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Friday, February 10, 2012
News from Wayne State University Press @WSUPress
February 9, 2012
Thursday, February 9
francine j. harris, author of allegiance, along with Airea Dee Matthews will be read at the U-Club on the University of Michigan's Campus (1310 Michigan Union, 530 S. State St.) in Ann Arbor, as part of the Slam Team Series. For more information, please call (734) 763-3202.
Sunday, February 12
Richard Bak, author of Boneyards and Detroitland will speak about his books at the Livonia Public Library (5 Mile and Farmington Road) at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 12
Bill Harris, author of Booker T & Them and Birth of a Notion, and his wife Carole are being honored for their achievements in art from the Friends of African and African American Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Saturday, February 18
Jack Driscoll, author of The World of a Few Minutes Ago, will read and sign books at Horizon Books (243 E. Front St.) in Traverse City from 5:30-8:30 pm.
Monday, February 27
Vievee Francis, author of Blue-Tail Fly, will read along with WSU student Aricka Foreman in the @ Noon Reading Series on WSU Campus.
Jean Alicia Elster, author of Who's Jim Hines?, will be the inaugural visiting author for The Lori Lutz Visiting Artist Series at The Roeper School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Elster will speak at both the Bloomfield Hills (lower school) and Birmingham (middle/upper school) Campuses during the full-day event.
Wednesday, March 7
Richard Bak, author of Detroitland, will be read and sign copies of his new book at the Dearborn Historical Museum's McFadden-Ross House (915 S. Brady St., Dearborn) at 7:30 p.m. For questions, please contact Kirt Gross, curator, at (313) 565-3000.
Thursday, March 8
Terry Blackhawk, author of The Light Between, and francine harris, author of allegiance, will read in the Helmut Stern Auditorium of the University of Michigan Museum of Art on the University of Michigan campus at 5:10 p.m.
Thursday, March 8
Jack Driscoll, author of The World of a Few Minutes Ago, will read and sign books at Literary Life Book Store in Grand Rapids (758 Wealthy Street Southeast) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 11
Jean Alicia Elster, author of Who's Jim Hines?, will attend the Michigan Reading Association's annual conference and participate in the author/illustrator breakfast at 8:00 a.m. at the DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Registration is required.
In The World of a Few Minutes Ago, award-winning author Jack Driscoll renders ten stories from the point of view of characters aged fourteen to seventy-seven. With keen attention to the nuances of his characters, Driscoll explores both their attachments to the past and their as-yet-unseen futures as he considers relationships between loves, old friends, and parents and their children. All of the stories are set against the quiet, powerful northern Michigan landscape and share a sense of longing that is amplified by the beautiful but often unforgiving surroundings.
A twelve-year-old boy accompanies his father on a secret run to the slaughterhouse where he recently lost his job. A middle-aged divorcé waits to witness the execution of the man who murdered his daughter decades earlier. A seventy-seven-year-old man reassesses both his fifty-year marriage and his career as an AP war photographer. A sixteen-year-old girl drives through a snowstorm in a clandestine meeting with her driver's education instructor. A twenty-something couple breaks into houses to ignite the passion in their relationship. Each story is carefully crafted and lovingly delivered, as characters weigh their own feelings against their complicated perceptions of other people and the action swirling around them. Driscoll's Michigan shapes these people as surely as their grief and joy, as the setting often becomes a physical touchstone to which characters turn to navigate the immensity of the unknown universe.
Few authors have the flexibility of voice and the emotional range and depth of Driscoll, who is at his best in this collection.
Jack Driscoll will celebrate the release of The World of a Few Minutes Ago on February 18 at Horizon Books in Traverse City (243 E. Front St.). Come on by if you are in the Traverse City area!
New Poetry Books for 2012!
We're excited to release four new poetry titles in the Made in Michigan Writers series this month! Check out: