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BOOKWORM


Chances are you’ve seen the bookworm in their natural habitat — head in the clouds, nose in a book, burrowed deep into a comfy armchair in a local bookstore or coffee shop. With so many imaginary worlds to dive into at a moment’s notice, it can be hard to bring the bookworm back to reality, but here are some things to do to give their eyes a rest from all of that tiny print. BY MEAG HAN IG E L


DO


The only thing bookworms love more than reading is talking about what they’re reading. Luckily, Schuler Books & Music


hosts more than 200 active reading groups. At each Schuler location, there’s a bulletin board that features numerous


“want to join a reading group?” sign-up lists and inquiries; all a reader needs to bring is their love of reading and discussion.


Schuler Books & Music Multiple locations including 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids schulerbooks.com, (616) 942-2561


DRINK


The raven illuminated by eerie moonlight is a fitting logo for New Holland Brewing Company’s The Poet, its mainstay oatmeal


stout. Beverage Manager Phil Thomson says The Poet is an excellent companion for a book and a cozy night by the fireplace. “People usually think of stouts and malt beers as being really heavy, but that’s not the case with The Poet; it’s very smooth and almost light when you’re drinking it, and it doesn’t weigh you down.”


The Poet New Holland Brewing Company 66 East 8th St, Holland newhollandbrew.com, (616) 355-6422


LISTEN


Since the release of EP Late July in November 2010, Jacob Bullard has been working on songs for his next EP, Growin’


Seed, to be released on Dec. 10. Bullard, a Hope College English graduate, says he brings a literary element to his songs to create evocative images for the listener. “A lot of songwriters are storytellers, which is great,” he said. “But I’m more interested in providing an experience and mood. I start with one image that I think is interesting and I ex-


plore that in the song.” You can preview Bullard’s work from Late July and Demos on his bandcamp website and even download Late July for $3.


Jacob Bullard jacobbullard.bandcamp.com jacobbullard.blogspot.com


EAT


Any bookworm worth their salt will have read The Hobbit and/or The Lord of the Rings trilogy at some point, so a perfect


literary lunch or dinner date must include Bilbo’s Pizza in Kalamazoo. Started in 1976 by college buddies John Hindman and Charlie Konett, Bilbo’s includes sandwiches, pizzas and handcrafted beers like “The Choice of Master Sam,” “Elven Favorite” and “Dragon Red Ale” that would make Tolkien proud.


Bilbo’s Pizza 3307 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 382-5544, bilbospizza.com


WATCH


It may seem silly to take a lit snob to a math play, but David Auburn’s Proof is about more than paradigm-shifting theo-


rems. Bookworms will appreciate the powerful writing that earned Proof the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, both in 2001. Proof chronicles the aftermath of Catherine’s math-genius father’s death, the proofs he leaves behind and how much of her father’s brilliance — and madness — Catherine has inherited.


Proof Jan. 20-22, 26-28, 2012 Muskegon Civic Theatre 425 W. Western Ave., Suite 401 muskegoncivictheatre.org, (231) 722-3852


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