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12:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Local mystery novel takes place at Eloise Psychiatric Hospital in the early 1900s

Hear about Detroit Breakdown

Southwest Michigan author D.E. Johnson just released his third novel with St. Martin’s Publishing. It’s a follow up to The Detroit Electric Scheme and Motor City Shakedown. Detroit Breakdown follows protagonists Will Anderson and his girlfriend Elizabeth Hume into a mental institution of one hundred years ago. 

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Politics
2:32 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Swing States Stories: Nevada

Chris Killian on the road in Nevada
Credit Chris Killian

The contest between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney dominates the news. But amid reports about gaffes and political tactics, is the campaign addressing issues that matter to real people? Kalamazoo independent journalist Chris Killian is on the road to find out during his Swing State Stories project. Over the next few weeks he’ll visit states where the race is close, beginning in Nevada.

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Book Arts
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Lost in Venice: Students study book arts in the printmaking capitol of the world

Credit Aaron Cooper

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center director Jeff Abshear has spent part of the past decade teaching book arts in Venice to Italian children, but this summer’s trip with was the first time he taught Americans there. Eleven students from the Frostic School of Art and Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University went with Abshear to Venice this summer to study book arts. They attended a printmaking school and studied at a letterpress museum.

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Film
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Toronto International Film Festival gives a sneak peek of what's coming up in theaters

James Sanford's review of some of the festival films

One thing you can count on each year with the Toronto International Film Festival: It will be a treasure trove of cinema from around the world. Approximately 300 movies from all corners of the globe are screened each September over the course of a week and a half, including everything from this year’s big Oscar hopefuls to documentaries to comedies that show the lighter side of life in North Korea. 

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Fine Art
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

The KIA hosts winners of the 2012 Billboard Art Contest

Paul Marquardt

Hear about contest winner Paul Marquardt

You might have spotted billboards around Southwest Michigan advertising something a little different—local art. On Friday night from 5:30 to 7:30, you can meet the ten artists who won this year’s Billboard Art Contest at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Their work will be on display at the KIA. One of the artists is Paul Marquardt who works out of his home studio.

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