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Author Signing: Julia Claiborn Johnson, Be Frank With Me

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies—with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane. When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away—as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders. As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank’s father is, how his gorgeous “piano teacher and itinerant male role model” Xander fits into the Banning family equation—and whether Mimi will ever finish that book.

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Author Presentation: Valerie Joan Connors, A Better Truth

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

When the frantic pace of her Washington, D.C. life becomes too much for her to bear, Willow St. Claire takes refuge in the North Georgia Mountains. She buys a bookstore, hoping to spend her days talking to customers about the latest releases, and her evenings in the quiet oasis of her mountain retreat. Alone in her cabin, two miles away from the nearest neighbor, Willow must learn to cope with the terror of her past, heal from the loss of her mother, and maintain a relationship with a teenaged daughter who refuses to leave D.C. where she lives with her father. But a knock at Willow’s kitchen door late one night, sets off a series of events that will shatter her newly found peace and tranquility, and threaten to trigger another breakdown. Willow has held tightly to her own version of the truth for over three decades, because for her, real truth is far too disturbing to acknowledge.

   

Live Music: Kat Eldred and Tim Burke

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm

This daughter and father duo is always a treat!  They are both long-time favorites at Horizon Books.

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Author Signing: Jeanie Ransom, Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Little Bitty Wolf has a big problem. He used to love to walk to school at Pine Cone Elementary. Until Big Red Riding Hood moves into town. Big Red isn't just big, she is mean. And she loves nothing more than teasing, taunting, and terrorizing Little Bitty. What is a wolf to do? Little Bitty talks to his parents and tries lots of different ideas to stop the bullying. But in the end, it takes something unexpected to get Big Red to stop! Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with warning signs to look out for that may indicate a child is involved in bullying, and steps to take to improve the situation — whether your child is the victim, perpetrator, or a bystander.

   

Author Signing: Susan Steen Ciolek, Imprinted Survivor

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

This captivating journey takes the reader down a path in time with the author and cancer survivor as she seeks to find answers to the inner strength she found as she battled to survive. More than just a memoir, Susan Steen Ciolek follows a path not often traveled, merging a link to her ancestry and her faith in God through the battles she fought and won. A tribute to life and all those who came before, leaving their imprints that we share in today, and hope for tomorrow. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the author will donate a percentage of the sales of her book to THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY.

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Author Reading: Mary Knight, Saving Wonder

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Having lost most of his family to coal mining accidents as a little boy, Curley Hines lives with his grandfather in the Appalachian Mountains of Wonder Gap, Kentucky. Ever since Curley can remember, Papaw has been giving him a word each week to learn and live. Papaw says words are Curley's way out of the holler, even though Curley has no intention of ever leaving. When a new coal boss takes over the local mining company, life as Curley knows it is turned upside down. Suddenly, his best friend, Jules, is interested in the coal boss's son, and worse, the mining company threatens to destroy Curley and Papaw's mountain. Now Curley faces a difficult choice. Does he use his words to speak out against Big Coal and save his mountain, or does he remain silent and save his way of life? From debut author Mary Knight comes a rich, lyrical, and utterly transporting tale about friendship, the power of words, and the difficult hurdles we must overcome for the people and places we love.

   

Author Signing:  Bill Chapple, Chronicles of Blackened

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Blackened is home from the marines and stays with his uncle. He has trained blackened in more than hand to hand combat; he has trained him to kill demons. Blackened soon finds his uncle is killed. This sends blackened on a cat and mouse game for his life. He soon finds people after him and out to kill him. he is more special than he had imagined. He is the world’s last home. Most of all he is havens main defiance for stopping the end of the world. Books one two three will take you into a new world of action adventure and most of all a on the edge seat ride that will not loosen up.

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Author Signing:  Julia Claiborn Johnson, Be Frank With Me

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies—with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane. When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away—as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders. As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank’s father is, how his gorgeous “piano teacher and itinerant male role model” Xander fits into the Banning family equation—and whether Mimi will ever finish that book.

   

Live Music: Jim Crockett Trio

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Singer/songwriter Jim Crockett has been an icon of the Michigan music scene for many years. His "Manistee River Song" and "Last Believer" have achieved anthem status in the area and beyond. He has now teamed up with bassist Dennis Armstrong, and lead guitarist Ray Smith to deliver original folk, roots, and blues.

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Story Hour:  PUDDLES

Friday, September 30, 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.

   

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