The Book Nook & Java Shop
The Book Nook & Java Shop and Best Cellars Wine Bar are located in downtown Montague.
Enjoy piano music with your morning coffee by uber-talented Steve Thielman.
Rebroadcast of World Affairs Council of West MichiganWe welcome Deborah Amos from NPR.Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in widespread charges of war crimes and calls for justice. But what exactly are war crimes? Opinions of what constitutes a war crime have evolved, as have ways to identify and punish the perpetrators. Yet, war crimes are notoriously difficult to investigate and prosecute. How might the war crimes committed in Ukraine be dealt with?… See MoreSee Less
Eric Michaels and Chris Kennedy are a guitar duo, performing a mix of folk, pop, country, and standards. Longtime friends and musical partners who've performed in clubs and coffeehouses from Alaska to Arizona, Eric and Chris now reside in Western Michigan where they're now sharing their music in venues along the lakeshore. While you're enjoying a lunch at the Book Nook, savor the easy-listening, acoustic sounds of Eric and Chris as well!… See MoreSee Less
We meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 6pmWe will be discussing Guns, Germs, and SteelJan 11 – Part One – 70 pages (9-78) – through chapter 3Jan 25 – Part Two – 103 pages (81-183) – through chapter 10Feb 8 – Part Three – 94 pages (187-280) – through chapter 14Feb 22 – Part Four – 56 pages (283-338) – through chapter 17March 8 – Part Four – 69 pages (339 -407) – through chapter 20March 22 – Epilogue & Afterword, plus any points from the entire book anyone wants to revisit – 34 pages (411-444)… See MoreSee Less
Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program provides background information and policy options for the most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the starting place for dialogue and discussion within the community. The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) each year selects eight topics. The World Affairs Council of West Michigan develops a discussion series featuring those topics with complementary material provided by the FPA. It is our longest-running and largest community program on global issues.This discussion group will meet every Thursday evening in February and March to discuss the weekly topics. A rebroadcast of the live presentations will be shown every Tuesday from 12:00pm-1:15pm at the Book Nook.… See MoreSee Less
Great jazz – by fabulous trio:Greg Miller, guitarJustin Wierenga, bassJD Jones, drums… See MoreSee Less
Nick Veine has performed throughout Michigan the last 13 years. His style of Folk/Americana with mixtures of Pop and Country certainly are enjoyed by his audiences. It doesn't hurt that Nick graduated from the two best music schools in the country. Berklee College of Music and Belmont University. Bring your friends 🙂
Enjoy cool vibes with chill guitar player
Workshop Title: Creating Lifelike Characters in FictionIn this workshop, Michigan author Kevin Fitton will describe principles for creating characters who feel like real people. He will use examples from his own work along with some of the great contemporary writers. Workshop participants will be given the opportunity to practice new skills and incorporate lessons into their own projects.Cost $35 includes a signed copy of Kevin's new collection of short stories: Auras.sign up by calling 231-894-5333 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgStick around for his reading at 4:00 and his music at 7:00… See MoreSee Less
Kevin will do a reading and signing of his new collection of stories, "Auras".The twelve stories that make up Auras span time from the 1940’s to the present day. They cover ground from New England to the Midwest to the South. But in another respect, all of these stories live in the same place, asking a different version of the same question: Is it possible to fix broken things?Kevin is an author from Grand Ledge, Michigan. who does creative writing education for youth through the National Writers Series in Traverse City, and a PhD candidate in creative writing at Western Michigan.He will be conducting a writer's workshop at 2:00 and will be singing and playing guitar at 7:00.… See MoreSee Less
Not only is Kevin a noted writer and teacher – he is also a musician. Come check out this talented lad. Writer's workshop at 2:00, reading at 4:00, music at 7:00
World Affairs Council of West Michigan rebroadcast.We welcome Mary Gallagher from the University of Michigan.The U.S. and China have one of the most important and complex bilateral relationships. But this relationship has been eroding for years. While President Biden met with President Xi for the first time since his election in 2020, serious rifts remain. How might the United States and China engage with the other in these increasingly tense times?… See MoreSee Less
(To RSVP Call Store (231) 894-5333 or send us a facebook message)Dinner … at 6pm. Wine & Chocolate, Music … at 7pm French wine and assorted chocolates. Candlelight in a bookstore. Intimate ambience, Dinner: Chicken Parmesan with creamy tomato pasta, fresh fruit & mixed green salad, garlic. (Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free on request in advance.) Dinner: $17/Four Wine Sampler and Assorted Chocolates: $15Eric and Chris, acoustic guitar duoEric Michaels and Chris Kennedy are a guitar duo, performing a mix of folk, pop, country, and standards. Longtime friends and musical partners who've performed in clubs and coffeehouses from Alaska to Arizona, Eric and Chris now reside in Western Michigan where they're now sharing their music in venues along the lakeshore. While you're enjoying a lunch at the Book Nook, savor the easy-listening, acoustic sounds of Eric and Chris as well!… See MoreSee Less
sing a song and/or play an instrument. Bring your band, your pals, the mic is open to all varieties of music and talents. A sweet cover of a song? Maybe an Original? Have some good jokes? A few poems you'd like to say out loud? Can you juggle? Does your dog do fancy tricks? and more? Get up on the Ballard stage and get out there!
