If you are in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, June 10, (7:00 p.m.) consider heading to Nicola's Books in the Westgate Shopping Center to listen to local author Shutta Crum speak about her newest picture book, Thunder-Boomer. Shutta has several picture books and one novel out so far and this new book promises to be another great read, having garnered a couple of starred reviews. Shutta is also an enthusiastic presenter. She spoke at Emerson a few years ago and thoroughly entranced our students. In fact, a couple of weeks ago I was talking to an Emerson grad who is now finishing her first year at Skyline High School. I glanced down and noticed that her socks pointedly did not match. This was a trade mark that she has proudly worn for many years. Her mother said that the evening after Shutta Crum's visit, this young woman declared her individuality by saying she would never again wear matching socks. So far it has stuck. Shutta had colorfully mix-matched sneakers when she spoke at the school. I guess it made an impression.
On Tuesday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m., adults may want to rush to Nicola's Books when Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of the world-wide hit novel Shadow of the Wind, will be speaking about his latest novel Angel's Game. As one of the millions of people who was totally caught up in the mystery, history and intrigue in Zafon's first novel, I already have a ticket (they are strongly encouraged) for this event. Nicola tells me that he speaks as well as he writes so I am expecting a fantastic evening.
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