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Joe Barry Carroll is a Purdue alumnus and former NBA All Star who reinvented himself as a wealth advisor, philanthropist, author, and painter. He appears this weekend at the West Lafayette Public Library, Sunday at 1pm for a reading and signing of Black American Voices, and a Children's art and writing workshop at 3pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Carroll about the event and his books.

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We Are All Connected is a “multimedia, multiracial experience examining the role of the feminine in world culture and the rise to greater recognition of women’s voices.” Events and affinity councils are free and open to people of all genders, now at West Lafayette Public Library through December 8th. It's presented by Indiana Voices of Women and the Purdue Black Cultural Center.

John Clare spoke with steering committee members Barb Clark and Ileana Cortes Santiago about the events.

  Rock as a music genre has been defying social norms for quite some time, but only now has a woman done the same in the world of rock criticism. Jessica Hopper examines artists like Miley Cyrus, Riot Grrrl, and Nirvana, giving her honest thoughts on their contributions to rock culture. Her book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, gathers her various published pieces and groups them into themes such as "Strictly Business", "Bad Reviews", and "Nostalgia", giving a holistic view of today's changing world of rock.

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When a body washes up on the shore of the Thames river in 1930s London, Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands must split his time between investigating its murder and guarding a visiting American Senator.

Sandilands quickly discovers that the man he is assigned to protect is strangely connected to the young dead woman.

So goes the plot of A Spider In The Cup -- one of Barbara Cleverly's Detective Joe Sandilands novels. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

 Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, and even Walt Disney have made careers of collecting and retelling fairy tales. But where do all the stories come from, and what distinguishes a fairy tale from any other folk tale? Author Marina Warner explores the history of the fairy tale in her book Once Upon A Time

Detractors of modern-day Israel often compare it to apartheid South Africa, but how valid are those claims? Journalist Benjamin Pogrund, who has lived in both modern Israel and apartheid South Africa, examines the comparison in his book Drawing Fire: Investigating the Accusations of Apartheid in Israel. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Tomatoes are a summer staple,and Craig LeHoullier details absolutely everything about the fruit in his book Epic Tomatoes: How to Select & Grow the Best Varieties of All Time. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel shares his review of this beautifully illustrated guide to cultivating tomatoes.

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Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kelley just wants to dance with her friends underneath the moonlight, but what she finds in the dark of night is sinister and strange. Hoosier author Aaron Galvin constructs a chilling tale of the aftermath of the Salem witch trials in his historical thriller, Salem's Vengeance. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review of the first book in Galvin's Salem Trilogy.

The L.S. Ayres department store was a keystone of Indianapolis for more than a hundred years before its branch stores closed their doors in 2006. Ayres was known for its decadent tea room, ornate window displays, and collection of high-end women's fashion. Author Kenneth Turchi fondly traces the long history of the store in his book L.S. Ayres and Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has this review. 

Before anyone got their news from Facebook or Twitter, telegrams made current events accessible around the globe. The invention's rise in popularity allowed the American Civil War to become one of the first conflicts to spark global interest.

The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War by Professor Don Doyle examines how the war was received in the rest of the world, and how both sides attempted to sway international opinion. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has this review.

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