Book Beat Newsletter January

American Library Association Children’s Book Awards, Congratulations Authors and Illustrators!

The ALA announced the Children’s Book Award winners on Monday, January 18.  This was an exciting year for Book Beat because of the quality of the titles chosen, particularly this year’s Newbery Award Winner Rebecca Stead for her book, When You Reach Me. Also, one of our favoritmousemolee local author/illustrators, Herbert Wong Yee won a Theodore Geisel Honor Award for Mouse and Mole: Fine-Feathered Friends.   Check out the list of 2010 winners from the winners.  Congratulations Authors and illustrators!

We have many of the ALA winners on hand in our store; if you are interested in any of these titles please consider purchasing them from Book Beat, your local independent book seller.

DETROIT READS! One Book One Community Program

The Detroit Public Library Invites you to read and discuss: BEFORE I FORGET YOU by Leonard Pitts, Jr., on Saturday, Feb., 27th at 2:00 PM. Book Beat will be selling books at this event.

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2010: February 15-21

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is the United States delegate to the World Kindness Movement, an organization that includes various nations. People in these countries promote kindness within their countries’ borders and are creating a global network of kindness and compassion.

randomSome helpful ideas can be found in the Random Acts of Kindness revised edition.  With stories, quotations and suggestions for inspiration.

One local organization that would be an excellent recipient of a random act of kindness is the Canticle Cafe in downtown Detroit.  The cafe is a hospitality ministry of the Saint Aloysius Parish helping homeless and low-income individuals in Detroit.  They sell and serve delicious organic, fair-trade Michigan roasted coffee beans with proceeds helping their patrons.  You can purchase ground or whole beans at the location of the Cafe downtown, 1209 Washington Blvd, Detroit, or call their Coffee order HotLine at 313 309 1276.  The coffee is $10 for a 1-pound bag, a good price for their high quality coffee.

Also, the people at Canticle Cafe have mentioned that they can always use new white athletic socks for their homeless patrons.  If you’d like to help out with this you can drop off new white socks at Book Beat, we’ll have a box here that we will be bringing to the Canticle Cafe downtown February 22.  A small expense that makes a big difference.

Rashi’s Daughters’ Author Maggie Anton Signing at Congregation Beth Shalom

rashiThe author Maggie Anton, writer of the popular Rashi’s Daughters series will be speaking and signing Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:30 p.m at Congregation Beth Shalom.  The Rashi’s Daughters’ series is set in 11th Century France and concerns a Jewish scholar who teaches his daughters the Talmud.  This event is open to the public and is being sponsored by the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Shalom at 14601 W. Lincoln Road, Oak Park, MI 48237.  For more info call 248 547 7970.

Improve your relationships with DR. TERRI ORBUCH AT BALDWIN LIBRARY, Wed, Jan. 20th, at  7:00 PM

Join Dr. Terri Orbuch author of 5 SIMPLE STEPS TO TAKE YOUR MARRIAGE FROM GOOD TO GREAT at the Baldwin Public Library 300 W. Merrill, Birmingham.  How do you manage successful relationships in stressful times? Dr. Terri Orbuch, Detroit Free Press columnist, author of 5 Simple Steps to Take your Marriage from Good to Great and featured guest on Fox 2, will help us restore our romantic relationships during these stressful times. The Book Beat will be selling books at this event.

We have signed copies now available of the book, it would make an excellent Valentine’s gift for any couples out there.  Also, we have Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-seller Committed, another great Valentine’s gift idea.


The Book Beat reading group meeting will be canceled for January. The book discussion on Herta Muller’s (this year’s Nobel Prize winner) THE LAND OF GREEN PLUMS is now moved to Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 – sorry for any inconvenience.

Henderson’s Light: Drinking, Driving and a Deadly Encounter

Written by local  author Jack Torry about a tragedy that occurred in 1965.  This book was recently featured in the Detroit News.  Copies are available at Book Beat.

It started out as a post-swim meet pizza date. Five teenagers in a mid-sized Buick, out for an evening of fun. All too soon, the evening turned into one of screams and death, four lives lost, two kids terribly injured, the Buick smashed beyond recognition by the impact of the heavier convertible, whose driver was the fourth fatality. But it didn’t end then. Forty years later, aftereffects of the crash were still reverberating among the survivors – siblings, parents, friends, neighbors, and teachers – who were left to deal with the follow- on realities of a terrible tragedy, one more episode in the continuing American story of drunk driving and its consequences.


In light of the recent tragic earthquake in Haiti we hope you will consider a donation to the American Red Cross.

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