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10:09 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Author Rachel Kushner Discusses Being Called "Doctor" And Her "Shared Destiny" with Kalamazoo

Rachel Kushner
Credit Courtesy of Simon and Schuster.

Hear an interview with Rachel Kushner

Writer Rachel Kushner can call any number of places home - Oregon, where she was born, San Francisco, where she was raised, New York, where she attended grad school and was a magazine editor - but it's Kalamazoo where she feels a special kinship.

"Maybe there's something about that," Kushner muses. Me and Kalamazoo have some kind of shared destiny."

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WMUK News
2:09 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Speaking out for banned books

Volunteer reader at the 2012 KPL "Banned Book Read-Out"
Credit Kalamazoo Public Library

It may be a backhanded compliment to the importance of the old fashioned book that so many are still challenged or banned each year. The American Library Association says there were 464 reports of book censorship last year. The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom says the top ten most banned or challenged books in 2012 included the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey; E.L. James’ steamy Fifty Shades of Grey; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni; and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

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Books
1:56 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Free little libraries gain popularity in Kalamazoo

Credit Ted Yoakum

At first glance, the little wooden boxes that have been popping in lawns across the city may look like giant mailboxes or birdhouses. However, they contain neither letters nor animals, but books. Known as Little Free Libraries, people are encouraged to take, and leave, books and magazines from the boxes’ shelves, with no strings attached. 

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WMUK News
9:51 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Local bookstores doing very well, thank you

Bookstore sign in Kalamazoo welcomes customers
Credit WMUK

The impending death of bookstores, and even printed books, has long been predicted. But MLive Kalamazoo reporter Yvonne Zipp says the funeral notices may have been sent too soon.

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WMUK News
12:50 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Saving her son, finding grace

Anne Marie Hamming and her kids
Credit Mark Bugnaski

Can you have it all? Anne Marie Hamming of Middleville thought she did: she had a fulfilling career in journalism as well as a husband and two kids. But then it all fell apart.

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