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Aaron McCullough of University of Michigan Press

Plot twists in Ann Arbor's publishing scene

Like the rest of the nation, Ann Arbor's publishing industry has undergone quite a bit of upheaval. The rise of e-readers and print-on-demand has presented both challenges and opportunities. Still, there is an active and even innovative local book scene, filled with readers, writers and publishers. 

Kathleen Hiraga at her Pop-Post Kickstarter video shoot

Creating Female Characters That Pop

Samurai bike messengers aren't just for the bros. Actually, as created by Pop Post, they're meant to show girls that they can be as heroic as any 'ol boy. This Ann Arbor-based entertainment company is dedicated to creating e-books and mobile games that disrupt the popular narrative that girls need to be saved. 

Richard Sheridan with his book Joy, Inc. at Menlo Innovations

OpEd: How Companies Can Perk Up Their Work Cultures

If your company is a place where people love to come to work every day, chances are it will prosper both culturally and economically. But how to get there? Rich Sheridan, president of Menlo Innovations and author of Joy, Inc. discusses Ann Arbor's cultural terroir and how your company can promote a better workplace.

Bruce Worden in his studio

Cool Jobs: Bruce Worden, Science Illustrator/Comic Book Creator

What do salamanders, blood cells, Keith Moon and zombies have in common? They are all creative fuel for local artist Bruce Worden. A U-M grad who's decided to raise his family here, Worden is inventive and civic-minded - exactly the kind of young professional Ann Arbor says it wants to keep around. He's also got strong opinions about where Ann Arbor is heading.

Mike and Hilary Gustafson at Literati Bookstore

Guest Bloggers: Hilary & Mike Gustafson

Despite e-publishing, the Kindle will never take the space of the downtown indie bookseller. Literati Bookstore co-owners Hilary & Mike Gustafson write on how their shop straddles the digital divide while still making an imprint on the Ann Arbor community.
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Dan Wickett

It has been said that you should write to be understood. Dan Wickett, executive director and publisher of Dzanc Books, an independent press and literary advocate, offers up resources for those tangled in the oft-solitary pursuit of creative writing, and speaks to how writers impact our economic, social, and cultural issues.


Gene Alloway, Robin Agnew, & Bill Castanier

"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read," -Thomas Jefferson. Add the organizers of Kerrytown's Bookfest to this week's list of recommended reads. Gene Alloway, Robin Agnew, and Bill Castanier will survey Ann Arbor's literary and book arts community and the city's book shop culture.
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