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Top-notch guests help National Writers Series flourish in Traverse City

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Reading works interview with Clarence David Baker

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GOP Gov. Snyder’s office says Detroit school kids have no right to literacy

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Children book immortalizes former Detroit Zoo elephants

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Tim LaHaye, author of best-selling 'Left Behind' books dies

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Writer-director Garry Marshall dies at age 81

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Should acclaimed prison writer profit from tragedy?
But few are ever published. Even rarer is a prisoner signed by one of the top publishers and praised by such literary luminaries as Joyce Carol Oates. Michigan inmate Curt Dawkins did it on his first try. “The Graybar Hotel,” a collection of short stories about prison life, was published in July by an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Then again, he may be the only prisoner in the United States with a master of fine arts degree   Read More ...
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Five authors gather for annual Detroit Book Luncheon
Not all authors know the demographics of their readership down to gender and age — not all want to know — but novelist Chris Bohjalian does. “The lion’s share of my readers are women between the age of 25 and 64,” said the Vermont-based author. The reason why is simple. “Women read more literary fiction than men,” the author said. Perhaps another draw is that there are so many complicated female characters with interesting problems in Bohjalian’s books   Read More ...
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Google drops ‘first click free,’ loathed by publishers
New York — Google is ending its so-called “first click free,” a policy loathed by many publishers and media because it required them to provide a limited amount of free content before readers could be subjected to a paywall. Publishers will now be allowed to decide how many, if any, free articles they want to offer readers before charging a fee, Richard Gingras, vice president of news at Google Inc   Read More ...
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It's an extraordinary time to be Traverse City author Doug Stanton
Talent was never an issue for Doug Stanton. Without it, the Traverse City author wouldn’t be at what even he admits is a white-hot moment in his career. For starters, Stanton’s third book, “Odyssey of Echo Company,” about a small platoon of American soldiers fighting for survival in Vietnam after the Tet Offensive in 1968, goes on sale on Tuesday. It comes on the heels of his first two books, both best-sellers and both in the works as major motion pictures — “In Harm’s Way,” about the survivors of the U   Read More ...
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Top-notch guests help National Writers Series flourish in Traverse City
The National Writers Series in Traverse City is a labor of love and deep source of pride for Doug and Anne Stanton, who co-founded the nonprofit in 2009 as a way to get authors and audiences more engaged with each other. The idea began when Doug was on tour with his second book, “Horse Soldiers,” in 2009 and realized how much the world had changed for authors like him — authors selling plenty of books but meeting fewer and fewer of their readers   Read More ...
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Meet Hilarie Chambers, new executive director of Reading Works
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Email Meet Hilarie Chambers, new executive director of Reading Works Chambers leads Reading Works, which works with organizations across the region to improve adult literacy. Sent! Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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Reading Works aims to boost adult literacy in metro Detroit
Buy Photo. Clarence David Baker said when he learns something new, he feels as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. It happened again last week. Baker, 53, was at the Dominican Literacy Center in Detroit, a Reading Works partner. Sitting at a table, pencil in hand, he slowly wrote numbers in a notebook as his tutor watched him add fractions   Read More ...
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Reading works interview with Clarence David Baker
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Email Reading works interview with Clarence David Baker Reading works interview with Dominican Literacy Center student Clarence David Baker. Sent! Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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Tigers' Anibal Sanchez unleashes 'butterfly pitch,' writing amazing comeback
Free Press sports writer Jeff Seidel and Anthony Fenech discuss the potential trade market for the Tigers' Alex Avila and Justin Verlander. Recorded Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. Anibal Sanchez stood on the mound, surrounded by his teammates; and the crowd in Comerica Park started to cheer in full appreciation. If nothing else, Detroit loves a comeback story   Read More ...
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'Black Detroit' author Herb Boyd is coming back to city for book signing event
Herb Boyd, awarding-winning author, journalist and historian — and Wayne State University graduate — is making a second visit home to Detroit to discuss and sign his new book "Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination," (Amistad). Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley will host "A Conversation With Herb Boyd" at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20 at the Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road in Detroit   Read More ...
