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Beyond Books: Launching A New Class Of Books The Ann Arbor District Library Helped Bring Into Being

Nov 6, 2019

Fifth Avenue Press Book Release Reception Logo
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This time on “Beyond Books,” focusing on what’s happening at the Ann Arbor District Library, WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to Rich Retyi from the library about a service they provide to help people publish their own books!  

Rich Retyi from the Ann Arbor District Library
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Fifth Avenue Press, the Library's own publishing imprint, is releasing its latest group of books at an event on Sunday, November 10 from 1-3pm downtown. 

This is the fourth group of books released by Fifth Avenue Press, which launched back in 2017.  Including the upcoming releases, Fifth Avenue Press has helped launch 28 books—everything from novels to memoirs, picture books, mysteries, and books for teens.

The nine books being released in November include four releases for adults, four for children, and one for teens.

For adults:

The Elements: a love letter to all things everywhere:  An artist's exploration of the periodic table of elements and our inseparability with everything by author and artist Hannah Burr.

"All That We Encounter" by Bethany Grey
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All That We Encounter: A literary novel with a metaphysical and time-travel slant that addresses the complexity of family bonds, explores self-discovery at every age, and raises the question: to truly move on from one’s past, must they first come to terms with it?  By Bethany Grey.

"Breaking Through" by Johnny Thompson
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Breaking Through: A novel about Sam, a twenty-eight year old teacher, who navigates changing friendships and her own out-of-control love life as forgotten pieces of her past begin to resurface.  By Johnny Thompson.

Shape Notes: Expressing both the harmonious and dissonant parts of life, Shape Notes is organized around four shapes and four themes: social justice, places, family and community. The poems attempt to create connections and discover how our connections can bring joy.  By Judy Patterson Wenzel.

"Intersections" by Shanelle Boluy
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One title for teens:

Intersections: When a tragic car accident cuts short the life of vivacious Chloe, the lives of everyone involved are forever changed.  Told from nine different perspectives, Intersections portrays a gripping moment at the crossroads of the struggle to find the light or surrender to the shadows.  By Shanelle Boluyt.

Four titles for children:

The Dragon Library: A charming beginning reader about a mysterious library and the three dragons who work hard to keep it going.  By author James Barbatano with illustrations by Douglas Bosley.

"Modern Crab Adventures: Fantastic Planet" by Douglas Bosley
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Modern Crab Aventures: Fantastic Planet: Crab is on an outer space adventure, but when the ship breaks down on an unfamiliar planet how will Crab get back home?  Find out in this delightful picture book by Douglas Bosley.

Over In Motown: An energetic picture book celebrating the musical genres and rhythms of industry that fueled Detroit in the Motown era.  By author Debbie Taylor with illustrations by Keisha Morris.

The Planet We Live On: A picture book told in a lively House That Jack Built style, discover the connections among plants, animals and the resources they need to survive. How do people fit into earth's web of life?  By Shanda Trent 

Anyone in Washtenaw County can submit a completed manuscript that the Fifth Avenue Press team reviews to see if the project is something the Library can help with.  Fifth Avenue Press provides editing, proofreading, formatting and layout, fact checking, illustrating, cover design, etc., and authors retain all rights to their book once finished.  the Library only asks for a digital license to the work in perpetuity for the Library collection, so patrons can access Fifth Avenue Press books. 

Visit fifthavenue.press to learn more.


The AADL also hosts writing workshops and meet-ups called Emerging Writers.  Here, published and prospective authors meet to discuss specific topics related to writing, or gather in a casual and supportive environment to share and read work. 

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu