Springfed’s Ferndale District Library Reading


Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7pm.  Hosted by Susan Sheiner and featuring poets Thomas Lynch and Cindy Hunter Morgan.
Sponsored by Springfed Arts with support from Susan Sheiner.
Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220

Thomas Lynch
is the author of five collections of poems and four books of essays.  A book of stories, Apparition & Late Fictions was published in 2010.  A “Classic Contemporary” edition of Skating with Heather Grace, his first book of poems, has just been reissued by Carnegie-Mellon University Press.   In 2011, Paraclete Press published The Sin Eater: A Breviary — a collection of his sin-eater poems accompanied by black and white photographs by Michael Lynch and cover art by Sean Lynch.  Salmon Press, The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland. Thomas Lynch’s essays, poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic and Granta, The New York Times and Times of London, The New Yorker, Poetry and The Paris Review and elsewhere.  He lives in Milford, Michigan where he has been the funeral director since 1974, and in Moveen, Co. Clare, Ireland where he keeps an ancestral cottage.

Cindy Hunter Morgan is the author of two chapbooks. The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Award. Apple Season won the Midwest Writing Center’s 2012 Chapbook Contest, judged by Shane McCrae. A new book of poems, Harborless, informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks was recently published by Wayne State University Press. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of journals, including Salamander, Sugar House Review, and West Branch. She teaches at Michigan State University.

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Josh Malerman is on a roll with Black Mad Wheel – (Interview)


Ferndale’s own Josh Malerman is going to have quite a year! Our library’s patrons will recall Malerman’s spotlight role as author of  Bird Box,  an imaginative and splendidly nerve-wracking dystopia/suspense novel that we featured for our FERNDALE READS series of programs and events back in 2015.

Bird Box (ECCO/HarperCollins) was his debut, but all the while he’d spent his days here in Metro Detroit honing his craft as a novelist with 14 completed works, never having shopped one of them. He’s also been seen on local stages and headlining music festivals as the lead singer and guitarist for local rock quintet The High Strung.

But NOW… The exciting news for our local boy is that Del Rey Books has acquired Malerman’s next novel, Unbury Carol, along with a second untitled future novel. We don’t want to say too much, but Unbury Carol is “…a dark, lyrical adventure novel about a legendary outlaw racing against time to save his first love from being buried alive, while being trailed by threats both mortal and mystical….”


If that weren’t exciting enough, we’re happy to announce that Malerman’s next novel will be published in less than two months. His latest, Black Mad Wheelcomes out May 23 (ECCO/HarperCollins). Bird Box really hooked us with it’s premise: bizarre new creatures begin appearing across the globe, and any human who glances their uncanny appearance is inexplicably driven into terminal madness. His next novella, A House At The Bottom Of A Lake was a fever-dream allegory for the surreal adventure, graceless advances, and unfounded fixations of falling in love, while also evading aquatic specters and haunted tunnels.

Now we have Black Mad Wheel, which combines the foreboding odyssey-vibes of Heart of Darkness, with the nuanced sci-fi suspense of Lost. Malerman’s new one plunges the reader into the depths of psychological horror, where one can’t always believe everything one hears….

Black Mad Wheel Local rock stars “The Danes” are eager to regain their respected titles as the “Darlings of Detroit” and score another #1 hit song. An opportunity to travel to the deserts of Africa to seek out “a mysterious and malevolent sound” takes them on a harrowing journey through the scorching sands and into the heart of an ominous and twisted conspiracy. That’s a long way to go just to find a fresh new sound…

But the plot thickens when, back home in the states, a nurse tends to a patient who is already healing from his mysterious/nearly-fatal accident with remarkable speed. Who is this patient, what happened to him, how is he healing…and what devilry will he demand of Ellen while he’s in her stead?


Your first two published works were heavy on stoking readers’ imaginations. It wasn’t something like a visceral jump-scare like a prowler in the basement or a monstrous man-eating cat… Talk about going that extra mile, premise-wise, and how that imagination is coming into play with Black Mad Wheel…

Josh Malerman: The early reviews are describing it as a “trippy” book, which is both surprising to me and not. It’s not surprising… because I am, after all, a trippy guy. But the book… …hmmm… …to me Black Mad Wheel is a green and black oil panting, slashes of desert tan, characters who are scared, yes, but never completely out of control. The imagination runs free in Black Mad Wheel, just as it should in everything we do, and with every toy we play with… But, the mission the Danes are on is straight as an arrow. So maybe that’s it right there: the book is an arrow shot through a rainbow fog.

Trippy is a word we haven’t heard used,  yet, to describe your brand of ‘horror…’ Do we mean trippy like Lovecraft, or trippy like Huxley… or trippy like DeLillo?

Josh Malerman: Great question…, because in 2017, there are many varieties of “the trip!” Haha… But, I’d say more DeLillo than the other two…

What inspired Black Mad Wheel…? Something primal? Do the roots of your ideas for a storyline usually spring from a nuanced kind of human anxiety? And then blossoming and mutating from there?…….Isn’t horror just all about anxiety?

