Saturday, February 25, 2017

Upcoming Reading

Two Local Writers Present New Books

In addition to being colleagues and friends for many years, Midlanders Jeff Vande Zande and Larry Levy are both writers with new books out.

Vande Zande has previously published collections of poetry and short stories, films, and novels. His novel American Poet won the Stuart and Vernice Gross Award for Excellence in Writing by a Michigan Author and a Michigan Notable Book Award from the Library of Michigan.  

His latest novel, Detroit Muscle, (Whistling Shade Press, 2016) tells the story of a recovering drug addict just out of rehab who has debts to pay and a pregnant girlfriend.  As he struggles to jump-start his life in the crumbling streets of Detroit and its suburbs, his grandfather invites him on a road trip to Northern Michigan.  Driving his grandfather's '68 Firebird, the young man begins to understand how his family's dysfunction spans generations. 

Levy's first poetry collection, I Would Stay Forever if I Could (Mayapple Press, 1999) was reissued in an expanded edition by Mayapple Press in 2007.  His poems have also appeared in Third Wednesday, The South Carolina Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Controlled Burn, the Driftwood Review, and other hard copy and online literary magazines.

His new collection, All the Dead are Holy (Atmosphere Press, 2017) contains 52 poems on various themes ("...his Jewish and Midwestern heritage, the strains and joys of teaching and of being a student, the resilience and vulnerability of childhood...the ever-presence of evil in the world, from the Holocaust to our own time...and the experience of aging..."--from a review by poet John Palen).

The evening will include selected readings from both new books as well as an opportunity to purchase copies signed by the authors.  

WHERE:  Creative 360, 1517 Bayliss Street, Midland, MI  (Phone: 989-837-1885)
WHEN:    7:00 - 8:30 PM, Sunday, March 19, 2017

Refreshments will be provided.  This event is free and open to the public.

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