books

The Espresso Book Machine
Jamie Paisley / WKAR-MSU

There is a café located on the first floor of the Michigan State University Library, it serves the usual goods you’d expect. Light snacks and a few beloved liquid forms of caffeine. But one floor above it, there is an Espresso Machine. It doesn’t make coffee, however. It makes books.


Mark Buzzitta photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The downtown branch of the Capital Area District Library will close for renovations from the end of the year until sometime in March of 2017. we talk with library assistant Mark Buzzitta about the changes.


We talk with Edward McClelland about his book examining the way we talk, “How to Speak Midwestern."

Emily Sutton-Smith and Angela Dawe
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Have you ever listened to an audiobook? Have you wondered who reads them and what it takes to become successful in that field? Current State talks with Emily Sutton-Smith and Angela Dawe, two audiobook readers from mid-Michigan.


We talk with writer Christine Lasek. Now based in Athens, Georgia, the Michigan native has just published her first collection of short stories called “Love Letters to Michigan.”


Current Sports host Al Martin talks with sports TV and radio broadcaster Jack Ebling about his new book on the unbelievable end to last year’s Michigan State-Michigan football game.


Cookie Johnson has written a book about life with her husband, basketball legend Magic Johnson. Current State's Scott Pohl talks with her about “Believing in Magic.”


Kristen Shelley East Lansing Public Library photo
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A big renovation project at the East Lansing Public Library is wrapping up. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with library director Kristin Shelley about all the changes.


Haimerl house exterior photo before
Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl and her husband wanted to move from Brooklyn to Detroit, so they bought an old house at a rock-bottom price. The fixer-upper has become the subject of her book “Detroit Hustle”. Current State's Scott Pohl went to see the house for himself and talk with the author.

Some of Michigan’s most notorious murders took place nearby. Current State’s Brooke Allen speaks to local author Tom Carr about his most recent book, "Blood on the Mitten."


A new book might be a pick-me-up for the people of Flint. It’s called “Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology.” We talk with editor Scott Atkinson.


J.K. Rowling photo
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Another Harry Potter book is coming out this weekend with midnight parties all across the world. However, rather than benefit Hogwarts, we learn how Schuler Books is using this newest expansion to the world of J.K. Rowling to help a girl’s school in Kenya.


Peter Whorf / WKAR

Today, Current State opens another installment in our summer travel series.

Current State’s Peter Whorf takes us to a place where Michigan’s natural beauty meets books.

Kate DiCamillo photo
Courtesy photo / Catherine Smith Photography

Acclaimed children’s author Kate DiCamillo visits East Lansing on Saturday. We talk with her about "Flora and Ulysses," the Mercy Watson stories, and her latest book, "Raymie Nightingale."


Laura Ingalls Wilder was a prolific letter-writer. Those letters have been compiled in a new book from Lapeer-based author William Anderson. Current State talks with Anderson about his passion for the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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