May 2011

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A Benefit for the Ferndale Public Library and Queer for Books

Blumz… By JR Designs
503 East 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI
Hosted by Blumz by JR Designs and Queer for Books
Featuring Author: Kathe Koja

June 3rd, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Please join the Ferndale Public Library’s new GLBT book club, Queer for Books, for cocktails, appetizers, live music, and Victorian punk fun to begin your Pride Weekend!

Under the Poppy, June’s featured book, is the critically-acclaimed story of two men in love and war, at a notorious Victorian brothel theatre. Under the Poppy has also been adapted for an immersive stage presentation. Buy your copy of the book at this event, meet author Kathe Koja, and receive a specially autographed copy of the stage show script at the next Queer for Books meeting on June 25th.

Tickets are $30, available in advance at the Ferndale Public Library and Blumz, and $40 at the door. All proceeds are tax deductible, and will benefit the Queer for Books Collection at the Ferndale Library. And your ticket stub is your ticket to the event’s afterparty at Menjo’s!

Victorian punk costumes encouraged- tophats, fishnets, bustles . . .
Come get Queer for Books Under the Poppy!

Live music by (the) fundamentalists
Sponsored by Menjo’s and BLUMZ BY JR DESIGNS

The Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club will take a meet again on June 8 at the Ferndale library (222 E. Nine Mile) at 7pm.

Recognizing how busy we all are, we’ve picked a book that has both a novel-length version and a short-story version: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, a classic about children and war, strategy and exceptional talent

Read the novel, or read the short story.  Or, for the fun of getting into the author’s mind, read both and see what he added to the short-story for the transition to novel form (and what he took away).

The short story is available online (apparently with the author’s permission) here:

Copies of the novel-length work  are available throughout the TLN library system:

If you cannot obtain a copy please contact Kevin Deegan-Krause at