Upcoming events in Plymouth and Eastpointe – Saturday March 28 and Sunday, March 29, 2015


This Saturday, March 28, 2015, I, and over twenty authors, will be at the Plymouth District Library Local Author Fair.

Plymouth District Library
223 South Main
Plymouth, MI  48170
1PM – 3PM

Then, on Sunday, March 29, 2015, the East Detroit Historical Society is holding a Meet the Author event at the Halfway Schoolhouse.  Macomb County authors include Cherie and Bob Allen, Alan Dean Naldrett, and Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley.

East Detroit Historical Society
Halfway Schoolhouse
15500 Nine Mile Road
Eastpointe, MI, 48021
3PM – 5PM

The memory of the moment

I like photography.  Capturing the memory of the moment.  It could be amusing sights around the house…

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or the treasures from a vacation…
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or the loud enthusiasm of friends.
DSC04898Detroit City FC Supporters march to the stadium.  Photo by Michael Kitchen.

Detroit City FC Supporters march to the stadium. Photo by Michael Kitchen.


There is one category that, in 2014, I took a hiatus from.  Events.  At special events I would take my camera, particularly if there were authors or other artists around.



In 2014, I attended these events and left the camera at home:

-Michigan Sports Hall of Fame induction of Alexi Lalas
-Bill Ayers at Source Books in Detroit
-Brigid Pasulka at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor
-Voices of the Midwest event in Ann Arbor
-Zell Distinguished Visiting Writer – Jane Smiley in Ann Arbor
-Motor City Comic Con
-Detroit Working Writers conference
-Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair
-Metro Detroit Book and Author Luncheon, May, 2014
-Lolita Hernandez book launch in Detroit
-Marie Mason Prison Work Art Exhibit in Detroit
-Ann Arbor Book Festival
-US vs Belgium Watch Party in Campus Martius, Detroit
-Ann Arbor Art Fair
-Author readings hosted by Kelly Fordon
-Northern Guard Supporters’ Books & Breakfast gathering at John King Books in Detroit
-Kathleen Ripley Leo book signing in Northville
-Books on the Banks book festival in Cincinnati, OH
-Metro Detroit Book and Author Luncheon, October, 2014
-National Writers Series featuring Rita Mae Brown in Traverse City, MI
-Tom Daldin book signing at Paperback Writer Books in Mount Clemens, MI
-Emily Rose book signing at Paperback Writer Books in Mount Clemens, MI

Was it worth leaving the camera home?

Without the camera, I was more present at these events.  There were no concerns about seating and whether the lighting in the building would be good enough to shoot without a flash.  My mind was not divided between the content of the event and the image on the digital camera screen.  There wasn’t the awkwardness of holding the camera while awaiting its use and of asking the person who was the center of attention to pose.  I found it liberating.

However, those moments are now committed only to images in my memory; that limited space where decades of moments have been forever lost, unable to recover even when reminded by others who were there.  Photos give life to those favorable memories.  If a photo is worth a thousand words, then in 2014 I left behind a four-hundred page epic of images.

I’ve found that even though I was released of the burden of carrying the camera, the loss of captured images – the memories of the moment – is far too great.

Visiting the Indies Chapter Seven: Chesterfield Township Library


The evening of Thursday, December 4, 2014, I participated in a gathering of local authors, hosted by the Chesterfield Township Library.  The event was organized by Alan Dean Naldrett, author of the Arcadia Press’ Images of America Series “Chesterfield Township” and co-author of “New Baltimore.”  He also penned “Forgotten Tales of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.”  Other authors present included Anchor Bay Fifth Grader Garett Derenge with his book, “The Adventures of Iggy the Iguana;”  Roseville High School senior, Nathan Richendollar and his “Sic Semper Res Publica:  The Political Ramblings of a Disgruntled Midwestern Teenager;” Bob Prevost and historical novel, “Mallast;”  Craig Maki and his historical book, “Detroit Country Music;” Bob and Sherrie Allen and their four books on Macomb County history; Nancy Erlich, Linda Champion, and Jim Champlin with their Arcadia Press Images of America Series book, “Fraser;” and Ellen Marie Blend and her works on psychic phenomenon.


It was a great night meeting members of my new hometown writing and reading community.  Having moved to Chesterfield Township in April, I’ve now had the pleasure of doing book signings at the library in the city where I grew up (Plymouth) and the library in the place I now call home.


Visiting the Indies Chapter Six: Paperback Writer Books in Mount Clemens, MI

Back in Chapter Three, I participated in Small Business Saturday by supporting independent book seller Used on New Books & More in Mount Clemens.  In 2013, author Sherman Alexie encouraged writers to go out and support the independent book sellers.  Used on New Books & More was my closest, hometown book store, a block over from my law office.

This year, I spent a couple of hours at Paperback Writer Books in Mount Clemens.  The owner, Lisa Taylor, and her husband Davey with his partner business, Weirdsville Records, outgrew the little space on New Street and in August moved a block over to the larger 61 Macomb Street storefront in downtown Mount Clemens.  The move also places the store on the same block as my law office.  Too convenient for this book addict.
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It was another enjoyable afternoon, which sounds redundant because time in a book store is synonymous with enjoyment.

(The guy below had my back the entire time)

A couple of book events coming up in Macomb County


I’ll be signing books at Paperback Writer Books in Mount Clemens on Small Business Saturday – November 29, 2014 – from Noon to 2PM.  Come on out and support small business!

Paperback Writer is located at:
61 Macomb
Mount Clemens, MI  48043

Then, on Thursday, December 4th, I’ll be at the Chesterfield Library for the Local History Book Sale, from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.


The Chesterfield Library is located at:
50560 Patricia Ave.
Chesterfield, MI  48047

Visiting the Indies Chapter Five: 16th Annual Writers on the River, Monroe, MI

On November 9, 2014, I was one of 38 authors at the 16th Annual Writers on the River event held at the Ellis Library and Reference Center in Monroe, MI.


It was a nice event.  Set-up began at 10:30, and authors and members of the library were treated to light lunch prior to opening the doors to the public.  I enjoyed a number of conversations held with other authors and readers, and from my table I also had a nice view of the small river behind the library.  It was also nice spending time with one of my mentors, Kathleen Ripley Leo, who was selling her first novel,  a YA fantasy titled “The Seamless Universe.”

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It is a pleasant experience to meet readers who have an interest in local authors, and visit the library that hosted the event for the community.  It was my first visit to this part of Michigan, having only driven through it en route to somewhere south.  Thank you, Monroe County Library System.