Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 16, 2013

Books in Brief: 06/16/2013

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Notable author Dempsey in Leland

LELAND — Jack Dempsey, author of the 2013 Michigan Notable Book “Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors” will be at the Leland Library at 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 17.

 

Horizon events coming up

TRAVERSE CITY — Horizon Books in Traverse City will host the following book signings:

• Lori Taylor, author of “Holly Wild: Bamboozled on Beaver Island”, at 11 a.m., Friday, June 21. Taylor will give a presentation that includes her snake Kenny.

• Matt Bell, author of “In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods”, from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 22. In this debut novel, a newlywed couple escapes the busy confusion of their homeland for a distant and almost-uninhabited lakeshore.

• Mark Yakich, author of “A Meaning For Wife”, from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 22. The story of a man trying to come to terms with the sudden death of his wife, the aging parents he has long avoided and the tribulations of single parenthood.

• Chris Schaberg, author of “The Textual Life of Airports”, from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 22. Tales of near disaster, endless delays, dramatic weather shifts, a lost bag that suddenly appears-such stories are familiar accounts of a place that seems to thrive on and recycle its own mythologies.

Readers watching Big Brother

NEW YORK — The country’s book-buyers are reading up on being watched.

Sales for dystopian classics such as George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” have been strong since news broke last week that the U.S. government had vast surveillance programs targeting phones and Internet records.

Several editions of Orwell’s “1984,” about an all-seeing government, were among Amazon.com’s top 200 sellers as of Wednesday morning. Huxley’s story of a mindless future ranked No. 210 and was out of stock.

A perennial favorite of futuristic horror, Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” was ranked No. 75.

Sportscaster works on memoir

NEW YORK — The sportscaster who once asked “Do you believe in miracles?” has a book deal.

Al Michaels, the longtime television play-by-play man, is working on a memoir that will be released by HarperCollins imprint William Morrow. The publisher told The Associated Press on Thursday that no title or release date has been set.

Michaels has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series to the NBA finals. His book will include stories about Pete Rose, Phil Jackson and other prominent coaches and athletes.

The 68-year-old Michaels is perhaps best known for the 1980 Winter Olympics and the “Miracle On Ice.” As the U.S. hockey team stunned the favored Soviet Union, Michaels exclaimed, “Do you believe in miracles? YES!”