Visiting the Indies Chapter Two: Purple Tree Books in Cheboygan, Michigan

My son-in-law is from the Philadelphia area.  When he and my daughter toured northern Michigan recently, he told her that he had heard of Cheboygan and thought it was a fictional place.

Works of fiction (and nonfiction) have an adorable place to hang out before they are purchased in this real town at Purple Tree Books.  This sparkling amethyst is located in heart of downtown Cheboygan on Main Street, slipping into the place of Log Mark Book Store.  Purple Tree Books opened in late September, 2013, and it has hit the ground running, scheduling Michigan author signings just about every week.  Emily Clare is a wonderful host and a knowledgeable bookseller, having studied her trade at Horizon Books in Petosky.

The changing of the name from Log Mark Book Store, which had been in the community for a number of years, to Purple Tree Books has more meaning than a change of identity.  Emily’s niece was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was six days old.  Purple is the awareness color for this incurable genetic disease, and Emily named the store to enhance that awareness in honor of her niece.  All donations from the self-service coffee provided in-store go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

It was a drizzly, grey afternoon when I appeared on November 9, 2013 after my annual trip to Traverse City for the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan conference.  I signed copies of The Y in Life, met customers, and shared a fun afternoon with Emily and Grey Wolfe Publishing’s Associate Publisher, Diana Plopa.  My first visit to Purple Tree Books was as a guest author to do a book signing and to feed my book addiction.  It is now a must-stop when I make my travels to the northern part of Michigan.

Cheboygan may be a fictional place to those outside of Michigan, but a great true story has begun in this Northern Michigan town, authored by Emily Clare called Purple Tree Books.

Purple Tree Books
334 North Main Street
Cheboygan, MI  49721

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Photo by Diana Plopa
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Emily Clare, Mike, Diana Plopa
Photo by Christopher Chagnon

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