Sunday, Lovely Sunday

– A Weekly Post By Megan Shaffer

October 25, 2009

Of Note

-The New York Times Magazine’s cover story The Audacity of ‘Precious’ discusses if America is ready for this tough movie by director Lee Daniels. Based on the 1996 novel “Push” by poet and writer Sapphire, this graphic movie takes on abuse, incest, and obesity. Sound appealing? Apparently the book is rougher. Sapphire recently appeared in the Michigan area promoting this difficult novel and the shocking realities it brings to light. For more, check out this story on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Of National Interest

-When the Game Was Ours, the new book by Larry Bird, Earvin Johnson and Jackie MacMullan, is already making quite a stir in the sports world. Forget the literary reviews, the book has been sucked into the media spotlight for slander railed against Isiah Thomas. Thomas told SI.com, “I’m totally blindsided by this.” The book is to be released Nov. 4th.

-If you missed either the book by Douglas Preston, or my review of The Monster of Florence on the site, you’ll be able to catch this grisly true-life thriller at the theater. The movie adaptation of The Monster of Florence is slated for release sometime in 2010 and will star Tom Cruise. The screenplay was written by award winning Christopher McQuarrie (Usual Suspects).

-Other film adaptations coming soon include The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series), The Road (Cormac McCarthy), and The Lovely Bones which is based on the novel by Alice Sebold.

-The documentary One Fast Move or I’m Gone:  Kerouac’s Big Sur by Curt Worden will bring Jack Keouac’s words to the big screen. Hoping to “allow the audience to connect with the author’s words”, Worden will bring in big guns Tom Waits, John Ventimiglia, and Patti Smith to voice Kerouac’s work. For a full interview with Worden, try this NPR interview on Morning Edition.

Local Voice

-Today October 25th, Susan Messer will be at Book Beat from 2-3:30 to discuss her book Grand River and Joy. Her first novel tackles racial tensions in Detroit circa 1967. The photographer Bill Rauhauser, whose photograph of the intersection covers the book, will display a small selection of Detroit images. The cover is a beauty!

-Continuing with the Great Michigan Read, the Michigan Humanities Council will sponsor  an on-line discussion with Bich Min Nguyen from October 26-30th. Providing “virtual dialogue on Stealing Buddha’s Dinner with individuals from other Michigan communities…will be posed to stimulate dialogue on immigration stories, cultural understanding, and contemporary history.”

-Laura Kasischke, author of In a Perfect World, will appear at the Baldwin Public Library on October 26th as part of the Celebrate National Reading Group Month. Sponsored by the WNBA as an “…opportunity for reading groups to reflect on their accomplishments and plan for the future-”,  Ms. Kasischke will appear at 7:00. See my post on Ms. Kasischke’s Borders appearance under Authors.

-On October 28th, Michael Zadoorian will talk at the Rochester Hills Public Library at 7:00. Zadoorian is the Detroit author of The Leisure Seeker and The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit. (links to Book Beat)

-On October 29th, Patricia Gussin will be signing her thriller The Test at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.

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