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  • In Oak Park, Michigan, independent bookstore The Book Beat is gearing up to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Stateside spoke with owners Cary Loren and Colleen Kammer about their long-running success.
  • Crain's Detroit Business reporter on Kellogg's splitting up its headquarters. Then, re-visiting our discussion with the author who wanted to capture the essence of northern Michigan. Also, representatives for Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw talk about the ending of temporary housing for Afghan refugees.
  • The Queer Comics Peddler is a pop-up bookstore selling LGBTQA+ books, comics, and zines. Starting in July, it recurs monthly at Bridge Community Café on the third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hundreds of protesters gathered in Oxford, Michigan, to rally for stricter gun laws. Next, the executive producer of the Moth Mainstage discusses the upcoming show in Lansing and the organization's new best selling book. Finally, two artists talk about the installation they're working on to commemorate Vincent Chin.
  • From books about the history of AIDS activism and affecting personal narratives to cozy mysteries and plenty of romance, we've rounded up eight books to help you mark Pride Month.
  • The new CEO of Planned Parenthood of Michigan discussed her hopes for abortion access in the state. Then, a new book features the works of Arab Americans in Detroit. Also, we talked with the co-founder of Detroit’s first and only Bud and Breakfast.
  • Canada prepares to implement a freeze on imports and sales of handguns. Also, the Ann Arbor Academy is a school that serves students with neurodivergent learning differences and disabilities who struggle in traditional classrooms. Finally, Detroit author Aaron Foley’s first novel, Boys Come First, tells the story of three gay Black men as they navigate millennial life in Detroit.
  • Author Caryn Rose talks about her book Why Patti Smith Matters. The book is a broad exploration of the notorious punk singer's career, as well as her impact on Rose's personal life as a teenager in 1970s New York state.
  • Today on Stateside, all the books you need to get you through the end of the year. Then, a trio from Traverse City gets back on the road, with a new grasp on the band’s identity. Plus, writer and critic Douglas Wolk plows through thousands of Marvel comics in search of heroes, villains, and narrative triumphs.
  • With great bookshelves come great responsibilities. For writer and critic Douglas Wolk, that means consuming some 27,000 comic books – the entirety of Marvel Comics’ output spanning more than half a century. And he wrote a book about it: All of the Marvels published October 12.