The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 6, 2001- 11A
Fall into the season with this
line-up of great new books
By Usa Rait
Daily Books Editor
Travel to 16th-Century Turkey or the deep South circa-
1930; work yourself into a state of "Fury" reading the latest
Salman Rushdie novel; indulge in some "light fare" from
Stephen King, James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell; stimu-
late your intellect with Umberto Eco's new essay collection
and your heartbeat with Anne Rice's sensual "Blood and
This fall's literature line-up is sure to please any book
reader, whether your tastes run toward the reigning matriarch
of trash-fiction, Danielle Steel, or literary goddess Isabel
A few highlights include:
"Swift as Desire" by Laura Esquivel: In tribute to her
father, the author of "Like Water for Chocolate" promises a
sensuous, mystical romp through the life of one Mexican
"Dune: House Corrino" by Brian Herbert: Sci-fi fans
rejoice! The latest chapter in the Dune series, penned by the
Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will rock Hill.
late Frank Herbert's son using his father's notes and journals,
lands with a bang in October.
"The Nautical Chart" by Arturo Perez-Reverte: A tale
of the sea in the tradition of Melville, crossed with an intel-
lectual love story. Read Daily Arts for a review of this book
"Falling Angel" by Tracy Chevalier: Set in early 20th-
century London, this is a story of two families separated by
the politics of the time and the circumstances in which they
"The Ash Garden" by Dennis Bock: A newcomer to the
novel scene, short-story writer Bock intertwines three emo-
tionally charged plotlines set during the bombing of Hiroshi-
ma in 1946.
"The Speed of Light" by Elizabeth Rosner: Critically
lauded poet-turned-novelist Rosner weaves a tale of two sib-
lings, their father and the past that haunts all three.
"Fury" by Salman Rushdie: It's the latest Salman Rushdie
novel. Enough said.
"Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Mil-
lay" by Nancy Milford: "My candle burns at both ends! It
will not last the night! But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends!
It gives a lovely light." Discover the life and work of this
mercurial red-haired poetess with a gift for living.
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by J.K.
Rowling: Would anyone take this list seriously if book three
in the Harry Potter series was left out? Probably not. This
book hit stores as an early release just a few days ago.
"Old Men at Midnight" by Chaim Potok: This eagerly
awaited new work by the author of "The Chosen" involves
three novellas tied together by one special woman, and her
significance to the narrators of each story.
"Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Mar-
riage" by Alice Munro: Coming in November, a new collec-
tion of nine stories from one of today's best short story
writers. Don't miss this.
.Fall offers cornicopia of song,
theater and Itzhak Perlman
By Jim Schiff
Fine/Performing Arts Editor
Every fall, University students are
welcomed back to not only their
classes, exams and extra-cirriculars,
but also a phenomenal selection of
fine arts events. From classical
music, to plays, to musicals, to
dance shows, Ann Arbor and the
Metro-Detroit area host some of the
world's finest artists and performers.
Take a look at what's going on for
University Musical Society: Ann
Arbor's premier outlet for Interna-
tional superstars boasts one of its
strongest seasons in recent years.
This year's lineup includes :the
British theatrical sensation, "Shock-
headed Peter," opening next week at
the Michigan Theater. Using giant
puppets, Cabaret-style music and a
Victorian setting, the show portrays
various children's stories in a
The month of October features the
performances of the Liz Lerman
Dance Exchange, the Lincoln Center
Jazz Orchestra with Wynton
Marsalis as artistic director and the
piano works of Evgeny Kissin.
November includes an evening of
short films with live music by the
Philip Glass Ensemble and several
classical music performances,
including those by the Netherlands
Chamber Choir and violinist Anne-
December's biggest highlight will
certainly be the performance of
Handel's "Messiah" by the UMS
Choral Union and the Ann Arbor
Read about upcoming events at
University Productions: Univer-
sity Productions, which presents
works by the department of Theater
and Drama, has a fantastic fall sea-
son planned. The season opens in
early October with Bertolt Brecht's
"The Good Person of Szechwan,"
which questions the ability to be
righteous and moral in today's com-
petitive, greedy world. October also
features the 1920s hit comedy musi-
cal, "Good News.!" which celebrates
college life and romance.
November includes two dramatic
pieces, "The Consul," an opera by
Gian Carlo Menotti, and "The Secret
Rapture," by David Hare. The fall
semester closes with "The Grapes of
Wrath," adapted from John Stein-
beck's great novel. Read about
upcoming events at http://www.the-
atre.music. umich.eduluprod/uprod.ht -
Museum of Art: The UMMA is
constantly recognized for its terrific
permanent collection, as well as its
array of thought-provoking exhibits.
Of particular interest are Donald
Sultan's exhibit, "The Smoke
Rings," a print and photography col-
lection of the symbolic gesture of
smoke, and Albert Kahn's "Inspira-
tion for the Modern," a collection of
the artist's drawings of factories and
other symbolic edifices of industrial
America. The Japanese Gallery, as
well, is also worth a look for some
wonderful woodblock prints.
Read about upcoming events at
Metro-Detroit: If traveling to the
Metro-area, be sure to catch a show
at one of Detroit's fine arts havens,
including the Fox, the Fisher, the
Masonic Temple and the Detroit
Opera House. World-renowned vio-
linist Itzhak Perlman joins the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra as
principal guest conductor, and will
also perform as a soloist in "Perl-
man Plays Vivaldi," running Novem-
ber 7th-l0th at Orchestra Hall.
"Tango Pasion," comes to th'e
Detroit Opera House from Sept. 20-
23, and features a 30-member dance
troupe performing to Argentinian
rhythms. "Burn the Floor" comes to
the Fox Theater from September 26-
30, and Ann-Margret comes to the
Fisher as the star of "The Best Little
Whorehouse in Texas."
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Courtesy of from left: Scholastic Trade, Spectra and Knopf
FROM LEFT: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,""Dune:
House Corrino" and "The Ash Garden" make their debuts this fall.
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