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Author Signing: Mary and Dr. John Agria with Bay View

Saturday, August 1st, 11AM to 1PM

Bay View is a jewel box of a Northern Michigan Chautauqua community along the shores of Little Traverse Bay, southwest of the Mackinac Bridge. Founded in 1875 and now a National Historic Landmark, its 31 public buildings and 450 cottages are among the most pristine examples of 1900-era High Victorian architecture in the United States. Historical photographs capture the fascinating journey via rail and Great Lakes steamer to the early campgrounds beech-forested hillside. Rare images trace its path from a wilderness Methodist campground to a vibrant embodiment of Chautauquas four pillars: the arts, education, recreation, and religion. Building on the Camp Meeting and Chautauqua traditions, the founders forged a unique lifestyle that ends every November only to resume with renewed energy every April. The turrets, towers, and gingerbread of this timeless Brigadoon excite the imagination today just as they did more than 135 years ago.

Author Signing: Jeffery Schatzer with Professor Tuesday's Awesome Adventures in History

Saturday, August 1st, 1PM to 3PM

Jeffery Schatzer’s three books in this series are great for fourth graders studying Michigan history, or for any history buff of any age.  The first in the series is CHIEF PONTIAC’S WAR, in which students learn firsthand about the native people of the Woodland Tribes, the French, the British, and the events that led up to Pontiac’s War.  The second is MIGRATING TO MICHIGAN, where readers will travel with several of Miss Pepper's students and Professor Tuesday as they dodge problems and overcome difficulties while learning firsthand how immigrants struggled to live and work in Michigan.  The third in the series is THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD where Miss Pepper’s students must prepare a special report on the history of immigration to Michigan.

Author Signing: Bill Haney with What Were They Thinking

Saturday, August 1st, 3PM to 5PM

Not all of them set out to change the world, but some of them managed to do just that. Not even legendary announcer Ernie Harwell knew the intrigue that led to his brutal and disastrous dismissal--the full story is presented here for the first time. How did the coolest-of-cool novelist Elmore Dutch Leonard find his voice and create those just-off-center bad guys and capture that street-smart dialogue? Haney takes readers inside the minds of these and more than a dozen other notable Michigan figures, people like Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the zealot who elevated the issue of assisted suicide. And Academy Award-winning Sue Marx, automotive genius Ed Cole, the three visionary men who built the Palace and the championship Pistons, and many more men and women who made a difference. Haney reveals the motivations and the passions of people--some prominent, some scarcely known--who made decisions and took actions that had impacts that reverberated far beyond the borders of the state.

Author Signing: Ann Dechellis with When the River Bends

Saturday, August 1st, 5PM to 7PM

Ann is just a young girl when she meets Mat. She thinks she is living a normal life until one day she discovers the betrayal that has gone on for years. The shocking discoveries in her life from there test her strength and courage. Through injury, betrayal, illness, and death, she pushes on. Based on a true life story, in this novel Ann discovers just what she is made of.


Author Signing: Karl Manke with Age of Shame

Sunday, August 2nd, 1PM to 4PM

The time is 1940-1945. The place is Eastern Europe. A young Jewish girl finds herself suffering the retributions from the fallout of Nazi Germany's "Final Solution" to rid the world of Jews. At the same time a young German boy finds himself suffering the retaliation of communist Russia hell-bent on ridding eastern Europe of ethnic Germans. Their lives parallel through these years and finally cross. What they discover is a kindred spirit that chooses life.

Author Signing: Christine Sneed with Paris, He Said

Sunday, August 2nd, 4PM to 6PM

Jayne Marks is questioning the choices she has made in the years since college and is struggling to pay her bills in Manhattan when she is given the opportunity to move to Paris with her wealthy lover and benefactor, Laurent Moller, who owns and operates two art galleries, one in New York, the other in Paris. He offers her the time and financial support she needs to begin her career as a painter and also challenges her to see who and what she will become if she meets her artistic potential.Laurent, however, seems to have other women in his life and Jayne, too, has an ex-boyfriend, much closer to her own age, whom she still has feelings for. Bringing Paris gloriously to life, Paris, He Said is a novel about desire, beauty, and its appreciation, and of finding yourself presented with the things you believe you've always wanted, only to wonder where true happiness lies.



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