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Read These Suggested Titles from the Latest Facing Race Conference

Facing Race, an annual conference that made its way to Detroit in late 2018, is billed as “the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders.” The conference brought more than 70 workshops and 180 presenters to the Detroit area last year. Topics included gentrification, healthcare, comics and advocacy, movement-based journalism, and…

Freegal Service Disconnected

We at Jackson District Library are sorry to inform you that the Freegal service has been discontinued. The reason for ending this service is that an increasingly low low user activity did not justify the cost for providing it. It is always the library’s intention to be a good steward of the resources we enjoy,…

Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Dies at 95

With the announcement of Stan Lee’s passing in Los Angeles, November 12 marked a sad day for comic book fans worldwide. Lee had a key role in developing the Marvel Comics empire with characters like Spider-Man, Black Panther, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, and many others. The Marvel editor, writer, and publisher was beloved for…

Local Author Spotlight J. A. Devereaux

Long Running Series Author Recently, local author J.A. Devereaux sat down with Adult Services librarian Becca Skau to chat about being a local author in Jackson County. Devereaux is author of the Requisition For: A Thief series and expects to release Book 8 of the series in late Spring or early Summer of 2019. She…

Two Directors Make Strong Debuts in These New Release Movies

October’s new release movies showcased two great new talents in directors Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You) and Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade). Riley, who made a name as a rapper with the group The Coup, has directed one of this year’s most original movies. Titled Sorry to Bother You, the film follows an African-American telemarketer…

Get Scared in a Hurry with These Spooky Short Stories

Casual horror readers might associate the genre with Stephen King’s thousand-page tomes, but some of the most satisfying scary reads can come in the short story format. King has published a few great short story collections, as well as writers like Bentley Little, Joe Hill, Chuck Palahniuk, and more. Check them out below: Stephen King…

Nico Walker: Veteran, Bank Robber, Prisoner, and Now a Lauded Novelist

Nico Walker — the debut author who is making waves with his novel, Cherry — did not follow a traditional track to publishing his first novel. At the age many young authors would attend writing classes or workshops, Walker served as a medic in Iraq. Later, he’d return to the United States with PTSD and…

Michael Pollan Weighs the Therapeutic Value of Psychedelic Drugs in How to Change Your Mind

Psychedelic drugs like LSD and “magic” mushrooms tend to stir up a particular association with the rebellious youth of the late ‘60s. But Michael Pollan, the respected journalist who deconstructed American eating habits in books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma, has started a psychedelic conversation that has nothing to do with rebellion. In How to Change…

In Enlightenment Now, a Harvard Professor Calls on Raw Data to Argue Positive Worldview

Newspapers have never been go-to sources of comfort for Americans, especially while utilizing the mantra “if it bleeds, it leads.” But Harvard professor and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker has a counter-argument for those negative headlines—and any person who argues that society is headed toward a complete collapse. Pinker’s latest book—Enlightenment Now: The Case for Science,…

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