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Wednesday, November 23,2011

Worth booking

Pick up page-turners from Jeffrey Eugenides, Erin Morgenstern and Ernest Hemingway

by Bill Castanier
Give ho-ho Hemingway books this holiday season. Several new books on Papa are on every Hemingway lovers list this holiday season and, surprisingly, they provide some new insight into the world of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. I say surprisingly because writing about Hemingway is a literary industry.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

‘Laughing Whitefish’ resurfaces

Republished 1965 novel still has much to say about Indian law

by Bill Castanier
Voelker, who spent most of his life in the Upper Peninsula, also creates a window into the customs and language of the Cornish mining community around Ishpeming, where he lived.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

Turning old books into new revenue

Library of Michigan wraps up its sale of 75,000 out-of-circulation volumes

by Bill Castanier
Since midsummer, the Library of Michigan has been selling more than 75,000 books that were no longer deemed essential for library collections at the state s online auction site (mibid.bidcorp.com). The books were part of what was once the Dewey Collection; some of the books date back to the late 19th century.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Coming-of-old-age story

Jim Harrison shares poetry and mystery

by Bill Castanier
A conversation with Jim Harrison is like opening a box of Cracker Jacks. You get to nibble through the delightful crisp kernels knowing a prize awaits: You just won t know what it is until you get there.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Macabre Michigan

’Ghostwriters’collects spooky stories from authors around the state

by Bill Castanier
Kasischke, who contributed the story “Ghost Anecdote,” says she personally She said she was also impressed by the 27-year-old writer Elizabeth' Schmuhl from St. Joseph, whose short story “Belief” is set on a farm on the Paw Paw River. It is the first major publication for Schmuhl, who teaches high school.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Booked up

Maureen Hirten was the Capital Area District Library interim director; now, she’s got the job long term

by Bill Castanier
The best of times is her recent appointment to director. Hirten, 60, has been with CADL for nine years, starting as a public service librarian in Okemos.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Blue-plate special

Full-time waitress Ellen Airgood cooks up romance with her debut novel, set in the U.P.

by Bill Castanier
Airgood, who has been working at this quintessential diner in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for more than 20 years, is also an accomplished writer who published her first novel this year.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Historical sleuth

Kevin Boyle delved into the archives to put together ‘Arc of Justice’

by Bill Castanier
By BILL CASTANIER National Book Award Winner Kevin Boyle describes himself as an “archives rat” ' and that’s a good thing for a historian and the author of the award-winning “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age.
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Wednesday, September 28,2011

Finding the heart of a 'Lionheart'

Richard I was a man of many faces, according to Sharon Kay Penman

by Bill Castanier
By BILL CASTANIER So who is this Richard I, also known as Lionheart? Is he the crusader of popular myth from tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men? Was he the aloof, reckless warmonger and anti-Semite described by some historians? Or, as historical...
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Wednesday, September 21,2011

Looking back at a state on the verge of disaster

Jennifer Granholm and husband Dan Mulhern share their thoughts on Michigan in 'A Governor's Story'

by Bill Castanier
The couple is on the road promoting their new book, “A Governor’s Story: A Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future.” The book is on sale this week, and Granholm and Mulhern will make their first public appearance in Michigan at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor.
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