The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Big Rapids ~~ Big Gifts!


I recently had an event at Great Lakes Book & Supply in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Friends (Jan & Diann) from Three Rivers took a road trip to Big Rapids to see me!

You may remember that master woodcarver Bette Hartig lives in this city. She carved a wondrous walking staff for me and presented it to me at my last event at the bookstore.

This time, she presented me with a custom walking stick chronicling my 
GREAT LAKES ISLAND ADVENTURE.

Bette Hartig & me with the two walking sticks


Head of walking stick


Top of stick with custom grip


The covers of all three books adorn the stick along with the tracks of many Great Lakes animals and birds


Now I have a pair of custom sticks...more ART for my home


Sunday, June 28, 2015

New Indie in the City!

There is a new indie in town...
and it's in  
Detroit's 
 Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood 
on Grand River. 


Pages Bookshop in Detroit's Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood 


A very "bookish" table runner

It's lovely to see a new bookstore in the city of Detroit! Owner Susan Murphy has a passion for reading, books, and connecting this community with books and authors. 

Owner Susan Murphy holds a copy of my new book



The shelves of Pages Bookshop

I will have an event here on 
Thursday, July 16 @7pm

For a complete list of my author events, go HERE.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sleeping Bear Dunes

I'm often asked about my favorite parts from my over 3,000-mile exploration of the Great Lakes.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 
on Lake Michigan is always on that list.

While touring with my newest book, I took some time to hike the Empire Bluff Trail along this stretch of lakeshore.




And I played around with the panorama setting on my camera to try to capture the scale of this overview...










 This last shot bowed the water out into an arc giving new perspective on that junction of land meeting water.








Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Leland, Michigan

My book tour recently took me to Leland, Michigan where I spoke at the library...

The Library in Leland



...and then signed books at the lovely bookstore in town, Leelanau Books. 



The bookstore always has fresh flowers for their authors!

Thanks to everyone who came out to hear me speak and to get their book at the lovely indie bookstore. Leelanau Books has signed copies in stock, so hurry to get yours!



Sunday, June 7, 2015

Perimeter: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan


While in Traverse City on my book tour, I had a chance to see the art installation:
PERIMETER: 
A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan
at the Dennos Museum.


The Dennos Museum

 Originally commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, this photographic installation by photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki is now traveling the region.

The "lake wall" 


Portraits are displayed around the room...can you find me?

There is also a screen showing some of the quotes by subjects in this project

 I was honored to be a subject in this project exploring my favorite place, Lake Michigan.


Perimeter will be on display in Traverse City Michigan through 
September 6, 2015.

Learn more HERE.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Tales from the Up North Book Tour


My book tour took me to Traverse City 
and Gaylord, Michigan this week.



Touring Traverse City's Opera House with my sister, Leslie

 I always love to return to Traverse City, and Brilliant Books had a lovely display of my three books in the window.

Window at Brilliant Books!


Peter Makin (owner of Brilliant Books) introduces me

I gave a reading and Q&A at Brilliant Books, then signed books.

Signing books at Brilliant Books

 The next day I was off to Gaylord, Michigan to sign books at Saturn Booksellers.

Set up for the "meet-and-greet" at Saturn Booksellers


The girl scouts were also at Saturn selling their addictive cookies!

[Yes, I bought many boxes of thin mints!]

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Black River Books, South Haven

I always love visiting Black River Books 
in South Haven, Michigan. 
Booker and Dewey, the store dogs, are always glad to see me!



As are Pam & Dick Haferman, owners of this lovely indie bookstore.

They invited me to come and read from my new book about the islands of the Great Lakes.



Thanks to everyone who came out to chat with me and to support their local indie bookstore.


Here I am with the Hafermans, owner of Black River Books.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Summer Top 20 & Me!

Forever Books in St. Joseph, Michigan has a wonderful event where they talk about the new book releases for summer.
And they ask an author to come and do a short reading from their new book.

Over 50 people gathered at Forever Books

The stack of new releases

Robin Allen (owner of the bookstore) and staff Diana, Sherry, and Stephen 

Independent bookstores are sites for fantastic literary events like this one. The staff at Forever Books is engaged with literature and with their community. 

The staff took turns talking about the new releases they've read

After each of the 20 new releases were discussed, I gave a short reading from my new book
A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes ISLAND Adventure.
And then I signed books, one of the great joys of being an author!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Battle Creek was Hopping!


Downtown Battle Creek was hopping for the annual "Spring into the Arts"
event this May.




I was delighted to be part of the event by signing my books at the brand new indie bookstore downtown, 
BATTLE CREEK BOOKS.



It was great to see the store (and town) swarming with people for this event!


At 51 West Michigan Ave. (kitty-corner from the Griffin Grill & Pub)