Ted Bounty is like most musicians who believe music can be a powerful instrument to deliver an important message when they perform before an audience.Bounty who plays primarily the guitar and harmonica while dabbling in the mandolin, banjo, fiddle and piano, began his journey into performing music in 2009 when he was a student at Michigan State University. It's been a ride that has taken him down many exciting paths since.… See MoreSee Less
Carl and Tom! Artists range from Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Neil Young to Johnny Cash, Adele, One Republic to Carl Webb songs and many more.
World Affairs Council of West Michigan rebroadcast.We welcome Brittany Cook from the University of Kentucky.Fears of global food shortages have followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has disrupted grain shipments from this major grain producer. But what about countries and regions that were suffering before this impending shortage? How is famine defined, and how is it different from simple food shortages? What if any remedies are there?… See MoreSee Less
A self-professed “Funkateer”, and WYCE Jammie Award winning singer Serita Crowley of Serita’s Black Rose from Grand Rapids, Michigan brings a raucous mix of FUNK, ROCK, BLUES, NEO-SOUL, and AMERICANA. Serita, along with her partner Jon Hayes are at its core, performing together for nearly two decades. As an acoustic duo, or full band, they play much of the timeless “feel good music” from the 60’s and 70’s along with their own original music. Their self-titled EP release in 2012 has won several awards including WYCE's Jammie Award for "Best Short Form Album". The Acoustic Duo has also been the supporting act for the legendary Smokey Robinson of Motown, and Kansas. Serita’s fiery, blues- and soul-infused vocals come straight from the heart. You will love Serita’s Black Rose Duo!… See MoreSee Less
Guitar / Vocals
World Affairs Council of West Michigan rebroadcast.We welcome Suzanne DiMaggio from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Suzanne is the Director of the Iran Project.U.S. relations with Iran have reached a critical point. The Iranian nuclear program is more advanced than it’s ever been as negotiations to restore the JCPOA have stalled. Iran’s provision of drones to Russia against Ukraine and Tehran’s brutal crackdown on protesters around the death of Mahsa Amini have led to heightened tensions. At the same time, the international sanctions regime at the heart of the U.S.’s pressure campaign against Iran is fraying as Tehran, Moscow, and Beijing forge closer ties. Against this evolving backdrop, what are the strategic options for U.S. policy toward Iran. Is an agreement to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon still a realistic goal? What are the alternatives?… See MoreSee Less
Sponsored in part by MADL www.madl.org/The focus of the presentation will be the lives and art of women Baroque artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Lavinia Fontana, Judith Leyster and others. Not only did each of these artists face overwhelming personal challenges, but also systemic misogyny. Despite these limitations, they both became successful working artists during their lifetime. Unfortunately, after their deaths, male art historians ignored their art, and some even attributed the work to male artists of the same time period. Art historians now know better, and this presentation will help to set the record straight.Erin Walling is a retired American and World History teacher with 39 years of experience in public education. Although she is not an expert in art history, this self-described "history nerd" is an authority on keeping high school students entertained and sneakily educated by regaling the class with historical anecdotes, fun facts, and interesting slides. "Seekers of knowledge" will enjoy the benefits of her detailed research and the ability to weave historical facts into a compelling story.… See MoreSee Less