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Detroit-area teen writing group graduates first class
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan nonprofit organization working to build understanding among teens from varying backgrounds through creative writing is celebrating its first graduating class. One Earth Writing is marking the occasion with a fundraiser Wednesday at the Maple Theater in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Township. The event includes a screening of the film "Freedom Writers" and a discussion with Detroit-area journalists Brian Dickerson and Laura Berman   Read More ...
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How rehabbing a $500 house launched Detroiter's writing career
Drew Philp always wanted to write. But growing in the rural blue-collar town of Adrian, the son of a machinist father and English teacher mother, he says it never even crossed his mind that he could actually do it for a living. “I didn’t know any professional writers,” says Philp, 30. “It’s not like it wasn’t on the menu. I wasn’t even in the same restaurant   Read More ...
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Books: ‘Hearts of Men’ spans 50 years of hurt
Nickolas Butler’s strong debut novel created an expectation of excellence for his second novel, “The Hearts of Men.” Butler lives in Wisconsin, where he set his 2014 “Shotgun Lovesongs.” His inspired selection of a Boy Scout camp in northern Wisconsin is the focal point for his second novel, a 50-year retrospective of an evil event. The setting combines beautifully with a couple of generations of complex characters who are seeking paths to redemption for a variety of shortcomings   Read More ...
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Detroit author's book used in Pontiac school
DETROIT - March is reading month, and for students in one Detroit school, they're taking it a step further. Evrod Cassimy took a look at how students in Pontiac are learning and studying new words with help from a local author. You can watch Evrod's full story in the video posted above.   Read More ...
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Amateur chefs asked to share recipes for literacy
Buy Photo. Anyone who knows me knows of my 16-year mission to improve adult literacy across metro Detroit, a crusade that includes the annual December fund-raising luncheon and honorary cochair duties with Bookstock, Michigan’s largest used book and media sale. But only my closest friends know that I like to cook — even if it’s only about 12 times a year. These two passions had nothing in common — until now: Bookstock is hosting the first-ever, metro Detroit recipe contest to benefit literacy   Read More ...
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African-American Family Book Expo to be held Sunday in Detroit
Buy Photo. The African-American Family Book Expo will be held Sunday at the Northwest Activity Center to promote literacy. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the center, 18100 Meyers, features nationally best-selling authors and publishers, "discount" autographed books for sale, entertainment and a photo exhibit celebrating black history month. The expo is sponsored by online retailer Detroit Book City. "This event highlights some of the   Read More ...
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Riley: Governor, it's time for leadership on literacy
When Gov. Rick Snyder’s emergency managers helped ruin the already declining Detroit Public Schools, I did not ask him to resign. When the governor sat by and watched children in an American city be poisoned for nearly two years while ignoring their complaints, I did not ask him to resign. Governor, it now may be time for you to step down. ►Related: State of Michigan says literacy is not a   Read More ...
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GOP Gov. Snyder’s office says Detroit school kids have no right to literacy
The state of Michigan is being sued because several schools in Detroit are failing to teach children how to read, and Gov. Rick Snyder’s team of lawyers has come up with a novel defense. , Gov. Snyder’s attorneys are claiming that children who are taught within the state’s school systems have no fundamental right to literacy, which means that the state isn’t liable if its schools fail to educate them.   Read More ...
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Flashy language doesn't fly with Supreme Court
Memo to all attorneys submitting legal briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court: Be subtle and your chances of winning go up significantly. A new study co-authored by a Michigan State University political scientist finds briefs written with emotional language are much less likely to win the justices' votes. Is your client an "elderly widow seeking to retain her lifelong home"? Stick with that. Taking it further by claiming she is   Read More ...
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State says literacy not a right in Detroit
Attorneys for Gov. Rick Snyder say no fundamental right to literacy exists for Detroit schoolchildren who are suing the state over the quality of their education. The governor’s lawyers are asking a federal judge to reject what they call an “attempt to destroy the American tradition of democratic control of schools.” Timothy J. Haynes, an assistant attorney general, made those statements in a 62-page motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed   Read More ...
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Exclusive excerpt: 'Rogue One' book sets up new 'Star Wars' movie
Stealing the plans for the Death Star may be the Rebels' main mission in the upcoming movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but the new Star Wars novel Rogue One: Catalyst puts a human face on the Empire’s super-weapon of mass destruction. Out Nov. 15, author James Luceno’s Catalyst (Del Rey) acts as a leadup to the Rogue One film (in theaters Dec. 16) by focusing on two characters   Read More ...
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Read a book, get a $2 discount at this Michigan barber shop
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- There’s no barber pole outside Fuller’s Cuts in Ypsilanti. Possibly because there’s a whole lot more going on inside than snipping, clipping and trimming. “You can start reading,” barber Ryan Griffin tells Treyveon Lymon. “If you have any trouble with words, just ask.” Griffin cuts hair while he reads. “Sound it out. Sssss. Excellent, ‘circumstance,’” Griffin says. “We have to cross the street,” Treyveon says. “I make   Read More ...
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Young students get discount for reading in barber shop - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU
YPSILANTI, MI (WDIV/CNN) - A Michigan barber shop is offering an incentive for young readers. Kids who read out loud while getting their hair cut get a discount. One barber says the program is not only giving the young men confidence, it's making reading cool. "The kid couldn't read, so the kid just counted cupcakes for me. But what the kid did was put a book in his hands. That's   Read More ...
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Young students get discount for reading in barber shop -
YPSILANTI, MI (WDIV/CNN) - A Michigan barber shop is offering an incentive for young readers. Kids who read out loud while getting their hair cut get a discount. One barber says the program is not only giving the young men confidence, it's making reading cool. "The kid couldn't read, so the kid just counted cupcakes for me. But what the kid did was put a book in his hands. That's   Read More ...
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Comic book publisher Gary Reed dead at 60
Many artists and writers who found fame in the comic book/graphic novel industry owe at least a frame in their career history to Gary Reed. The Metro Detroit native launched Caliber Comics, an independent publishing firm that attracted numerous talents while becoming a major producer of alternative titles. “Gary was independent comics,” said Joe Pruett, an award-winning comic book editor, publisher and writer who worked for him. “He gave anybody   Read More ...
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Reading party rings in book donation to Detroit schools
But Thursday, the chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions will read excerpts from his book, “Super Oscar” to third-graders from Amelia Earhart Elementary School during a reading party hosted by Ford Fund in collaboration with First Book. It is part of a celebration by the two entities to donate 10,000 new books by the end of the year to nearly 100 schools in Detroit to promote literacy. The event   Read More ...
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set novel finds hope among the hopeless
Author Christopher Hebert. to read from ‘Angels in Detroit’ on Monday at Literati Bookstore. in Ann Arbor For Christopher Hebert, the long road to writing his novel about a cast of characters struggling to create better lives in the desolate landscape of Detroit began decades ago during his boyhood in Syracuse, New York, an urban setting also in decline, its glory days long past. “I had lots of car rides   Read More ...
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New Detroit-area writing group seeks teen ambassadors
Detroit — A southeastern Michigan group that aims to build understanding among children from varying backgrounds through creative writing seeks its first class of ambassadors. One Earth Writing says it’s looking for teenagers interested in exploring writing through identity and participating in monthly writing workshops. The teens also would help run workshops in schools, houses of worship and community centers. The application process runs from Monday through Oct. 10, and   Read More ...
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Children's book immortalizes former Detroit Zoo elephants who moved to Northern California sanctuary
ROYAL OAK -- A new children's book immortalizes Wanda and Winky, former Detroit Zoo elephants who moved to California to live out their final years. Retired Walled Lake school district teacher and library media specialist Linda McLean, who lives in Commerce Township, and illustrator Susan VanDeventer Warner of Walled Lake collaborated on the book titled "Wanda and Winky," the Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/2bl9Ngm ). The aging elephants were moved   Read More ...
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Children book immortalizes former Detroit Zoo elephants
Royal Oak — A new children’s book immortalizes Wanda and Winky, former Detroit Zoo elephants that moved to California to live out their final years. Retired Walled Lake school district teacher and library media specialist Linda McLean, who lives in Commerce Township, and illustrator Susan VanDeventer Warner of Walled Lake collaborated on the book titled “Wanda and Winky,” the Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/2bl9Ngm ). The aging elephants were moved   Read More ...
