March 14, 2014
Topic: Arts & Culture
Midwestern author celebrates regional literature
Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times best-selling author, is keynote speaker for “Voices of the Middle West: A Celebration of Writers and Independent Presses” festival from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 22 in the Residential College.
Sittenfeld’s talk is at 5 p.m. in East Quad’s Keene Theater. A public reception will follow. She is the author of books including “Prep,” named one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, and “American Wife” named one of the Ten Best Books of 2008 by Time, People and Entertainment Weekly.
The festival will present writers and independent publishers from around the Midwest. Panelists will discuss writing opportunities, the art and business of publishing, and the state of Midwest literature. The book fair will showcase more than two dozen literary organizations and publishers from the Detroit and Chicago area, Southeastern Michigan and Mid-Michigan.
The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, go to midwestgothic.com/voices.
Orchid Ensemble blends Asian tradition and world fusion
The Canadian JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble, which blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, performs from 7-9 p.m. March 22 at the U-M Museum of Art Apse.
Established in 1997, the group embraces musical genres including traditional and contemporary Chinese music, world music, new music, jazz, and creative improvisation. The Orchid Ensemble has developed an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians.