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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.

J.K. Rowling is an author who fights it.

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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.

Flint expat writes on returning home

Jun 25, 2013
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"Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City" by Michigan native Gordon Young depicts his attempt to return to his hometown of Flint, Michigan.

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Author Edward McClelland got his start as a writer working on the Lookout, the campus newspaper at Lansing Community College. His new book “Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland,” recounts the Midwest’s industrial growth and decline in the second half of the 20th century. He will be at Everybody Reads bookstore in Lansing on Saturday.

Raphael Reviews "The Raising"

May 2, 2013
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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.

Raphael Reviews "The Raising"

May 2, 2013
Joan Young

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.

Raphael Reviews "The Raising"

May 2, 2013
Joan Young

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.

Book details good and bad of Detroit Lions' history

Apr 25, 2013

Oakland Press sports writer Paula Pasche speaks about her book 100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die with WKAR's Peter Whorf. The book celebrates the Detroit Lions' history while explaining players, coaches, and major events throughout the team's evolution. 

Book recalls famous and forgotten Michigan authors

Feb 15, 2013
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Dave Dempsey is a widely respected environmentalist and writer; his attorney brother, Jack, is also a writer. Together, their love for Michigan and the written word are united in “Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors." The book has been chosen as a Michigan Notable Book for 2013. They join us to talk about Michigan’s rich literary history.

Jack and Dave Dempsey will appear at the Schuler Book Store in Okemos on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. to discuss the book.

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Seventy-one years ago today, Japanese forces bombed the U. S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The event led directly to American entry into World War Two. On this anniversary, our book reviewer Lev Raphael talks about Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation Into War by Steven Gillon. He spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark.

Under The Radar: At Home With Edith Wharton

Nov 23, 2012
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This month’s “Under the Radar” segment features a beautiful book about a famous author’s home. Reviewer Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about Edith Wharton at Home.

Under The Radar: Raphael Reviews Book About Borgia Family

Aug 31, 2012
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"Under the Radar" reviewer Lev Raphael has a political book for us in this political season. It’s about a powerful family dynasty in Italy during the Renaissance. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

East Lansing OBOC To Read, Welcome Author Katherine Boo

Aug 17, 2012
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The annual One Book, One Community program, co-sponsored by the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University, encourages the city and university communities to read the same book and talk about it in a variety of settings. This fall’s selection is “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.

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Our book reviewer Lev Raphael is especially fond of the Gilded Age, and he has a review of Paul Collins' book, "The Murder of the Century." It's about a sensational murder in New York City in 1897.

Under the Radar: Raphael Reviews "The Maid And The Queen"

Apr 13, 2012

Book reviewer Lev Raphael has been reading a book that sheds new light on the life of Joan of Arc. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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