Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Newsletter - Editorial - Why Don't Book Sales Cover the Costs of Marketing? via @bloggingauthors

Laura Hayden

Laura B. Hayden

Staying Alive: A Love Story

Nonfiction - Memoir, Parenting, Families

Read review of Staying Alive

Jacqueline Rainey

Jacqueline Rainey

Through Whose Eyes: Rise Child of God

Fiction - Short Stories, Self Help, Inspiration

Read review of Through Whose Eyes

January 30, 2012 Newsletter


Why Don't Book Sales Cover the Costs of Marketing?

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Reader Views Literary Award Winners

Jack Eadon Award for the Best Book in Contemporary Drama

End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences

Theodore Jerome Cohen

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Donna Kakonge Award for the Best Canadian Regional Book

The Durples Go to School

Kathy & Ashley Jardine

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This week @CromaineLibrary, 1/30/12 #michlit


This week @ Cromaine, 
January 30, 2012
Upcoming Events @ Cromaine Library
This Week's Events!
Harry Potter's World Events Continue...
Friends of Cromaine Library
Dear Sylvia,

We want to keep you informed about the exciting events and programs we host at Cromaine each week, so we hope you find this short summary helpful!  We will also feature events that are coming up in the near future. 

Please click the title link of each event for more information and to register online! And feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or problems. We are here for you!
Thank you! 
Cromaine District Library

Upcoming Events!


Tuesday, January 31, 2012 

Fun and creative approach to retirement that strips away the numbers and addresses everyday life in retirement. 


Wednesday, February 1, 2012  

Harry Potter is a model mythic hero who experiences stages of growth, 
learns moral virtues, challenges conventional boundaries, faces supernatural forces, and commits to an ultimate sacrifice. His voyage of self-discovery becomes that of the reader whether young or old. 
Weeks of Romance Begins February 1 - February 14! 
The Friends are spreading romance through the library by offering Free Romance Books to all library patrons! Stop in and pick up yours! 
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Colleen Gleason, acclaimed Livingston County author, has created very believable and very different world in the vampire slayer series set in Regency England and then in the post-apocalyptic series written as Joss Ware. Come learn as a writer and a reader what it takes to create a believable, but fictional, world. Books for sale and signing. 
Meet other e-reader users, lend each other books, share tips and know-how. Registration - Village.
Play Chess, 6:30 pm


Where & When:
When Registering online, please note event location & start time!
Village: 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353
Crossroads Branch: 1788 N. Old US-23, Howell, MI 48843
Please call for registration if online is unavailable: 810-632-5200

 Events for all ages will take place through February 13. Check our events calendar for more information.

Cromaine District Library
Village: 3688 N. Hartland Road, PO Box 308
Hartland, Michigan 48353
Crossroads Branch: 1788 N. Old US-23
Howell, Michigan 48843

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News from InsideOut Literary Arts Project frm insideoutdetroit.org

Oh, the Places IO Goes

Please help us commend Detroit Public TV for supporting the rise of poetry in major way this week.  

The station will air two separate projects that illustrate our belief that poetry changes lives.  The first project airs tonight at 10 p.m. during Vital Signs. The episode features our own Dr. Suzanne Scarfone's work as a poetry and writing mentor to a teenage girl battling depression.  Vital Signs focuses on first person stories to humanize health struggles in Southeastern Michigan.  

On Friday, February 3rd, WTVS airs "A Poet in Every Classroom," produced as an Undergraduate Research Project through Wayne State's Honors College by WSU instructor Joel Silvers and Department of Film Studies student Erik Daniel.  The video tells the story of IO Founder and Executive Director Terry Blackhawk's personal dream of dispatching a poet in every classroom, so that "experiencing the power of the written word will become an essential part of every child's education.''  

In "Vital Signs: The Temperature," Dr. Scarfone works with Ranequa Kelley-Boyd, a self-described "weird kid,'' who preferred, as a young child, to "stay indoors playing with my dolls and writing all day.'' When her mother noticed the tone of writing changing, she began to seek outside support.  It was poetry that spoke most deeply to the teen.  "Most people, they either don't like poetry or it's just a hobby for them or it's just something they do,'' Ranequa says. "But I truly feel like if I did not write during those most pivotal years, from when I was nine to now,'' she says in one scene, her words trailing off, " ..I used poetry to get through. All of my teenage years, I've used poetry to get through.''

Ranequa's story, says Dr. Scarfone, proves writing's validity as a healing practice. "Using the arts as a form of therapy is becoming more and more an established practice. I don't care if you're mad, you're angry whatever. You can write it down, so you'll have those thing and then you can go back in retrospect and understand them.''

A portion of the episode can also be viewed online here. 

"Suzanne's sensitive work with her student in Vital Signs is a prime example of the healing power of poetry,'' adds IO Founder & Executive Director, Dr. Terry Blackhawk. " We have seen this in schools where teachers remark on the improved confidence of their young poets to coffee shops and concert halls where our teen performers confront injustices of all kinds and send their brave words out to audiences of thousands.''

In the coming months, look for IO to continue building on work such Dr. Scarfone's, during a series of events that formally embrace "Poetry as Resilience.''

"Our mission of having students 'think broadly, create bravely' is gaining ever wider wings,'' says Terry. 

Be sure to visit or join our Facebook page to share your thoughts on the IO's big TV debut this week.

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Grand Slam For Our Slam Team 

IO's Citywide Poets Joseph Verge, Ariana Washington, Grover Easterling, and Ajanae Dawkins, along with their coaches Citywide Agents Justin Rogers and Andrew Barnhill were literally crowned the bomb this weekend, as they captured first prize in their first appearance during Michigan's Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) Youth Poetry Festival in Ann Arbor. 

The CWP team performed poems about their faith, their families, civil rights struggles of the past and present day, and even a hilarious group piece about the process of working together and the real meaning of the poetry slam -which extends far beyond the competition. Verge, Washington, Barnhill and Rogers were members of the 2011 Detroit Youth Poetry Slam Team that placed fourth out of 50 teams at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in San Francisco.

Their tradition of mesmerizing verse continued in Ann Arbor during what will now become an annual Michigan event, modeled after the Chicago-based festival of the same name, more than a decade old. This weekend's LTAB brought together teams from across Southeast Michigan to participate in writing workshops, community building, and a poetry slam competition at the Neutral Zone teen center.

"This was the real victory of the day, bringing together Michigan youth to share their stories across the dividing lines of race, class, and geography,'' said Isaac Miller, IO Writer-in-Residence and LTAB organizer.  The youth poetry festival draws it name from the documentary, Louder Than A Bomb, which has been touring film festivals across the country and was recently featured on Oprah's OWN Network. 

During the Ann Arbor festival, the CWP team won their semi-finals bout, and advanced to the finals, where they were crowned the first ever Michigan LTAB champions. 

"This promises to be the start of an annual tradition. As this weekend showed, Citywide Poets are front and center in building and leading this movement," remarked Miller.

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Naomi Long Madgett

Award-winning poet, editor, and educator Naomi Long Madgett - who nurtured aspiring Detroit poets through her teaching, annual poetry award, and publishing company - has been named the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist.   

The Kresge Eminent Artist Award and $50,000 prize recognize Madgett's decades of commitment to originating, illuminating, and preserving poetry by African-Americans, and promoting the study and appreciation of African-American literature in schools and universities. A professor emeritus of English at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., Madgett is the author of 10 books of poetry, a pair of textbooks, and the 2006 memoir, "Pilgrim Journey." She also has edited two anthologies.

Madgett's poems have appeared in scores of anthologies at home and abroad. Her work has been recognized with an American Book Award, the Michigan Governor's Award for Arts & Culture, three honorary degrees, several lifetime-achievement awards, and induction into three halls of fame. Lotus Press, which Madgett founded in 1972, has published more than 90 collections of poetry written by emerging and established poets.

Madgett's selection as the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist also honors her commitment to the city that she has enlivened for more than six decades.

Kresge Arts in Detroit congratulates Naomi Long Madgett!

Please visit www.kresgeartsindetroit.org for more information on Naomi Long Madgett and the Kresge Eminent Artist Award.  

           Kresge Arts in Detroit, funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the
           College for Creative Studies, provides significant financial support of $50,000 for one
           Kresge Eminent Artist Award annually to an exceptional artist who has made a
           longstanding contribution to metropolitan Detroit in the literary, performing or
           visual arts.




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