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Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 2:00pm

Author Event with Jacquelyn Vincenta the lake and the lost girl book author event mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore

We are excited to welcome Kalamazoo resident, Jacquelyn Vincenta on Thursday, August 24th from 2 – 4 p.m. for a book signing of “The Lake and the Lost Girl.” This is a free in-store event.
 The Lake and the Lost Girl
On a stormy night in 1939, Mary Stone Walker disappears from her home in White Hill, Michigan. Everyone knew the talented poet was desperate to escape her demons, but when Mary goes missing without a trace, one question lingers in the small town: Did Mary successfully break free of her troubled past and flee, or did her life end that night?
Sixty years later, Lydia Carroll's husband is still fixated on the local mystery. English Professor Frank Carroll has invested years in the search for local poet Mary Stone Walker and her lost works, sacrificing his family, his reputation, and even Lydia for the ever-more unlikely discovery. As Frank's behavior grows more erratic, Lydia sees that his interest in Mary has evolved into an obsession-one that threatens to destroy the family they have built together, and which can only be undone by solving the mystery of what happened to Mary on that rainy night in 1939.
The Lake and the Lost Girl tells the riveting story of secrets from the past unraveling one family from the inside out, and two women, separated by sixty years of history, determined to pursue their dreams.
Jacquelyn Vincenta studied English and creative writing at the University of Iowa. Her first paid writing job was as a police beat reporter for a daily newspaper in Louisiana. Since her move to Michigan, she continues to write fiction and non-fiction, volunteers her time at Michigan lighthouses and supports local Earth-care projects. “The Lake and the Lost Girl” is her first novel. 

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Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 10:00am

Author Event with Brian Kozminski
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We are pleased to partner with the Petoskey District Library in welcoming fly-fisherman extraordinaire, Brian Kozminski, featured in The Trout Tips: More Than 250 Fly-fishing Tips from the Members of Trout Unlimited and 25 Best Towns Fly Fishing For Trout, on Saturday, August 26th at 10 a.m. Brian will discuss fly-fishing in Grayling, a highlighted town, and much more in our store. After his discussion, participants are encouraged to walk to the mouth of the Bear River for a fly-fishing demonstration.  This all-ages event is hosted with the Petoskey District Library and reservations are requested.  Visit or call 231.347.1180 to reserve a space. 

From the mighty rivers of the Pacific Northwest, to the rolling streams of New England, to the freestone streams of the Appalachians, to the frigid waters of Canada, fly fishing is a sport embraced by anglers from all corners of North America. And now from the members of the highly respected conservation organization Trout Unlimited comes a comprehensive volume of tested tips and tactics for flyfishermen from every region and of every skill level.
The Trout Unlimited Book of Fly-Fishing Tips covers every aspect of fly fishing. Learn how to select the rod, reel, and fly line that are best suited for your type of fishing. Perfect your casting techniques so you can place your dry fly, nymph, wet fly, or streamer exactly where you want it to be, then get a proper drift over likely holding areas. Want to learn how to tie your own flies? It’s easy with the tips from TU’s tiers. Want to know how to read water, no matter what the conditions? Look no further than this book. Here you’ll find chapters featuring these tips, plus advice on wading, fighting fish, and tying bombproof knots, and much more in this compact and insightful book.
Whether you’re a beginning angler looking to get into the sport or an experienced flyfisherman wanting to hone your skills, The Trout Unlimited Book of Fly-Fishing Tips is sure to provide you with tips, tactics, and techniques that will make you a better angler.

