books http://wmuk.org en Bad Dates Turn Into Good Reads: 'Strange Love' By Lisa Lenzo http://wmuk.org/post/bad-dates-turn-good-reads-strange-love-lisa-lenzo <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I don't see how you can go out in public with a man who wears a mullet," says Annie </span>Zito's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> daughter,&nbsp;</span>Marly<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, in the book </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Strange Love</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:03:54 +0000 Zinta Aistars 15711 at http://wmuk.org Bad Dates Turn Into Good Reads: 'Strange Love' By Lisa Lenzo St. Joseph: Beach Town and 1920's Gangster's Paradise http://wmuk.org/post/st-joseph-beach-town-and-1920s-gangsters-paradise <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gangsters in Southwest Michigan? It's not as shocking as you think. Back in the 1920's, members of the Chicago crime scene treated the area as an oasis where they dined, played golf - and did their best to keep their business affairs to a minimum. </span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:57:16 +0000 Erin Williams 15600 at http://wmuk.org St. Joseph: Beach Town and 1920's Gangster's Paradise Proud To Be A Working Stiff? Read George Dila's New Short Fiction http://wmuk.org/post/proud-be-working-stiff-read-george-dilas-new-short-fiction <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Michigan author </span><a href="http://www.georgedila.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">George Dila </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">printed buttons to advertise for his new&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">chapbook of short stories called <em>Working Stiffs</em>. A few people didn't want to wear it, but Dila says even more people were ecstatic&nbsp;to claim that they too were a "working stiff."</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:21:41 +0000 Zinta Aistars 15357 at http://wmuk.org Proud To Be A Working Stiff? Read George Dila's New Short Fiction 'A Detroit Anthology' Allows Writers to Control The Narrative About Their City http://wmuk.org/post/detroit-anthology-allows-writers-control-narrative-about-their-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Author and professor </span><a href="http://www.gailgriffin.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Gail Griffin</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> can remember her tenth birthday- spent catching a baseball game on a summer night - like it was yesterday:</span></p><p><em>"A rectangle of night sky opens ahead. Brilliant banks of lights against the black. The low crowd hum, rising, like a sea sound. Then acres of green seats and then, below it all, the blazing diamond, emerald they should call it, nothing has ever been so green.</em></p><p><em>Left field, Maxwell. Right, Colavito, the outrageous Cleveland trade, who points his bat at pitchers like a gun.</em></p><p><em>Humidity haloes the lights. Men yelp HOTdogs, HOTdogs, PROgram. I am transfixed, dizzied by the vastness. My stomach lurches like on the Ferris wheel at the State Fair when it surges up and I can almost see Canada. How can an entire world fit inside a building? It’s a gleaming secret, a hidden kingdom, an alternate planet shining at the core. Secret garden, emerald city, wonderland. The night breeze licks my skin. I might be dreaming."</em></p><p><em>- From "Night, Briggs Stadium, 1960."</em></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Erin Williams 14521 at http://wmuk.org 'A Detroit Anthology' Allows Writers to Control The Narrative About Their City Author Leslie Jamison Turns Feelings Into Words In 'The Empathy Exams' http://wmuk.org/post/author-leslie-jamison-turns-feelings-words-empathy-exams <p></p><p><span style="font-family: monospace; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">According to Webster's Dictionary, the definition of "empathy" is "the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions." Author </span><a href="http://www.lesliejamison.com/" style="font-family: monospace; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Leslie Jamison</a><span style="font-family: monospace; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;"> has sought to personify what it is to "feel" in her latest book "</span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Empathy-Exams-Essays-Leslie-Jamison/dp/1555976719/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1395945155&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+empathy+exams" style="font-family: monospace; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">The Empathy Exams</a><span style="font-family: monospace; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:13:37 +0000 Erin Williams 13212 at http://wmuk.org Author Leslie Jamison Turns Feelings Into Words In 'The Empathy Exams'