Author M. Joanne Nesbit Discusses Her Book "Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan"

Sunday October 22, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Graced by the Huron River with an abundance of parks, Ann Arbor offers residents and visitors entertainment, sports, shopping, dining, and of course, the University of Michigan.

Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan celebrates its citizens. Many are creative artists, inspiring educators, dedicated public servants, and determined business owners. With the exception of Lewis the cat, who reigned at Downtown Home and Garden, this book is filled with stories about people who have made and are making Ann Arbor one of the best places to live in the United States.

Join co-author Joanne Nesbit as she discusses some of the great stories they discovered while putting together the book and how local legends were selected. With a career spanning journalism and as a public information officer at Indiana University and the University of Michigan, Nesbit has always been fascinated by local history, stories, and people. She is the author of three other books, and is the founder of Knitwits at the University of Michigan.

The event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

Doug Stanton Discusses His New Book: "The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 TET Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War"

Wednesday October 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

On January 31st, 1968 as many as 100,000 North Vietnamese soldiers attacked thirty-six cities throughout South Vietnam in an attack known as the Tet Offensive. This attack was a turning point in the decade-long war that led to, among other things, LBJ’s decision not to run for re-election. It was a national watershed moment, but for 19-year-old Stan Parker and the young men of the US Army’s recon platoon, Echo Company of the 101st Airborne Division, the attack was the start of a brutal fight for survival.

As we approach the 50th Anniversary of the Tet Offensive, The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 TET Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War offers a breathtaking portrait of war, homecoming, and a search for peace.

More than ten years in the making, and based on hours of interviews with soldiers, detailed letters written to and from Echo Company, Pentagon after-action reports, photographs and video footage, this new book by the New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers offers the untold and remarkable story of a platoon of American soldiers and their heroic efforts to survive the Vietnam War – both on the battlefield and after their return home to the US.

Doug Stanton is a journalist, lecturer, screenwriter, and author who has appeared on numerous TV and radio outlets, including NBC’s “Today,” CNN, Imus In The Morning, Discovery, A&E, Fox News, NPR, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and NBC’s Nightly News, and has been covered extensively in prominent publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times. He has written on travel, sport, entertainment, and history, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, the New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, Slate, The Daily Beast, and the Washington Post.

This event is a partnership with Nicola's Books and includes a book signing. Books will be for sale at the event.

Author Julia Turshen Discusses Her Book “Feed the Resistance”

Friday October 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

From favorite cookbook author Julia Turshen comes Feed the Resistance, a practical and inspiring handbook for political activism—with recipes.

As the millions who marched in January 2017 demonstrated, activism is the new normal. When people search for ways to resist injustice and express support for civil rights, environmental protections, and more, they begin by gathering around the table to talk and plan. These dishes foster community and provide sustenance for the mind and soul, including a dozen of the healthy, affordable recipes Turshen is known for, plus over 15 more recipes from a diverse range of celebrated chefs.

With stimulating lists, extensive resources, and essays from activists in the worlds of food, politics, and social causes, "Feed the Resistance" is a must have handbook for anyone hoping to make a difference.

Julia Turshen is a writer who lives in upstate New York, the author of "Small Victories" and numerous other cookbooks. She hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe and has written for Vogue, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, SELF, T Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Lucky Peach.

This event is a partnership with the University of Michigan Library and Literati Bookstore and will include a book signing. Books will be for sale at the event.

Fifth Avenue Press Book Release Reception: AADL's Local Publishing Imprint

Sunday November 5, 2017: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Open Area

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

The Ann Arbor District Library is pleased to announce the release of nine literary works under our new Fifth Avenue Press imprint. Join us to hear readings and meet our debut group of authors, buy their books, get them signed, and enjoy light refreshments!

Our local authors have something to offer for just about every reader. For younger children, we're releasing two picture books and an Ann Arbor-based comic for all ages; for adults, we're publishing a book of poetry, two memoirs, a murder mystery, and a collection of humorous and historical Ann Arbor stories!

Technical Solace: a book of poetry, by Rebecca G. Biber
Ginger Stands Her Ground: a memoir, by Virginia Ford
Tales From the Dork Side: a memoir, by R.J. Fox
Michigan Moon: a picture book, by Meg Gower
Takedown: a murder mystery, by Jeff Kass
Chad Agamemnon: a comic book set in Ann Arbor, by Carolyn Nowak
The Book of Ann Arbor: An Extremely Serious History Book, by Rich Retyi
A Monster on Main Street: a picture book set in Ann Arbor, by Emily Siwek
Light From the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom, by Judy Patterson Wenzel

Plus, author Debbie Taylor will offer a sneak peek into her forthcoming 2018 Fifth Avenue Press picture book: Over in Motown!

