A look at this year’s Michigan Notable Books
March 29 2017
Last year, Michigan authors and authors writing about Michigan turned out a bumper crop of books, including stories of bird watching, beer barons and baseball. And once again, the Michigan Night for Notables...
Downtown Lansing library makeover balances books and people
March 8 2017
Simplification and de-cluttering are key goals of the project. Circulation and information services will both be found at the big new front desk, instead of separate stations. The old glass partition between...
Beverly Jenkins shakes up romance with black characters, historic settings
March 8 2017
City Pulse caught up with the author while she was at her home in Belleville, Mich., on a respite from a demanding author tour. Jenkins had no inkling she’d be a writer on the road for a book promotion...
Librarian, storyteller Lezlee Worthington retires from East Lansing Public Library
Jan. 25 2017
On a recent Sunday at the East Lansing Public Library, a seemingly endless stream of patrons poured through the doors to say goodbye to retiring librarian Lezlee Worthington who, in her 25 years at the...
From sneakers to spies, 2016 produced good reads
Dec. 28 2016
Like a lot of readers, I’m seduced by pretty pictures in books. So it should be no surprise that three of my favorite books this year were absolutely crammed with photographs of architectural wonders...
Taking a look at classic holiday books, new and old
Dec. 21 2016
“’Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house …” New Yorker Clement Clarke Moore wrote this famous first line in 1823, and the story has since become a favorite...
Local authors jump into adult coloring book craze
Dec. 14 2016
“Stay within the lines” was a common admonition heard by young baby boomers as they worked on their coloring books. (Those stubby crayons were no help.)
Looking at this year’s most gift-able books
Nov. 23 2016
You can’t go wrong with any of the new books by blockbuster crime and thriller writers Harlan Coben (“Home”), Lee Child (“Night School”), Patricia Cornwell (“Chaos”),...
Oct. 12 2016
Michigan’s natural beauty is important to writer and illustrator pair Gijsbert and Robbyn van Frankenhuyzen — so much so that they’re opening their 40-acre property, Hazel Ridge Farm...
Susan Elizabeth Phillips scores with sports romance
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...
Sandra Brown on ditching romance to write thrillers
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...
‘Missing Pieces’ digs up character’s marital secrets
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...
Rest in peace
July 27 2016
The ride up the elevator is swift — 20 seconds, one second per floor. Then three flights to the waiting room. The door to the observation deck is heavy. The carillon, the biggest in Texas, is above....
Kate DiCamillo talks success, libraries and her lifelong love of books
July 6 2016
Kate DiCamillo’s first visit to the library in her hometown of Clermont, Fla., left a lifelong impression on her
Two first-time events come to Lansing in one weekend
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...
Author/illustrator David Small talks graphic novels, writing process
March 16 2016
Small’s pastoral home is a long way from his Detroit roots, which he wrote about in his disturbing 2009 graphic memoir, “Stitches,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award and...
New book sheds light on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s personal life
March 9 2016
Millions of young people grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” series — or watching the TV show based on the books — about a young girl growing...
Local author explores sexuality, small-town politics in ‘Twisted Minds’
March 2 2016
“Twisted Minds,” the latest mystery from local author Jody Valley, opens with a morbid and moody scene. A brutal murder is in process, but we don’t know the identity of the victim or...
Local author charges bias in Michigan Notable Books choices
Feb. 24 2016
“No book with major LGBT content has ever been among the books annually celebrated and publicized statewide,” Raphael wrote on his blog, which is hosted by the Huffington Post. “That...
Author Tim Dorsey finds inspiration in Florida’s weirdness
Feb. 24 2016
When City Pulse caught up with author Tim Dorsey by phone last week, he was on the book promotion circuit in Florida. The author, who was trying to get to a bookstore on Sanibel Island, was caught in...

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