Library announces lineup for upcoming Author Series

MANISTEE — Manistee County Library’s annual Author Series has connected Michigan writers to their readers for nearly two decades now.

The 17th installment of the popular program will be held on the first three Tuesday evenings in October and conclude on the first Tuesday in November.

“It’s really nice to get together with other book lovers,” said assistant director/head of youth services Andrea Cosier of the sessions, which are open to all and free to attend. “We eat together, laugh together and it really ends up being a nice community that develops through the program each year.”

Cosier said the programming committee looked at the 2017 Michigan Notable Book winners, patron requests and staff favorites to come up with this year’s featured authors.

Again, the library’s main branch — 95 Maple St. in Manistee — will be the site of the weekly series. The sessions are expected to last nearly 45 minutes apiece.

Manistee County Library’s 2017 Michigan Author Series lineup:

• Oct. 3: Tom Carr (6:30 p.m.) — The award winning journalist and Michigan State University graduate will speak about his book, “Blood on the Mitten.” This chronicle of murder and mayhem in the mitten state covers both historical and recent crimes.

• Oct. 10: Larry Massie (6:30 p.m.) — One of Michigan’s best storytellers, Massie has written a number of books on Michigan history and he’s a longtime favorite of Authors Series attendees.

• Oct. 17 Maureen Dunphy (6:30 p.m.) — Dunphy made a total of 27 trips to 136 Great Lakes Basin islands over two summer seasons. On each of these island trips, she was accompanied by a woman friend or relative, who provided another pair of eyes through which to filter the island experience. Her resulting travelogue and travel guide, “Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure,” was published by Wayne State University Press in 2016 and is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book.

• Oct. 24: William Rapai (6:30 p.m.) — There are more than 180 alien species in the Great Lakes; some have been harmless so far, while others have wreaked biological and economic disruption. Rapai focuses on the impact of these invasives while examining the value of the Great Lakes from a human perspective. “Lake Invaders” is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book.

• No program on Oct. 31

• Nov. 7: Drew Philp (6:30 p.m.) — A young college grad buys a house in Detroit for $500 and attempts to restore it — and his new neighborhood — to its original glory in this “deeply felt, sharply observed personal quest to create meaning and community out of the fallen. A standout” (Kirkus Reviews).

For more information on the Author Series, call Cosier at (231) 723-2519.

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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