For more information about Fifth Avenue Press or to submit your work visit fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writers Workshop: A Writer’s Best Practices

Monday November 6, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Writing is a solitary activity, but sooner or later, an author has to talk to other people. Whether meeting readers in a bookstore or a conference, or hanging out with fans (or potential fans) on social media, its important for writers to make a good impression. In this workshop, Alex Kourvo and Bethany Neal will share some memorable interactions with other authors, admit their own mistakes, and show you the best practices for navigating the world of writers and readers.

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.

Author Alexandra Zapruder Discusses Her Book About The Kennedy Assassination, "Twenty-Six Seconds"

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

Discover the moving, untold family story behind Abraham Zapruder’s film footage of the Kennedy assassination and its lasting impact on our world.

Abraham Zapruder didn’t know when he ran home to grab his video camera on November 22, 1963 that this single spontaneous decision would change his family’s life for generations to come. Originally intended as a home movie of President Kennedy’s motorcade, Zapruder’s film of the JFK assassination is now shown in every American history class, included in Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit questions, and referenced in novels and films. It is the most famous example of citizen journalism, a precursor to the iconic images of our time, such as the Challenger explosion, the Rodney King beating, and the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers. But few know the complicated legacy of the film itself.

Now Abraham’s granddaughter, Alexandra Zapruder, is ready to tell the complete story for the first time. Join us she discusses her book, discusses her book, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film. Part biography, part family history, and part historical narrative, Zapruder demonstrates how one man’s unwitting moment in the spotlight shifted the way politics, culture, and media intersect, bringing about the larger social questions that define our age.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale. This is a partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor as part of the 2017 Jewish Book Festival.

Learning Strategies to Navigate Binary Education Spaces

Tuesday November 14, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

At this time of heightened scrutiny and concern, we need to come together more than ever before.

Join Z Nicolazzo, Assistant Professor in the Adult and Higher Education program at Northern Illinois University, for a discussion about hir book, Trans* In College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion.

Z will talk about ways trans* students created and maintained networks of support, as well as strategies they used to come together, navigate gender binary environments, and make the worlds they needed to thrive.

A Comics Presentation with Nate Powell

Monday November 27, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Why are graphic novels so good at capturing history? Find out when Nate Powell stops by AADL for an early afternoon presentation. Best known for his work on the award-winning March series he co-created with Andrew Aydin and Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis, Powell will explore many of the unique and immersive storytelling principles used in comics.

Powell’s work also includes You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, and The Year of the Beasts. If you’ve ever wanted to tap into the power of graphic novels to explore history, or just wanted a deeper look into why they move us as readers, you won’t want to miss this!

Later that evening, Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin, and Congressman John Lewis will be appearing at Hill Auditorium (825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109) on Monday, November 27 at 7:00 pm. Their free, public, and unticketed keynote talk is co-presented by the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program as part of the regular Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.

Special thanks to the Conflict and Peace Initiative at the University of Michigan’s International Institute. This event is part of the Fall 2017 social justice events series: Marching Forward.

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday November 27, 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? Consider submitting it to the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Livestream Viewing Party of Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell Keynote

Monday November 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Can't find a seat at the main event? Join us at the Downtown Library to watch the livestream of the keynote presentation by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

Please note that this is an additional viewing opportunity — Congressman Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell will not be at AADL for this event. The main event is at Hill Auditorium (825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109), and will offer open seating on a first come, first serve basis (i.e., there will be no tickets).

John Lewis is a civil rights leader and an American politician, serving Georgia’s 5th district since 1987. A member of the Democratic party leadership, Lewis has served as Senior Chief Deputy Whip since 2003. Born the son of Alabama sharecroppers, Lewis’s childhood was filled with deeply inspirational moments, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. heard on radio broadcasts. As a college student, Lewis’s inspiration fueled his commitment to end legalized racial segregation; he was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won Lewis the admiration of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress. Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America. Lewis co-wrote his story with his then-Congressional Aid, now Digital Director and Policy Advisor, Andrew Aydin, in the form of the graphic novel trilogy, MARCH (2013). The collaborative work is illustrated by New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Nate Powell.

This Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series event is co-presented with the Conflict and Peace Initiative at the University of Michigan’s International Institute and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program. The Conflict and Peace Initiative is hosting a series of Fall 2017 social justice events called Marching Forward.

With additional support from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Department of Political Science; Institute for the Humanities; National Center for Institutional Diversity; Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning; Rackham Graduate School; and Office of Research.