books http://wkar.org en Lone shipwreck survivor shares his story http://wkar.org/post/lone-shipwreck-survivor-shares-his-story <p></p><p></p><p>On November 29, 1966, 28 men lost their lives on Lake Huron when the freighter, the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Daniel_J._Morrell" target="_blank">SS Daniel J. Morrell</a>, broke apart in a storm. One man survived, and he joins us on <em>Current State</em> today.</p><p>Dennis Hale is in Lansing to talk about his book, “Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor.”</p><p>Hale says he never questioned the ship's seaworthiness before what was to be the last voyage of the season that &nbsp;year.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:20:29 +0000 Mark Bashore & Melissa Benmark 54028 at http://wkar.org Lone shipwreck survivor shares his story Visiting novelist Chris Moore finds humor in the dark http://wkar.org/post/visiting-novelist-chris-moore-finds-humor-dark <p></p><p></p><p>Most people don't travel to Venice and think of sea monsters, but most people, aren't novelist <a href="http://www.chrismoore.com/">Christopher Moore</a>. Set against the backdrop of Venice,&nbsp; Moore’s latest novel blends together Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" and "Othello" with Poe’s "The Cask of Amontillado." Throw in a people eating sea monster, humor and some bawdy prose and you have Moore’s "The Serpent of Venice". Thu, 01 May 2014 17:40:50 +0000 Emanuele Berry 53046 at http://wkar.org Visiting novelist Chris Moore finds humor in the dark Notable Books author returns home to celebrate Michigan letters http://wkar.org/post/notable-books-author-returns-home-celebrate-michigan-letters <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-6c838905-993c-a497-7e56-726a992b4969" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">On Saturday, the <a href="http://www.libraryofmichiganfoundation.org/">Library of Michigan Foundation</a> will hold its annual Night for Notables event, honoring the authors of books that were named Michigan Notable Books for 2014. <span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The keynote speaker at tomorrow’s event is <a href="http://www.authorstevehamilton.com/">Steve Hamilton</a>. &nbsp;His book “Misery Bay” was a Michigan Notable Book for 2012.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:02:37 +0000 Mark Bashore & Scott Pohl 52749 at http://wkar.org Notable Books author returns home to celebrate Michigan letters Exploring the magic of the Great Lakes through personal stories http://wkar.org/post/exploring-magic-great-lakes-through-personal-stories <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#373737;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Most people who live in the Mitten State have fond memories of time spent at one of the Great Lakes. Those memories are what fuel <a href="http://www.thegreatlakesbookproject.com/">The Great Lakes Book Project</a>. The book captures over 20 personal stories about life along the shoreline, exploring&nbsp;the</span><span style="color: rgb(55, 55, 55); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; line-height: 29.09090805053711px;">&nbsp;powerful bond people across the region and the world have with the Great Lakes.&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State's</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Emanuele<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Berry speaks with </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(55, 55, 55); vertical-align: baseline;">the books publisher and editor <a href="http://www.walterblakeknoblock.com/">Walter Blake Knoblock</a>.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:39:17 +0000 Current State 50158 at http://wkar.org Exploring the magic of the Great Lakes through personal stories Author explores America's self-help culture http://wkar.org/post/author-explores-americas-self-help-culture <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 16px; line-height: 18.399999618530273px; white-space: pre-wrap;">From the supermarket check-out, to any bookstore best-seller section, to TV seminars and your smart phone, Americans are deluged with opportunities for self-improvement. </span><span id="docs-internal-guid-0f37087a-7920-503e-ee14-e01509fd567d"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Verdana; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We spend in the tens of billions of dollars annually, hoping to end co-dependency, cultivate our spirituality, improve our sleep. The list is endless.</span></span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:23:43 +0000 Current State 50027 at http://wkar.org Author explores America's self-help culture Book recounts Detroit family's struggles with union busting http://wkar.org/post/book-recounts-detroit-familys-struggles-union-busting <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Michigan has a rich organized labor history, and much has been written about the early days of the United Auto Workers Union.