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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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Wednesday, October 13,2010

Shining through

New book pays tribute to the women who brightened up the night

by Bill Castanier
The author said she was inspired by an article on a female lighthouse keeper in Michigan History magazine. Majher said she filed the idea away, and when she became the assistant director of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame in 2007 she turned the idea into an exhibit.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

To Hell and back

A Satanic hit man hunts supernatural prey in L.A. in 'Kill the Dead'

by Bill Castanier
You have to go back in time to understand author Richard Kadrey’s inspiration for his Sandman Slim series.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

From deadlines to dead people

From deadlines to dead people Pulitzer-winning journalist becomes best-selling author

by Bill Castanier
Sandford is especially known for his 20 “Prey” novels featuring Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport, but he is on the road promoting his relatively new series that features police detective Virgil Flowers. He has written four novels in that series, which grew out of the “Prey” franchise.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Tolerance test

’Zeitoun’ couple comes to troubled East Lansing

by Bill Castanier
“Zeitoun” follows the nightmarish experience of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian- American, who stayed in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Abdul, as he is called by friends and neighbors, became a hero, navigating the flood waters in a canoe to evacuate trapped residents and comfort others who stayed behind.
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