Once a journalist and now a full-time romance novel writer, meet Lyssa Kay Adams. Photo by Julian Stainback. Lyssa Kay Adams wasn’t always into romance novels until she read her first one in the eighth grade. She was inspired to create more romance novels on her own ever since.
Adams was an award-winning journalist of nearly 20 years who gave up the world of telling true stories to write her own romance novels.
Some of her novels have gotten nominations by the RWA, or Romance Writers of America, like “Wild in Rio” and “Seventh Inning Heat.” Since then, she has been a full-time writer for romance.
Her latest book, “The Bromance Book Club,” made its debut at Schuler Books in Okemos on Nov. 6.
With romance and a little comedy, Adams expects her latest book to give everyone an important lesson to learn.
LANSING — Michael Schumacher was born and raised in Wisconsin and has been living right by the shore of Lake Michigan all of his life. “The lake means a lot to me so I won’t take it for granted, ever,” said Schumacher, 62. “I tried to read a lot of the history, learn as much as I can. The more I can learn the better, and I’ve learned the five Great Lakes have separate personalities; they’re all different in their own way.”
He should know. Schumacher recently wrote “Torn in Two: The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man’s Survival on the Open Sea.” It is his 13th published book, and the fourth in his series on Great Lakes shipwrecks.
By DAVID POULSON
Capital News Service
LANSING — I got to know Scott Atkinson in a Land Rover rattling through the Australian Outback. That was in 2004 when he was a student in my study abroad class. I figured him for Hemingway-like aspirations. Within days of our arrival, he bought a kangaroo-hide hat that rocked an Indiana Jones vibe. He wrote about our Aboriginal guide, a man who sought his ancient roots – connections that had been severed by a government policy that produced what is now called Australia’s Stolen Generation.
By AMANDA PROSCIA
Capital News Service
A beaver family’s reappearance near the Detroit River after the species’ disappearance more than a century ago inspired a book that appeals to both adults and children alike. Author and illustrator Gerald Wykes tells the story of the beaver family’s 2008 astonishing return in his book, “A Beaver Tale: The Castors of Conners Creek” (Wayne State University Press, $18.99)
Beavers appeal to children and adults alike, according to Wykes, who lives in Monroe, Michigan. “Beavers alter their environment to fit their needs, like people do, so it’s easy for readers to identify with them,” he said. His full-color illustrations and kid-friendly text create an easy-to-follow narrative of the discovery of beavers at the Conners Creek Power Plant on Detroit’s east side after residents noticed trees being mysteriously cut down. On the surface, it’s a children’s book, but Wykes’ storytelling is highly informative, even for adults.
The world we live in is on the brink of a major shift; more and more people are beginning to put down their books and magazines and pick up their Kindles, iPads and other e-readers to get their information, reading professionals say. They say print-based publications and businesses are trying to adjust to the shift to online as best they can. However, people seem to be more inclined to scroll through and read something in the comfort of their own home rather than travel to obtain a physical copy. Businesses with magazines, newspapers and libraries are places that one would imagine have been most affected by this shift. The Lansing Library however has managed to roll with the changes and keep most of its members over the years.
ST. JOHNS — Even with the growth of technology and virtual books, Briggs Public Library uses summer programs and online resources to keep customers coming through the doors. According to Sara Morrison, library director at Briggs Public Library, located at 108 E. Railroad St. in St. Johns, the summer programs the library hosts not only brings in many participants, but also assure that the children don’t forget information over the summer.
St. Johns Book Exchange creates a unique atmosphere by having the owners Edwin and Gerty Lamb’s three cats, Snoopy, Boots, and Cuddles, wander around the store while customers shop. The animal trio adds a feeling of comfort and an inimitable experience. While flipping through books, customers are purred at and have their ankles stroked by the three cats. Due to the excellent behavior of the animals, customers are able to pet and play with them while they shop at the store, located at 121 N. Clinton Ave.
OLD TOWN LANSING—Old Town has a library so small one could walk right past it without realizing it is even there. What It Is
The Old Town Book Exchange is a small, colorful box outside of the Polka-Dots Bead-a-full Boutique in Old Town, Lansing. On any given day it is filled with an assortment of books that may be borrowed by any person in town. According to Reva Darling Goucher, an employee at Polka-Dots Bead-a-full Boutique, the book exchange was created as part of a partnership with other citizens interested in encouraging people to read in Old Town. “It was a good way to promote literacy in the community,” Goucher said.
Bath is set to welcome a new addition that could potentially open doors for many of the citizens – their own library center. Bath Library Center, a satellite site of Dewitt District Library, will be a small library located within Bath Corners shopping mall. It will offer a wide selection of books for children while working to serve older age groups. Brought together largely by volunteering efforts and donations, the soon to open Bath Library was granted a budget to open. Bath Township Board gave a total of $75,000 to open and supply the center with books and equipment.