Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Events at Schuler Books & Music, 28th St. Grand Rapids #michlit #bookstore

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Dante's Dance

Author talk and booksigning with Jackie Venegas and Chris Meehan for their new book, Dante's Dance: All for an Amen


About the Book: Dante's Dance:  All for an Amen is the inspirational true story of the late Dante Aligheri Venegas, a Grand Rapids pastor whose life began as a criminal on the streets of NYC battling heroin addiction and jail sentences until a powerful conversion experience changed his life path forever. 


About the Authors:  Chris Meehan worked for nearly 30 years as a newspaper reporter, much of the time covering religion.  Jackie Venegas worked as an educator in Chicago, New York and Grand Rapids, MI.  She also worked very closely with her husband Dante in his ministry.

Thursday, Feb. 02 @ 7:00pm

Kelsey RottiersLive Music in the Studio with Kelsey Rottiers


Kelsey Rottiers' music merges folk and indie sustenance with pop simplicity that will be imprinted in your mind like a brilliant sunset.


Friday, Feb. 3 @ 7:00pm.

Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association presents "Tele-Scoops"  


This breakout session helps beginners learn basic astronomy skills.


Saturday, Feb. 4 @ 1:00pm

Jeni DeckerAuthor talk and booksigning with Jeni Decker, author of I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames 


"This is not your mother's autism book! Raw, honest with 'she said what?!' laughs on every page."


It reads like pages of a diary, revealing Jeni's hilarious, inspiring, and downright unbelievable day to day life trying to take care of her children and keep her sanity in the process. Between "poop incidents," restaurant adventures with a kid whose germaphobia often leads to disaster, chronic hemorrhoids, and the "helpful" advice about parenting from her fellow citizens in line at the grocery store, Jeni lives at her wits' end.  The book is a collection of tales so frank, you'll be shaking your head in disbelief or-if you've experienced half the wonder, trauma, pride, and joy that can come along with raising an autistic child-nodding along in recognition. "I am the mother of two amazing autistic children on different ends of the autism spectrum," says Jeni. "And these are our stories."I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames also includes poetry from Jeni's eldest son, Jake, giving readers further insight into a mind that at times baffles even Jeni. Read it and weep, read it and laugh, this book is for modern parents everywhere.  About the Author: Jeni Decker lives on a farm in rural Michigan with her husband, two autistic sons, an Australian Shepherd, and an albino frog named Humbert Humbert. In between kid-wrangling and writing, she is also an independent filmmaker. You can find her at:

Tuesday, Feb. 7 @ 7:00pm.

BriarRabbitLive Music in the Studio with Briar Rabbit  


While new to Chicago, Phillip-Michael Scales is no stranger to the Midwest nor to packing up a van and playing original music to a crowd. He is the man-behind-the-curtain of Briar Rabbit. Raised in a suburb of Detroit, Scales began playing music at a young age. By high school he was self-releasing records, fronting bands, and went on to formally study music at college in Boston. A return to the Midwest allowed time to process his stay on the east coast resulting in the debut release "Briar Rabbit & The Company You Keep." Using his powerful, yet dynamic voice, Rabbit delivers a lyrically sharp, self-analytical collection of songs that chronicle leaving one place for another.  The sound is best described as well-thought indie-pop that draws its influence from folk, blues, and rock.


Friday, Feb. 10 @ 7:00pm


K1P2 Knitting Group meets


Knit one, purl two.  This monthly knitters group meets by the fireplace.  Bring your needles and a skein and work on projects with others.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 @ 7:00pm

Rachael DavisLive Music in the Studio with Rachael Davis


When Rachael Davis first opened her mouth to sing she had clear tone, sharp control, an extensive range and a keen understanding about the nature of a tune, which were all unusual for a two-year-old.  Her parents as her early muses encouraged her to sing, play and write music.  Her varied instrumental accomplishments make a show with Rachael a must-see.  Her folksy-blues style is reminiscent of mountain music, and her pure voice is like the stream that cuts through it.

Friday, Feb. 17 @ 7:00pm

Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association welcomes Terry Hancock

Terry Hancock, a highly accomplished astro-imager, will present "Canvas of the Sky," in which he will illustrate his passion with a description of equipment and processing techniques used and the stunning visual results of that effort.  Terry did his early work from a backyard observatory in Australia and more recently here in Michigan as a member of the Newaygo Dark Sky Observers.    He is constantly striving for greater perfection, and shares his work at: and at   Check it  out beforehand and you surely will not want to miss this presentation. 

Saturday, Feb. 18 @ 7:00pm

Author talk and booksigning with local author Pam Daugavietis for her new book benefitting Helen DeVos Children's Hospital 


About the Book: In Through the Eyes of a Child:  The Story of Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, you will read about children and families whose stories reveal what it's like for a child to be seriously ill or injured and the difference it makes to have quality lifesaving health care, close to home.  You will meet inspiring heroes of all ages -  children, their families, community leaders, donors, physicians, nurses and volunteers.  All profits from the sale of this book will help support Spectrum Health's Center for Child Protection at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Thursday, Feb. 23 @ 7:00pm


Jen and SamLive music in the Studio with Jen Sygit and special guest Sam Corbin


Jen Sygit's a singer/songwriter with an indie-folk style that has been evolving since she was a toddler. It came naturally to her. It was this affinity for music that led her parents to encourage Jen to audition for the Interlochen Fine Arts Camp which she attended for several years during her adolescence studying voice, trombone, piano and visual art. 


Sam Corbin: With heart, soul, and determination, Sam Corbin has traveled and performed for the last decade, with no signs of slowing down. Touring around the USA and just about everywhere within his home state of Michigan, he plays music with hints of Americana, Blues, and Folk. His songwriting is strong and honest drawing inspiration from personal experiences of love, loss, traveling, and Michigan, from its beautiful countryside to it's struggling economy.

Friday, Feb. 24 @ 7:00pm

Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association presents "Tele-Scoops"

This breakout session helps beginners learn basic astronomy skills.

Saturday, Feb. 25 @ 1:00pm

Aquinas CollegeAuthor talk and booksigning with Aquinas professor Gary Eberle


About the Author:  Gary Eberle, MA, professor of English, is the author of several books, including The Geography of Nowhere: Finding One's Self in the Postmodern World (Sheed & Ward, 1994); Angel Strings, a novel (Coffee House Press, 1995); A City Full of Rain, short stories (Xlibris, 2001), and Sacred Time and the Search for Meaning (Shambhala, 2003). His newest book is Dangerous Words: Talking About God in the Age of Fundamentalism(Boston: Shambhala/Trumpter, 2007). Eberle has twice been selected by the Student Senate as Outstanding faculty member of the year, and in 1994 he received an award from the Aquinas College faculty for outstanding scholarship.  He developed the Insignis Program for Honors Students in 1985 and directed it for 12 years.  His journalism and fiction have won awards locally and nationally, and his novel Angel Strings was named a "best book" by the New York Public Library in 1997. Active professionally, he has been president of the Mid-East Honors Association, the Michigan Honors Association, and has been an officer of the Michigan Association of Departments of English. Eberle is the author of Aquinas College: The First 125 Years, a detailed history of the college.


Tuesday, Feb. 28 @ 7:00pm.


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

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