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June 2014

An Evening with Lori Nelson Spielman

June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Enjoy an evening of chocolates as Lori Nelson Spielman talks about the inspiration for her debut novel, The Life List. As a teacher, Lori is accustomed to giving homework assignments, so each audience member will receive his or her own ‘life list’ to complete. She will answer questions from the audience, freely sharing behind-the-scenes information about her journey to publication. One member of the audience will win a copy of the book, and Lori will happily sign copies after the…

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What Does It Take to Reach Your Dreams?

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Kris Mathis, a local author and motivational speaker, will deliver a step-by-step program that will teach you how to achieve any goal or dream. He will share some principles from his book that will help you discover your true purpose, how to take control of your life, and make your goals and dreams a reality. He will also explore how to keep fighting for your goals even when you want to give up; how to believe in yourself and your…

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Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry: The Vital Ongoings of Michigan Poetry

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Poet William Olsen will discuss poetry in Michigan, looking at both its diversity and it universities as seen in his anthology Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry. Poetry readings by Olsen, Linda Nemec Foster, and Amorak Huey will be followed by a question and answer session. Join us for an evening full of poetry and lively discussion.

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April 2014

Path of Destruction: The Story of West Michigan’s Worst Natural Disaster

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Ernie Ostuno, author of Path of Destruction, will discuss the April 3, 1956, tornado. The tornado touched down in Hudsonville, MI, killing 17, injuring 340, and leveling downtown Standale. Many people, some of them badly injured, helped the National Guard in the immediate recovery by searching for neighbors trapped under the debris of what had been their homes. Local history librarian Tim Gleisner will share the library’s archival materials on the natural disaster that affected our city.

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A Fiction Writer After Fifty

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Twice honored by the Library of Michigan as a Michigan Notable Book author, Donald Lystra will talk about his journey to learn to write fiction beginning in his fifties. He will discuss his experience to master the craft of fiction and the road to getting published. Using examples from his recent story collection, Something that Feels Like Truth, and his 2009 novel, Season of Water and Ice, he will speak about the blending of facts and imagination that can lead…

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March 2014

Author Visit: Dwight “Skip” Stackhouse

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Author and former Grand Rapids resident Dwight G. Stackhouse will read from and discuss his novel Mother’s Milk. Stackhouse was the protege of author James Baldwin who wrote the poem Song for Skip about him. Mother’s Milk, influenced by Baldwin’s work, is the story of a young minister who is broken by the death of his mother. A book signing will follow the presentation. Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Consider a gift today.

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The Great Michigan Read: Annie’s Ghosts

March 15 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Three area experts will explore the themes found in Steve Luxenberg’s book Annie’s Ghosts, which was selected as the 2014 Great Michigan Read. Author D.E. Johnson will discuss Eloise Hospital using information and photos gained from researching his book Detroit Breakdown. Christy Buck, executive director of The Mental Health Foundation will provide an overview of mental health treatment and practices from the 1900s to now. Genealogist Don Bryant will share tips on how to find your family’s real past. Sponsored…

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One Book, One City for Kids: Author Rob Buyea at Pooh’s Corner

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pooh’s Corner Bookstore,
Breton Village Mall, 1830 Breton Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States
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Come to Pooh’s Corner Bookstore for a reception and book signing. Visit with the author, ask him all your questions, and share your thoughts about his books. Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Consider a gift today.

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February 2014

Living History and The Colored Car: The Backstory

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Sharing the process of researching and writing her latest book, author Jean Alicia Elster will provide the backstory to the creation of The Colored Car. Elster will also explore the challenge of keeping historical authenticity within the plot while creating a storyline and characters that will engage twenty-first century readers. Interspersed throughout the presentation, she will read selections from various chapters of The Colored Car. A book signing will follow the presentation. Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Consider a…

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Taste of Soul Sunday

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us as we celebrate African American history and culture at the ninth annual Taste of Soul Sunday. Sample African American art, music, literature, history, and food. Free and open to the public. Call 616-988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/tasteofsoul for more information. Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Consider a gift today.

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