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

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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
MORE INFO HERE

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
MORE INFO HERE

Visiting the Indies Chapter Seven: Chesterfield Township Library

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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.

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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.

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Borders Memorial Library and “The Y in Life” as art

I’ve recently written about my favorite book stores – those that carry the latest titles as well as used, rare and old book stores.  But one book store was missing from that lot, because it has been missing from the bookish landscape since 2011 – Borders.

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With its demise, I’ve discovered all these wonderful book stores I might not have otherwise.  Borders was my oasis.  My bookish paradise.  Since the early 1990’s, when the Novi store opened, before it became a massive franchise that was big but not too big to fail, it was the place that fostered my reading and writing hungers.

When they closed, I took advantage of it.  If there would be no Borders for me to retreat to any more, to peruse and feel at home in, then I was going to create the space in my home.  I picked up Borders shelves, Borders signs, Borders accessories.  And I was going to turn a room in my house into my Borders Memorial Library.

First, I needed the walls painted the right Borders color.  This red did the trick.

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I thought I was set, but upon learning about a treasure trove of old Borders store and office fixtures, I completed the room – or at least as it is now.

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Upon entry is the noticeable Borders rug, with a Borders shopping basket.  The shelves – all from Borders’ stores – holding my library.  Straight ahead on the tall shelf is my collection of Borders Classics.  Leather bound editions, hard cover editions, and soft cover, all published by Borders’ State Street Press in Ann Arbor.

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The shelf with the glass doors holds my collection of works by writer W. Somerset Maugham and the writings of A. Edward Newton, a legendary book collector from the early part of the 20th Century.

And yes, the framed poster is the promotion for the release of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows at Borders.

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The tall shelf in the corner of the above photo now houses my signed editions.

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The chair, from the cafe area of the Novi store.

This is my Borders escape.  My retreat.  And with the electric typewriter there, a place to bang out some thoughts when I have them.

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Borders, the business, the book store, may be gone.  But its memory and essence remains a part of my existence.

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At the Ann Arbor Art Fair this summer, I came upon the booth of Sarah Bean.  Her artistic talent was in book carving.  She would take your favorite book and turn it into a piece of art.

I know.  At first, a part of me cringed.  How could one take a knife to a book and carve it?  But looking at the display of her work, I was intrigued.  I went back to Ann Arbor the next day, a copy of “The Y in Life” in hand.  I turned it over for her to perform her magic.

Today in the mail the carving arrived.  Framed and beautifully done, it now hangs on the wall outside my office, where I can see it constantly.  “The Y in Life” is now both a literary work of art, and a graphic work of art.

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You can see more of Sarah’s work at her website, “The Art And Poems Of Sarah Bean.”

A couple of book signings coming up

I’ll be at a couple of events signing copies of The Y in Life.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Grey Wolfe Publishing Autumn Book Launch
Troy Community Center
3179 Livernois Road
Room #305
Troy, MI  48083
7:00PM – 10:00PM

The event will be featuring “The Sun Never Sets” by Cate Caldwell and Matt Pearson with a reading and Q&A session.

OTHER FEATURED BOOKS:
Poetry Plain & Simple by Celia P. Ransom
Free Will by Diana Kathryn Plopa
The Troublesome Trio by Linda D. Vagnetti
The Grey Wolfe Storybook by The Pack Writers
Spring/Summer Legend: 2014 by The Pack

I will not be reading, however I will be signing with other Grey Wolfe Publishing authors at the conclusion of the event.

This is a casual, family-friendly, FREE event, however, your RSVP is expected by October 20, 2014.   Grey Wolfe Publishing wants to make sure to have enough food, drink and books for everyone to enjoy.

To RSVP go HERE

Grey Wolfe Publishing accepts all major credit/debit cards, and cash.

Sunday, November 9, 2014
16th Annual Writers on the River
Ellis Library and Reference Center
3700 South Custer
Monroe, MI  48161
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Thirty-six authors, including myself, will be at the library to meet and sign copies of their books.  The event is free and open to the public.  Copies of The Y in Life will be available.  Cash only, please.

For more information go HERE

I look forward to seeing you at these events.

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Visiting the Indies Chapter Four: Plymouth District Library

On Saturday, March 29, 2014, I was a guest at the Local Author Fair held at the Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan.

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Twenty-four authors, including myself, set up our tables and greeted the public.  It was an interesting two hours as lovers of books and writers cruised the tables.

For me, this was homecoming and home certainly has changed.

I was raised in Plymouth.  My parents still live in the same house they purchased in 1960 which I grew up in.  During the summers away from Bird Elementary School, my sister and I participated in the summer reading program.  The library was referred to at the time as the Dunning-Hough Library.  It was named after Margaret Dunning who, in 1947, purchased the land and property on Main Street to house the Plymouth branch of the Wayne County Library, and Ed Hough, the second CEO of the Daisy Air Rifle company located in Plymouth,  who created the Hough Kimball Foundation which donated massively to the creation of the library.  It was a single floor building in the 1960’s.  The main entrance fronted Main Street, and the kids section was towards the back.  There was a small bike rack where we could chain our bikes if we rode them up to the library at the back entrance.  I remember wandering into the tall adult shelves, looking for books about hockey – 796.6 if I recall my Dewy Decimal System correctly.

The library has changed massively.  The structure is now two floors and a lower level.  The main entrance is in the back.  And plenty of computers which was unheard of in my day.

I know, I know. A public library is not an independent book store. But public libraries have opened their doors to annual “local author fairs” that feature independent authors and small independent publishing houses from the local area.  Furthermore, Plymouth, like a lot of towns, does not have a book store – big chain or small indie.  The Little Professor which used to be just a block away is long gone.  The library, in many towns, is the only source of books to the community.

It was a fun afternoon stepping back into my past, while celebrating the present.

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