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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
April Events at @SchulerBooks & Music, Eastwood
Michigan Author Spotlight featuring George Dila and Caitlin Horrocks
Michigan literary fans will not want to miss this night of homegrown fiction featuring short story writers George Dila and Caitlin Horrocks! National Book Award finalist Bonnie Jo Campbell praised Dila's collection Nothing More to Tell, writing that "Dila guides us wisely around gentle curves and hairpin turns, through downtown Detroit and small lakeside towns."
Caitlin Horrocks is a winner of the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review, and author of the acclaimed short story collection This is Not Your City. In stories as darkly comic as they are unflinching, people isolated by geography, emotion, or circumstance cut imperfect paths to peace-they have no other choice. Publishers Weekly called it "a stellar collection" in its starred review.
Wednesday, April 4th @ 7:00pm
Michigan humorist Bob Tarte presents Kitty Cornered!
Join us in welcoming back Michigan humorist and animal lover Bob Tarte as he presents the follow-up to his popular memoirs Enslaved By Ducks and Fowl Weather! Kitty Cornered isn't just a tale about feline intrusion. It's a compellingly honest memoir on the art of achieving contentment (even in the face of illness and injury) inspired by the innate wildness of domesticated cats.
With the same winning humor and uncanny ability to capture the soul of the animal world that made Enslaved By Ducks such a rousing success, Bob Tarte shows us that life with animals gives us a way out of our small human perspectives to glimpse something larger, more enduring, and more wholly grounded in the simplicities of love - and catnip.
Tuesday, April 10th @ 7:00pm
Anatomy of a Murder Film Discussion
The acclaimed film Anatomy of a Murder was honored with a Criterion Collection release in February, featuring excerpts from the documentary 'Anatomy of Anatomy,' which was shot by Lansing based film company Eclectic Brew. Documentary director David Jones will join us for a fascinating discussion of the original film and hist documentary. The novel upon which the film was based, written by Michigan author Robert Traver, was based on the true events of a homicide and trial that took place in Northern Michigan, while the film was shot in the U.P. Robert Traver was the pen name of John D. Voelker, a judge and attorney, who represented the defendant in the real-life trial for the murder. Don't miss out on this event covering a piece of Michigan film and literary history!
Thursday, April 12th @ 7:00pm
Rally of Writers Warm-Up: After Red Tails: Struggles on the Home Front
Join us in kicking off the 2012 Rally of Writers conference with a discussion of the Tuskeegee Airmen featuring Lawrence P. Scott and Geoff Blair. Scott is the author of Double V: The Civil Rights Struggle of the Tuskegee Airmen. Blair is the grandson of a ground crewman with the Red Tails and president of the 102nd USCT Co B, Black History Re-enactment Group.
Scott will talk about the civil war struggles the Tuskegee Airmen faced after their famous war exploits. These first black pilots, highly-decorated and known as the Red Tails in WWII, were arrested and imprisoned when they staged a sit-in demonstration in Indiana over an Army segregation order. That was just the start of trouble.
Blair will talk about searching for his grandfather's story, after the man died, while both will talk about their research and interviews and issues involved in finding information.
Friday, April 13th @ 7:00pm
Talk and Drawing Demonstration with Lansing Kids' Author Ruth McNally Barshaw
Join us for a talk and drawing demonstration with one of our favorite kids' authors, Ruth McNally Barshaw, author and illustrator of the Ellie McDoodle series! In a similar vein as the popular Wimpy Kid books, the four books in the Ellie McDoodle series feature Ellie's ubiquitous sketch journal -- you name it, it's in her book and Ellie has an opinion on it. In the newest book, Ellie McDoodle: Most Valuable Player, Ellie joins the soccer team. This lively story, told in words and doodles, will have kids cheering!
Monday, April 16th @ 6:30pm
The LCC Science Department presents Café Scientifique
Schuler Books has teamed up with the Lansing Community College Science Department to bring you Café Scientifique, a monthly science discussion group. Join LCC professors and their guest speakers for a discussion of the hot topics in today's scientific studies.
This month's topic is UNCERTAINTY: where the mysterious actions of sub-atomic particles and the shadowy complexity of human motivation meet. This meeting will offer a program combining theatre, history and science. Riverwalk Theatre will present a scene from its upcoming production of COPENHAGEN -- the award-winning play by Michael Frayn on the 1941 meeting between physicists Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr -- followed by a discussion by Jeff Conn, Wayne State University, Alex Azima, Physics professor, LCC, and Mary Job, director of Copenhagen, on the history, philosophy, psychology and science behind the play. Come join us as part of a wide-ranging discussion on "how do we know what we know?", whether we are exploring physical reality or human interaction.
Tuesday, April 17th @ 7:00pm
Sports Writer Tim Wendel presents Summer of '68: Season that Changed Baseball-and America-Forever
We are so excited for this event, combining two of our favorite passions - a great history book and baseball! 1968 was one of America's most tumultuous years-a year of political turbulence, civil unrest, and violence. Riots took place in more than a hundred cities, the worst of them in Chicago at the end of August during the Democratic National Convention. Earlier that year, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. was followed in shocking succession by the assassination of presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy. In Summer of '68, Tim Wendel looks at this unforgettable season through the lens of baseball. (Detroit Tigers fans will remember it as the year Detroit won its first championship since 1945!) In detailing how this season was more memorable than perhaps any other, Summer of '68 illustrates the deep connection between America and its national game.
Thursday, April 19th @ 7:00pm
Girls' Night Out presents Patricia Ann McNair, The Temple of Air
This month's installment of the Girls' Night Out author series features Midwestern author Patricia Ann McNair, an associate professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago. McNair's short-story collection The Temple of Air, links the lives and tales of a place and its people through tragedy and consequence, blind faith and redemption, spanning three decades to present a portrait of working class Americans. From babysitter and bus ticket salesman to construction worker and cult leader, the residents of New Hope-whose lives intersect after a tragic accident during a summer carnival-chase dreams and suffer disappointment against the subtle backdrop of a Midwestern landscape. The stories are unapologetic yet magical, bringing to life the daily struggle under the weight of war, natural disaster, illness, grief, and greed, even as the residents enjoy the comforts of solace, friendship, sex, love, ice cream, and the comics found wrapped around bubblegum.
Wednesday, April 25th @ 7:00pm.
Fanged Fiction Book Group Meeting
This month the Schuler horror reading group is looking at Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman. Each monthly selection is 20% off.
Monday, April 30th @ 7:00pm
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