Upcoming Events

NY Times Op-Ed Columnist Charles M. Blow

NY Times Op-Ed columnist Charles M. Blow visits Ann Arbor for a special keynote presentation at Rackham Auditorium.

The lecture, organized by the Humility in the Age of Self-Promotion Colloquium at the University of Michigan, will be on the topic of Donald Trump, arrogance, pride, and American democracy.

Charles M. Blow's Op-Ed column in The New York Times appears on Thursdays and Mondays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justices, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Mr. Blow is also a CNN commentator, a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, and author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which won a Lambda Literary Award, the Sperber Prize, and made multiple lists of best books published in 2014.

Partners for this lecture include The Ann Arbor District Library and these University of Michigan units: The Center for Engaged Academic Learning, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Communication Studies, The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, The Department of American Culture, The Department of History, The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, The Ginsberg Center, The Institute for the Humanities, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, The Office of DEI, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The Residential College, and The Spectrum Center.

Author M. Joanne Nesbit Discusses Her Book "Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan"

Graced by the Huron River with an abundance of parks, Ann Arbor offers residents and visitors entertainment, sports, shopping, dining, and of course, the University of Michigan.

Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan celebrates its citizens. Many are creative artists, inspiring educators, dedicated public servants, and determined business owners. With the exception of Lewis the cat, who reigned at Downtown Home and Garden, this book is filled with stories about people who have made and are making Ann Arbor one of the best places to live in the United States.

Join co-author Joanne Nesbit as she discusses some of the great stories they discovered while putting together the book and how local legends were selected. With a career spanning journalism and as a public information officer at Indiana University and the University of Michigan, Nesbit has always been fascinated by local history, stories, and people. She is the author of three other books, and is the founder of Knitwits at the University of Michigan.

The event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

Doug Stanton Discusses His New Book: "The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 TET Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War"

On January 31st, 1968 as many as 100,000 North Vietnamese soldiers attacked thirty-six cities throughout South Vietnam in an attack known as the Tet Offensive. This attack was a turning point in the decade-long war that led to, among other things, LBJ’s decision not to run for re-election. It was a national watershed moment, but for 19-year-old Stan Parker and the young men of the US Army’s recon platoon, Echo Company of the 101st Airborne Division, the attack was the start of a brutal fight for survival.

As we approach the 50th Anniversary of the Tet Offensive, The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 TET Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War offers a breathtaking portrait of war, homecoming, and a search for peace.

More than ten years in the making, and based on hours of interviews with soldiers, detailed letters written to and from Echo Company, Pentagon after-action reports, photographs and video footage, this new book by the New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers offers the untold and remarkable story of a platoon of American soldiers and their heroic efforts to survive the Vietnam War – both on the battlefield and after their return home to the US.

Doug Stanton is a journalist, lecturer, screenwriter, and author who has appeared on numerous TV and radio outlets, including NBC’s “Today,” CNN, Imus In The Morning, Discovery, A&E, Fox News, NPR, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and NBC’s Nightly News, and has been covered extensively in prominent publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times. He has written on travel, sport, entertainment, and history, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, the New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, Slate, The Daily Beast, and the Washington Post.

This event is a partnership with Nicola's Books and includes a book signing. Books will be for sale at the event.

Author Julia Turshen Discusses Her Book “Feed the Resistance”

From favorite cookbook author Julia Turshen comes Feed the Resistance, a practical and inspiring handbook for political activism—with recipes.

As the millions who marched in January 2017 demonstrated, activism is the new normal. When people search for ways to resist injustice and express support for civil rights, environmental protections, and more, they begin by gathering around the table to talk and plan. These dishes foster community and provide sustenance for the mind and soul, including a dozen of the healthy, affordable recipes Turshen is known for, plus over 15 more recipes from a diverse range of celebrated chefs.

With stimulating lists, extensive resources, and essays from activists in the worlds of food, politics, and social causes, "Feed the Resistance" is a must have handbook for anyone hoping to make a difference.

Julia Turshen is a writer who lives in upstate New York, the author of "Small Victories" and numerous other cookbooks. She hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe and has written for Vogue, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, SELF, T Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Lucky Peach.

This event is a partnership with the University of Michigan Library and Literati Bookstore and will include a book signing. Books will be for sale at the event.

