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Michigan Notable Book Author Daniel Wolff and Singer/Songwriter Chris Buhalis Present Storytelling and Music

Posted on April 10, 2018 – 7:57 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to an evening of readings, music, and first-rate storytelling with Michigan Notable Book author Daniel Wolff and singer/songwriter Chris Buhalis on Friday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m.


Wolff and Buhalis will present a one hour talk and musical exploration of Wolff’s award winning book Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913. Grown-Up Anger braids together biographies of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie with a labor strike in the Keweenaw to create an alternative history of 20th century America. The program will range from turn-of-the-century politics through the Great Depression and the 60’s civil rights movement to today.


Wolff is a Grammy-nominated author and has published other non-fiction books ranging from a biography of singer Sam Cooke to a documentary look at New Orleans’ recovery post-Katrina. He has also published three volumes of poetry, helped produce documentary films with the Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, and collaborated with a number of contemporary songwriters. Winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Book Award, his work has been featured on National Public Radio, Sirius Radio, and in publications from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle.


Buhalis was nominated for Detroit Music Awards “Best Singer” and has released two critically acclaimed albums: Kenai Dreams and Big Car Town. He has appeared at numerous music festivals and folk venues across the country and, over the past twenty-five years, has performed with artists Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dave Van Ronk, Odetta and more.


There will be time for questions and answers and a book signing and selling after the presentation. This 2018 Michigan Notable Books program and tour are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Humanities Council, Meijer, and the Michigan Center for the Book.  


Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

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