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Through African Eyes

DIA Exhibit April 2010 through Sunday August 8, 2010. This exhibition explores the variations and dynamics of cultural exchanges between Africans and Europeans over 500 years. Illustrates how African artists from diverse cultures have used and continue to use visual forms to reflect their attitudes toward Europeans. The exhibit features objects in wood ivory, metals and textiles.

Over-the-Top Designer

Tony Duquette by Wendy Goodman and Hutton Wilkinson ; foreword by Dominick Dunne.

Fan of Ann Tyler?

Noah's compass : a novel by Anne Tyler features protagonist Liam Pennywell who wakes up in the hopital with no memory of being attacked in his apartment. This is a compassionate, humorous account of his quest to retrieve his memory. A former teacher, divorced twice, Liam searches to recover those lost hours and is led into an unlikely new relationship. An exploration of Liam's life and how he is transformed. Quintessential Tyler treatment of one rather eccentric man's search for wholeness.  I have been a longstanding fan of Ann Tyler and Noah's Compass did not disappoint.

J. D. Salinger - Catcher in the Rye Author Dies

Noted author J. D. Salinger died Jan. 27. Will new works be discovered and/or published? His New York Times obituary discusses the importance of this reclusive author's life and his contributions to American literature.

Trendsetters and Newsmakers

Enjoy the World in Vogue: People, Parties, Places. Here you will find outstanding photographs of some of the most celebrated actors, artist, models, first ladies, and social figures that have appeared in the pages of Vogue magazine over the past four decades. Enjoy photographs by famous photographers such as Avedon, Leibovitz, Horst, Steichen and Penn. Here is an amazing look at portraits, houses, gardens and parties of celebrated figures from many worlds.

Collections of the Rich and Famous

Looking for a special gift or coffee table book? This title, The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge features the 8 homes of this legendary fashion designer and his friend and business partner. The homes were stunning backdrops for Saint Laurent’s life. The elegant décor, art, furniture and surroundings were photographed by Terestchenko and feature amazing collections amassed over forty years.

Popular Author E. Lynn Harris Dies at 54

Born in Flint, Michigan, Harris was a New York Times bestselling author. He was best known for his novels portraying African American men.

What To Read Now

The July 13th issue of Newsweek features several book related articles. What to Read Now and Why is the lead article and the books featured are meant to make sense of our times. This is followed by articles on the 100 best books ever, books to revisit, and favorite book cover designs. A myriad of ideas for your summer reading pleasure.

NYT Beach Read Selections

Janet Maslin reviews the season’s women’s fiction "from seriously ambitious novels to diverting beach-chair schlock." This article lists 10 titles featuring women and suitable for beach reading.  Check out these diverse selections.

Be Creative

CraftsMartha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts; and A-To-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration is truly a gift for crafters.  The beautiful designs and photographs provide
a multitude of  ideas for projects.  Everything you need to know:  supplies, templates, techniques.  A lasting reference for crafters and artisans.

2009 Pulitzer prize fiction

Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. This is a collection of short stories centered around Olive Kitteridge, a retired small town seventh grade math teacher. The stories show how she relates to changes in Crosby, Maine and to the drama in the lives of its residents. You can find other information on the prizes at the Pulitzer site.

University of Michigan Museum of Art Reopens

The 53,000 sq. ft. expansion and restoration designed by Brad Claefil of Allied Works Architecture doubles the space available for exhibits and programs. One of the new exhibits is Expressions of Vienna: Master Drawings by Klimt and Schiele . See the University of Michigan site for a cool virtual tour.

Matisse at Saint Laurent Auction

This Matisse painting sold at Christies's auction on Feb. 23 for a record price for a work by a French artist.  The sale was of art from the estate of Yves Saint Laurent.  Our collection includes many works on Matisse including Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling.  News of the auction appears in this New York Times article from Feb. 24.

New Fiction

Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery).  Set in a bougeois aprartment building in Paris, this is a poignant story of an unattractive, cantankerous conciege and a supersmart 12 yr. old both of whom hide their considerable intellectual talent.  A new tenant, a wealthy Japanese man detects their intelligence and ultimately changes their lives.  An unusual and appealing tale.