Brian Kozminski, known as “Koz” by his piscatorial pals, has been plying trout from Michigan waters for over 30 years. Originally from Grand Rapids where the Rogue River and Grand River were his home waters, his frequent trips to Grayling to fish the Holy Waters were not enough. Over a decade ago, he and his wife, Lesley, daughters, Simone and Camille, and labs, Moose and Bella, made ‘Up North’ a permanent way of life. Rooted in Petoskey, the Bear and Maple Rivers were his primary destinations. A recent transplant to Boyne City now allows the Jordan and Boyne Rivers to become his backyard home waters. A lifetime member of Trout Unlimited and ex officio for the Miller VanWinkle Chapter, he shares his passion for the resources by teaching local children the art of fly tying.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:00am

Author Event with Cheri Leach michigans best nature centers and wilderness preserves cheri leach mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore author event

Please welcome Cheri Leach, Raven Hill Discovery’s Co-Founder and Director of Programming, for a visit on Thursday, August 31st  at 10 a.m. Cheri is featured in “Michigan’s Best Nature Centers and Wilderness Preserves,”  and she will be bringing a few of her reptile friends to share during this in-store visit. This is a free event best for children age 3 and up. Reservations are requested.

“Michigan’s Best Nature Centers and Wilderness Preserves” by Matt Forster

If you enjoy Michigan’s state and national parks, its wilderness preserves and nature centers beckon with even more adventure. This book is your introduction to 54 fun and scenic wild places―and why you should visit each one. Author Matt Forster showcases several hidden gems that most visitors, even residents, might not know about. Full-color photographs, highlights, programs for children, and other neat-to-know details ensure that you know what each locale has to offer. Plus, with the sites organized by region, this is a good introduction to Michigan’s geography and ecosystems. So plan a trip to these special destinations and find rare beauty at some of the finest wilderness preserves and nature centers in the country. You’ll like what you find here.

Cheri Leach is founder, CEO and program officer of Raven Hill Discovery Center. She
has a major in biology and a minor in chemistry from Albion College in Albion, Michigan. She earned a Masters in Science Education through the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
She currently teaches graduate classes for teachers through Central Michigan University, as well as professional development classes and student classes at Raven Hill and through the Center’s Outreach programs. A science teacher since 1968 and science workshop presenter since 1987, Cheri is a mentor to students & teachers interested in sciences & connections to all aspects of our lives.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

Author Event with Christina Ward preservation christina ward canning mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore demonstration

We are excited to welcome Wisconsin resident, Christina Ward on Thursday, September 7th at 6 p.m. for a demonstration and presentation of her new book, “Preservation: The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation and Dehydration. This event is in partnership with the Crooked Tree Arts Center and the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities. This free event will take place at the Crooked Tree Art Center Theater and reservations are requested.
More than a cookbook, Preservation The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation and Dehydration demystifies the scientific concepts that inform the methods of food preservation in an easy to understand way. Taking Julia Child as her inspiration, certified Master Food Preserver Christina Ward has collected and translated both the scientific and experiential information that has long been the sole domain of academic scientists and elite chefs.
Fueled by her mission to correct online misinformation and scientifically outdated materials, Ward guides readers through a comprehensive survey of the methods that will ensure your preservation projects are safe and delicious. Included are highly adaptable recipes that demonstrate every method and technique of preservation.
Forward by Nancy Singleton Hachisu, an expert in Japanese food traditions. Her second book, Preserving the Japanese Way, was nominated for the 2016 James Beard Award in the International Cookbook category. For fans of Alton Brown, Kenji Alt-Lopez, and Harold McGee, Preservation The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation and Dehydration is the guide you never knew you needed. You’ll never look at a jar of strawberry jam the same way.
Chapters include information on freezing, pressure canning, hot-water bath and atmospheric canning, dehydration, fermentation, smoking, and curing. Also included are a detailed source guide and recommendations.
Christina Ward teaches notoriously raucous preservation classes and serves as a volunteer mentor to urban farmers, small-scale food producers, and question answerer for people all over the country trying to save their pickles from disaster. Her love of teaching is evident on every page as complicated scientific concepts are simplified and explained with precision and humor.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

Author Event with Robert Downes windigo moon author event mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore

We are pleased to invite Traverse City’s Robert Downes, author of Windigo Moon, for a visit on Thursday, September 14th at 6 p.m. A renowned world traveler, Robert is the author of Planet Backpacker, Travels with My Wife and Biking Northern Michigan. This wine and cheese in-store event is free with reservations requested.

Four hundred years ago, two lovers battled forces which would change their world forever. 

