The novel “Station Eleven” is about a post-apocalyptic world set largely in Michigan. It's the story of a flu epidemic that wipes out almost all of the earth’s human population. The pre-pandemic story is set in Toronto and other places around the world. Michigan, mostly along the Lake Michigan shoreline, is where the story of survivors takes place.
Tonight, an Audie-Award winning audiobook reader will visit Okemos to talk about his craft. George Guidall has read the audiobook versions of titles like John Irving’s “A Widow for One Year” and Wally Lamb’s “I Know This Much Is True”. He’ll be at the Okemos Public Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Guidall has narrated 1,200 unabridged books.
Paris in the 1920's and 1930's is the stuff of literary legend. It is hard for book lovers not to get lost in the mythology of it, imagining Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald discussing books over drinks at a club, while couples dance to the greatest jazz music. Francine Prose is one such author captivated by this period and in her new book “Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932,” she takes us through the fall of this great city, from its decadent and free heyday to its occupation under Nazi Germany. The book makes you feel like you are breathing the air of that city, walking those same rain-swept and romantic streets.
Most people don't travel to Venice and think of sea monsters, but most people, aren't novelist Christopher Moore. Set against the backdrop of Venice, 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".
On Saturday, the Library of Michigan Foundation will hold its annual Night for Notables event, honoring the authors of books that were named Michigan Notable Books for 2014. The keynote speaker at tomorrow’s event is Steve Hamilton. His book “Misery Bay” was a Michigan Notable Book for 2012.
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 The Great Lakes Book Project. The book captures over 20 personal stories about life along the shoreline, exploring the powerful bond people across the region and the world have with the Great Lakes. Current State's Emanuele Berry speaks with the books publisher and editor Walter Blake Knoblock.
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. 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.
Roman Krzarnic is a British author, teacher and philosopher whose latest book, “How Should We Live?” 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.
Each year the Library of Michigan chooses 20 books which feature notable Michigan residents, historical events and Michigan writers. The 2014 Michigan Notable Books List includes works of poetry, memoirs of cities and photographs from around the mitten.
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. Brewer also served as county commissioner and is an original founder of the Impression 5 Museum.
In his new book, “Dreams Gone Wrong,” the Lansing native recounts how the complexities of the 1960’s — the Vietnam War, local and national politics, drugs and protest — played out dramatically right here in East Lansing and at Michigan State University.
“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 another country's customs is difficult, but a new guide is hoping to provide some basics in cultural understanding for international students.
Today on Current State: 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; and a book about family secrets is the next "Great Michigan Read".
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 The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, written by Holly Black, who will be visiting Lansing this week.
Black, who’s most famous for co-writing The Spiderwick Chronicles series, reveals her fear of zombies and answers questions from local fans from Okemos High School.
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. They are everywhere—books, TV, movies—you can’t escape them and it seems a lot of us wouldn’t want to anyway.
Today on Current State: new proposal to evaluate Michigan teachers effectiveness; book about living with Muscular Dystrophy; Detroit's Water Renaissance series; Detroit's current environmental initiatives; and MSU student on "Americas Got Talent."
Labor Day is next Monday, and with it, the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Over the years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised for research, and to help people like Mo Gerhardt live life with Muscular Dystrophy to the fullest.
Gerhardt is the author of “Perspective From An Electric Chair.” The book chronicles his childhood, his diagnosis at the age of 8, and how he’s coped with the disease.
He talked about his life, and his book, with Current State’s Scott Pohl.
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not known for it’s great literary figures, but a new anthology is trying to change that. " The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works" is filled with poems and short stories shaped by the U.P.'s culture and landscape. Ron Riekki, the anthologies editor, says he cannot escape his U.P. roots.
The One Book, One Community program encourages MSU students and East Lansing residents to read the same book and then discuss it together. This year’s title goes to ‘The Yellow Birds,’ a novel by Kevin Powers. The book reflects Powers' experience as a veteran serving in the Iraq War.
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 WKAR's Melissa Benmark about how her career as a homebound teacher started to lead her down the road to writing.
I never liked the book description, “women’s fiction.”
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.
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.
Lansing-based writer Scott Southard chose as his first book review, Let It Burn, by Steve Hamilton.
I am a book nerd and what that means is I love to get in debates with fellow readers and writers.
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.
Gordon Young, a senior lecturer in the Communication Department at Santa Clara University, has appeared in publications including his own Flint Expatriates, a blog for those no longer living in the birthplace of General Motors.