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Wednesday, December 22,2010

Politically 'Pointed'

Lansing author uses poems to explain conservative values

by Bill Castanier
Whether he knows it or not he’s just started his 11th business by self-publishing his collection of poetry, “Pointed Poems: Tools for Teaching Conservative Thinking.” The book is illustrated by noted local artist Dennis Preston, printed by Thomson Shore of Dexter and distributed by Partners of Holt.
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

Michigan masters

Notable Books list honors the state's best

by Bill Castanier
The Library of Michigan’s annual awards (which were announced Monday) honored Jaimy Gordon’s “Lord of Misrule,” the 2010 National Book Award Winner; National Book Award finalist Thomas Lynch (“Apparitions & Late Fiction”); and two Pulitzer Prizewinning writers, Bryan Gruley (“The Hanging Tree”) and Philip Levine (“Detroit Disassembled”).
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

Packing up the past

Lev Raphael boxes up his archives for delivery to MSU’s library

by Bill Castanier
Raphael has had a long and varied career in writing, publishing his first story inRedbook Magazine in 1979. He is especially recognized for his writing, both fiction and non-fiction, from the perspective of the son of Holocaust survivors and he is widely sought as a speaker on the issue.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Keep on truckin'

'Ice Road' star slides into the book world

by Bill Castanier
Alex Debogorski, author of “King of the Road” and star of the History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers,” hopes to ward off an icy reception while promoting his new book.Debogorski and his crew are on a nationwide tour with his ice rig. They’ll stop off at the Okemos Schuler Books & Music Saturday. Debogorski’s ice truck will be parked at Meridian Mall for the signing. It’s a 93-foot -long tractor trailer, weighing in at 70,000 pounds — and it will be stuffed with give-away goodies.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Football feasts

Haven House rolls out a second cookbook for sporty Spartan chefs

by Bill Castanier
If the new “Tailgating on the Banks of the Red Cedar, Vol. 2” cookbook is any indication, tailgates have come a long way.
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Friday, November 12,2010

When Lehto met Leno

The 'Tonight Show' host helped a shelved book see the light of day

by Bill Castanier
Steve Lehto will be reading and signing books at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at Schuler Books & Music, 1982 Grand River Ave. in Okemos.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Michigan’s mystery man

What is the truth about former Michigan Gov. John Swainson?

by Bill Castanier
It was 1969, and Lawrence Glazer had only been an attorney for six months when the Office of the Attorney General sent him to a parole hearing in Detroit for professional burglar John Whalen.During the hearing, Whalen’s attorney asked that the Detroit police department be excluded from the hearing, alleging the department had leaks in its ranks.
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Wednesday, November 3,2010

Making time for rhyme

Deborah Diesen reels in a ’Pout-Pout Fish’ sequel

by Bill Castanier
“Dan Hanna wanted to include art from the deepest part of the ocean in the first book,” she said. Hanna and Diesen had never met before the first book was published, but at a joint appearance in New York they did some brainstorming, which resulted in the new storyline.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Death becomes him

Author Largo unearths facts about fatalities

by Bill Castanier
Florida author Michael Largo (“Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die”) has added “God’s Lunatics” to his repertoire of books that delve into shocking topics. Sort of a “Mondo Cane” of the oddities and often frightening characteristics of religion, “Lunatics” is also a lighthearted and funny look at religion in all its reiterations.
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Wednesday, October 20,2010

Facing facts

Heather Sellers kept a secret for decades: She couldn’t recognize anyone she knew

by Bill Castanier
Heather Sellers ' whose memoir, “You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know,” comes out this week ' is not a friend of Facebook. It’s not that Sellers isn’t social. She loves going to conventions, addressing writers’ groups and teaching her writing classes at Hope College.
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