Love is the answer. Love will find a way. Love the one you’re with. Love is never having to say you’re sorry.
But what does it really mean to embrace love and share that love with others?
Author Scott Stabile shares his thoughts on this and so much more on his social media accounts (followed by more than 350,000 people) and in his new book, Big Love: The Power of Living With a Wide-Open Heart. (He'll also share his ideas live at Nicola’s Books on Wednesday, September 13 at 7 pm.)
On Tuesday, September 12, designer and author [http://www.oliveruberti.com|Oliver Uberti] returns to Ann Arbor to launch the [http://wheretheanimalsgo.com|Where the Animals Go] at Literati. It's a full-circle journey for the book and Uberti.
"I discovered graphic design as a student at the University of Michigan. I drafted many sections of Where the Animals Go in Literati’s cafe," Uberti said. "I found the book’s epigraphs on Literati’s shelves. Quite literally, Ann Arbor is where this book originated. I’m very excited to come back to say thank you."
Where the Animals Go is the first book to offer a comprehensive, data-driven portrait of how creatures like ants, otters, owls, turtles, and sharks navigate the world. Uberti teamed up with James Cheshire, whose award-winning maps have appeared in publications like the Financial Times and The Guardian, to create this collection of charts and maps that tell fascinating stories of animal behavior through an intersection of technology and design.
"James and I are not biologists. He’s a geographer; I’m a designer," Uberti said. "That’s the beauty of the animal-tracking revolution. The convergence of ecology and technology invites more people from more disciplines into the conservation conversation. We hope this book will inspire readers to get involved in any way they can."
The book has already earned incredible praise, including from legend Jane Goodall, who called Where the Animals Go “beautiful as well as informative and inspiring.” We chatted with Uberti ahead of his visit.
For the past 15 years, the [https://www.kerrytownbookfest.org|Kerrytown BookFest] has honored and celebrated writers and readers with speakers, panels, and a sprawling book fair held under the farmers’ market sheds.
But for this year, BookFest Co-Chair Linda Kimmel is particularly pleased with the festival’s re-emphasis on book arts, including “letterpress printers, binders, illustrators, papermakers. ... [W]e have once again increased the number of book artists who are vendors at the event ... and increased the number of book arts demonstrations to six this year.”
On Sunday, September 10, the 15th annual [http://pulp.aadl.org/node/365998|Kerrytown BookFest] takes over the Farmer’s Market and Concert House for a full day of [https://www.kerrytownbookfest.org/demontrations|book arts demonstrations], author signings -- see the full list [https://www.kerrytownbookfest.org/author-book-signings|here] -- and [https://www.kerrytownbookfest.org/2017-schedule|panel discussions], such as "Short Stories From 'Bob Seger's House'" with [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Airgood%252C%2BEllen|Ellen Airgood], [http://pulp.aadl.org/node/356660|Loren D. Estelman], [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Henry%252C%2BGordon|Gordon Henry], and [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Zadoorian%252C%2BMichael|Michael Zadoorian] moderated by [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Liebler%252C%2BM.%2BL|M.L. Liebler]. (AADL card holders can download the book they're discussing [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/wsu-3985|here].)
It's truly a celebration of this region's rich literary scene, all neatly packed into one of Ann Arbor's most beloved neighborhoods. (See our full preview of the festival [http://pulp.aadl.org/node/365998|here].)
Ann Arbor poet, editor, and educator [http://www.zilkajoseph.com|Zilka Joseph] will moderate a 4 pm panel at Kerrytown BookFest called “Poetic Musings” with [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Fanning%252C%2BRobert|Robert Fanning], [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Morgan%252C%2BCindy%2BHunter|Cindy Hunter Morgan], [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Keith%2BTaylor|Keith Taylor], and Z.G. Tomaszewski. Joseph’s most recent collection is [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Joseph%252C%2BZilka|Sharp Blue Search of Flame], published by Wayne State University Press in 2016. We chatted with her about Michigan poets, favorite Ann Arbor literary haunts, and being a citizen of the world.
