Steve Daut: Telling Twain @ Dexter Downtown Library
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Veteran Chelsea storyteller and writer Steve Daut, a Second City Comedy Club grad, reads from his new collection of classic Mark Twain stories he adapted for modern audiences. The book also contains historical and performance notes for each tale. Book sale & signing.
2-3:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477

Meena Puri: Healing Your Relationship with Food – The Ayurveda Answer @ Crazy Wisdom
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Author Event – Healing Your Relationship with Food – The Ayurveda Answer with Meena Puri
Jan 15th 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – There is no diet that will get to the real problem facing many Americans these days. The problem is less about the food and more about their relationship with food. How can we be in a better relationship with food? Meena Puri, Founder of the Ayurvedic Healing Centre, digs deep into this question in her new book, Healing Your Relationship with Food – The Ayurveda Answer.
I will be offering a book talk on my upcoming book; Healing Your Relationship With Food: The Ayurveda Answer and doing book signing.
For more information contact Meena Puri at (248) 202-0983 or email at:
The Moth Storyslam: Drive @ Greyline
Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Jan. 8 & 15. Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit that also produces a weekly public radio show. Ten storytellers are selected at random to tell a 3-5 minute story–this month’s themes are “Backwards”(Jan. 8) & “Drive” (Jan. 15)–judged by a 3-person team recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Seating limited, so arrive early.
7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6 p.m.), Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. General admission tickets $10 in advance only at beginning a week before each event. 764-5118.


Book Signing: C.A. Collins: Sunshine through the Rain @ Nicola's Books
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a signing with C.A. Collins, of her new book Sunshine through the Rain. Ms. Collins was born and raised in the Deep South where sweet tea, seafood gumbo, and “bless your heart” were commonplace. Ms. Collins was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Crazy Family. Sunshine through the Rain follows Christie Ann Cook, a cynical, wise-beyond-her-years, truth-telling young girl who is coming of age in the Deep South during the civil rights movement, women’s rights, and Roe v. Wade. Christie narrates her story mixing equal measures of drama and humor.

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Seating at the event will be first-come first-served. This event will be a standing-room crowd, so if you require a seat for medical reasons, please contact us  in advance to make arrangements.

About the Book

Sunshine through the Rain follows Christie Ann Cook, a cynical, wise-beyond-her-years, truth-telling young girl who is coming of age in the Deep South during the civil rights movement, women’s rights, and Roe v. Wade. Christie narrates her story mixing equal measures of drama and humor. She is trying to determine who she is in a home where her mother’s main goal is to turn her into a Southern belle while her father tries to turn her into the boy he always wanted. Guided by Ernestine, the family’s housekeeper/nanny/saint, Christie develops her own ideas of right and wrong, and they aren’t always popular in the racially charged South. Christie takes us through the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the violent death of Ernestine’s young cousin, and the rape of her college roommate. She desperately tries to make sense of a world that’s gone crazy, realizing in the end each one of us decides our own fate and the right thing and the difficult thing are most often the same thing.

About the Author

Ms. Collins was born and raised in the Deep South where sweet tea, seafood gumbo, and “bless your heart” were commonplace. Ms. Collins was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Crazy Family. She began writing short stories when she was six years old, and two years ago, she decided to try her hand at writing a full-time. Before taking time off to write, she was the director of several nonprofit agencies, including United Way and Habitat for Humanity. She lives in the upper Midwest with her husband, Mike, and their Coondog, Lincoln. Ms. Collins has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration and a master’s degree in organizational leadership both from Concordia University Ann Arbor. Ms. Collins is currently working on a true crime account of a murder that occurred in mid-Michigan in 1977 and was closed thirty years later without a conviction. Sunshine through the Rain is her first novel.

Michelle Kuo: Reading with Patrick @ Rackham Auditorium
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This acclaimed writer reads from Reading with Patrick, her memoir about teaching underprivileged students in Helena (AR) and her relationship with a gifted student who was later jailed for murder. The book is this year’s Washtenaw Reads selection.
7-8:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 327-4200.

Zilka Joseph: Sharp Blue Search of Flame @ Zion Lutheran Church
Jan 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

All area women invited to a reading by this Michigan poet, whose 2016 collection, Sharp Blue Search of Flame, includes dark, brooding poems that reflect her Jewish Indian roots and her experiences in Eastern and Western cultures. Socializing, refreshments. Child care available for kids age 5 & under. IN has no political or religious affiliation.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 662-5723

Wieseneck Symposium: Hebrew Literature Today: Israeli and Global Perspectives @ Rackham Amphitheater
Jan 17 @ 1:30 pm – 7:45 pm

1:30-3:30 pm – Roundtable in Hebrew: Readings of texts and discussion with UM faculty and graduate students: Maya Barzilai, Yael Kenan, Nadav Linial, Marina Mayorski, Shachar Pinsker

4:00-5:30 pm – Panel in English: Discussion with the authors about shared themes and questions from U-M faculty and graduate students
Moderator: Maya Barizlai

5:30-6:30 pm – Reception with Authors

6:30-7:45 pm – Conversation with Authors: Maya Arad, Dory Manor, Ruby Namdar, and Moshe Sakal (in English. Books will be available for sale)
Moderator: Shachar Pinsker

The symposium brings four writers, who stand at the forefront of contemporary Hebrew literature in Israel and the US, in conversation with University of Michigan scholars and students. It features the highly acclaimed writers Maya Arad, Ruby Namdar, and Moshe Sakal, and the prize-winning poet, translator, and editor Dory Manor. Writers and scholars will discuss the meaning of writing Hebrew today in Israel and around the world, and the contacts between Hebrew and other languages. They will consider the challenges of translation, editing, and disseminating literature in a global context, as well as the political implications of Hebrew literature today.

The front entrance of Rackham, located on East Washington, is accessible by stairs and ramp. There are elevators on both the east and wends ends of the lobby. The assembly hall is on the fourth floor.
If you have a disability that requires an accommodation, contact the Judaic Studies office at or 734-763-9047.

Book Signing: Joe Koenig: Getting the Truth: I Am D.B. Cooper @ Nicola's Books
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

It’s considered one of America’s most notorious unsolved mysteries. Many remember the night of November 24, 1971 when we learned a man named D.B. Cooper hijacked the NWA flight 305.

Now, for the first time, Joe Koenig is releasing the details of his investigation to the public in Getting the Truth: I am D.B. Cooper. Joe retired from the Michigan State Police after 26 years of service and has over 50 years of investigative experience in both public and private sectors. He was the lead investigator of the James R. Hoffa disappearance case and has investigated homicides, organized crime, financial crimes, narcotics, and public corruption. His experience includes past presidency of the Michigan National Academy Associates and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Most importantly in this case, which relies heavily on written correspondence, audio tapes, and personal witness testimony, Joe is a pioneer in the field of forensic linguistics. Joe will share with us stories from his time with the case and will sign copies following the event.

Fiction at Literati: Stephen Mack Jones: Lives Laid Away @ Literati
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Literati is excited to welcome author Stephen Mack Jones who will be discussing his latest novel Lives Laid Away, follow-up to his award-winning novel August Snow.

About Lives Laid Away:
Detroit ex-cop August Snow takes up vigilante justice when his beloved neighborhood of Mexicantown is caught in the crosshairs of a human trafficking scheme.

When the body of an unidentified young Hispanic woman dressed as Queen Marie Antoinette is dredged from the Detroit River, the Detroit Police Department wants the case closed fast. Wayne County Coroner Bobby Falconi gives the woman’s photo to his old pal ex-police detective August Snow, insisting August show it around his native Mexicantown to see if anyone recognizes her. August’s good friend Elena, a prominent advocate for undocumented immigrants, recognizes the woman immediately as a local teenager, Isadora del Torres.

Izzy’s story is one the authorities don’t want getting around–and she’s not the only young woman to have disappeared during an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid, only to turn up dead a few weeks later. Preyed upon by the law itself, the people of Mexicantown have no one to turn to. August Snow, the son of an African-American cop and a Mexican-American painter, will not sit by and watch his neighbors suffer in silence. In a guns-blazing wild ride across Detroit, from its neo-Nazi biker hole-ups to its hip-hop recording studios, its swanky social clubs to its seedy nightclubs, August puts his own life on the line to protect the community he loves.

Stephen Mack Jones is a published poet, an award-winning playwright, and a recipient of the prestigious Hammett Prize and the Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in the suburbs of Detroit. He worked in advertising and marketing communications for a number of years before turning to fiction.

Webster Reading Series: Erika Nestor and Pemi Aguda @ UMMA
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. We encourage you to bring your friends – a Webster reading makes for an enjoyable and enlightening Friday evening.

Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including poetry by Erika Nestor and prose by ‘Pemi Aguda.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330