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Stateside: Windsor COVID shutdown; implicit bias in healthcare; new novel The Elephant of Belfast

Apr 8, 2021

Detroit-born writer S. Kirk Walsh just published a highly anticipated historical novel set in Northern Ireland during World War II. The Elephant of Belfast is based on a true story about a young woman charged with caring for her zoo’s star attraction, a young Indian elephant, amid a spate of German bombings that levelled the city.
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Today, on Stateside, Windsor health officials warn essential workers crossing the border to Detroit daily to limit their time in the city during Michigan's COVID spike. Plus, writer S. Kirk Walsh talks about her debut novel The Elephant of Belfast, inspired by true events that took place during World War II.

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Windsor residents worry about neighboring “hot zone” as COVID infections rise in Michigan

  • Doug Schmidt is a reporter with the Windsor Star.
  • You can find his latest reporting about Windsor here.

From implicit bias to lack of access: How systemic racism impacts health care for Black Americans

  • Debra Furr-Holden is a professor of public health at Michigan State University and Associate Dean for Public Health Integration. 
  • Char’ly Snow, CNM, is Director of Midwifery Services at Henry Ford Health System and a Founder of Metro Detroit Midwives of Color. 

"Getting Through:" Returning to joy in the midst of pandemic fatigue

  • Elisa Gurulé is a mom, wife to an Emergency Room physician, and a grad student. 

The Elephant of Belfast: A Detroit-born novelist’s story of a zookeeper during WW2

  • S. Kirk Walsh is a Detroit-born writer and author of the new novel The Elephant of Belfast.
  • S. Kirk Walsh will be doing a virtual event organized by Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, April 13.
  • Support for Arts and Culture coverage on Stateside comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.