The fanciful world of Dr. Seuss will come to life on the Mendelssohn Theater stage this weekend when [http://www.a2ct.org|Ann Arbor Civic Theatre] presents [https://www.facebook.com/events/160812731157599|Seussical, the Musical]
“We were looking for a family fare kind of show,” said director Denyse Clayton. “Most every show for families is a ‘feel good’ show, but in the particular political climate we’re living in now, I think that to buy a ticket and go someplace magical to escape it all for a while feels particularly good.”
Although the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area is certainly home to many talented jazz musicians, sometimes it might seem that they fly a little under the radar. The [https://a2jazzfest.com|A2 Jazz Fest] is out to change that.
The free admission, two-day festival returns for its second edition Friday and Saturday, September 8 and 9. Friday evening’s venue is the First Congregational Church, while on Saturday the festival takes over LIVE nightclub. (This is a change from the initially announced location at the Ann Arbor Distilling Co.)
“Currently jazz is featured at a number of restaurants and bars, once or twice a week, but there is no longer a dedicated jazz club in Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti," says [https://www.davesharp.com|Dave Sharp], local bassist, bandleader, and organizer of the A2 Jazz Fest. "UMS and the Kerrytown Concert House certainly feature amazing jazz groups, but not on the scale or frequency of a jazz club or jazz festival."
New York meets New Orleans in Ann Arbor on Friday, Sept. 8, as Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 bring their unique twist on classic jazz to a special concert at [http://www.downtownhomeandgarden.com|Downtown Home & Garden]/[http://www.billsbeergarden.com|Bill's Beer Garden].
[https://ums.org/performance/butler-bernstein-the-hot-9|The show], which opens the new season of the University Musical Society, continues a successful partnership of the great New Orleans pianist and singer [http://henrybutler.com|Henry Butler] with [http://www.stevenbernstein.net|Steven Bernstein], the accomplished New York trumpeter and bandleader known for working in a number of different styles with various ensembles.
What does having an amazing university, a plethora of fantastic local independent bookstores, and a pretty slam-bang public library system (if we do say so ourselves) bring to a town?
Authors. Lots and lots of authors.
In fact, so many authors pass through the area that sometimes it can be hard to keep track of who is speaking and when and where. To help guide you, Pulp curated a highlights list of September 2017 author events.
What do the performers and writers for WordFest Two -- "a spoken word variety show, (with) original works by local wordsmiths" -- have in common? A limited investigation revealed overlapping histories that include performing on an Ann Arbor Civic Theatre stage, participating in the Ann Arbor Storyteller's Guild (AASG), or having written, then recited, poetry in public, doing improvisation, or producing small theater events.
Although the performers come from varied backgrounds, they all seem to have one thing in common: the desire for a live audience, which WordFest performers will get August 25 and 26 at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre (AACT).
"Live performance is about communicating -- sharing with the people in the room," says Catherine Zudak, one of the participants with extensive theater experience. "With film -- I've been in films, it's completely different. You lose a lot of intimacy. Facebook, YouTube -- it's like candy. Not very nourishing."
As adults, we often forget how pleasurable it can be shut everything off, stop talking for a while, and just listen to someone read a story out loud.
But Ann Arbor educator -- and frequent Pulp contributor -- Patti F. Smith remembered that childhood joy while skimming local event listings.
“There were all these different storytimes for children, and I thought about how much I loved story time as a kid when I was in school,” she said, adding that she then noticed that a group of young Detroiters “had an event that had interesting people reading interesting things. I went to it, and a woman -- not an author -- brought a book she just really liked, a memoir, and read some quick little lines from it. There was a brunch with mimosas, and it was just a lovely event. It wasn’t political, it wasn’t deep, it only lasted about an hour, but it just made me remember that it’s really, really nice to be read to. So I thought, well, why not have something in Ann Arbor?”
With this in mind, Smith has planned Grown Folks Story Time at [http://www.bookboundbookstore.com|BookBound] on Thursday, August 24, at 7 pm. The theme is “childhood,” since the three participants will read from books they loved as kids.