Ann Arbor Reads Events: 2010

ANN ARBOR/YPSILANTI READS AUTHOR EVENT

Acclaimed author Jerry Dennis will make a special appearance as part of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. His book, 'The Living Great Lakes: Searching For The Heart Of The Inland Seas', has been chosen as the focus of the 2010 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program.

On Thursday, January 28 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Towsley Auditorium of the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College (4800 Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor), he will discuss this book as well as his own thoughts on the Great Lakes and his personal 4-week journey through the lakes and beyond as a crew-member on a tall-masted schooner (which formed the basis of the book). A booksigning will follow and books will be on sale at this event, courtesy of Nicola’s Books. For information, call 327-4555

This appearance is a key event for the 2010 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program, which this year focuses on the theme of Michigan.

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OTHER EVENTS

Sunday, January 3, 2:00- 3:30 pm
Concert: The Paul Keller Trio – The Michigan Jazz Suite

This acclaimed trio Paul Keller (Paul Keller (bass), Steve Richko (piano) and Sean Dobbins (drums) will perform Keller’s Michigan Jazz Suite (which won the 2009 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Recording). The Michigan Jazz Suite is a compilation of 15 jazz tone poems inspired by famous Michigan destinations, people, events and icons and filled with vivid imagery.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Wednesday, January 6, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Lecture: University of Michigan’s Margaret Noori Discusses Native Americans Of Michigan: The Three Fires Confederacy

The US census of 1900 counted 6,354 Indians in Michigan. What did that census statistic mean at that time? What is the current census count of this Michigan population and what does it mean? A strong sense of social and environmental identity, and the ability to resist and accommodate change, has influenced Michigan Native American over the last two centuries. Join us for this fascinating look into the Michigan Native American culture and history. Margaret Noori is Director of the Comprehensive Studies Program and teaches the Anishinaabe Language and American Indian Literature at the University of Michigan.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Monday, January 11, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Lecture: Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Committed To The Deep: Exploring Underwater Treasures With Detroit Historical Society Curator Joel Stone

The very first ship on the upper Great Lakes, LaSalle’s Griffon, sailed only a single voyage before disappearing beneath the waves. Since then, thousands of other vessels, along with their crews, have met the same fate. What remains of their ships and cargos beneath the mighty Great Lakes? What are the stories of those adventurers who brave the waters of the deep to search for these sunken monuments of the seas? Join us for a fascinating tour of the mysteries of the Lakes with Detroit Historical Society curator Joel Stone.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Saturday, January 16, 2:00- 3:30 pm
Lecture: Auto Expert & Automotive Magazine Publisher David E. Davis Jr. Discusses The 2010 Auto Show And The Future Of Michigan’s Auto Industry

What does the future hold for this industry in Michigan? What trends can be spotted from this year’s Auto Show? David E. Davis Jr. will also discuss his historic automobile life in Michigan and why he and his wife chose to return and live here. Davis is an automobile journalist and magazine publisher. His career in the automotive industry spanned from race car driver, factory worker and car salesman to ad salesman with Road & Track and copywriter for Corvette advertisements before becoming a writer for Car and Driver magazine in 1962. He wrote for that publication until 1967 and later became its editor and publisher from 1976 to 1985 before leaving to found Automobile magazine. Time magazine called Davis the "dean of automotive journalists."
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Sunday, January 24, 2:00- 3:30 pm
Lecture: Michigan: If You Seek An Interesting History, Look Around You Discussed By Martin Hershock, Assistant Professor and Department Chair of History at the University of Michigan, Dearborn

The presentation will offer a broad overview of Michigan's history from the time of its earliest native inhabitants up through the present day. Among the themes to be emphasized will be: migration, mobility and diversity; the importance of geography in Michigan's past; Michigan's extractive industries; the rise of the auto industry; environmental history; the legal landscape; and urbanization and post-industrialism.
Martin Hershock is also the author of The Paradox of Progress: Economic Change, Individual Enterprise, and Political Culture in Michigan, and co-editor of The History of Michigan Law (Law, Society & Politics in the Midwest), and The Political Lincoln: An Encyclopedia.
Ann Arbor District Library - Malletts Creek Branch
3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
For information, call 327-4200

Thursday, January 28, 7:30- 8:30 pm
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Author Jerry Dennis Discuss This Year’s Reads Book ‘The Living Great Lakes: Searching For The Heart Of The Inland Seas’