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Children's book immortalizes former Detroit Zoo elephants
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A new children's book immortalizes Wanda and Winky, former Detroit Zoo elephants who moved to California to live out their final years. The Detroit Free Press reports ( ) that retired Walled Lake school district teacher and library media specialist Linda McLean, who lives in Commerce Township, and illustrator Susan VanDeventer Warner of Walled Lake collaborated on the book, "Wanda and Winky." A book launch   Read More ...
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7 booksellers pick the perfect summer reading
Are you on the hunt for your next great read? All Things Considered asked booksellers across the country to share recommendations for books that you can take with you on vacation — or just to the nearest shade tree. We heard from: Nina Barrett, , Evanston, Ill.; Julia Green, , Alpine, Texas; John Evans, , Oakland, Larkspur and Brentwood, Calif.; Janet Webster Jones, , Detroit; Harriett Logan, , Shaker Heights,   Read More ...
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'Left Behind' co-author Tim LaHaye dies at 90
(CNN)Timothy LaHaye, the evangelical minister and co-author of the "Left Behind" book series, died Monday in San Diego following a massive stroke. The 90-year-old minister, the son of a Detroit autoworker, had a stroke while walking down his driveway Thursday to retrieve a newspaper, his son Larry LaHaye told CNN. LaHaye, along with Jerry B. Jenkins, wrote the blockbuster "Left Behind," a series of 16 novels dealing with Christian "end   Read More ...
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Tim LaHaye, author of "Left Behind" book series, dies in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Author and evangelist Tim LaHaye died in a San Diego hospital Monday at the age of 90 from complications of a stroke. The Detroit native co-authored the bestselling "Left Behind" series of books and donated millions of dollars to numerous religious institutions, including San Diego Christian College in Santee and Liberty University in Virginia, according to the Tim LaHaye Ministries website. LaHaye said remarks by a   Read More ...
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Tim LaHaye, author of best-selling 'Left Behind' books dies
Tim LaHaye, the author of the best-selling "Left Behind" book series died today (July 25), according to his ministry. He was 90. Family members said Dr. LaHaye passed away in a San Diego hospital after suffering a stroke several days ago. A native of Detroit, LaHaye is most noted for his best-selling book series "Left Behind," novels about the return of Jesus and the Rapture as described in the Bible.   Read More ...
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Writer-director Garry Marshall dies at age 81
Los Angeles — Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley” and the box-office successes “Pretty Woman” and “Runaway Bride,” has died. He was 81. Marshall died Tuesday in at a hospital in Burbank, California, of complications from pneumonia after having a stroke, his publicist Michelle Bega said in a statement. The director   Read More ...
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Stop Obsessing About "Writer's Block"!
"Writer's Block is bunk." That's not exactly what prize-winning author Loren D. Estleman said a few years ago at a Michigan writer's conference, but it's close. He'd already published over 60 books--working on a typewriter. The problem with even using the term, he said, is that it's a super unhelpful way of saying something very basic and ordinary in the life of a writer: you're stuck. I totally agree. When   Read More ...
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Language and privilege make Detroit schools debacle worse
Words can be used to show the same disrespect as a literal slap in the face, or worse. As a writer, I know that all too well. But what I can’t figure out, for the life of me, is why Republicans in the Michigan Legislature and the highly financed charter school lobby feel compelled to use the most insulting language to describe the recasting of public education here in Detroit.   Read More ...
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Study Reveals People Obsessed With Correcting Others Grammar Mistakes May Not Be Nice People
A recent study suggests what we’ve long suspected all along about the people who obsessively correct others grammar on social media platforms. The research found they aren’t as nice as the rest of us. For the study, Scientist Robin Queen and Julie Boland [from University of Michigan] asked 83 people to read emails responses from an ad to for the newspaper. They have been invited to point out the grammar   Read More ...
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Authors Donate Hundreds of Books to Girl After Fire
hree tweets from a children’s books author have changed the life of an 8-year-old Michigan girl. The author, Bob Shea, met Heidi VanSumeren, a second grader at Parma Elementary. School, when he visited the Michigan school for a presentation last month. Just days before the presentation, Heidi had lost most of her belongings -- including her treasured books and beloved desk -- during a fire at her family’s home.   Read More ...
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