Week of 6.26.17

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Suite Dreams Project Hats Off Luncheon

From the first sip of pink bubbly (in a split with a pink straw) to the Hat Crawl guests’ exit with huge, hot pink balloons, the 16th annual Hats Off Luncheon was a dreamy, Sweet/Suite Sixteen production. During the reception the sold-out crowd (400 @ $150, $200-patron) oohed and aahed each others’ hats and bought all of the 1,000 chance auction raffle tickets. The luncheon program emceed by Rhonda Walker had highlights. Ali MacManus, a songwriter/singer who was born prematurely with multiple birth defects and has survived 11 major surgeries, got a standing ovation when she sang her composition “Breaking Free.”
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July 2017

GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously ...more»
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02/21/2017 - Noted author and art critic Lynn Crawford began her career as a social worker in New York before discovering her flair for writing. "While I was in New York I met some writers and artists. I fell in with the art crowd and they saw my potential," Crawford said.

She gathered her breadth of experiences in the art community and interacted with fascinating people in New York. She began developing compelling characters in an imaginative world of fiction.

Crawford sent her manuscript for Solow, to the renowned, Michigan-born writer and poet, Jim Harrison. Harrison, best known for penning the epic saga Legend of the Falls, inspired Crawford with an encouraging response of approval.

"Haven't wanted to read anything lately, certainly not any of the 500 manuscripts and galleys I get a year," Harrison wrote. "However, I found Solow fascinating. It reminds me of early John Hawkes which is still for me the best Hawkes. The whole dreamscape was especially vivid."

Solow became Crawford's first published book in 1995.

Crawford and her family later moved from New York to Michigan and settled in Birmingham nearly 20 years ago.

Seamlessly merging her artistic insight and ingenuity for writing, she began working as an art critic. She has written pieces for art publications such as Modern Painters, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail and Parkett.

"One of my friends was an editor for 'Art in America' and I was asked to write," Crawford said. "I have a duel career. It's an interesting balance."

As a novelist, Crawford has published Blow, Simply Separate People, Fortification Resort, Simply Separate People Two and Shankus and Kitto. With the exception of her latest book, Shankus and Kitto, her books are all available on Amazon.

Crawford's devotion to Michigan compelled her to publish Shankus and Kitto with Ditto Ditto, a Detroit-based publishing house and book shop in Corktown. Currently, the novel is exclusively available at Ditto Ditto, and plans to later be sold online.

With her passion for the arts, Crawford is a founding board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). In 2010, she was awarded a Kresge Literary Arts Fellowship and in 2016, she was awarded the Rauschenberg Fellowship.

Presently, the award-winning author is writing volume two of Shankus and Kitto and her first detective novel. She has an office in Birmingham.

"It's my little hideaway," she said. "I do hot yoga in the morning. I meditate and go to my office for a couple hours every day. I feel so blessed that I'm able to write and live in the Detroit area."

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