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Editor's Corner (May)

By: Amy Reynolds

Such talent in Michigan! I have just finished two books that have local settings, received notice of a third major award for a Traverse City author, and am anticipating a new release for another. As a bookseller, it's  thrilling to recommend local authors with such confidence. Windigo Moon by Bob Downes just won a Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY). Windigo Moon is set 400 years ago in the Upper Great Lakes  and is about an Ojibwe couple who led their people forward. The historical novel also made the Michigan Bestseller list for 2017.  Congrats, Bob! Orphan Daughter by Cari Noga has an Old Mission setting with a CSA (community supported agriculture) as the main character's business. Jane is stunned when her half-sister is killed  and she becomes the sole custodian of her 11 year old, NYC raised niece. They both carry a lot of psychological baggage when they meet for the first time. Can they overcome the city life vs country life and move on from the grief they both suffer from. No spoilers here, you just have to read the book. I couldn't put it down. Viola Shipman has a new novel out just in time for Mother's Day. The Recipe Box holds family recipes for 4 generations of a fictional Mullin's Family Apple Farm in Sutton's Bay. The stories will charm but the fabulous recipes are a bonus. The Recipe Box follows earlier novels, The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Chest, also set in Michigan. If your children enjoyed Nuts to You, by Newberry Award Winner Lynn Rae Perkins, they'll be asking for Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea (publish date 5/15/18). This engaging novel about sisters, family, and exploration is a great read aloud or a great choice for an emerging reader. Find these outstanding books by local authors at your favorite independent  bookstore, Horizon! Check this newsletter for dates and times when you can meet and congratulate these authors yourself.

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