National Book Award Author Gloria Whelan at Book Beat

Sunday, Nov.22nd: Gloria Whelan at Book Beat

Book Beat is pleased to announce that National Book Award winning author Gloria Whelan will speak and autograph books at Book Beat on Sunday, November 22nd from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

WhelanGloria Whelan is a local author born in Detroit who has written over forty children’s chapter and picture books since her first title was published in 1978, including Friend on Freedom River, Night of the Full Moon, and Homeless Bird, a National Book Award winner.  Whelan will be talking about her latest children’s books, Waiting for the Owl’s Call and The Listeners. Books will be available for purchase at the event or can be ordered in advance.

Waiting for the Owl’s Call is the fictional but realistic story of an eight-year-old named Zulviya, a girl from Afghanistan whose female family members have been weavers for generations. Whelan presents an educational and thought-provoking introduction for young readers to the cultures and traditions of Afghanistan through the perspective of one child, as well as a compelling look at the global carpet industry and child labor

In The Listeners, Whelan tells the story of Ella May, a young slave girl who lives on a plantation in the American South before the Civil War. During the day Ella May must pick cotton in the plantation fields, but for her the important job comes at night when she goes to listen outside the slave owner’s house for secret news that could affect everyone. Brightly illustrated by Mike Benny’s paintings, this new picture book is part of the Tales of Young Americans series.

Whelan has also written three books in the Tales of the World series by Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Press.  For teachers and media specialists looking for books with “personal narratives,” these are highly recommended and any of her titles would be an excellent holiday gift idea.  Please forward this information or tell your friends and colleagues about this event in support of a local author whose work has inspired young readers for many years.

Book Beat Book Club: Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury

soundfuryThe Book Beat Book Club usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month, but since this day falls on the night before Thanksgiving the book club will be held on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:oo p.m. at Goldfish Tea House in Royal Oak. For more information call Book Beat at 248-968-1190.

The Sound and the Fury, published in October of 1929, was Faulkner’s fourth novel–and clearly his first work of genius. Now considered to be one of the strongest American contributions to the fiction of high modernism, it has generated countless critical interpretations. In writing the novel, Faulkner experienced a creative absorption and passion that he was never to forget; he said of The Sound and the Fury, “It’s the book I feel tenderest towards. I couldn’t leave it alone, and I never could tell it right, though I tried hard and would like to try again, though I’d probably fail again.”

Coming December 6th: Three Authors of YA Fiction at Baldwin Public Library.

The Book Beat and Baldwin Library are pleased to present an afternoon at Baldwin on December 6th from 2:00-3:30 PM with three distinguished authors of Young Adult fiction.

Helen Frost will be signing her new book Crossing Stones that takes place in Michigan, for ages 12 and up. She is also the winner of the 2009 Mitten Award for Diamond Willow.

Pearl North is a local author from Royal Oak, Michigan whose first book Libyrinth has just been published (also for ages 12 and up).

Amy Huntley is from East Lansing and is the author of The Everafter (ages 12 and up).

Southfield Public Library Battle of the Books Kick-off Meeting Thursday, November 19

The Battle of the Books for Southfield Public Library has a kick-off meeting on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the library auditorium for team managers.  The Book Beat will be there to sell the battle books.

Nov., 23, 24th: Spiritual Guide Amma to Visit Detroit

Amma the “hugging saint” from India will again be available at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Dearborn for a public gathering which is free and a special retreat which is available by registration. There is also the lure of great vegetarian Indian food and music. Amma is the recipient of the 2002 Gandhi-King  Award, for non-violence.

Burton Theater: New Cinema in Detroit

The Burton Theatre is an exciting, new, independent cinema in the Chinatown/Cass Corridor neighborhood of Detroit that features classic art house, independent, LGBT, foreign and cult films. Responding to the shortage of art house venues in the city, the Burton Theatre aims to help Detroit rival Chicago and New York as a center for independent film.  SUPPORT INDIE CINEMA NOW!

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