Josh Malerman: I think it was you, Jeff, who once pointed out to me that a lot of my stories feature fixated characters. And while I haven’t actually paused to wonder if a lot of horror is based on similar obsessions, I’m thinking right now that it is. Because that’s the thing, isn’t it? A man or a woman gets hooked on a thought or a person or a plan and then.. uh oh… we’re losing control… uh oh… the whole book is spinning. Whether it’s “the monster” or not… the killer who collects elbows or the father who believes he’s in competition with the neighbor or the child who can’t wait to get home to talk to the ghost in his Slurpee cup… all these characters are, yes, fixated. And maybe most of horror hangs by that hook, huh. Well, of course that then makes me question whether those who write/read/love the genre are also obsessors. I am. Are you? You are. Is everyone?

Everyone here at the Ferndale Library is looking forward to Black Mad Wheel in May… But tell us about what it was like to then get picked up by Del Rey? Here you were, just five years ago, with 14 books and nothing published… Now you’re on Del Rey! That’s a whirlwind toward vindication…

Josh Malerman: I feel as though I’ve come home! The editor who picked up Unbury Carol seems to prize that imagination we already spoke of…, and certainly isn’t afraid to publish something that’s more colorful and/or multi-sided than, say, a straight bullet thriller. I love that! It just feels like… if the next one finds me of a mind to write, like, a small, black and white story? Okay, great, go for it. And if not? If I see the follow up to Unbury Carol as a Rubik’s Cube of numerous suns all setting at the same time…? The horizon painted legion? So be it!! ‘Let’s roll,’ they seem to be saying. As long as the story is inspired, let’s roll.

Let’s roll……. like a wheel….
Black Mad Wheel 


More info: http://joshmalerman.com/ 

Also: Malerman will be appearing at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor on the day Black Mad Wheel is released; more info

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Teen Program: Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights for Teens is an opportunity for teens to become politically engaged with substantive social issues that impact the lives of diverse populations and communities. Schmidt, who specializes in family and juvenile law, will shed light on answers to difficult questions affecting teens of all ages, genders, identities and backgrounds.

Teens should know how their free speech rights apply to their social media posts, or what their rights are when they interact with police officers. What if a teen is also an immigrant? Can a teen refuse to be searched while at a public school? Teens have rights; teens need to know their rights.

No registration is required for this program; refreshments will be served.

More info

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Mini-Golf in the Library: Friends of the Ferndale Library Host CaddyStacks on March 12

The Friends of the Ferndale Library will host a fundraising party on March 12, where you can play putt-putt minigolf inside the library.


We’re calling it CaddyStacks! Weave your way around the shelves and book displays in a casual atmosphere promising fun for the whole family. ($5 / person; free for kids under 12 / children must be accompanied by an adult).


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Tax Questions Can Be Answered, March 9


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Celebrate National Reading Month

Take our Reading Challenge This Spring

The Ferndale Library will not be hosting a Ferndale Reads series for 2017, but instead encourages everyone to visit the library this March for smaller activities celebrating National Reading Month. If you’re stuck in a reading rut and longing to fall back in love with books, perhaps something fun like our reading challenge could re-inspire you? Plus, you could win a prize!

FADL Spring Reading Challenge
FADL Spring Reading Challenge: March 6 and April 15 
>>There will be four $25 gift cards to local establishments up for grabs.
>>>>Drawing for prizes will be held April 17
>>>>>>Stop by the Reference Desk (or visit the website), on or after March 6th, to pick up a Reading Challenge Game Board
1)  Read a book that meets one or more of six choices set by FADL staff
2)  Write a review or a summary of what you read in the form of a haiku poem (we will have examples to help you do this) and turn the reviews into the Reference Desk, OR post them to our Facebook page. 
3)  For each review receive an entry form to win a prize
4)  Everyone is welcome to read (& write a haiku for) as many books as they want

More info: http://ferndalepubliclibrary.org/spring 

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Ferndale Library’s Community Art Project

Ferndale Public Library added a book to their collection about three years ago, meant to facilitate a collaboration between creative types in the community. Two Twenty Two encourages our patrons fill its blank pages with their drawings, or 2/3-dimentional collages. It’s a cataloged sketch book that started out with blank pages awaiting the works of whoever checked it out and felt the inspiration to contribute. Other patrons that borrowed the book could peruse the other local artists’ work and see a charming collage of the inventive side of their neighbors.


You can read more about Two Twenty Two in this month’s issue of Ferndale Friends. 

“It’s a fantastic project because anyone who wants to can write in a library book, and their contribution becomes a part of that book that anyone can check out, as long as the book lasts. It’s an interesting archive of a brief time in our local creative history, with artists from all levels, from budding artists like my little girl nieces to established ones who have had their art published elsewhere. I’m very proud of it and glad that it continues to be discovered and contributed to over the years.”
–Linden Godlove, local artist / FADL Art & Exhibition Committee member



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