Dennis will discuss this book as well as his own thoughts on the Great Lakes and his personal 4-week journey through the lakes and beyond as a crew-member on a tall-masted schooner (which formed the basis of the book). A booksigning will follow and books will be on sale at this event, courtesy of Nicola’s Books.
Morris Lawrence Building
Washtenaw Community College
4800 Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI
For information, call 327-4555

Saturday, February 6, 3:00- 4:00pm
Fur, Feathers, and Scales

Come see native Michigan animals and learn about the classification of animals from the folks at Leslie Science Center. (Youth)
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 734.482.4110 ext. 1340

Sunday, February 7, 2:00- 3:30pm
Concert: A Tribute to the Golden Age of Jazz with the Detroit-Based Jazz Group, Giant Steps, Featuring Allan Barnes

For over 40 years, the legendary Allan Barnes, a gifted instrumentalist, talented composer, and performer, has created a series of recordings of unparalled mastery. Giant Steps is a compilation of Detroit's finest jazz band leaders, featuring Cliff Monear (piano), Sunny Wilkinson (vocals), Rayse Biggs (trumpet), Gayelynn McKinney (drums) and Nick Calandro, Jr. (bass)
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Thursday, February 11, 7:00- 8:30pm
Michigan Eats! with Yvonne Lockwood, Curator of Folklife at the MSU Museum

Yvonne Lockwood shares images and stories about local and regional foods in Michigan. From muskrat dinners to Coneys, she will discus the variety of unique foods and the traditions surrounding them.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Saturday, February 13, 1:00- 2:00pm
Sing a Song of Michigan with Carl Behrend

Join us in celebrating one of Michigan’s greatest natural resources with folksinger Carl Behrend whose songs are inspired by the people, legends, and historic tales of our Great Lakes. (All Ages)
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 734.482.4110 ext. 1377

Monday, February 15, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Current Ecological Issues of the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes have undergone massive environmental change since European settlement. James Diana, Director of the Michigan Sea Grant College Program, University of Michigan, will discuss the dramatic changes that have occurred in the Lakes, including invasive species, as well as the changes likely to occur over the future.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Tuesday, February 16, 7:00- 8:00pm
Soup Talk with Local Chef Bee Mayhew

Winter is the perfect time to cook soup to feed your friends and family. Local chef and restaurateur Bee Mayhew from Beezy’s Café and Coffee in downtown Ypsilanti will talk about making soup using everyday Michigan food products. Come add to your recipe files and try a soup sample! (Adult/Teen)
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 734.482.4110 ext. 1377

Sunday, February 21, 2:00- 4:00pm
Historic Photographs of Ann Arbor

Wystan Stevens, local history buff, and Kingsbury Marzolf, retired UM professor, present photographs from the very rare local history book, 'Art Work of Washtenaw County,' which was published in 1893. Cosponsored by the Washtenaw County Historical Society.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Thursday, February 25, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Alternative Energy and Michigan's Future

Larry Kaufman of DTE, Trista Gregorski of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, and Sean Reed of Clean Energy Coalition will discuss wind energy, solar energy, and biofuels and their impact on Michigan.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For information, call 327-4555

Saturday, February 27, 2:00- 4:00pm
Crafternoons @ Superior: Michigan Mittens

Make your own decorative foam mitten. (Youth)
Ypsilanti District Library
8975 MacArthur Blvd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Details: 734.482.3747

Thursday, March 4, 7:00- 9:00pm
Strut Your Stuff: Motown Karaoke at YDL!

In YDL’s first-ever karaoke event, come as you are or dress as your favorite performer and “strut your stuff.” Take a turn solo or as a group. Have fun singing and watching everyone’s take on the legendary Motown sound. This is not a contest, but a celebration of Michigan’s great musical heritage. (Adult/Teen)
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 734.482.4110 ext. 1377

Saturday, March 6, 2:00pm
Michigan Magic! Women’s History ALIVE!

Sandra Hansen’s wonderful one-woman show is filled with magic tricks and the tales, trials, and tribulations of six women in Michigan history. Laughter and learning for all ages!
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 734.482.4110 ext. 1377

Sunday, March 7, 2:00- 4:00 pm
Cook Michigan! Celebrate the Foods of Our Great Lakes State

Calling chefs of all ages! We’re celebrating Michigan’s bounty with a cooking contest. Create a dish featuring at least one made or grown in Michigan food products and bring it in to the library for judging on March 7. Entry forms with all rules and details will be available at all YDL locations starting February 1.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 734.482.4110 ext. 1377