Crysta K. Coburn has been writing award-winning stories her whole life. She is a journalist, fiction writer, blogger, poet, editor, podcast co-host, and one-time rock lyrics writer.
Ypsilanti is a small city in Southeast Michigan. Some call it Ann Arbor East, but that could not be further from the truth. Ypsi (as it is affectionately known) has its own vibe and culture that is very different from its more famous neighbor. It even has its own university, Eastern Michigan University. Maybe the football team isn't as fearsome as the Wolverines, but they're ours.
Halloween is a holiday with a distinct aesthetic. We all think of witches, pumpkins, ghosts, ghouls, bats, and spiders at the mention of the word. But why? How did our associations with Halloween become, well, associated with Halloween? Keep reading to learn a little more about this fantastically spooky holiday and what makes it so unique.
On the surface, Everfair by Nisi Shawl is an alternative history novel about an imagined country named Everfair that was co-founded by black American Christian missionaries fleeing the oppression of post-Reconstruction era United States, indigenous Africans of several different tribes, and the British Fabian Society. Many black Americans did settle in Africa during the 19th century (see the country of Liberia for one example). African countries now are comprised of several different tribes. And the Fabian Society exists in our world even today.
Summer time in Michigan can have many highs and several lows. And I don’t just mean the temperature! There are humidity and water levels to take into consideration when deciding how to spend the day. Michigan’s state motto is “Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice,” which is Latin for “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.” This means we are literally surrounded by water. Michigan is also half comprised of water—41.5%! Consequently, a lot of summer activity in this state does revolve around water. But that isn’t all there is to do, and hopefully you will find activities on this list to suit all of your summer time needs.
The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo came out this past February, and I am super excited to get it out of the library and read it this summer! Why is that, you might ask? Is it because it has already been getting rave reviews and been placed on more than one Book List? Is it the gorgeous cover with a feminine silhouette against a starry sky? All good guesses, but no. These factors just enhance the book’s appeal and reaffirm for me that Choo is an absolute master storyteller.
I am continuously surprised when parents discourage their children from reading by refusing to let them read comics. Many adults that I talk to profess to dislike reading books because they hated what they were forced to read as children. Why are we so bent on forcing people to read what they vocally don't want to read? It's only going to kill the joy that reading can bring! Reading what you love anyway.
Michigan is a state with four pretty distinct seasons. Our spring can be a little fickle with snow in April, and storms raging off and on for weeks, but by May, we’re pretty well into flower season with daffodils and—most especially—tulips bobbing their blooms in the breeze. So now that the weather is warming, what is there to do? Here are a few suggestions for your springtime bucket list.
I have learned from talking with fellow fans of the steampunk genre that the first title to spring to most minds when steampunk comics are brought up is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen co-created by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. There are undeniable steampunk elements in this series as well as several references to Victorian literature, which I find personally entertaining. It is, however, far from the only comic in the steampunk arena. If you are a fan of steampunk and graphic novels, check out these titles. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but I think of it as a good place to start, and these are some of my faves.