Author Ron Gries Discusses His Book "Through Death to Life"

Sunday August 27, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Ron Gries began to write during the last years of his wife’s life and continued after she died. He later turned his writing into a book entitled Through Death to Life,which offers insight and support to those who grieve the loss of their spouse or family member.

For this event, Ron will provide hope and encouragement, sharing his difficult journey of recapturing his life from the ashes of grief and once again finding the wonder and joy in life.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services. Books will be for sale at this event and Ron will be happy to sign copies.

Barbara Cohn Discusses Her Book "The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic"

Thursday September 7, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

For the last century, the Detroit Public Library has ranked as one of the most beautiful buildings in Detroit—an important landmark as well as a significant monument serving generations of Detroiters. The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic was born out of "Discover the Wonders," an art and architectural tour of the main library that began in December 2013. Since the tour’s inception, around seven thousand people have visited this structural gem.

As the photographs in this book reveal, the Detroit Public Library stands as an enduring symbol of the public library, one of the most democratic institutions in America.

Join us as author Barbara Cohn takes us on a fascinating tour of the building and its history through discussion of this brand new book.
The design of the Detroit Public Library was Cass Gilbert’s vision for Detroit’s Early Italian Renaissance-style library. This book honors his work with a chronological and photographic timeline of the conception and building of the 1921 Woodward Avenue Library, the 1963 Cass Avenue addition, and the library as it is today. The authors had two fundamental desires: to celebrate the main library’s design using both historic and contemporary images and to share with the world the beauty and elegance of a grand building in a great city that, even through the most difficult times, has sustained one of the most magnificent neo-classical buildings in the country.

As a native of Detroit, Barbara Madgy Cohn has a passion for art, Detroit, and libraries. She has worked as a registered nurse, has a B.A. in art history, and has been a docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts since 2008. She created the "Discover the Wonders of the Detroit Public Library: An Art and Architectural Tour" and continues to serve as the director of the tour program.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale at the event.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Living a Writer’s Life

Monday September 11, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

In our fast-paced world, finding time and space to write isn’t easy. Nor is it easy to conquer writer’s block, self-doubt, and distractions. In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will show you how to set up a realistic writing schedule, smash through blocks, and kick self-defeating behaviors to the curb. No matter your obstacles, it is possible to have a balanced, fulfilling writer’s life!

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Howard Markel Discusses His Book: "The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek"

Tuesday September 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

From U-M Professor Howard Markel, the much admired medical historian and author, comes the story of America’s empire builders John and Will Kellogg.

Join Dr. Markel for a delightful evening as he discusses his critically-acclaimed new book The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek as well as these two extraordinary men, whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America’s notion of health and wellness.

John Harvey Kellogg was one of America’s most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast.

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D. is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, and editor in chief of The Milbank Quarterly. His books include "Quarantine!: East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892," When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed, and An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The New England Journal of Medicine. Markel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

The Belle of Two Arbors: Researching the Historical Novel in Three Ann Arbor Libraries

Wednesday September 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

A sweeping saga told in the voice of an unforgettable heroine,“The Belle of Two Arbors” brings two places vividly to life: a growing “downstate” town driven by a public university striving for greatness, and a small “up north” community seeking prosperity while preserving its natural heritage. Spanning the first half of the twentieth century, Belle’s remarkable story is interweaved with accounts of historical events as well as memorable appearances by some of our favorite poets, including Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden, and Robert Frost.

Paul Dimond will talk about his experience conducting research for his first novel at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Bentley Historical Library, and the Special Collections Library in the University of Michigan’s University Library. He will be accompanied by Martha (Marty) Buhr Grimes, who wrote the poems that are Belle’s in the novel.

Paul and Marty are lifelong Ann Arbor residents who share a passion for poetry, their hometown, and Lake Michigan.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale at the event.

Lessons from the Ojibwe, 400 Years Ago

Monday September 18, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Author Robert Downes presents a digital-video presentation on the Ojibwe people and the historical research behind his new novel "Windigo Moon: A Novel of Native America." Set 400 years ago among the Ojibwe of the Upper Great Lakes, "Windigo Moon" is a love story and an adventure backed by extensive historical research.

For this presentation, Downes offers insights into the lives of Native Americans prior to contact with European explorers. His talk will include:
• What we could learn from the example of the Ojibwe to better our own society.
• The devastating “Lost Century” of the 1500s and what it meant to Native peoples.
• The roles of Native men, women, the family and the clan.
• Life through the seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
• The importance of storytelling: myths, monsters and supernatural beings
• The migration of the Ojibwe and its impact on other tribes.

The author of three adventure-travel books, Downes is a resident of Traverse City and a veteran speaker who strives to entertain and enlighten his audiences.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale at the event.

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday September 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Bring your work to a meet-up to be in consideration for the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

College Night

Tuesday September 26, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

For those involved in the college prep and selection, it’s AADL’s annual College Night with the co-authors Solving the College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide for Students and Families About College Selection, Essay Writing, and High-Stakes Testing: Community High’s college prep counselor John Boshoven; Debbie Merion, the founder of Essay Coaching; and performance coach Geraldine Markel. Together, these experts form CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com

Learn about the college selection and application process:
• Part 1: Finding the College that Fits;
• Part 2: Applying to College: Those Pesky Essays;
• Part 3: Applying to College: Those Pesky Tests.

This event will include a book signing with copies of the book available for purchase and handouts provided. ]

Emerging Writers Workshop: Writing and Publishing Children’s Nonfiction

Monday October 2, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

There’s a world of children’s books beyond picture books and easy stories. Kids also read nonfiction on every topic you can think of. In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be joined by author Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, who has published numerous children’s books on everything from extreme mountain biking to how to start a dog-walking business. Virginia will share tips and tricks for writing the things kids want to know.

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan lives and works in San Diego, CA where she is directing the Liberal Studies program at San Diego State University. She writes for the Ann Arbor based children's non-fiction company Cherry Lake Publishing. The library also has a unique deal with Cherry Lake and our library card holders have access to digital, PDF copies of their books.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.