Herb Boyd: Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination @ AADL Multipurpose Room
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Journalist and activist Herb Boyd discusses his new book, which covers such figures in Detroit history as abolitionist William Lambert, Motown founder Berry Gordy, the city’s first black mayor Coleman Young, and others.
7-9 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.

Jeffrey Chapman @ Kreft Center Recital Hall
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This Oakland University creative writing professor reads from and discusses his recent work. His short stories and comics blend the mundane with the fantastical, creating largely plausible narratives with small doses of the impossible.
7:30 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Center Recital Hall, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389.

Brenda Travis and John Obee: Mississippi’s Exiled Daughter: How My Civil Rights Baptism Under Fire Shaped My Life @ AADL Multipurpose Room
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Civil rights activists Brenda Travis and John Obee discuss their new book about Travis’ arrests in 1961 at age 16 for participating in a sit-in at a bus station and leading a walkout from her high school. She was released from jail the 2nd time on the condition that she leave Mississippi.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.

Tom Gage and Mickey Lolich: Joy in Tigertown: A Determined Team, A Resilient City, and Our Magical Run to the 1968 World Series @ AADL Multipurpose Room
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mickey Lolich (the 1968 World Series MVP) and longtime Detroit News Tigers beat writer Tom Gage read from their new book based on interviews with players and personnel.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.

John Kerry: Every Day is Extra, in Conversation with Debbie Dingell @ Rackham Auditorium
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Literati Bookstore is thrilled to welcome John Kerry to Ann Arbor as he reads and discusses his memoir, Every Day Is Extra. The Secretary will be in conversation with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. 

Tickets are general admission and include a hardcover copy of Every Day Is Extra, to be picked up at the venue the evening of the event. A Q&A and signing will follow. To reduce wait times for signing, there will be no personalizations and no posed photographs.

About Every Day Is ExtraJohn Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life—from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Secretary of State for four years—a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history.

Every Day Is Extra is John Kerry’s candid personal story. A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and served in Vietnam. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned, and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war.

Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. In 2004 he was the Democratic presidential nominee and came within one state—Ohio—of winning. Kerry returned to the Senate, chaired the important Foreign Relations Committee, and succeeded Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2013. In that position he tried to find peace in the Middle East; dealt with the Syrian civil war while combatting ISIS; and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

Every Day Is Extra is Kerry’s passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington.

Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for fifty years. Every Day Is Extra shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty, and authentic man that he is, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world.

About John Kerry: John Forbes Kerry is a former Secretary of State and five-term US Senator. Kerry is the author of Every Day Is ExtraA Call to Service: My Vision for a Better AmericaThe New War, and the best-selling This Moment on Earth. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs at Yale University as well as the inaugural Visiting Distinguished Statesman for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, have two daughters, three sons, and seven grandchildren.

About Debbie Dingell: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents Michigan’s 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Recognized as one of the 25 hardest-working Members of Congress, Debbie is focused on forging bipartisan solutions that support Michigan’s families and economy, including improving long-term care and ushering in the future of the American auto industry. Before being elected to Congress, Debbie worked in the auto industry for more than three decades, where she was President of the General Motors (GM) Foundation and a senior executive responsible for public affairs. She was also Chairman of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors, and continues to fight to make education more affordable and accessible in Congress.

Discussion with Alan Dershowitz, and New Jewish Book Display and Sale @ Jewish Community Center
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This legal scholar and Fox News contributor discusses Magen David Adom, the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross. Also, display and sale in the JCC lobby (Oct. 18-Dec. 1) of some 170 new books by Jewish authors, ranging from cookbooks, expensive gift books, children’s books, and reference books to books by local authors and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.)
7-8:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free admission to the sale; $18 for the talk. 971-0990.

Richard Moss: Nixon’s Back Channel to Moscow: Confiding Diplomacy and Détente @ Ford Presidential Library
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

U.S. Naval War College Center for Naval Warfare Studies research professor Richard Moss discusses his new book based on the Nixon tapes as well as newly declassified documents. Book sale, signing, and reception follow.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555

National Novel Writing Month Kickoff @ AADL Westgate
Oct 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to learn about this nonprofit (also known as NaNoWriMo) encouraging teens and adults to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of November. Refreshments.
4-5 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

Julia Mossbridge: Normalizing Precognition: How Sensing the Future Can Be Explained Without Breaking Occam’s Razor @ Rackham Amphitheater
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

U-M Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies Consciousness Next! Series presents Dr. Julia Mossbridge, whose recent book The Premonition Code: The Science of Precognition, How Sensing the Future Can Change Your Life (with Theresa Cheung) was published on October 16.

The presentation will feature examples of precognitive experiences—where an individual has knowledge about the future that s/he could not have obtained via “normal” channels—and will cover what makes a precognition something other than coincidence. Dr. Julia Mossbridge, who contends that receiving accurate information about future events is neither unscientific nor uncommon, will explain how the scientific evidence for precognition, combined with what we know about consciousness and the nature of time, makes precognition a reasonable phenomenon to investigate further through research and application.

Mossbridge is a fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a visiting scholar at Northwestern University in the Department of Psychology. Her book Transcendent Mind, published by the American Psychological Association in 2017, is one of the first academic books to examine paranormal experiences (nonlocal, physically transcendent dimensions of consciousness). Her research focus is precognition and its ramifications for creativity and healing, the time-consciousness relationship, and further capacities of consciousness that are coherent with an emergent, more integral conception of mind.

The U-M Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies (PCCS) is directed by music professor and consciousness theorist Ed Sarath. It brings together colleagues from a wide range of fields to explore creativity and its underpinnings in consciousness and ramifications thereof for emergent models of education, spirituality, sustainability, social justice, and peace.

The PCCS Consciousness Next! series examines a range of phenomena and ideas that unite cutting-edge scientific research and age-old spiritual wisdom.

Stories of Service: An Evening with Veterans @ Hill Auditorium
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Storytelling by Michigan veterans. Also, live entertainment by the Concordia University Choir & Band and others TBA.
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free, but tickets required in advance at (search for “Stories of Service”). (518) 481-0552.