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">In “<a href="http://www.builtindetroit.net/">Built In Detroit: A Story of the UAW, a Company, and a Gangster</a>”, author <a href="http://www.builtindetroit.net/about-the-author/">Robert Morris</a> looks at the union’s infancy through the eyes of his father. Ken Morris was a regional director of the union, and in a time when union officials faced not just resistance but also acts of violence, he suffered a brutal beating.</span> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:23:57 +0000 Current State 49210 at http://wkar.org Book recounts Detroit family's struggles with union busting Sycamore Row | Radio Reader http://wkar.org/post/sycamore-row-radio-reader <p><em>Begins February 12, 2014</em><br /><strong><em>Sycamore Row</em> by John Grisham. </strong><br /><br />In <em>Sycamore Row</em>, John Grisham returns to the setting and the unforgettable characters that first established him as America's favorite storyteller. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 04:00:00 +0000 editor 50778 at http://wkar.org Sycamore Row | Radio Reader Author distills self-help through the ages http://wkar.org/post/author-distills-self-help-through-ages <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.romankrznaric.com/">Roman Krzarnic</a> is a British author, teacher and philosopher whose latest book, <a href="http://www.romankrznaric.com/outrospection/2013/12/02/2132">“How Should We Live?”</a> looks at 12 of humanity’s touchstones such as love, money, creativity and time, and then explores what thinkers throughout history have written about them. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:49:42 +0000 Current State 48612 at http://wkar.org Author distills self-help through the ages Michigan 2014 notable books: Ford, Yoopers and Fidrych http://wkar.org/post/michigan-2014-notable-books-ford-yoopers-and-fidrych <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Each year the Library of Michigan chooses 20 books which feature notable Michigan residents, historical events and Michigan writers. The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/libraryofmichigan/LM_2014_MNB___MDE_Press_Release_443742_7.pdf">2014 Michigan Notable Books</a> List includes works of poetry, memoirs of cities and photographs from around the mitten. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:49:23 +0000 Current State 47647 at http://wkar.org Michigan 2014 notable books: Ford, Yoopers and Fidrych Local politico writes of stormy 1960s in EL http://wkar.org/post/local-politico-writes-stormy-1960s-el <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-18817f93-c362-e209-9d6d-84235218f18c"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Many in the Lansing area know Lingg Brewer as a longtime Ingham County Clerk from 1977 to 1994, and then as a three-term Democratic State Representative. &nbsp;Brewer also served as county commissioner and is an original founder of the <a href="http://www.impression5.org/">Impression 5 Museum</a>.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">In his new book, “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Gone-Wrong-Michigan-University/dp/0991042409">Dreams Gone Wrong</a>,” the Lansing native recounts how the complexities of the 1960’s </span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">—&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">the Vietnam War, local and national politics, drugs and </span>protest&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">—&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">played</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"> out dramatically right here in East Lansing and at Michigan State University. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">&nbsp;</span></p><div> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:22:28 +0000 Current State 46234 at http://wkar.org Local politico writes of stormy 1960s in EL New guide helps international students understand Americans http://wkar.org/post/new-guide-helps-international-students-understand-americans <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">“What does holding hands mean in America?” It may seem like a silly question, but for many international students across the country it’s a serious one. Trying to understand &nbsp;another country's customs is difficult, but a new guide is hoping to provide some basics in cultural understanding for international students. </span></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:13:17 +0000 Current State 46236 at http://wkar.org New guide helps international students understand Americans Songs of Willow Frost | Radio Reader http://wkar.org/post/songs-willow-frost-radio-reader <p>Airs November 6 - December 6, 2013<br /><em><strong>Songs of Willow Frost</strong></em> by Jamie Ford<br />Ballentine Books, NY, 2013 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 05:00:00 +0000 editor 45074 at http://wkar.org Songs of Willow Frost | Radio Reader Book explores Detroit connection to U.S. Nazi past http://wkar.org/post/book-explores-detroit-connection-us-nazi-past <p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Author <a href="http://www.arniebernstein.com/">Arnie Bernstein</a></span> has published a<span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> new book about the rise of an American Nazi movement in the 1930s, which had strong ties to the city of Detroit. It&rsquo;s called &ldquo;<a href="http://www.arniebernstein.com/_i_swastika_nation__fritz_kuhn_and_the_rise_and_fall_of_the_german_american_bund_109463.htm">Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund</a>.