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October 2014

Still Missing: Michigan’s Mysterious Unsolved Disappearances

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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What do a mild-mannered grocery store manager from Michigan and the infamous skyjacker D.B. Cooper have in common? How can a married couple and the aircraft they were traveling in just disappear over a populated area? What happened to the freighter that was carrying many fathers, husbands, and sons of a small town, when it vanished and took them with it? Join author and shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson in exploring the mysterious, yet solvable disappearances of a person, a plane,…

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September 2014

Short Story Sampler: New Work from Local Writers

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Let September be the month of the Short Story! Lisa Lenzo, author of Strange Love and winner of the Hemmingway Days Festival Award, Monica McFawn, author of Bright Shards of Someplace Else and winner of the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award, and Andy Mozina, author of Quality Snacks and winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, will speak about writing and read from their new collections. Join us for this special, not-to-be-missed evening featuring three local award-winning…

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Michigan Notable Books Homecoming for Celebrated Authors

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Grand Rapids Public Library and the Library of Michigan have joined together to celebrate Michigan Notable Book authors from West Michigan. This special evening celebrates nine Michigan Notable authors and features a keynote presentation by Wade Rouse. Space is limited and registration is required. For ages 21 and over. Register at grpl.org/register.

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August 2014

Life as a NYC Cab Driver: An Evening with Melissa Plaut

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Does anyone ever really know what they want to do with their life? Join Melissa Plaut—author of Hack—as she reads from her book and talks about her journey from corporate copywriter to NYC cab driver. Plaut will share stories of her adventures both on and off the streets of New York, and her attempts to figure out her place in the world along the way. She’ll also present a slide show of some of the more colorful characters and moments…

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Why I Write Fantasy: A Discussion with A. Lee Martinez

August 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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A. Lee Martinez, author of 16 books including Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest will lead an open discussion about why he is drawn to the genre of fantasy and why it has such a great growing appeal across the board. He will also examine the hazards and pitfalls of the growing appeal. Come with your questions and ideas. A book signing will follow.

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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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