the Midwest less of a flyover zone when it comes to literature. Watts, who has long...
March 13 2013
Thursday, May 31 — John Smoltz’s professional baseball career is a highlight reel in itself, but he still calls hitting an eighth-inning walk-off home run to win the Lansing area Diamond Classic...
March 13 2013
Thriller writer Karen Dionne, who will keynote the 26th annual "A Rally of Writers," has had three novels published, including the environmental thrillers "Boiling Point" and "Freezing Point." The Detroit...
March 6 2013
More than half a million readers can't be wrong. That's the number of e-books sold by Holt thriller writer Rick Murcer
Feb. 27 2013
Detroit author and journalist Charlie LeDuff doesn't need a white suit, acid or a rich boy's swagger to prove that he belongs among the greats of New (now old) Journalism. His new book not only gives him...
Feb. 13 2013
Ghosts, UFOs and other unexplained happenings provide fodder for plenty of spooky mystery novels, but author Barbara Darling Saxena said the central plot for her debut thriller, "Souviens," came to her...
Jan. 30 2013
The Whitehills Book Club is unlike typical book clubs, which gravitate toward bestsellers and popular fiction. It's not because the women who compose the group, mostly residents of the Whitehills subdivision...
Jan. 9 2013
The 11-year-old program Michigan Notable Books, which is coordinated by the Library of Michigan, highlights local authors and stories and promotes reading. To be selected, books must be published in the...
Dec. 26 2012
Author readings may not measure up to the spectacle of a Wharton Center musical or the audacity of the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, but for many in the Greater Lansing community and me, they provide...
Dec. 12 2012
Bloomsday fans have reason to rejoice this holiday season — they are doubly blessed with a new biography of James Joyce as well as a never-before-published children’s book by the acclaimed...
Nov. 28 2012
"What a long, strange trip it’s been," may be part of Grateful Dead lore, but it goes a long way in describing Ken Wachsberger's lifelong passion of documenting America's Vietnam-era underground...
Nov. 14 2012
Spartan football fans won't have to crash the tailgate party tonight at Schuler Books in the Eastwood Towne Center — everyone's invited
Oct. 24 2012
In her book "Gym Mom: The Twists and Turns of Your Daughter’s Gymnastics Career," Rita Wieber (mother of Olympic team Gold Medalist Jordyn Weiber) writes about the stressful and gratifying times...
Oct. 10 2012
Readers of Rhoda Janzen's hilarious 2009 New York Times bestseller "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress" may recall her failed date with a guy named Mitch who wore a Jesus-nail necklace. Since then, life...
Sept. 26 2012
Young adult author, science-fiction novelist, blogger, website editor, magazine contributor, expert on publishing and copyright law. They all fit the bill when describing Cory Doctorow, but he's more than...
Sept. 12 2012
Dan Ewald has written 13 books focusing on renowned Michigan sports figures, including Bo Schembechler, Al Kaline and George Kell, but he says his new book "Sparky and Me," a biography of legendary Detroit...
Aug. 29 2012
Bill and Cecile Fehsenfeld have seen a lot when it comes to the life of the modern bookstore. They were there for its conception, its first clumsy steps, its ugly teenage years and its bloated post-adolescence....
Aug. 22 2012
As some of the overindulged freshmen of 2012 move their flat-screen TVs, laptops and mini-fridges into comfortable dorms with gourmet dining, they could probably use a cold dose of the harsh reality presented...
Aug. 15 2012
The window at Barnes & Noble in the Lansing Mall beckons the mall walkers like a suburban siren with more than 50 copies of "Fifty Shades of Grey" proudly on display. Since it first appeared as an online-only...

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