Fifth Avenue Press Book Release Reception: AADL's Local Publishing Imprint

The Ann Arbor District Library is pleased to announce the release of nine literary works under our new Fifth Avenue Press imprint. Join us to hear readings and meet our debut group of authors, buy their books, get them signed, and enjoy light refreshments!

Our local authors have something to offer for just about every reader. For younger children, we're releasing two picture books and an Ann Arbor-based comic for all ages; for adults, we're publishing a book of poetry, two memoirs, a murder mystery, and a collection of humorous and historical Ann Arbor stories!

Technical Solace: a book of poetry, by Rebecca G. Biber
Ginger Stands Her Ground: a memoir, by Virginia Ford
Tales From the Dork Side: a memoir, by R.J. Fox
Michigan Moon: a picture book, by Meg Gower
Takedown: a murder mystery, by Jeff Kass
Chad Agamemnon: a comic book set in Ann Arbor, by Carolyn Nowak
The Book of Ann Arbor: An Extremely Serious History Book, by Rich Retyi
A Monster on Main Street: a picture book set in Ann Arbor, by Emily Siwek
Light From the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom, by Judy Patterson Wenzel

Plus, author Debbie Taylor will offer a sneak peek into her forthcoming 2018 Fifth Avenue Press picture book: Over in Motown!

For more information about Fifth Avenue Press or to submit your work visit fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writers Workshop: A Writer’s Best Practices

Writing is a solitary activity, but sooner or later, an author has to talk to other people. Whether meeting readers in a bookstore or a conference, or hanging out with fans (or potential fans) on social media, its important for writers to make a good impression. In this workshop, Alex Kourvo and Bethany Neal will share some memorable interactions with other authors, admit their own mistakes, and show you the best practices for navigating the world of writers and readers.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere. Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Author Alexandra Zapruder Discusses Her Book About The Kennedy Assassination, "Twenty-Six Seconds"

Discover the moving, untold family story behind Abraham Zapruder’s film footage of the Kennedy assassination and its lasting impact on our world.

Abraham Zapruder didn’t know when he ran home to grab his video camera on November 22, 1963 that this single spontaneous decision would change his family’s life for generations to come. Originally intended as a home movie of President Kennedy’s motorcade, Zapruder’s film of the JFK assassination is now shown in every American history class, included in Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit questions, and referenced in novels and films. It is the most famous example of citizen journalism, a precursor to the iconic images of our time, such as the Challenger explosion, the Rodney King beating, and the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers. But few know the complicated legacy of the film itself.

Now Abraham’s granddaughter, Alexandra Zapruder, is ready to tell the complete story for the first time. Join us she discusses her book, discusses her book, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film. Part biography, part family history, and part historical narrative, Zapruder demonstrates how one man’s unwitting moment in the spotlight shifted the way politics, culture, and media intersect, bringing about the larger social questions that define our age.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale. This is a partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor as part of the 2017 Jewish Book Festival.

Learning Strategies to Navigate Binary Education Spaces

At this time of heightened scrutiny and concern, we need to come together more than ever before.

Join Z Nicolazzo, Assistant Professor in the Adult and Higher Education program at Northern Illinois University, for a discussion about hir book, Trans* In College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion.

Z will talk about ways trans* students created and maintained networks of support, as well as strategies they used to come together, navigate gender binary environments, and make the worlds they needed to thrive.

A Comics Presentation with Nate Powell

Why are graphic novels so good at capturing history? Find out when Nate Powell stops by AADL for an early afternoon presentation. Best known for his work on the award-winning March series he co-created with Andrew Aydin and Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis, Powell will explore many of the unique and immersive storytelling principles used in comics.

Powell’s work also includes You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, and The Year of the Beasts. If you’ve ever wanted to tap into the power of graphic novels to explore history, or just wanted a deeper look into why they move us as readers, you won’t want to miss this!

Later that evening, Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin, and Congressman John Lewis will be appearing at Hill Auditorium (825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109) on Monday, November 27 at 7:00 pm. Their free, public, and unticketed keynote talk is co-presented by the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program as part of the regular Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.

Special thanks to the Conflict and Peace Initiative at the University of Michigan’s International Institute. This event is part of the Fall 2017 social justice events series: Marching Forward.

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.