Common Language Bookstore 317
Braun Court Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 663-0036
Ron Suresha author of Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards Friday, July 25th 7:00 p.m.
Followed by a Bear Night at the \aut\ BAR
We're delighted to
bring back prodigal poet and our friend, Ron Suresha, to Ann Arbor
for a reading at Common Language. Ron is a Bear community pioneer,
a well-respected name in GLBTQ literature, and an enthusiastic,
fun reader. We invite everyone to join us for this free event to
welcome him back to Ann Arbor.
Author Ron J. Suresha
will return to his college-town poetry roots this month when he
comes to Ann Arbor to read from his latest book, Hibernation and
Other Poems by Bear Bards, at Common Language Bookstore, 317 Braun
Court, on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 7:00 pm.
Suresha attended the
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor , where he lived from 1976 to
1981, at Alice Lloyd Hall Pilot Program and the LSA Residential
College Creative Writing program, and received an Avery Hopwood
Undergraduate Award for his poetry.
In 1978-9 Suresha
co-founded and co-edited a free alternative monthly newspaper, The
Ann Arbor Alchemist, and also briefly edited a free "New Age"
monthly magazine, Ann Arbor Pathways. During his Ann Arbor years,
he was also very active in several housing and food cooperatives.
Suresha is a three-time
finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for his anthologies on bisexuality.
A 2010 collection of traditional Turkish folk tales, The Uncommon
Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, won two national awards,
The Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award and a Storytelling World
In 2004, Suresha married
Rocco Russo, a family doctor living in Connecticut, and the two
presently reside in New Milford.
In 2007, Suresha co-founded
Bear Bones Books, an imprint of indie GLBTQ publisher Lethe Press
based in Maple Shade, N.J. The imprint publishes not only Suresha's
work but also of other authors in the gay/bi men's "Bear"
Suresha, who has read
twice before in years past at Common Ground, will read from and
sign copies of his most recent publication, Hibernation and Other
Poems by Bear Bards, the 20th title from Bear Bones Books. Hibernation
is an anthology of bear-themed poetry featuring 100 poems by 40
contributors including award-winning authors Felice Picano, Jeff
Mann, Alfred Corn, and Jack Fritscher.
Common Language Bookseller Lois
Huff wrote this great piece about books and bookstores. We celebrate
the great bookstores on Fourth Avenue by publishing it here.
The Bookstores on 4th Ave
In the beginning, and especially
today, people have asked the all-important questions . . .
What Is a Book?
It is an Object, beloved
to many, which comprises a series of printed pages enclosed
between covers. A spine helps hold the book upright
on a shelf. The book is pleasing to the eye and substantial
in the hand. It exists through the combined efforts
of author, editor, publisher, manufacturer, distributor,
and bookseller. A book can also be produced in electronic
format, but we wonít talk about that here.
It is History. Bound
books have been an integral part of Western culture since
at least the fifth century AD. Fortunate is he who
owns a first-edition copy of Action Comics #1.
It is Information, Instruction,
Entertainment, Art. Books contain the finest fruits
of the human mind, the wisdom of the ages, and detailed
procedures for doing or making just about anything.
It is Decor. A stack
of books resting happily on a bookshelf or an oversize book
on a coffee table speaks ďvolumesĒ about a personís interests,
education, and priorities in life.
It is Nostalgia. All
of us keep a favorite book somewhere that was given to us
as a child, belonged to a beloved grandparent, or was signed
by Freddie Mercury.
It is Green. A book
is not only entirely recyclable, it is reuseable. When
itís time to part with a book, it can be given as a gift,
loaned to a neighbor, donated to a library, sold to a used
book store, or handed down to a future generation. If
properly cared for, it will last a very long time. A
book is portable, does not require batteries, and emits
no electromagnetic radiation.
It is Currency. It
can be bartered for food, clothing, and the other essentials
of life, or better yet, it can be swapped for more books.
What Is a Bookstore?
It can be a megalithic,
impersonal, slick, profit-driven e-commerce enterprise which
makes no distinction between a book and a chrome-plated
shower head, but we wonít talk about that here.
It is more often a real
brick-and-mortar building which contains thousands of books,
all for sale, and a staff of real people to help and advise
you. It can be a corporately-owned bookstore, which
exists mainly for the benefit of the shareholder, or a privately-owned,
independent bookstore which participates in the energy and
vitality of a neighborhood in a city or town.
The neighborhood bookstore
is commonly staffed by the owner and a handful of assistants,
all of whom are passionate about the books they sell. They
are knowledgeable about the community, happy to see you
come through the door, often know you by name, and always
welcome the chance to serve.
Ann Arborís 4th Ave boasts
FIVE neighborhood bookstores, all distinctive in the types
of books they sell, all intertwined in the dynamic collage
of life in Ann Arbor.
Please join us in celebrating 4th
Aveís long tradition of friendly, independent neighborhood bookstores!
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