January 2018 Book & Author Events

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January 2018 Book & Author Events

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 January 2018 author events.

Author Events: October 2017

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September 2017 Author Events

Manipulated original image from [https://pixabay.com/en/book-novel-read-library-shelf-2573530|StockSnap/Pixabay].

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 October 2017 author events.

Sibling Sounds: Wild Belle at the Blind Pig

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Last night was not [http://www.wildbelle.com|Wild Belle]’s first time playing at the Blind Pig. In fact, the group played one of its first ever shows there years ago, opening for the Afro-beat dance band Nomo in what was something like a family reunion. Elliott Bergman (saxophones, keyboards) is in both bands -- he founded Nomo while at the University of Michigan -- as are Erik Hall (guitar) and Quin Kirchner (drums), and Bergman's younger sister, Natalie (vocals, guitar), started guesting with Nomo when she was just 16. (Bassist Kellen Harrison is the only non-Nomo-affiliated member of Wild Belle.)

With a reserved “Hello, Ann Arbor” from Natalie, the band took the stage and launched into the first three tracks from 2016's Dreamland: “Mississippi River,” “Losing You,” and the title track. Natalie often seemed lost in her own world as she sang, but she was also a gripping stage presence, dressed in a loose white blouse and velvet pants emblazoned with white snakeskin stars.

Author Events: September 2017

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September 2017 Author Events

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.

Author Events: August 2017

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April 2017 Author Events

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 August 2017 author events.

Manifesto Destiny: Melting Watch Press debuts with Beats-inspired poetry anthology

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Melting Watch Press

Cousins Joe Provenzano and Mike Benoit aren't short on proclamations. Their new Ann Arbor-based [https://www.facebook.com/meltingwatchpress|Melting Watch Press] was inspired by a shared love of the [http://transcendentalists.com|Transcendentalists] -- particularly [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Whitman|Walt Whitman] -- and [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_Generation|the Beats], and the duo aren't afraid to claim their place in that lineage.

“We really consider ourselves to be part of their tradition,” says Provenzano. The cousins believe in "the idea of writing things that we’re actually thinking, and taking ourselves away from academic pseudo-poetry and (the) shielding of ourselves and opening our hearts to the page.”

Melting Watch Press' first salvo against "academic pseudo-poetry" is [https://www.biblio.com/book/chattering-subconscious-toybox-radical-anth…|Chattering of the Subconscious Toybox: A Radical Anthology of Emerging New Poets], an anthology featuring Provenzano, Benoit, and their friend Jake Camaj.

Author Events: June 2017

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April 2017 Author Events

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 June 2017 author events.

Writing in the Rust Belt: Mark Athitakis, author of "The New Midwest"

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Mark Athitakis, The New Midwest

Mark Athitakis, The New Midwest.

Fiction about the Midwest, much like the region itself, often suffers from incorrect assumptions by outsiders and a dated external -- and internal -- monologue.

In [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1505227|The New Midwest: A Guide to Contemporary Fiction of the Great Lakes, Great Plains, and Rust Belt], author Mark Athitakis challenges those assumptions, and he points to authors whose work pushes against common regional tropes. He also sets the record straight about the Midwest itself, which boasts its own brand of cultural, racial, and political diversity, for better or for worse.

We spoke with Athitakis -- who will give a [http://www.aadl.org/node/355748|reading at the downtown branch of AADL] on Friday, June 2 -- about his book and his own perspectives on the Midwest and its writing.

Bank of Ann Arbor announces 2017 Sonic Lunch lineup

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April 2017 Author Events

[https://www.soniclunch.com/|Sonic Lunch] is one of summer’s most delightful mainstays in Ann Arbor. Every Thursday in June through August, crowds gather in Liberty Square, where a pop-up stage has been set up. Starting at noon, musicians -- sometimes local, sometimes nationally known, but almost all with some tie to the area -- play a free concert for anyone who cares to listen. The scene is fun, festive, and eclectic. Employees of nearby businesses swing through in small groups, families bring their children to dance and run around, and older folks set up lawn chairs near the stage to enjoy the show. Each week, a local restaurant sells lunch in the park, so many people grab a bite while they listen to the music.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Sonic Lunch, a partnership between Bank of Ann Arbor and local radio station 107.1. Ann Arbor’s own blues musician [http://www.laithmusic.com|Laith Al-Saadi] will kick off the summer with his season-opening show on June 1. Although Al-Saadi had been playing music in the area for years, he skyrocketed to national fame in 2016 as a finalist on Season 10 of The Voice.

Back in the Deep End: Paula Hawkins signs "Into the Water" at Nicola's Books

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Paula Hawkins, Into the Water

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“I was hoping for some level of success, but what actually happened was off the scale,” said [http://paulahawkinsbooks.com|Paula Hawkins], author of the international bestseller The Girl on the Train. “It was extraordinary.”

Hoping for equivalent success with her second mystery novel, Into the Water, Hawkins is heading out on tour to promote it, including a stop at [http://www.nicolasbooks.com/event/water-paula-hawkins|Nicola’s Books] on May 17. (AADL and Nicola's will co-host a The Girl on the Train [http://www.aadl.org/node/357601|discussion] on May 8 at 7 pm at the library's Westgate branch.)