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Wednesday, November 6,2013

Life of pie

DeWitt bakery owner puts out first cookbook

by Bill Castanier
Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber and national pie-baking champion Linda Hundt have more in common than just winning spirits and a shared hometown of DeWitt: One of Hundt’s 52 pie recipes in her new cookbook, “Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life” was inspired by Wieber.
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Tuesday, November 5,2013

Unsportsmanlike conduct

Sports writer laments commercialization of college football

by Bill Castanier
Tuesday, Nov. 5 — Sports writer-turned-author John U. Bacon threw a literary touchdown in 2011 with the New York Times bestseller “Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines,” which dissected the broken University of Michigan football program. He’s back covering the game in his new book, “Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football.” On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Bacon will appear at the Schuler Books in Eastwood Towne Center to talk about his book, in which he searches for the ideals of the original game and contrasts them with the contemporary business of college football.
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Wednesday, October 16,2013

Feeding the meter

Lansing Poetry Club celebrates 75 years of ruminations and alliterations

by Bill Castanier
The inspiration for Gary Stephens’ poem, “Meeting, the Challenge,” belies what one might envision as the romantic muse for a poem. There were no beautiful sunrises or sunsets, no pastoral fields of sheep, no fluffy clouds, no quiet rains.
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Wednesday, October 16,2013

Four score

Lansing Historical Society looks at history of local health care, including famous quadruplets

by Bill Castanier
Wednesday, Oct. 16 — The Historical Society of Greater Lansing takes a look back at local health care at a special event on Thursday. In the late 1800s, Lansing hospitals were so bad nobody would go there said Mary Jane Wilson, a local historian and volunteer at Sparrow Hospital for 45 years.
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Wednesday, October 2,2013

'Room for one more friend'

An interview with legendary folk singer Arlo Guthrie

by Bill Castanier
Arlo Guthrie plays the Wharton Center Thursday night at 7:30. The folk legend answered some questions by email about politics, the enduring power of folk music and riding motorcycles at 66.
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Wednesday, October 2,2013

Cooking the books

Two author talks this week incorporate cuisine in uncommon ways

by Bill Castanier
The table is set for a gourmet treat of fine reading from authors who are as different as Little Debbie and Baked Alaska. Jeffery Deaver is among the leading thriller writers in the world; Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, aka “the Beekman boys,” are reality TV stars. All three appear in the Lansing area this week to speak and sign copies of their new books.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

Spilling secrets

Two Michigan authors write about opening up

by Bill Castanier
What’s your family secret —the one you want no one else to know, the one you’ll take to your grave? Most families have secrets held from even other family members. Maybe it’s a child out of wedlock, a half brother in a faraway country fathered by a G.I. in WWII or a love child with an unnamed father.
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Thursday, September 5,2013

Literary backfield in motion

Lansing area writers, artists scramble to Ann Arbor's Kerrytown BookFest

by Bill Castanier
Authors and book artists with a Lansing connection who have been invited to this year'euro;'s festival are children'euro;'s authors Deborah Diesen and Ruth McNally Barshaw, rock 'euro;'n roll writer Steve Miller, urban issues writer Edward McClelland and book artist Eric Alstrom.
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

Sex, drugs and family

A rock ‘n roll bus tour heats up in John Abbott's 'The Last Refrain'

by Bill Castanier
John Abbott taught guitar at Marshall Music before he became a writer. He melds his two loves in his debut novel, “The Last Refrain,” about a family musical group that is on the cusp of either breaking out or breaking up.
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Wednesday, August 21,2013

A poet's war novel

Kevin Powers’ ‘The Yellow Birds’ chosen for One Book, One Community read

by Bill Castanier
A war is raging far away. Two childhood friends sign up together and end up in the same unit. One swears to his friend’s mother that he will bring him back alive, but can he deliver on that promise?
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