Roberta King has always had a way with words, but after the death of her son, Noah, she found herself suddenly at a loss for them. Despite being born with cerebral palsy, Noah lived happy, healthy and surrounded by a loving family for 16 years. In 2006 – when he was 17 – a bout with pneumonia took his life.
If the phrase “used book sale” brings to mind those sad piles of tattered Harlequin novels and dog-eared microwave cookbooks found in every thrift store, then perhaps you need to pay more attention to what the Kent District Library is up to. For the last two years, the organization has reinvigorated this once-tired concept by transforming a giant warehouse at its Comstock Park Service Center into a veritable book lover’s utopia during an annual event they’ve fittingly dubbed Book Bash.
Buddy Wakefield is, admittedly, far from enlightened. But 13 years after shucking a steady corporate gig and all of his worldly possessions for a Honda Civic and a new life as a traveling performance poet, he's working harder than ever to stay in the moment.
Schuler Books and Music will be closing its Alpine location (3165 Alpine Ave., Walker) this April. The other three locations in Grand Rapids and Lansing will continue to run as normal, but owners Bill and Cecile Fehsenfeld have decided not to resign the lease for the Alpine location.
Had her entire life not gone literally up in flames back in 1980, Debra Marquart would not be the writer she is today. In fact, she may have never even taken up writing at all.
For most people, January is all about looking ahead to the future. You know, out with the old, in with the new. For books lovers however, this is the time to gorge yourself on all of the delicious diction you somehow missed in 2013.
Perhaps your winter is full of wintery things to do, such as scraping the ice off your car's windshield or catching snowflakes with your tongue when no one is looking. But nothing will make your winter complete except for a comfy couch, a cup of hot buttered rum and a good book on your lap.
At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, a British runner with a hamstring injury, collapsed only to be pulled to his feet and helped around the finish line by another man who had jumped onto the track from the stands. Most people didn't see it, because the race was only a preliminary heat, but Mitch Albom saw a story, and ran to the stadium tunnel to find it.
If you are fond of exercising your fingers and want to spice up the dreary month of November, consider writing a 50,000 word brand-new novel in 30 days for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). And no, writing one word repeated 50,000 times does not count.
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