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Wednesday, January 25,2012

Takin' it to the streets

Poetry in Motion program rolls out on CATA buses

by Bill Castanier
Capital Area Transportation Authority buses traversing mostly along campus routes and down Michigan Avenue will host a moveable feast of poetry, with each bus showcasing interior placards with lines of poetry from 13 poets, including Michigan State University Professors Anita Skeen and Diane Wakoski.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Write to work

Author Jim Daniels' job is telling the stories of other people's jobs

by Bill Castanier
It’s tough being Jim Daniels. He’s often confused with another Daniels: Jeff, the actor and filmmaker who writes scatological comedies involving flatulence. Jim Daniels’ writing can be dark, but it’s never stinky especially when he weaves his favorite theme — working in the Motor City — into his short stories and poems.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

'Every dress has a story'

Becker’s Bridal in Fowler has been making wedding dreams come true for more than 75 years

by Bill Castanier
All those dresses can be a bit unsettling — "a white blindness nightmare" is what Alyssa Becker, the daughter's owner, sometimes calls it — but "dream" is an apt description, since the dreams of tens of thousands of brides have started right here in this unimposing store in downtown Fowler.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Honoring X

The late activist's life is remembered in a series of events at Capital Area District Library

by Bill Castanier
When Lansing resident Doug Warren was making the case in front of Lansing City Council last year for renaming Main Street in honor of Malcolm X, he said that if there was a Mount Rushmore for African-Americans, Malcolm X would be on it, along with Martin Luther King.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

Take note

Michigan Notable Books encompass a wide range of topics and genres

by Bill Castanier
Make room on your bookshelf or e-reader: The Library of Michigan has named the top 20 Michigan Notable Books of the year, and the list represents established and debut authors, books covering topics and people that may have been lost to time and books that will take you places you’ve never been.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Book 'em!

A harvest of Hemingway, plus first-rate reads from contemporary authors

by Bill Castanier
When it comes to books, 2011 was the YOH — Year of Hemingway — complete with a masterful collection of letters, a new coffee table book, a book on his first wife and a book on his boat, the Pilar, joining a Woody Allen movie that pays tribute to the Lost Generation of the “Moveable Feast.” This seems fitting since 2011 was the 50th anniversary of Papa’s death.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Zaslow keeps it personal

The success of 'Last Lecture' led the former columnist to tell more inspirational stories

by Bill Castanier
In 2007, Zaslow learned that Carnegie Mellon University professor Randy Pausch was about to give his final lecture. An $800 airline ticket to Pittsburgh was a little steep, so Zaslow decided to drive from his suburban Detroit home to Pittsburgh: That'euro;'s approximately 600 miles round trip.
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Second-hand, but first-rate

Lansing offers a variety of outlets for book bargains

by Bill Castanier
There’s an old saying that when you stop believing in Santa Claus you get books. Why didn’t someone tell me sooner? The good news: The Lansing area never had a Borders, so we don’t have to drive across the state to find a bookstore. Two Schuler Books and Music locat...
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

From blight to beauty

Author J.H. Shapiro salutes famed Detroit artist Tyree Guyton

by Bill Castanier
Detroit artist Guyton started painting his Heidelberg neighborhood 25 years ago. He had returned to his childhood home after serving in the Army and attending art school, only to find vacant dilapidated and abandoned houses.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

Reminiscing about retail

Author charts the rise and fall of Jacobson’s

by Bill Castanier
In the heyday of the East Lansing Jacobson’s, you could take your kids to Breakfast With Santa or sit down for an elegant dinner in the Asian-inspired 1970 East Room restaurant. As a Michigan State University grad, you knew you d arrived when you bought your business attire there, or registered for your wedding.
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