February is a good time to pick up a book for those winter blues!

Pick Up Your Signed Copy of the New Jim Harrison Book, The Ancient Minstrel

In "The Ancient Minstrel," Harrison delivers three novellas that highlight his phenomenal range as a writer, shot through with his trademark wit and keen insight into the human condition. Harrison has tremendous fun with his own reputation in the title novella, about an aging writer in Montana who spars with his estranged wife, with whom he still shares a home, weathers the slings and arrows of literary success, and tries to cope with the sow he buys on a whim and the unplanned litter of piglets that follow soon after. In "Eggs," a Montana woman reminisces about staying in London with her grandparents, and collecting eggs at their country house. Years later, having never had a child, she attempts to do so. And in "The Case of the Howling Buddhas," retired Detective Sundersona recurring character from Harrison's "New York Times" bestseller "The Great Leader" and "The Big Seven"is hired as a private investigator to look into a bizarre cult that achieves satori by howling along with howler monkeys at the zoo.


New Book Club: Books Distilled!

Meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at Grand Traverse Distillery Tasting Room, 215 E. Front Street. Next Meeting is Thursday, February 25th. We will be reading Rum Punch, by Elmore Leonard

Ordell Whitebread Robbie makes a fine living selling illegal high-powered weaponry to the wrong people. Jackie Burke couriers Ordell's profits from Freeport to Miami. But the feds are on to Jackie and now the aging but still hot flight attendant will have to do prison time or play ball, which makes her a prime loose end that Ordell needs to tie up permanently. Jackie, however, has other options. And with the help of Max Cherry an honest but disgruntled bail bondsman looking to get out she could even end up with a serious nest egg in the process.


Author Signing: Onalee Marsh with Love and Kisses, Max

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

LOVE & KISSES, MAX is a compilation of love letters, a forbidden journal, a secret code, photos, radio news reports, a P.O.W.'s thank you, and war-time memorabilia of seventy years ago. The journal and letters were written by Max Elwood Guger who served aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown (The Fighting Lady) in 1944 and 1945. LOVE & KISSES, MAX reads like an illustrated novel. It begins with Max's induction into the Navy in 1944 and his experience in boot camp during wartime. Assigned to the Yorktown, Max daily journals the ship's position, battle engagements, casualties and victories. He describes the end of the war, the surrender of Japan, and the rescue of P.O.W.'s. He has the opportunity to survey the destruction in Yokohama, and writes a vivid depiction in a letter.


Author Signing: Sally Jo Messersmith with Awaken, Hana

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

AWAKEN, HANA is a poignant tale of love, hope, faith, and determination as a North Korean woman and her beloved attempt to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds and find their way back to each other.


Live Music: Songwriters in the Round

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm

The Songwriters will be back with their usual assortment of amazing musicians


Poetry Reading:  ZG Tomaszewski with All Things Dusk

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

These visionary poems suggest that every world is manifold worlds, that mundane experience is saturated with the sacred if we practice using the heart's and soul's eyes to look and see. In this book, the world is measured by the heart's scale and the soul's rule, and the result is a beautiful human singing.  (Li-Young Lee, final judge of the 2014 HKU International Poetry Prize)


Live Music: Blair Miller and Harley Gibson

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Blair Miller is an enigmatic blues artist. Blair leans heavily on Delta Blues and roots interpretations. Blair has played all over Northern Michigan. His CD At the Depot is in the blues rotation at WNMC. Harley has been working as a musician for around 50 years, including working under the Decca label. Starting as a young bass player working gigs with famous acts in venues like the Grande Ballroom and more recently with bands like the Benzie Playboyz,, he now focuses  on becoming a solid singer/songwriter.




Story Hour: ABCs
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Every Friday at 10:00 am, Horizon Books offers Story Hour.  Come in to hear some stories, do some activities and do a craft.




Every Friday morning Horizon Books is the place for Up Front Fridays, a conversation focused on events in the Grand Traverse region and aired on Up North TV. Always full of interesting guests, Up Front Fridays has its finger on the pulse of Traverse City. Tune in to find out what's happening in your town!

UpNorth TV is available to Charter Cable subscribers on analog Channel 97 and digital Channels 2 and 992 from Manistee to Cheboygan in Michigan's northwest lower peninsula. Shows are also broadcast and archived on upnorthmedia.org. Click the logo to the right to watch right now!


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