Dunes Review Interview Series: Andrew Szilvasy

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

For more than 20 years, Dunes Review has showcased the best poetry, fiction & essays from writers here in Northern Michigan and across the country.  As we prepare to help launch the upcoming issue, we went behind the scenes to talk with some of the people who bring the journal to life, including contributor Andrew Szilvasy.

His poem "Snake Lips" appears in the 2017 winter/spring edition of Dunes Review.

"I tend to have scraps of writing—lines, half-poems—lying around my house or in computer files. These come to me on walks or in half-sleep. I’ll kick them around for a little while in my head, hope the subconscious makes connection, and then write in a fury."

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Behind the Scenes of Brilliant Books Monthly

Friday, March 17th, 2017

When you first subscribe to Brilliant Books Monthly, we send a little welcome packet, complete with a reading preference card for you to fill out and send back.  What happens next feels a little bit like magic: you drop your finished card in the mail and, before long, your first hand-picked selection appears at your doorstep, a book chosen just for you by an expert bookseller.  But what's really going on behind the scenes?  We'll let you in on a little bit of the magic and show you what it takes to turn that simple card into the best year of reading you've ever had.

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Man Booker International 2017

Friday, March 17th 2017

The longlisted titles for the Man Booker International Prize were announced this week!  Prior to 2016, the prize was open only to UK authors, but the addition of the Man Booker International Prize now helps highlight the works of superb authors and translators from around the world. 

Today, the Man Booker International Prize will be awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK.  The £50,000 prize, awarded in June, is divided equally between the winning author and the English translator.

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St. Patrick's Day

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Though today, it's a holiday that's more about donning something green and heading out to grab a pint or two, St. Patrick--or St. Pátraic, in Old Irish--has a history as complex as Ireland itself.  From Ireland's myths and legends to the literary contributions of great Irish writers, there's so much more to discover than just the bottom of a pint glass, and you won't need to luck to find it!  We've put together a reading list to help you explore the landscape, culture, and history of Ireland, from guidebooks for your next visit to novels that will take you there without having to leave your armchair.

And yes—they're all best when paired with a Guinness.

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New NPR Discover Music Selections- March 2017

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Halfway through March and the weather is grey and cold--not quite winter, and not quite spring.  If you’ve got to be stuck indoors a few more weeks, at least you'll have new tunes to keep the cabin fever from setting in.  Check out these new selections from the experts at NPR Music.  Every six weeks, they recommend albums from both well-known performers and up-and-coming talent across a wide variety of genres. 

This month’s albums include Peace Trail, by Neil Young, I See You, by The xx, and Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau's self-titled collaboration.

 

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Dunes Review Interview Series: Petra Kuppers

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

For more than 20 years, Dunes Review has showcased the best poetry, fiction & essays from writers here in Northern Michigan and across the country.  As we prepare to help launch the upcoming issue, we went behind the scenes to talk with some of the people who bring the journal to life, including contributor Petra Kuppers.

Petra is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, teaching in performance studies. She also teaches on the low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. 

Her story "Fjord Pool" appears in the 2017 winter/spring edition of Dunes Review.

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Robert James Waller (1939-2017)

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Robert James Waller, author of the bestselling romance novel The Bridges of Madison County, passed away on March 10th.

Born in 1939 in Charles City, Iowa, Waller never dreamed of becoming a novelist, much less the author of a bestseller.  He was a business professor at the University of Northern Iowa when, on a break from classes, he took a trip to photograph the sights along the Mississipi River.  In Madison County, Iowa, Waller fascinted by the county's covered bridges, detoured to photograph them.  Waller had no idea that simple trip would change his life. 

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The Books We Can't Wait For!

Friday, March 10th, 2017

For the last few months, we've been looking forward to upgrading the software system at our store.  Now that those upgrades are completed (yay!), we can look forward to other things...like new books!  We asked our staff members what new reads they're most excited to see hit the shelves.  It's quite a list!

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Women's History Month

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

March is Women's History Month.

Women's History Month honors the women throughout history whose achievments have often gone unrecognized. It began simply as Women's History Day on March 8th in 1911.  Now March 8th is recognized as International Women's Day, and all of March is dedicated to celebrating the achievements and contributions of women throughout history.

There is a wealth of books that delve into the lives of these unsung heroines, many of which were also written by women.  Check out a few of these highlights!

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