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Friday, February 24, 2012
March Events at Schuler Books & Music, Okemos via @SchulerBooks
Celebrate Dr. Seuss Read Across America!
Come help us celebrate Dr. Seuss Read Across America with a exciting day of storybook adventures! Meet and enjoy a visit and story time with The Cat in the Hat! We'll also have award-winning children's author Janet Halfmann on hand to answer questions about being an author and she'll read from her newest book, Home in the Cave! We'll have yummy fruit and cookie refreshments, photo time with The Cat in the Hat, and book giveaways! All Dr. Seuss titles will be buy 2 get 1 free (this offer is valid from March 1-March 5, 2012), and Janet Halfmann's award winning works will be 20% off (March 3 only)! Don't miss this fun day of literary love!
About Janet Halfmann and Home in the Cave: Baby Bat loves his cave home and never wants to leave it. While practicing flapping his wings one night, he falls, and Pluribus Packrat rescues him. The two then explore the deepest, darkest corners of the cave where they meet amazing animals that don't need eyes to see or colors to hide from enemies. Baby Bat learns how important bats are to the cave habitat and how other cave-living critters rely on bats for their food. Will Baby Bat finally venture out of the cave to help the other animals?
Janet Halfmann is the award-winning author of more than thirty fiction and nonfiction children's books, including Good Night Little Sea Otter, Fur and Feathers, and Little Skink's Tail. Before becoming a children's author, Janet was a daily newspaper reporter, children's magazine editor, and a creator of coloring and activity books for Golden Books.
In 1964, Chrysler built a fleet of turbine cars - automobiles with jet engines - and lent them out to members of the public. The fleet logged over a million miles; the exercise was a raging success. These turbine engines would run on any flammable liquid - diesel, heating oil, kerosene, tequila, even Chanel No. 5. If the cars had been mass produced, today we might have cars that do not require petroleum-derived fuels. The engine was also much simpler than the piston engine - it contained far fewer moving parts and required much less maintenance. Yet Chrysler crushed and burned most of the cars two years later; the jet car's brief glory was over. Steve Lehto has interviewed all the surviving members of the turbine car program, from the metallurgist who created the exotic metals for the interior of the engine to the test driver who drove it at Chrysler's proving grounds for days on end. Lehto takes these firsthand accounts and weaves them into a fascinating story about the coolest car Detroit has ever produced. Foreward by Jay Leno.
Thursday, March 8th @ 7:00pm
Talk & Signing with Edmund John Messina Jr., author of Dome City
About Dome City: Natural disaster collapses the fragile economy, comet fragments are heading toward Earth and martial law rules the country. Jack, a mysterious billionaire geologist, discovers an abandoned city thousands of feet below the Louisiana swamps. The oppressive government wants to find it.
Dust to Dust is an extraordinary memoir about ordinary things: life and death, war and peace, the explorations of childhood and revelations of adulthood. Benjamin Busch-a decorated U.S. Marine officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, acclaimed actor on The Wire, and son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch-has crafted his own The Things They Carried for our time.
In chapters themed around elemental things-water, metal, bone, blood-Busch weaves together a vivid record of a pastoral childhood in rural New York, brutal Marine training in North Carolina and California, and the worst of the war in Iraq, seen first-hand. But this is much more than a war memoir: Busch writes with great poignancy and enormous emotional power about a boyhood spent melting down crayons to form pretend bullets, sinking his own collection of model battleships, and playing soldier in the woods. Most of all, Busch writes movingly about moments of danger and death, real and imagined: in a helicopter, going down; wounded by shrapnel in Ramadi; playing a dead man on television; dealing with the sudden death of friends in combat and of parents back home.
Dust to Dust is an unforgettable meditation on life, death, and how the child we were remains alive in us all.
Benjamin Busch was born in Manhattan in 1968 and grew up in rural New York State. He is an actor, photographer, film director, and a United States Marine Corps Infantry Officer who served two tours of combat duty in Iraq. He played the role of Officer Anthony Colicchio on the HBO series The Wire, and has appeared on Homicide, The West Wing, and Generation Kill. His writing has appeared in Harper's, has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and he has been a guest commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.
Wednesday, March 21st @ 7:00pm
Schuler Books & Music | 1982 Grand River Ave | Okemos | MI | 48864