The music of 1970s Detroit inspires new coming of age novel

Michael Zadoorian

No matter your age or your generation, the music you listened to in high school claims a special place in your heart.

Many kids use music to help overcome the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

Michael Zadoorian’s new novel Beautiful Music centers around one of those kids. He talked to Stateside about how the music of 1970s Detroit inspired the book.

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Edinburgh mum-of-two on writing a children’s book to help sons understand dad’s terminal illness

TO Harry Broadbent, his dad is a superhero.

But the five-year-old knows he might not always fly by his side.

Harry’s mum Michaelagh has penned a children’s book to help her two sons understand their dad’s terminal illness.

And the Edinburgh-based author hopes My Daddy Is A Superhero, published this month, will help other families like hers.

“I’m not a grief counsellor or child psychologist, I’m a mum who has written this from her heart in a way that I want my children to hear it,” said Boston-born Michaelagh.

Her first book is an illustrated poem that celebrates her husband, Harry.

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Maria claims Macmillan Prize for Illustration


Anglia Ruskin University student Maria J Guarda has won this year’s Macmillan Prize for Illustration with her story of a family in exile.

Maria, who is originally from Santiago, Chile, and now lives in Cambridge where she is a student on the MA Children’s Book Illustration course at the Cambridge School of Art, won the award for her work ‘Paloma Flew’. The work shows a family struggling with a life away from their own country and is told through the eyes of a young girl.

Anglia Ruskin also claimed third prize thanks to Marina Ruiz’s ‘Your Home, My Home’, while the runner-up award went to Soojin Kwak from the Kingston School of Art.

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Next Chapter Book Club helps adults with disabilities find community in books

Madi Christiansen loves Monday afternoons. Each week, she walks into Lucky Ones Coffee in the Park City Library toting her lunch. When she sees some familiar faces, she greets them, takes a seat and picks up a book identical to the ones the rest of the people in her club have in their hands.

Christiansen is one of a handful of members in the Park City Next Chapter Book Club, a group made up of individuals with different developmental disabilities who meet weekly to read books. The group formed two years ago.

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This Working Class Photographer Documented Her Community in Industrial England

Tish Murtha’s relentless vision can be characterized by a single trait: empathy. She unflinchingly investigated forsaken communities crippled by ineffective government policies and bleak living conditions.

Despite her notable output — powered by an active home darkroom — her work went underrecognized throughout her life and after her sudden death in 2013. Last year, her daughter Ella spearheaded an online campaign to publish a limited-edition book based on Murtha’s series “Youth Unemployment.” She is now having her first retrospective, “Tish Murtha: Works 1976-1991,” on view at The Photographers’ Gallery in London through October 14.

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Glenn Danzig Preps ‘Hidden Lyrics Of The Left Hand Volume II’

What a great idea! I’ve never thought of an “illustrated lyric book”.  Love to see more of these from a variety of artists.

Glenn Danzig will unleash a sequel to his 2010 book ‘Hidden Lyrics Of The Left Hand,’ in August. The effort will feature illustrations by long-time Danzig and Verotik collaborator Simon Bisley, who designed many album covers for the band including 2017’s ‘Black Laden Crown.’

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