Author Event | Michael W. Nagle: The Forgotten Iron King of the Great Lakes

Michael W. Nagle discusses his new book about Eber Brock Ward (1811–1875).

Ward began his career as a cabin boy on his uncle’s sailing vessels, but when he died in 1875, he was the wealthiest man in Michigan. His business activities were vast and innovative. Ward was engaged in the steamboat, railroad, lumber, mining, and iron and steel industries. In 1864, his facility near Detroit became the first in the nation to produce steel using the more efficient Bessemer method.

Author Event | Noura's Extraordinary Superpower with Reda A. Taleb

Join author Reda Taleb for a reading and discussion of her book: Noura's Extraordinary Superpower: A Book for Youth with Incarcerated Young Ones and How to Activate the Innate Superpower of Empathy for Healing.

Noura's Extroadinary Superpower follows the story of Noura, who is challenged when her father is incarcerated, but with the help of her teacher and mama, she discovers her superpower - empathy! 

This event includes a signing with books available for sale.

Biblio Files: Episode 95 | Readalikes on AADL.TV

Each week, a few AADL staff members present a book of their choice from a specific book topic such as favorite classic, book about nature, fiction under 200 pages, beloved children's book, etc. The topics span a multitude of genres. This week, the topic is readalikes: "if you liked this book, give this one a try."

Join the conversation in the comments section and let us know what book you would have picked for this week's Biblio Files!

Culinary Historians | Bound to the Fire: How Virginia's Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine

In her book Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine, Kelley Fanto Deetz draws upon archaeological evidence, cookbooks, plantation records, and folklore to present a study of the lives of enslaved plantation cooks from colonial times through emancipation and beyond. She reveals how these men and women were literally "bound to the fire" as they lived and worked in the sweltering and often fetid conditions of plantation house kitchens.