Books & Reading

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.

Discuss "The Girl on the Train" Before Author Paula Hawkins Visits Ann Arbor!

Paula Hawkins, author of the wildly popular thriller The Girl on the Train, will visit Ann Arbor on May 17. Hosted by Nicola's Books, she'll be doing a reading and Q&A session for her new book Into The Water at Nicola's.

Join us for a discussion of this bestseller at AADL before meeting her in person!

"The Girl On The Train" tells the story of a woman who is privy to the inner lives of a couple, as she passes their house on the train every morning. She becomes obsessed with the beautiful woman and her husband, and involves herself in the case when the woman turns up missing.

AADL staff will lead a discussion of this psychological mystery. This event is cosponsored by Nicola's Books.

AADL Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy

Join AADL staff and community members for a discussion of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance.

This fascinating and moving book is the author's own story of his family, and how he moved from poverty to a middle class life while battling the demons of his upbringing. The eye-opening book describes poverty in America from a first-hand perspective, and explains how growing up poor leaves a lasting effect.

Staff will lead a discussion of the book and related themes.

AADL Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy

Join AADL staff and community members for a discussion of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance.

This fascinating and moving book is the author's own story of his family, and how he moved from poverty to a middle class life while battling the demons of his upbringing. The eye-opening book describes poverty in America from a first-hand perspective, and explains how growing up poor leaves a lasting effect. Staff will lead a discussion of the book and related themes.

Can't make this discussion? There will be a second session on on the same book and topic on Saturday, May 13 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

Advent Reflections from Michigan's Northern Woods with Author Gayle Boss

Inspired by the landscape and animals of the north woods, Michigan author Gayle Boss writes with the heart of a poet in her new collection of Advent reflections All Creation Waits.

Twenty-five portraits meditate on how wild animals adapt to winter's darkness and cold, inspiring us with the ancient wisdom that darkness is not the end, but the way to a new beginning. Each reflection is accompanied by a striking and sensitive woodcut in deep blacks and brilliant whites by artist David G. Klein.

Be inspired with the beauty of winter and the natural world as Gayle Boss discusses how this unique volume came to be. She will also take a closer look at the gorgeous woodcut illustrations in large-scale.

This event will be held at AADL's Pittsfield location, overlooking the wetlands where many of the animals that inspired this volume find a home. This event will also include a book signing, and books will be for sale.

Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion: "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America"

AADL staff lead a discussion of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer, the book selected for Washtenaw Reads 2017.

After two decades of groundbreaking research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen before: households surviving on virtually no income, a level of destitution so deep as to be unthought-of in the world’s most advanced capitalist economy. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on surveys of the incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.

The result of their investigative teamwork is this book, which received much critical acclaim. "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America" won the prestigious Hillman Prize for Book Journalism by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, was short-listed for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation and was named a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

Copies of the book are available at area libraries and bookstores. For more information on Washtenaw Reads, visit the Reads website at wread.org.

Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion: "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America"

AADL staff lead a discussion of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer, the book selected for Washtenaw Reads 2017.

After two decades of groundbreaking research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen before: households surviving on virtually no income, a level of destitution so deep as to be unthought-of in the world’s most advanced capitalist economy. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on surveys of the incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.

The result of their investigative teamwork is this book, which received much critical acclaim. "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America" won the prestigious Hillman Prize for Book Journalism by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, was short-listed for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation and was named a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

Copies of the book are available at area libraries and bookstores. For more information on Washtenaw Reads, visit the Reads website at wread.org.

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.

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.

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? Bring your work to a meet-up to be in consideration for the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

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