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10:12 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Collapse of the Soviet Union and Brotherly Love Featured in New Novel

Author Josh Weil
Credit Jilan Carroll Glorfield

Josh Weil will debut his novel, The Great Glass Sea, Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Bookbug in Kalamazoo along with friend and author Mike Harvkey. Weil describes his book as a "fraternal love story."

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Local Authors
6:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Bad Dates Turn Into Good Reads: 'Strange Love' By Lisa Lenzo

Author Lisa Lenzo
Credit Charlie Schreiner

"I don't see how you can go out in public with a man who wears a mullet," says Annie Zito's daughter, Marly, in the book Strange Love.

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Arts & More
7:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

St. Joseph: Beach Town and 1920's Gangster's Paradise

Credit Courtesy of the Author

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.

That all changed in 1929, when gangster Frank 'Killer' Burke murdered a St. Joseph police officer, leading authorities to discover that he had weapons used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, where seven men from an opposing crime gang were killed in Chicago.

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3:21 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Proud To Be A Working Stiff? Read George Dila's New Short Fiction

When Michigan author George Dila printed buttons to advertise for his new chapbook of short stories called Working Stiffs. A few people didn't want to wear it, but Dila says even more people were ecstatic to claim that they too were a "working stiff."

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Arts & More
5:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

'A Detroit Anthology' Allows Writers to Control The Narrative About Their City

Children enjoying a baseball game at Briggs Stadium, August 1942. Author Gail Griffin captures her own childhood memory of enjoying a game in the same place in the new book 'A Detroit Anthology.'
Credit John Vachon / Library of Congress

Author and professor Gail Griffin can remember her tenth birthday- spent catching a baseball game on a summer night - like it was yesterday:

"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.

Left field, Maxwell. Right, Colavito, the outrageous Cleveland trade, who points his bat at pitchers like a gun.

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."

- From "Night, Briggs Stadium, 1960."

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