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Author Reading/Talk: Steve Hamilton, Dead Man Running

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

On the Mediterranean Sea, a vacationer logs on to the security-camera feed from his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Something about his living room seems not quite right--the room is bright, when he's certain he'd left the curtains closed. Rewinding through the feed, he sees an intruder. When he shifts to the bedroom camera, he sees the dead body. Martin T. Livermore is the key suspect in the abduction and murder of at least five women, but he's never been this sloppy before. When the FBI finally catches him in Scottsdale, he declares he'll only talk to one person: a retired police officer from Detroit, now a private investigator living in the tiny town of Paradise, Michigan. A man named Alex McKnight.


Author Signing: D. Laurence Rogers, Historic Tales of Michigan Up North

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Centuries ago, Europeans desperate for gold and a route to the East found a lush, green paradise populated by native tribes in the New World. Despite a clash of cultures, cooperation created the fur trade that dominated early Michigan history. Subsequent violence and disease all but wiped out the native population. Later, intrepid residents crossed the frozen Straits of Mackinac on foot and then built the famous Mackinac Bridge. The land nurtured Charlton Heston and Ernest Hemingway in their youths and spawned the assassin of President William McKinley. Northern Michigan also bore witness to the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the worst shipwrecks in Great Lakes history, and to the bizarre kidnapping of Gayle Cook, an ill-fated attempt to save the Perry Hotel in Petoskey from bankruptcy. Author and storyteller Dave Rogers recounts these and other historical tales from Up North.

Author Signing: Brad Graft, Brotherhood of the Mamluks: Chains of Nobility

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Duyal, a teenage nomad living on the vast Russian steppe, is captured during a Mongol invasion and forced on a long, deadly journey into the war-torn Middle East. Purchased by a Kurdish prince in eastern Turkey, his destination is an Islamic citadel, filled with similarly enslaved strangers and one merciless instructor—a man determined to purge the weaklings from his ranks and forge the survivors into Mamluks, Islamic Knights unmatched in wielding sword, arrows, and lance from atop Arabian steeds. When Duyal becomes entangled in his instructor’s schemes and his mates witness another comrade’s unjust execution, the recruits can take it no longer. Their wrath is unleashed.


Author Reading: Michael Zadoorian, Beautiful Music

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Set in early 1970s Detroit, a divided city still reeling from its violent race riot of 1967, Beautiful Music is the story of one young man's transformation through music. Danny Yzemski is a husky, pop radio–loving loner balancing a dysfunctional homelife with the sudden harsh realities of freshman year at a high school marked by racial turbulence.

Author Signing: Richard VanDeWeghe, Jimmy Quinn

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

In the 1950s, in a small town in northern Michigan, a state mental hospital well recognized for its patient care is increasingly threatened by a mysterious collusion of local greed and state politics. What begins as chronic vandalism soon spirals to physical assault. Struggling to make sense of the mysterious events, psychology intern Henry Merchartt wrestles with agonizing challenges to his ethical beliefs as he navigates the complex world of the hospital, patients and staff, and the local community and tension builds. In the process, Henry develops a brotherly bond with Jimmy Quinn, a patient whose work at the asylum illuminates for Henry the critical dignity that accompanies humanistic patient care.


Story Hour: Kathryn Allen and her Books!

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Join us for a lively storytime & book signing with children’s author Kathryn Madeline Allen & learn some tips for reading aloud to young children! Kathryn Madeline Allen writes diverse, interactive picture books and board books for babies and young children. Her recent books are THIS BOOK, I AM A BABY, SHOW ME HAPPY, and A KISS MEAN I LOVE YOU. She also teaches writing and children's literature at Oakland Community College and frequently visits family members in the Grand Traverse area.



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