It was a time of warring tribes, the Little Ice Age of the 1600s, and the plagues of the “shadow men” from across the sea - men believed to be demons. A time of the Windigo Moon. This is the story of the Anishinaabek, the “True People” of the Ojibwe of the Upper Great Lakes, with unforgettable characters and extensive research into the lives of the early Native Americans.


A former newspaper editor, Downes co-founded the alternative newsweekly, Northern Express, in Traverse City in 1991.  He and his wife Jeannette have two adult children and seven grandchildren. The couple make their winter home in Mexico and Central America. Windigo Moon is his first novel.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 4:00pm

Author Event with Shelly Johannes upside down thinker beatrice zinker shelley johannes mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore author event

We are super, duper excited to welcome Michigan Disney debut author, Shelley Johannes for a visit to celebrate “Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker,” on Thursday, September 28th at 4 p.m. Stop on by after school for a quick snack, too! This is a free event best for 2nd through 5th grade students and reservations are requested. More details coming soon. 

Hanging from trees by her knees, doing handstands . . . for Beatrice Zinker, upside down works every time. She was definitely upside down when she and her best friend, Lenny, agreed to wear matching ninja suits on the first day of third grade. But when Beatrice shows up at school dressed in black, Lenny arrives with a cool new outfit and a cool new friend. Even worse, she seems to have forgotten all about the top-secret operation they planned!

Can Beatrice use her topsy-turvy way of thinking to save the mission, mend their friendship, and flip things sunny-side up?

Shelley Johannes previously spent ten years in architecture—where she fell in love with felt-tip pens, tracing paper, and the greatness of black turtlenecks. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. “BEATRICE ZINKER, UPSIDE DOWN THINKER” is the first book she's written.

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Friday, October 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

Author Event with Sarah Arthur the year of small things mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore sarah arthur author event petoskey michigan

Please join us on Friday, October 27th from 2 – 4 p.m. to welcome Lansing resident Sarah Arthur in celebration of her latest work, “The Year of Small Things: Radical Faith for the Rest of Us”. 
This is a free in-store book signing.        
When Sarah and Tom Arthur were appointed to a suburban church after three years in an urban Christian community, they faced a unique challenge: how to translate the practices of "radical" faith into their new context. Together with their friends and fellow church members Erin and Dave Wasinger, the Arthurs embarked on a yearlong experiment to implement twelve small practices of radical faith--not waiting until they were out of debt or the kids were out of diapers or God sent them elsewhere, but right now.

This book is Sarah and Erin's story, told with humor, theological reflection, and practical insight, exploring such practices as simplicity, hospitality, accountability, sustainability, and social justice--but, most of all, discernment. Along the way readers will consider how God might be calling them to embark on their own year of small but radical changes, right where God has planted them. Each chapter includes discussion questions and suggested readings. Foreword by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.

Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker and the author of numerous books and resources on the intersection of faith and great stories. Her most recent title, with Erin Wasinger, is "The Year of Small Things: Radical Faith for the Rest of Us". Among her various other titles, she's the editor of the literary guides to prayer series by Paraclete Press, including "Between Midnight and Dawn: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide". A graduate of Wheaton College and Duke University Divinity School, she speaks around the country on the role of stories and imagination in spiritual formation. She lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her young sons and her husband, Tom, pastor of Sycamore Creek Church. 

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Author Event with Chef Jim Voltz chef jim voltz soup on the porch mclean and eakin booksellers author event

Please join us on Friday, November 10th at 6 p.m. to taste the tempting creations of Chef Jim Voltz, author of “Soup on the Porch”. This event coincides with Ladies Opening Night and will be FUN, FUN, FUN! Reservations are requested. 
After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in engineering, Jim Voltz spent over thirty years working in the petro-chemical industry. But it was while he was the managing Director of the International Division of Petrofina and located in Petrofina’s Paris offices that he had a chance to pursue his avocation, cooking. He attended the legendary Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and completed their training for non-professional chefs, earning a certificate of completion and the right to be called “chef”. Jim is the author of “Brunch on the Porch”, “Simple Meals on the Porch”, “Hors d’oeuvres on the Porch” and “Dinner on the Porch”. He lives in Crystal Lake, Michigan.

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