&rdquo;</span> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:27:42 +0000 Current State 43586 at http://wkar.org Book explores Detroit connection to U.S. Nazi past Current State #165 | September 24, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-165-september-24-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State: </em><span id="docs-internal-guid-168742da-5095-8657-bb12-56794dd0f594" style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Canada and Michigan seek to strengthen economic ties; the anniversary of the last execution in Michigan; our first Great Lakes Month in Review segment; our Detroit’s Water Renaissance series: The Rouge River part two</span>; and a book about family secrets is the next "Great Michigan Read".</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:17:31 +0000 Current State 42789 at http://wkar.org YA author Holly Black dishes on new vampire novel, answers fans' questions http://wkar.org/post/ya-author-holly-black-dishes-new-vampire-novel-answers-fans-questions <p></p><p>The trend of teen novels transporting their readers to fantasy worlds filled with vampires, fairies and monsters is relevant once again this month with the release of a new book called <a href="http://www.blackholly.com/thecoldestgirlincoldtown.html"><em>The Coldest Girl in Coldtown</em>, </a>written by Holly Black, who will be visiting Lansing this week.</p><p>Black, who’s most famous for co-writing <em>The Spiderwick Chronicles</em> series, reveals her fear of zombies and answers questions from local fans from Okemos&nbsp;High School.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:40:51 +0000 Current State 42125 at http://wkar.org YA author Holly Black dishes on new vampire novel, answers fans' questions Book review: Holly Black's 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown' http://wkar.org/post/book-review-holly-blacks-coldest-girl-coldtown <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>I have never understood the whole vampire thing (and that’s apart from my personal distaste of them). If an alien was to rocket past our planet and spy just a fraction of our entertainment, they would think we were taken over by the undead. &nbsp;They are everywhere—books, TV, movies—you can’t escape them and it seems a lot of us wouldn’t want to anyway.</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:36:42 +0000 Scott D. Southard 42124 at http://wkar.org Book review: Holly Black's 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown' Current State #146 | August 27, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-146-august-27-2013 <p></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:57:40 +0000 Current State 41368 at http://wkar.org Local author on living with Muscular Dystrophy http://wkar.org/post/local-author-living-muscular-dystrophy <p><span style="text-indent: 36pt; line-height: 1.5;">Labor Day is next Monday, and with it, the annual </span><a href="http://mda.org/" style="text-indent: 36pt; line-height: 1.5;">Muscular Dystrophy Telethon</a><span style="text-indent: 36pt; line-height: 1.5;">. Over the years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised for research, and to help people like </span><a href="http://mogerhardt.com/" style="text-indent: 36pt; line-height: 1.5;">Mo Gerhardt</a><span style="text-indent: 36pt; line-height: 1.5;"> live life with Muscular Dystrophy to the fullest.</span></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:46:12 +0000 Current State 41361 at http://wkar.org Local author on living with Muscular Dystrophy 'The Way North' a budding Upper Peninsula literary tradition http://wkar.org/post/way-north-budding-upper-peninsula-literary-tradition <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-24b7dd9e-9c17-bb9d-f0f1-9b879a3a5b13"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not known for it’s great literary figures, but a new anthology is trying to change that.&nbsp;</span></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/way-north" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Way North: Collected Uppe Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:54:01 +0000 Current State 41032 at http://wkar.org 'One Book, One Community' features the book 'The Yellow Birds' http://wkar.org/post/one-book-one-community-features-book-yellow-birds <p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:26:46 +0000 Current State 40884 at http://wkar.org 'One Book, One Community' features the book 'The Yellow Birds' Local author explores relationships, dreams and goals with 'The Life List'. http://wkar.org/post/local-author-explores-relationships-dreams-and-goals-life-list <p>A new book by mid-Michigan author Lori Nelson Spielman is getting some buzz. "The Life List" is a novel that explores the relationship between a mother and daughter, and taps into the dreams and goals we have in our youth that somehow got lost with time. Spielman spoke with <em>WKAR's</em> Melissa Benmark about how her career as a homebound teacher started to lead her down the road to writing.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:00:37 +0000 Current State 40706 at http://wkar.org Local author explores relationships, dreams and goals with 'The Life List'. Book Review: Lori Nelson Speilman’s ‘The Life List’ http://wkar.org/post/book-review-lori-nelson-speilman-s-life-list <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I never liked the book description, “women’s fiction.”</span></p><p>It is the literary equivalent of the pink aisle in toy stores, no boys allowed. The funny thing is I have yet to see a book described as men’s fiction, but I am assuming it would involve fast cars, loose women and a lot of laser guns.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:59:24 +0000 Scott D. Southard 40705 at http://wkar.org Book Review: Lori Nelson Speilman’s ‘The Life List’ How to lead employees? Don't overmanage http://wkar.org/post/how-lead-employees-dont-overmanage <p></p><p>How to become a great leader? The trick may not be in how much work you do, but in trusting your staff. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:15:16 +0000 Current State 40201 at http://wkar.org How to lead employees? Don't overmanage Book Review: J.K. Rowling's 'The Cuckoo's Calling' http://wkar.org/post/book-review-jk-rowlings-cuckoos-calling <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; line-height: 1.5;">Publishers, libraries and book stores like to pigeonhole writers into neat little boxes. Write one fantasy novel and you wear that mantle for the rest of your career. Same goes for romance and science fiction and on and on. Some writers happily wear their personal albatross, others fight it.</span></p><p class="Body"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; line-height: 1.5;">J.K. Rowling is an author who fights it.</span></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:11:52 +0000 Scott D. Southard 40036 at http://wkar.org Book Review: J.K. Rowling's 'The Cuckoo's Calling' Book Review: Steve Hamilton's 'Let It Burn' http://wkar.org/post/book-review-steve-hamiltons-let-it-burn <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lansing-based writer&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scott </span>Southard<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;chose as his first book review,&nbsp;</span></em><a href="http://www.authorstevehamilton.com/let_it_burn/index.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">Let It Burn</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;by Steve Hamilton.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p>I am a book nerd and what that means is I love to get in debates with fellow readers and writers.</p><p>These are not the merely “did you or did you not like a book” discussions. No, these can be deeper, getting into the heart and state of our beloved artform today. And one of the points I like to bring up from time to time is the influence of TV on books.</p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:55:42 +0000 Scott D. Southard 38505 at http://wkar.org Book Review: Steve Hamilton's 'Let It Burn' Flint expat writes on returning home http://wkar.org/post/flint-expat-writes-returning-home <p><a href="http://www.teardownbook.com/">"Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City"</a><i> </i>by Michigan native Gordon Young depicts his attempt to return to his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:26:17 +0000 Current State 38135 at http://wkar.org Flint expat writes on returning home Author Edward McClelland discusses new book, Lansing roots http://wkar.org/post/author-edward-mcclelland-discusses-new-book-lansing-roots <p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 18:46:27 +0000 Current State 35888 at http://wkar.org Author Edward McClelland discusses new book, Lansing roots Raphael Reviews "The Raising" http://wkar.org/post/raphael-reviews-raising <p>WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael is finally done grading student papers and has been reading a book set on a Midwestern college campus. The book is “The Raising” by Laura Kasischke. Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about it.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Melissa Benmark 35144 at http://wkar.org Raphael Reviews "The Raising" Raphael Reviews "The Raising" http://wkar.org/post/raphael-reviews-raising-0 <p>WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael is finally done grading student papers and has been reading a book set on a Midwestern college campus. The book is “The Raising” by Laura Kasischke. Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about it.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Melissa Benmark 35145 at http://wkar.org Raphael Reviews "The Raising" Raphael Reviews "The Raising" http://wkar.org/post/raphael-reviews-raising-1 <p>WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael is finally done grading student papers and has been reading a book set on a Midwestern college campus. The book is “The Raising” by Laura Kasischke. Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about it.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Melissa Benmark 35146 at http://wkar.org Raphael Reviews "The Raising"