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Book Beat Events for March is Reading Month!

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Wed., March 14th: Mystery Author Lisa Lutz at Hazel Park Library

Hazel Park Memorial Library will host NY Times best-selling author Lisa Lutz on Wednesday, March 14th at 6pm. Lisa Lutz is the author of the Edgar Award- nominated Spellman mystery series about an eccentric family of sleuths. The latest title in the series is Trail of the Spellmans (#5). Lutz has won the Alex award and been nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She is currently working on a children’s book with the illustrator Jaime Temairik and a stand-alone novel that contains no Spellmans.

Hazel Park Library is located at 123 E. Nine Mile Rd., Hazel Park, MI 48030. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact the library for more info (248) 546-4095. Book Beat will offer books for sale at the event or contact us to reserve copies (248) 968-1190.

Sat., March 17th: Photo Exhibition & book launch at Book Beat

Local photographer Rick Lieder will present works from his newly published book Step Gently Out at the Book Beat gallery on Saturday, March 17th from 6-8 PM. The author of Step Gently Out, Helen Frost will also be present. The exhibition will continue through Sunday, April 1st, 2012. For more information contact Book Beat at 248-968-1190.

On March 18th, author and photographer will also be in attendance at Read in the Park, from 1 to 3 pm, in the Collaborative Center at Berkley High School. (2325 Catalpa, at 11 1/2 mile, East of Coolidge, facing Catalpa.)

The photo exhibition at Book Beat will consist of images mainly from the book Step Gently Out. In tightly composed close-up artistry, Lieder delicately captures the amazing hidden world of insect life. Known for his many photographically illustrated book jackets and his books Arial Acrobats, and Mantis! this is the first publication to feature a wide range of Lieder’s micro-insect photography, a truly magical book for all ages. Visit the artist’s website at Bug Dreams.com or Lost Mirror to learn more. Rick’s conceptual art and dust jacket photography can be seen at: Dreampool.com.

Visit Helen Frost’s website here to learn more about this award winning author.  More Information on the event HERE

Sun., March 18th: Read in the Park Returns to Berkley High School

Book Beat is happy to announce that the Read in the Park event will be returning this year on Sunday, March 18 from 1 to 3 p.m at Berkley High School. March is Reading Month and in celebration we’ve invited five of our favorite authors and illustrators to speak and autograph books for children and families.  This event is free and open to the public.  This is the 5th year of Read in the Park and the participating authors this year will be Helen Frost, photographer Rick Lieder, Kelly DiPucchio, Scott Seegert and illustrator John Martin (and perhaps a visit from their friend Vordak the Incomprehensible?) Read in the Park will be held in the Collaborative Center at Berkley High School.  (It is on 2325 Catalpa, at 11 and 1/2 mile East of Coolidge facing Catalpa.)  Below are some short descriptions of the books and authors with links to learn more.  We can’t reach everyone, so please pass this event info along to people you think should know about it. Books will be for purchase at the event and at Book Beat beforehand.  Thanks for your support and we hope to see you there! For more Information: click READ IN THE PARK here and for a full list of titles CLICK HERE

The mission of Read in the Park is to foster a love of reading by connecting with authors and illustrators through the books they create.

Two Events With Best-Selling Author Sandra Brown on Thurs., March 22nd!

Farmington Community Library welcomes the prolific and best-selling author Sandra Brown for  two Metro-Detroit appearances on Thursday, March 22 to promote the release of her latest book and 2012’s Everyone’s Reading selection, Lethal. The afternoon event will begin at 2pm in the Rochester Church of Christ (250 West Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI). The evening event will begin at 7pm in Adat Shalom Synagogue (29901 Middlebelt Rd. Farmington Hills, MI). She will be speaking and signing books which will be available for purchase at both events courtesy of Book Beat. For more information or to reserve copies, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.

Sandra Brown is the romance and suspense/thriller author of sixty New York Times bestsellers, including RAINWATER (2010), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009) and SMOKE SCREEN (2008).

Tickets for these events are free, but limited due to demand. For more info and ticket availability contact your local participating library, which you can find here.

Tuesday, March 27th Newbery Winner Christopher Paul Curtis

Michigan native, Newbery winner and best-selling children’s literature author Christopher Paul Curtis will be coming to Groves High School in Birmingham on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm. He will be speaking, signing books and introducing his latest title, The Mighty Miss Malone. It’s written for ages 9 and up, partly takes place in Detroit, Michigan and features a character first introduced in Curtis’s best-selling book, Bud, Not Buddy. The event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by Book Beat, the Baldwin Public Library and the Birmingham Public Schools Diversity and Library Media Department.

The Mighty Miss Malone follows the quest of a young heroine and her family looking for their father who came to Michigan for work. Curtis’s signature skill in bringing historical subjects to life for children shines here as the novel is set during the Great Depression and takes place in Indiana and Michigan. Deza Malone was originally introduced in Curtis’s beloved Bud, Not Buddy, a book that won the Newbery Medal for children’s fiction in 2000.  This book is sure to be a hit for young readers who are looking for a strong female character with a great story that’s both educational and enjoyable.

Book Beat reading group selection: The Hour of the Star

So long as I have questions to which there are no answers, I shall go on writing. – Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star

The Book Beat reading group will meet on Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00 PM at the Goldfish Teahouse in Royal Oak, MI to discuss the novella THE HOUR OF THE STAR by Brazilian author Clarice Lispector (1920-1977) . For more information on the Book Beat reading group please call: 248-968-1190. Read more HERE.


1 Million Books will be given away nationwide!! The Book Beat will be a distribution point for the metro-Detroit area and we will be distributing books to “givers” on April 16th, one week in advance of the event. Stay tuned for more info soon…

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