Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 24, 2013

Books in Brief: 02/24/13

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Talking book demo

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area District Library will host a Talking Book Library Open House and Technology Fair from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, March 1, at the Main Branch, 610 Woodmere Avenue.

The Open House will offer an opportunity for patrons and members of the community to learn about new services and devices available to them through the TBL as well as provide an opportunity to meet staff and fellow patrons.

Special devices will include the BookPort Plus, an advanced digital talking book reader, as well as an iPad and iPod featuring apps developed specifically for the blind and visually impaired. The Open House will also showcase the Mac and PC workstations to serve as a Braille and Audio Reading Download demonstration and download stations. These computers will also have text-to-speech capability to assist TBL patrons.

Visit to learn more, download a TBL applicatioN and listen to the Winter 2013 issue of the TBL newsletter.

Cinema Curiosa

TRAVERSE CITY — Cinema Curiosa presents a screening of “Bombay Beach” on Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m. The winner of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival documentary competition, the film will bbe shown at the main branch of the Traverse Area District Library.

“Bully” will be shown Saturday, March 16. Directed by Sundance and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, “The Bully Project” will be shown at 2 p.m., also at the main branch.

Book deal

NEW YORK — A debut author who graduated from the celebrated Iowa Writers’ Workshop has a seven-figure book deal.

HarperCollins announced Wednesday that it will publish Erika Johansen’s “Queen of the Tearling,” a fantasy trilogy inspired in part by Barack Obama. A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday the deal was worth seven figures. The person was not authorized to discuss financial details and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The 35-year-old Johansen says she heard then-Sen. Obama give a speech in 2007 and was inspired to create the series’ idealistic heroine, 19-year-old Kelsea Glynn. The publisher is billing the books as a female version of George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones.”