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Wednesday
Aril 21, 2004
arts.michigandaily. com
artseditor@michigandaily.com

ARTS

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By Melissa Runstrom
Daily Books Editor
"I wanted to do something positive,"
said Julia Dickinson, the executive
director for Ann Arbor's inaugural
Book Festival. The event spans four
days and promises to be a capacious
experience with many events featuring
authors. Launching the festival is a
panel discussion about the transforma-
tion from book to screen at the Michi-
gan Theater. The event will culminate
on Saturday with author discussions in
the Modern Languages Building and a
street fair on North University Avenue
between the Michigan League and
Michigan Book and Supply.
According to Dickinson, the festival
will feature more than 70 exhibition
booths, as well as a number of pavil-
ions highlighting a myriad of topics
including comic
books, poetry, AnAro
publishing, song- Ann Arbor
writing, book arts, Book
book groups and Festival
literacy promo- April 22-25
tion. The comics Most Events are
stage will feature Free
three comic artists
who will discuss how they got involved
in the industry. An auction for the
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund with
autographed "Hellboy" merchandise is
planned as well.
Students can also learn about books
that have changed lives. Michigan foot-
ball coach Lloyd Carr and University
President Mary Sue Coleman will be
among those speaking about books that
have made an impact on them. There
will also be a stage that incorporates
this semester's theme, Brown v. Board
of Education. The event incorporates a
panel discussion and a dramatization of
the historic case by the Performance
Network. Poetry workshops and a
poetry slam will also be held Saturday
on North University Avenue.
An interesting addition to the festi-
val is a tour of the Malloy presses,
where one can see books as they are
being produced. The tour costs $10 but
includes a copy of "Ann Arbor
(W)rites," a collection about Ann
Arbor life with pieces by Charles Bax-
ter (author of "Saul and Patsy") and
actress Lucy Liu ("Kill Bill"). The fair
will also showcase 50 of the best book
cover designs in the country. Unfortu-
nately the biggest author event, a bene-

THE HOTTEST PICKS IN ENTERTAINMENT
FROM A DAILY ARTS WRITER
"Proofhearing" - For her greatly anticipated autobiography, Paris
Hilton - everyone's favorite socialite - furthered suspicions that
she's just an illiterate moron when she asked the publisher's office to
read it to her so she could edit it over her cwll phone.

AP PHOTO Courtesy of Matt Carr
LEFT TO RIGHT: Authors Derrick Bell, Michael Eric Dyson and Ken Mikolowski.

Courtesy 0of aura Frankena

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Subservientchicken.com - Burger King
created this faux live feed featuring a man
in a chicken costume prepared to do
whatever you ask of him. If you've ever
wanted to see a giant chicken dance like
an Egyptian or grab its crotch, this is prob-
ably your only chance.

HOOKEDON PHONICS
NEW TRADITION BEGINS IN ANN ARBOR

fit dinner gala, comes at a cost of
$200, but there will be many other
opportunities to meet authors at sign-
ings and panel discussions throughout
the festival.
A primary objective of the festival is
to raise illiteracy awareness in
Washetenaw County. "It is to make
people more aware of the problem
around us," Dickinson said. She added,
"Twelve percent of the population in
this county struggle with (illiteracy)."
An informative guide about how to get
involved will be distributed by volun-
teers that Dickinson jokingly dubbed
the "literacy- guide SWAT team."
The coordinators of the event strate-
gically planned the festival so that it
would fall as late as possible in the
term but while most students were still
on campus. "We looked at a number of
dates, and we wanted to have the stu-
dents and the University involved,"
Dickinson said. According to Dickin-
son, sponsors wanted to "make sure we
engage the next generation ... to really
keep it front and center."
As executive director of the festival,
Dickinson has been enthusiastically
involved in the planning. "Part of what
we want to do is position Michigan as
a literary center, and Ann Arbor really
makes sense as that center." She point-
ed out that the city is home to more
than 30 bookstores and four of the
largest book printers in the nation as

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Franz Ferdinand - The Scottish
band's debut features some of
the catchiest rhythms and
most enjoyable rock songs in
recent memory. Put this CD
in your car this summer and it
won't be leaving for a while. The com-
bination of punk-rock and pop music
will make you want to dance and keep yo.
entertained all summer long.

4

2

Wallace and Wallace - The Pistons
recent addition of Rasheed Wallace create(
the most feared front line in the NBA. With
fan-favorite Big Ben blocking everything u
sight and the league's reigning bad-boy Ly
his side, Detroit fans are putting on the trace-
mark Afro or shaving a bald spot on their lead
to show their devotion during the playoffs.

I

Awful celebrity child names - Fron George
Foreman's numbering all of his children to Deion
Sanders' affectionate Deiondra and Dein Jr., we
can always count on celebrity egos spilling over
into the naming of children. My fav~rite
comes from Jermaine Jackson, who oitdid
his brother Michael - who named hi son
Prince - by naming his son Jermajesty.

AP PHOTO

well. She wanted to be involved in an
event that affects people from all dif-
ferent ages. Speaking about her per-
sonal motivation, she said, "One of my

thoughts was that it is really the read-
ers who give books lives. Without
them, they just sit on your shelf gath-
ering dust."

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