Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 23, 2012

Book briefs: 09/23/2012



Special story time

Suttons Bay — The Suttons Bay Bingham District Library will hold a special Wigglers Story Time to celebrate "Michigan Reads," an early literacy program focusing on a particular book. This year's book is "Moose on the Loose" by Kathy-jo Wargin.

Story time will start at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the library 416 N. Front St. There will be themed songs, stories, crafts and a snack geared toward children 5 and younger. For details, call 271-3512.

Book signing

Traverse City — Dave and Jack Dempsey will sign their book "Ink Trails" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St. The book traces the literary history of Michigan. For details, call 946-7290 or visit

Banned books

Traverse City — The Peninsula Community Library encourages patrons to read a banned book during Banned Books Week, Sept. 30 through Oct. 6.

Patrons who check out a banned book from the library's collection will be entered in a drawing for a boxed set of "The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The library is at 2699 Island View Road. Call 223-7700 or visit to learn more.

TC Reads tickets

Traverse City — Tickets are on sale for a presentation by Rachel Simon, this year's Traverse City Reads author.

Traverse City Reads is a "One Book, One Community" literacy initiative. This year's selection is Simon's "The Story of Beautiful Girl." The program on Tuesday, Oct. 30, will start with a reception for the author at 6 p.m. at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. Simon's program at 7 p.m. will be followed by a book signing.

Tickets are $17 each and available at the City Opera House box office,, all Traverse Area District Library locations, Horizon Books and Brilliant Books in Traverse City They also will be available at the door.

Author signings

Bellaire — Northern Michigan authors Jeff Schatzer and Buzz Harcus will be signing copies of their latest books from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Sassy Sunflower during the Bellaire Harvest Festival.

Exhibit opens

Berlin is unveiling a new Cold War exhibition at the former Checkpoint Charlie border crossing — a step toward setting up a permanent museum about the standoff between East and West.

The "BlackBox Cold War" exhibition uses posters, newspapers, videos and other artifacts to narrate the conflict from Germany's post-World War II division to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

It opened Friday and is expected to remain for at least two years. Supporters hope to complete a larger, permanent museum at the site in 2015 or 2016.

Mayor Klaus Wowereit says the checkpoint — where U.S. and Soviet tanks faced off in 1961 — "is the only place worldwide where both superpowers directly faced each other with weapons and the danger of a hot war was palpable."