Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 21, 2012

Books in Brief: 10/21/2012


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Nat. Register

PORT HURON — Five Michigan entities have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble moored at Port Huron was selected and is significant because it's one of the first American vessels to successfully circumnavigate the North American continent through the Northwest Passage. It was decommissioned in 2003.

The other additions announced by the state include the J.J. Deal and Son Carriage Factory in Jonesville, the Hamtramck Stadium site that was a home for Negro Leagues baseball, the Eagle Harbor Coast Guard Station Boathouse in Keweenaw County and the Island City Historic District in Eaton Rapids.

Eight additional properties in Michigan were recently nominated to the National Register by the State Historic Preservation Review Board.

Cartoon exhibit

FLINT — The Flint Institute of Arts is the only scheduled U.S. stop for a collection of more than 100 cartoons by artists from 35 countries.

The exhibit is on loan from the Istanbul-based Aydin Dogan Foundation. The cartoons are culled from an annual international contest held by the Turkish organization.

The exhibit called "Drawing Together, International Cartoons" includes community outreach events on the role cartoons play in civil society. It runs through Dec. 30.

The cartoons come to Flint courtesy of a $108,950 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Guitarist signing

traverse city — Guitarist and songwriter Dick Wagner will visit Horizon Books from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, to celebrate the release of his book, "Not Only Women Bleed, Vignettes from the Heart of a Musician." Later in the day, a VIP dinner is planned at 6 p.m., followed by a concert at 8 p.m. at The Inside Out Gallery, 211 Garland St.

For more information, call 929-3254.

Destination: MSU

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University football fans are getting the chance to ride the rails in style from Chicago for the team's game next month against Northwestern.

Organizers say the first "Spartan Line" travel event is aimed at Michigan State alumni from Chicago returning to East Lansing for the Nov. 17 game at Spartan Stadium. An Amtrak train car wrapped in Michigan State's green and white colors will leave Chicago Nov. 16 and make a return trip Nov. 19.

Participants who purchase a "Spartan Line" ticket will get train travel, a game ticket and a pass for a tour of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

Michigan State University and others are involved in the effort. The school has a big alumni presence in the Chicago area.

Lecture series

charlevoix — The Charlevoix Public Library's fall lecture series, "Gales of November: The Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes," will be held at 6:30 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning Oct. 23.

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" kicks off the series, presented by Terry Begnoche of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society. For more information call 237-7340 or visit

Author event

benzonia — Retired nurse Virginia LeClaire, author of "The Traverse City State Hospital Training School for Nurses," will make a presentation from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the First Congregational Church, 901 Barber St.

The event is sponsored by the Benzonia Public Library.

Open house

traverse city — The American Association of University Women will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Brilliant Books, 118 E. Front St. Brilliant Books' owner Peter Makin will talk about running a bookstore on Front St.

Group meets

traverse city — "When Everything Changed" by Gail Collins is the topic for the quarterly discussion of the Women's History Project book group.

Everyone is welcome to attend when the group meets at noon on Friday, Oct. 26, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Brown bag lunchers are welcome.

For details, call Ann Swaney at 223-7489.