World Affairs Council of West Michigan rebroadcast.We welcome P. Michael McKinley, Ambassador (ret.) to Brazil, Peru, and Colombia.Elections in Latin America over the past four years have led many observers of the regional/political scene to discern a left-wing surge in the hemisphere, reminiscent of the so-called “Pink Tide” that swept the area some 20 years ago. But how much do these politicians actually have in common? What implication does their ascendency have for the region and for relations with their northern neighbors?… See MoreSee Less
World Affairs Council of West Michigan rebroadcast.We welcome Wiebe Boer, President of Calvin University and former Shell All-On executive dedicated to providing energy to the under-served in Nigeria.Accessing and controlling fossil fuels have long influenced the politics of individual nations and their relations with others. This has been highlighted most dramatically through the potential energy crisis in Europe caused by the war in Ukraine. But as more countries move toward sustainable energy, and supply chain shortages affect the availability of oil and gas, how will this affect the way fossil fuels drive geopolitics? Are there opportunities for the U.S. to develop more energy resilience in the face of uncertainty? And how might a new energy world order benefit fossil fuel-poor countries?… See MoreSee Less
Mixed Drinks inspired by: Jimi Hendrix – Pixies – Tom Petty – The Strokes – Dick Dale and his Del-Tones – Dr. Dre – Daft Punk – Van Morrison – Fleetwood Mac & Loretta Lynn; (age 21 and over) Back again after a full bar at the first one, centered around The Book: Booze & Vinyl 2 by Andre & Tenaya Darlington, learn how to create numerous (sampled) drinks inspired by your favorite artists. Vinyl will be played setting the stage for an eclectic good time. Space is limited, $30 (includes nine sample drinks, bar food, bar banter and listening to real vinyl records) RSVP. Call the shop @ (231) 894-5333 or send us a Facebook message.… See MoreSee Less
World Affairs Council of West Michigan rebroadcast.We welcome Gaia Vince, U.K. journalist (BBC and The Economist) and author of Nomad Century.As climate change accelerates, people in affected regions must uproot themselves and seek safety elsewhere. Vast numbers of people may be driven from their homes in the coming decades—the coming climate migration will require global cooperation. Yet, migration offers opportunities for the people migrating and the host countries that receive them.… See MoreSee Less
World Affairs Council of West Michigan rebroadcast.We welcome David Cortright from the Kroc Institute for International Peace of Notre Dame.Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, sanctions have been one means for the west to challenge Russia. How effective have these sanctions been in hindering Russia’s war efforts? How do these sanctions compare with others enacted against Iran, Myamar, and Venezuela? What collateral damage has occurred through their implementation and how might sanctions be used in the future more effectively?… See MoreSee Less
Sponsored in part by MADL www.madl.org/Women have been composing music forever, and there is great music there to be discovered. Elizabeth will highlight Clara Schuman from the 19th century, Grazyna Bacewicz from the 20th century, and Caroline Shaw from the 21st century. The talk will include recorded music selections from their work. She will also point you to easy ways to get to know more of them.Elizabeth Morrison is a writer and educator who has lectured, taught and written extensively about women composers. She is also an amateur cellist and lifelong lover of chamber music, and especially enjoys playing music written by women.… See MoreSee Less
Sponsored in part by MADL www.madl.org/ Thomas Wikman will continue his series on the great singers of the 20th century. He will focus on the golden voices of the two decades between 1940 and 1960, many very familiar to us. Carefully selected recorded examples will be included.Muskegon native and music scholar Thomas Wikman is the founder and conductor Laureate of Chicago's Music of the Baroque and has a long and extensive career as a performer, instructor, conductor, and leader. In May 2002, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts (Honoris Causa) from the University of Chicago for "making an incomparable contribution to the musical life of Chicago."… See MoreSee Less