Winter is here! Come check out our great Christmas lineup of books and events!

Author Signing: Karl Manke, Harsen's Island Revenge

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Karl Manke’s eighth novel, about a group of brave souls who fight back against the dangerous Detroit mobsters who are flooding Michigan with illegal booze, could be the best of the bunch.

“Mr. Manke develops a rich, eclectic cast of characters, and he weaves them into a fascinating yarn set against the turbulence of the Roaring 20s,” wrote Anthony Hornus of Corunna, an author, journalist and filmmaker who has edited some of Manke’s books, in a jacket blurb.,h_742,al_c,q_90/file.jpg

Author Signing: Virginia Johnson, Ira's Farm

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

A WWI veteran with a young family, Ira bought a sixty-acre farm in the rural community of Harlan, Michigan just ninety days before the October 1929 stock market crash and its ensuing financial crisis. He fashioned a living with a team of horses and a never-give-up work ethic on land his wife often called "sand banks" when a harvest failed. This memoir covers a thirty-year span of farming through the eyes of Ira's daughter who went from a bare-footed carefree girl to a "hired hand" when her older brother joined the Navy in 1942. She drove horses, hauled hay, picked up stones, bagged milkweed pods and a myriad of other tasks. For senior citizens it may bring back childhood memories. Young readers will perhaps experience a tinge of fantasy or a scene from TV's Walton family. An easy read about rural farm life in the thirties and forties


Author Signing: Karen Rieser, Aiden's Tree

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

A Christmas tree is brought into Aiden’s home with great pomp and ceremony.  It lights up the darkness of winter, fills the home with a cold piney scent, glistens with ornaments and is the protector of all gifts beneath it. But, what life does a tree live prior to entering a home?  What happens to the tree after it leaves? AIDEN’S TREE is the story of a Michigan fir – from seedling to Christmas tree to a marker on the Mackinac Ice Bridge and more.

Author Signing: Michael Khouri, From Hiss to Bliss: A Cat Named Tom Finds His Forever Home

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Through the tale of a stray cat, FROM HISS TO BLISS honors the trials and heartache of a cat in search of a forever home. This message of hope is dedicated to children of all ages as a reminder to never give up on a dream, and that anything is possible when you keep hope alive.


Author Signing: Robert Downes, Biking Northern Michigan

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Packed with more than 40 cycle routes, funny stories, history and dining recommendations, "Biking Northern Michigan" will have you ready to ride one of America’s top cycling destinations. The guide also includes what kind of bike to ride on your chosen route (ie. road, mountain, hybrid), what gear you'll need for the trip, "must-visit" stops along the way and other practical information. Veteran cyclist Robert Downes guides you along 1,400 miles of Northern Lower Michigan’s best and safest bike routes, including: • Traverse City’s TART Trail, Petoskey’s Wheelway and the Leelanau Trail • The best of Benzie, Emmet, Antrim and Leelanau counties • A 450-mile Great Northern Loop • Cycling from Grand Rapids to Traverse City • Epic rides from Gaylord, Harbor Springs and Alpena to the Mackinac Straits. • Lake Michigan island adventures & more!

Author Signing: Amelia Celeste Fernand, Nature Explorers Michigan Wildlife: A Coloring Field Guide

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Have you ever wondered where frogs go in the winter or how to identify a bird? Do you enjoy taking walks in the woods and want to learn more about the wildlife in your backyard? Kids and adults, this book is for you! Unique coloring pages feature Michigan wildlife with information that is formatted like a guide book. Find out about animal tracks and scat, life cycles, diet, and habitat. Increase your nature knowledge with fun facts, an extensive dictionary, art, science, games, and more. Calling all Michigan Nature Explorers, this is your go-to guide for discovering more about your favorite animals!


Author Signing: Tim Rappleye, Hobey Baker: Upon Further Review

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

He was America's most dashing athlete, the pride of Princeton. Hobey Baker, the aristocratic Ivy League sports hero and, later, a glamorous World War I fighter pilot. From the outside, U.S. Army Captain Hobey Baker had it all: good looks, a glamorous fiancé, war medals for bravery, and a sports resume second to none. And then it all came crashing down, barely a month following the Armistice.  Over the years, questions emerged: Why did Baker take that ill-fated flight in the first place? What prompted his lover to abandon him? Why did he fight his orders to return home from war? HOBEY BAKER: UPON FURTHER REVIEW distills a century's worth of clues to solve the mystery of a death that has confounded us all.,204,203,200_.jpg

Story Hour: Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

On Fridays 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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