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10 Off-beat Films About Food

Check out one of these food-related films and earn a Chow Down badge:

1. Big night [videodisc] by Rysher Entertainment presents a Timpano production:
Determined to drum up business and foil his Little Italy rival, Secondo concocts a rumor that bandleader Louis Prima will dine at his restaurant that very night, sending chef Primo into a frenzy. Will it be the finest night of his career, or will it be a financial disaster? Will Louis Prima actually come to dine? With wonderful performances by Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub, it's worth viewing this film just to see the dinner's masterpiece timpano.

2. Toast [videodisc] by W2 Media Inc, BBC, and Screen WM present ; produced by Faye Ward ; written by Lee Hall ; directed by SJ Clarkson:
England's reputation for terrible food may be deserved if this film, based on food writer Nigel Slater's memoirs, can be believed. Nigel's mum may have served meals from boiled tins, but he and his dad adored her. When she dies and her place in his father's affections is threatened by their gastronomically adept cleaning lady, Nigel enters into an unofficial culinary contest with his late mother's rival.

Kids Read Comics

Do you love comics? Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd the Ann Arbor District Library invites you to a totally free event: Kids Read Comics!  Learn, draw, meet cartoonists!  Can't make it to KRC?  Check out these great graphic works by some of KRC's featured artists:

Hercules: the twelve labors by story by Paul Storrie ; pencils by Steve Kurth ; inks by Barbara Schulz

Drama by Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Gurihiru ; [lettering by John Green]

Giants beware! by written by Jorge Aguirre ; art by Rafael Rosado ; story by Rafael Rosado & Jorge Aguirre ; colors by John Novak, Matthew Schenk

Phineas and Ferb: it's about time! by adapted by John Green

Zombie Fiction

Why do we love zombies?  They're smelly, they're slow (most of the time), and they bite.  But...zombie stories also celebrate our humanity.  These stories aren't about the end of the world, they're about survival in the face of devastating tragedy.  

Feed by Mira Grant

The walking dead: rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga


Zombies vs. unicorns by Justine Larbalestier, Holly Black

Warm bodies: a novel by Isaac Marion


Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Michigan Art & Architecture

Alden B. Dow: midwestern modern by Diane Maddex

Art Deco in Detroit by Rebecca Binno Savage and Greg Kowalski

Art in Detroit public places by text by Dennis Nawrocki ; photographs by David Clements

Buildings of Michigan by Kathryn Bishop Eckert

Artists of early Michigan: a biographical dictionary of artists native to or active in Michigan, 1701-1900 by compiled by Arthur Hopkin Gibson ; research assistants, Beverly Bassett and Jean Spang

Marshall M. Fredericks, sculptor by edited by Suzanne P. Fredericks ; introductory essay by Edgar P. Richardson ; foreword by Sammuel Sachs II ; researched and compiled by Marcy Heller Fisher ; with contributions by Barbara Heller ... [et al.]

Michigan Critters

Enslaved by ducks by Bob Tarte


The amphibians and reptiles of Michigan: a Quaternary and Recent faunal adventure by J. Alan Holman


Birds of Detroit by Chris C. Fisher, Allen T. Chartier


Michigan turtles and lizards: a field guide and pocket reference by James H. Harding and J. Alan Holman ; photography and illustrations by James H. Harding, except where otherwise credited


Fish of Michign field guide by David Bosanko


The wolves of Isle Royale: a broken balance by Rolf O. Peterson


Fowl weather by Bob Tarte

Michigan in Song

music notes: music notesCheck out some of these tunes that mention Michigan or its cities:

Michigan Authors

Michigan: MichiganMichigan is home to many noted authors. Whether native born or longtime residents, writing fiction, nonfiction or poetry, the following authors have produced a remarkable body of work.

Michigan Eats

Mysterious Michigan

More Fun and Activities for the Whole Family

Special Events Calendar - Pure Michigan Style

Wondering what special events are going on in Michigan this summer? If so, check out Pure Michigan's Special Events Calendar. This interactive calendar lets you search by date and event type (Fairs & Festivals, Exhibits & Shows, etc.) to find an event in Michigan that's just right for you! Find an event and earn your My Mitten badge by attending.

Brainy Games

scrabble boardEarn your Geek Out badge by playing Words With Friends or Scrabble online. Learn new words while having fun. Or take your choice of a host of other puzzle, hidden object or word games. Online chess is a good one as well. Games can be played on Facebook or independent of it. Start those brain games now!

Teen Fiction Set in Michigan

Looking for a novel that takes place in our very own great state? Check out these novels set throughout Michigan, from Detroit to Flint to the shores of Lake Michigan.

Albatross by Josie Bloss

Queen of secrets by Jenny Meyerhoff

Cheated by Patrick Jones

The goddess test by Aimée Carter

The morgue and me by John C. Ford

Belle by Beverly Jenkins

Chasing tail lights by Patrick Jones

Explore Michigan's 'Natural Gems'

Check out the Michigan Radio article, '5 Natural Gems Even Native Michiganders Don't Know About', and learn about some lesser-known attractions to visit during your travels around the state this summer. Visit one of those places, or tell us about another hidden gem you know about, and earn your My Mitten badge!

Not Your Grandma's Geeks...

Gone are the visions of pencil protectors and computer nerds. These days, the term "Geek" is used to describe those who are passionate about a particular hobby or interest. Perhaps one of these titles will inspire you to Geek Out!

Geek girls unite: how fangirls, bookworms, indie chicks, and other misfits are taking over the world by Leslie Simon; illustrations by Nan Lawson

Record collecting for girls: unleashing your inner music nerd, one album at a time by Courtney E. Smith

Meta-Geek: Fiction Soaked in Geek Culture

Do you geek out about technology, fantasy and science fiction? Each of these books features a healthy dose of nerd-culture reference and hidden humor for readers in-the-know.

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Geektastic: stories from the nerd herd by edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

The magicians: a novel by Lev Grossman (If you like this, be sure to catch the sequel - The Magician King)

Soon I will be invincible by Austin Grossman

The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

JPod: a novel by Douglas Coupland

Time Travel Fiction

Travel through time to real and imagined places.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court by written by Mark Twain ; illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

From time to time: a novel by Jack Finney

The house on the strand by Du Maurier, Daphne, Dame, 1907-1989

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Life, the universe, and everything by Douglas Adams

Lightning by Dean R. Koontz

Making history: a novel by Stephen Fry

Teens Get Your Fiction Game On

The Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch

Swim the fly by Don Calame

Whale talk by Chris Crutcher

Winger by Andrew Smith

Rush for the gold: mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein

Vanishing act by John Feinstein

Summer ball by Mike Lupica

The batboy by Mike Lupica

Take a Hike!

Looking for a way to get some exercise, see some beautiful scenery and earn your My Michigan badge? Then go to MichiganTrailMaps.com and check out the almost 170 trails in the Lower Peninsula which have been mapped out for potential hikers.

Hiking Michigan by Roger E. Storm, Susan M. Wedzel

Superheroes Hit the Big Screen

Comic Book Superheroes have hit Hollywood in a big way! Check out these action-packed films full of our favorite heroes.

Marvel's the Avengers [videodisc] by Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures, a Marvel Studios production ; written and directed by Joss Whedon

Superman returns [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Legendary Pictures in association with Bad Hat Harry

Thor [videodisc)] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production

Spider-Man [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Enterprises/Laura Ziskin production

Captain America. The first avenger [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production