Michael Hodges The Detroit News Published 5:47 PM EDT Jul 19, 2019 Heads up, book lovers: The third-annual Detroit Festival of Books -- aka the Detroit Bookfest -- lands Sunday at Eastern Market. The event, which organizers say drew 10,000 visitors last year and boasts over 120 vendors, outgrew its previous home in market Sheds 4 and 5, and will now be in the largest -- Shed 3. But just what is the Bookfest? "I like to describe it as a glorious day of thousands and thousands of books, comics, vinyl records, creative arts, food, beer, funk music and more," said Ryan M. Place, festival founder and chairman. "The primary focus is used, rare and antiquarian books," he said, but added that there will also be a bunch of authors selling new volumes of their works. The festival will also feature an open bar with craft offerings from Eastern Market Brewing Co., as well as wines from Detroit Vineyards. Those with a hearty appetite can graze offerings … [Read more...] about Thousands expected to descend on Detroit Festival of Books
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Susan Orlean cracked open her book and bent toward the microphone.“Covers burst like popcorn,” she said, reading from her book about the mysterious 1986 fire at downtown L.A.’s Central Library. “Pages flared and blackened and then sprang away from their bindings, a ream of sooty scraps soaring on the updraft.”The New Yorker staff writer and author, a headliner at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, read from her latest book during a public discussion on the first day of the event.The two-day festival — the largest of its kind in the country — includes panels and discussions on a wide range of topics, including Shakespeare, Chernobyl, rape culture and guns in America. The event, now in its 24th year, also had food trucks, an a cappella performance, a puppet performance and cooking demonstrations. Other authors participating in the event, which is expected to draw 150,000 people to USC’s campus over the weekend, include Roxane Gay, … [Read more...] about Susan Orlean talks ‘The Library Book’ on first day of L.A. Times Festival of Books
The dry season is more acute than usual because of the El Nino climate pattern, the meteorological department has said, and more than a quarter of the country's main reservoirs have reported low water levels. The drought situation is "quite serious," said Pimchanok Vonkorpon, a commerce ministry official. But there is little evidence of it in Bangkok, where shops are hawking large, colourful water guns and buckets ahead of Songkran, which runs from April 13 to 15. The annual festival is known as the world's biggest water fight, drawing hundreds of thousands of tourists, mostly to Bangkok and other cities. "In the rural areas, the suffering is more obvious, and monks include the message of water conservation in their teachings," said Somboon Chungprampree, executive secretary for the International Network of Engaged Buddhists in Bangkok. "It is harder to deliver the message in the city, especially to well-to-do residents and tourists. Often, it is the poorer farmers who bear the burden … [Read more...] about As drought bites, Thai cities urged to rein in festive water fights
By Shabana Mahfooz Published: March 28, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Hindu community leaders from Sindh’s Ghotki district alleged that two underage sisters had been abducted by some locals on the eve of Holi. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB How does it feel to be a child one day and a woman the next? How does it feel to take a different name for the deity you believe in? How does it feel to begin a daily ritual in a new language, with new customs? For you and me, this may seem difficult. But for a child who is forced to give up her name, identity, relations as well as her faith, describing the experience as catastrophic would be an understatement. After a prolonged cold spell of winter, as Pakistan basks in the warm sunlight of spring, the Hindu community in the country recently celebrated Holi, a vibrant festival of colours. But the festivities lost their hues as two underage girls in Sindh were allegedly kidnapped and forced to convert from Hinduism to Islam. Although the … [Read more...] about Religious persecution under the guise of free will?
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — New-age carrier Vietjet’s president &CEO Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo late January 30 arrived at Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport to check the airline’s operations in the days before the Lunar New Year. Accompanying Thảo were two vice presidents Tô Việt Thắng and Nguyễn Đức Thịnh. The check-up was carried out after Đinh Việt Thắng, Director of Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), did the same thing at the airport and wished Vietjet staff and employees a happy new lunar year. In 2018, Vietjet carried 23.16 million passengers on more than 118,900 safe flights via 39 domestic and 66 international routes. Vietjet had the highest aircraft technical reliability rate in Asia-Pacific – 99.64 per cent – with a young fleet of average 2.82 years old. Madam Thảo talks to a Vietjet cabin crew. To meet the … [Read more...] about Vietjet officials visits Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport