Calendar

Jul
10
Mon
Ann Arbor Stories: Richard Retyi and Brian Peters @ Literati
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Richard Retyi and Brian Peters are Ann Arbor Stories, a podcast featuring stories of Ann Arbor’s distant and not so distant past, produced in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library. Join them at Literati Bookstore for two all new live stories from Ann Arbor’s past, including photos, spoken word and music, as well as a Q&A session with the creators.

Learn more about the podcast and share your own memories of Ann Arbor as well. Check out Ann Arbor stories at aadl.com/annarborstories or visit them on Twitter and Instagram at @annarborstories.

 

Jul
12
Wed
Poetry and the Written Word @ Crazy Wisdom
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757

 

Jul
18
Tue
Billy Bragg: Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World @ The Ark
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Tickets are $35 dollars, and bundled with a hardcover copy of the book. A Q&A and book-signing will follow the presentation. Please note that this event will not include a musical performance, but a one-of-a-kind oral presentation by one of folk music’s great storytellers.Doors at 6:30.

Skiffle  a do-it-yourself  music craze with American jazz, blues, folk, and roots influences  is a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch hunts. Skiffle is reason the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s.

Emerging from the trad-jazz clubs of the early 50s, Skiffle was adopted by the first generation of British teenagers  working class kids who grew up during the dreary, post-war rationing years. Before Skiffle, the pop culture was dominated by crooners and mediated by a stuffy BBC. Lonnie Donegan hit the charts in 1956 with a version of Lead Bellys Rock Island Line and soon sales of guitars rocketed from 5,000 to 250,000 a year.

Like punk rock that would flourish two decades later, Skiffle was home grown: all you needed were three guitar chords and you could form a group, with mates playing tea-chest bass and washboard as a rhythm section.

Roots, Radicals & Rockers is the first book to explore the Skiffle phenomenon in depth  Billy Braggs meticulously researched and joyous account shows how Skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it.

Billy Bragg is an English singer-songwriter and left-wing activist. His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, with lyrics that mostly span political or romantic themes. Billys music is heavily centered on bringing about change and getting the younger generation involved in activist causes.

Event date:
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 – 7:00pm
Event address:
316 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Moth Storyslam: Denial @ Ann Arbor Distilling Company
Jul 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Each month 10 storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on the monthly theme. The 3 judges are recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Space limited, so it’s smart to arrive early.

7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6 p.m.), $10. 764-5118.

 

 

Jul
26
Wed
Home Plate: Fictionalizing Familiar Places, with Kelly Fordon and Laura Thomas @ Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The authors will discuss how their fiction transforms home into character. How do writers use assumptions about familiar places to find the unexpected and surprising?  When is a hometown the whole trouble, and also the last, best hope for change? The authors will also talk about how the unique landscape of the upper Midwest inspires their fiction.

Kelly Fordon’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, The Kenyon Review (KRO), Rattle and various other journals. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks. The first one, On the Street Where We Live, won the 2012 Standing Rock Chapbook Award and the latest one, The Witness, won the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for the Chapbook and was shortlisted for the Grand Prize. Her novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book, a 2016 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Finalist, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, an Eric Hoffer Finalist, and an IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist in the short story category. She works for The College for Creative Studies, Springfed Arts and The InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit.

Laura Hulthen Thomas is the author of the short fiction collection, States of Motion, published by Wayne State University Press. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including The Cimarron Review, Nimrod International Journal, Epiphany and Witness. She received her MFA in fiction writing from Warren Wilson College. She currently heads the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan’s Residential College, where she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction.

Jul
29
Sat
Panel Discussion on “Bad Guys” with Sarah Zettel, Terrence P. Bronson, Louis Stock, and Jason Porter @ Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
Jul 29 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Membership event for the new Michigan chapter of Sisters in Crime, Saturday, July 29, 2:30 PM. Refreshments, membership sign up, and a panel discussion on “Bad Guys” with author Sarah Zettel, Judge Terrence P. Bronson, Retired U.S. Marshall Louis Stock and Pinkerton Vice President Jason Porter. The panel will be moderated by Judy Lee Burke and the event introduced by Michigan Sisters in Crime President Jan Rydzon. The panel discussion will take place at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase (across the street from Aunt Agatha’s),  212 S. 4th Ave.

Aug
1
Tue
Moth Storyslam: Caution @ Ann Arbor Distilling Company
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Each month 10 storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on the monthly theme. The 3 judges are recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Space limited, so it’s smart to arrive early.

7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6 p.m.), $10. 764-5118.

 

 

Aug
2
Wed
Haroon Moghul: How to Be A Muslim: An American Story @ AADL Multipurpose Room
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Shalom Hartman Institute (Jerusalem) Muslim Leadership Initiative facilitator Haroon Moghul discusses his coming-of-age memoir about growing up as a 2nd-generation American Muslim in a post-9/11 world. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555.

Aug
15
Tue
Moth Storyslam: Good Intentions @ Ann Arbor Distilling Company
Aug 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Each month 10 storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on the monthly theme. The 3 judges are recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Space limited, so it’s smart to arrive early.

7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6 p.m.), $10. 764-5118.

 

 

Aug
21
Mon
The Hummingbird Global Writers’ Circle presents Writing Gender: Laura Thomas, Linda Gregerman, Debroti Dhar, Michael Ferro @ Lane Hall
Aug 21 @ 3:00 am – 5:00 am

The Hummingbird Global Writers’ Circle is an international reading series started by Dr. Debotri Dhar, CEW Visiting Scholar (2015-17) and Lecturer in Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. The aim of this literary initiative is to bring writers and communities together in different parts of the world to foster a love of books, to discuss the craft of writing, and to promote creative dialogue and global understanding in small ways. The name was inspired by the tiny hummingbird which builds its home with just a few drops of nectar, a root here, a leaf there, and a little bit of sky.

The Circle’s themed readings by established and emerging writers are free and open to the community. The theme for the first event of the Circle is feminism/ gender, to be held on Monday August 21 (3-5 pm) at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The writer-speakers for this session are Linda Gregerson, Laura Hulthen Thomas, Mike Ferro and Debotri Dhar (writer bios below), who will read from their poetry and fiction, followed by conversation /Q&A.

Light refreshments will be served. All members of the community are welcome to attend, however, RSVP is required. If you wish to hear our speakers read from their work, share tips, and engage in conversation, please RSVP to debotri@umich.edu.