Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October Events at Schuler Books & Music, Okemos #michigan #bookstore

Schuler Books & Music | 2660 28th st. | Grand Rapids | MI | 49512

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Jennifer BurdMusic and Poetry with Laszlo Slomovits and Jennifer Burd

Join us for a beautiful evening of poetry and music featuring Jennifer Burd, poet, and Laszlo Slomovits, musician, both from Ann Arbor. Jennifer will read selections from her book of poems, Body and Echo. Laszlo will provide improvised accompaniment on guitar and folk flutes, and he will also sing some of Jennifer's poems that he has set to music.

Jennifer has had poetry published in numerous journals, and her full-length book of poems, Body and Echo, was published by PlainView Press in 2010. She is also the author of a book of creative nonfiction, Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men & Women of Lenawee County, Michigan based on her experiences reporting on local homelessness for the Adrian, Michigan, Daily Telegram. Burd received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and currently works as an editor and writer for the HighScope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Laszlo Slomovits is one of the twin brothers in Ann Arbor's nationally-known children's folk music duo, Gemini (GeminiChildrensMusic.com) and has given concerts throughout the U.S. A number of his award-winning songs are featured in songbooks music teachers use throughout the country. Laszlo has also recorded five CDs of the poetry of Rumi and Hafiz, 12th and 13th Century Sufi Mystics, in translations by Coleman Barks and Daniel Ladinsky, which he has set to music.

Both artists' books and CDs will be available for purchase at the event.

Wednesday, October 12 @ 7:00 pm 

The UnwantedsTalk and Signing with Best Selling Young Adult Author Lisa McMann!


Join us as we welcome Lisa McMann to the store to talk about her newest young adult book, The Unwanteds!


About The Unwanteds:

Quill prevails when the strong survive. Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their graves. On the day of the Purge, identical twins Alex and Aaron Stowe await their fate. While Aaron is hopeful of becoming a Wanted, Alex knows his chances are slim. He's been caught drawing with a stick in the dirt-and in the stark gray land of Quill, being creative is a death sentence. But when Alex and the other Unwanteds face the Eliminators, they discover an eccentric magician named Mr. Today and his hidden world that exists to save the condemned children. Artim√© is a colorful place of talking statues, uncommon creatures, and artistic magic, where creativity is considered a gift... and a weapon. 


Lisa McMann was born in Holland, Michigan and now lives in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Her first novel, Wake, debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. She is also the author of Fade, which debuted on the New York Times best seller list and remained there eleven weeks, Gone, the last book in the Wake series, and Cryer's Cross, a stand alone young adult thriller. The Unwanteds, her newest young adult book has been described by Kirkus Reviews as "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter".


Thursday, October 13 @ 6:00 pm

AshfallTalk and Signing with Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall!


With the recent eruption of the Grimsvötn Volcano in Iceland, fears have once again been heightened, leaving everyone to wonder what can happen after such a natural disaster has occurred; Ashfall paints a fascinating and chilling picture of one scenario...


For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a teen he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.


Mike Mullin's career path has been quite diverse, including Congressional Page, brand management, and a variety of jobs in his mother's business, Kids Ink Children's Bookstore. Since elementary school, Mike has been writing nonstop; Ashfall is his first published novel.


Tuesday, October 18 @ 6:00 pm 

Michael LawrenceTalk and Signing with Michael Lawrence, Michigan author of Radicals in Their Own Time


Radicals in Their Own Time explores the lives of five Americans, with lifetimes spanning four hundred years, who agitated for greater freedom in America. Every generation has them: individuals who speak truth to power and crave freedom from arbitrary authority. This book makes two important observations in discussing Roger Williams, Thomas Paine, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Vine Deloria, Jr. First, each believed that government must broadly tolerate individual autonomy. Second, each argued that religious orthodoxy has been a major source of society's ills - and all endured serious negative repercussions for doing so. The book challenges Christian orthodoxy and argues that part of what makes these five figures compelling is their willingness to pay the price for their convictions - much to the lasting benefit of liberty and equal justice in America.


Michael Lawrence is a professor of constitutional law at Michigan State University College of Law. His academic writing has focused on the Constitution's promise of individual liberty and equal justice - and, in particular, how the U.S. Supreme Court has fallen short over the centuries in redeeming these core principles. Radicals in Their Own Time is his first book. 


Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 pm

Deborah NiemannTalk and Signing with Deborah Niemann, author of Homegrown and Handmade


Our food system is dominated by industrial agriculture and has become economically and environmentally unsustainable. The incidence of diet-related diseases, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and heart disease, has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels. Whether you have forty acres and a mule or a condo with a balcony, you can do more than you think to safeguard your health, your money, and the planet. Homegrown and Handmade shows how making things from scratch and growing at least some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life. Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, it's packed with answers and solutions to help you. This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge is more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful self-taught modern homesteader, this well illustrated, practical, and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a simpler life.


Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert who presents extensively on topics including soapmaking, bread baking, cheesemaking, composting, and homeschooling. She and her family raise sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens, and turkeys for meat, eggs, and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provides fruit and vegetables.


Saturday, October 22 @ 1:00 pm

Ellen AirgoodTalk and Signing with Ellen Airgood, author of South of Superior


South of Superior is a debut novel full of heart, in which love, friendship, and charity teach a young woman to live a bigger life.


When Madeline Stone walks away from Chicago and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, she isn't prepared for how much her life will change. Charged with caring for an aging family friend, Madeline finds herself in the middle of beautiful nowhere with Gladys and Arbutus, two octogenarian sisters-one sharp and stubborn, the other sweeter than sunshine. As Madeline begins to experience the ways of the small, tight-knit town, she is drawn into the lives and dramas of its residents. It's a place where times are tough and debts run deep, but friendship, community, and compassion run deeper. As the story hurtles along-featuring a lost child, a dashed love, a car accident, a wedding, a fire, and a romantic reunion-Gladys, Arbutus, and the rest of the town teach Madeline more about life, love, and goodwill than she's learned in a lifetime.


Saturday, October 22 @ 3:00 pm 


MODERNISM Magazine CoverBetty Price and George Nelson: Spreading The Word About Modern Design 


Join Lansing legend Betty Price and Sandra Seaton for a talk about Sandra's article "Betty Price and George Nelson: Spreading the Word About Modern Design," featured in the Fall 2011 issue of MODERNISM magazine, and Betty's wonderful 50-year career in retailing at Liebermann's of Lansing. At 97, Betty is a storehouse of information about the introduction of modernist design to the Midwestern marketplace. Copies of the Fall issue of MODERNISM will be available for sale that evening. 


Tuesday, October 25 · 7:00pm


Colleen TallenTalk & Signing with Dr. Colleen Tallen, author of Decide While You Can


Trying to make the best medical decisions for ourselves or someone we love can be overwhelming. As a doctor and daughter, Dr. Tallen is intimately familiar with this journey. Colleen has walked with thousands of patients and their loved ones as they explored and discovered what medical choices were right for them. Combining her medical expertise and the personal stories of those she has helped, this guide takes a complicated, sometimes scary topic and empowers us with simple straightforward talk for making medical decisions that fit who we are and what we want.


Colleen Tallen, M.D. lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she passionately serves as both the Medical Director of Pain and Palliative Care for Saint Mary's Health Care and Director of Cancer Survivorship at the Lacks Cancer Center. Colleen is also an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine.


Wednesday, October 26 @ 7:00 pm 


GranholmBook Signing with Governor Jennifer Granholm and Dan Mulhern for A Governor's Story


Jennifer Granholm was the two-term governor of Michigan, a state synonymous with manufacturing during a financial crisis that threatened to put all America's major car companies into bankruptcy. The immediate and knock-on effects were catastrophic. Granholm's grand plans for education reform, economic revitalization, clean energy, and infrastructure development were blitzed by a perfect economic storm.


Granholm was a determined and undefeated governor, who enjoyed close access to the White House at critical moments (Granholm stood in for Sarah Palin during Joe Biden's debate preparation), and her account offers a front row seat on the effects of the crisis. Ultimately, her story is a model of hope. She hauls Michigan towards unprecedented private-public partnerships, forged in the chaos of financial freefall, built on new technologies that promise to revolutionize not only the century-old auto industry but Michigan's entire manufacturing base. They offer the potential for a remarkable recovery not just for her state, but for American industry nationwide.


Friday, October 28 @ 10:30am to 12:00pm 


Booktober Fest


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