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Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:00am

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 29!

Join this national party, by visiting McLean and Eakin, or @bookstore day on Twitter.  Exclusive book-related items from a Michael Chabon novella, to an Oliver Jeffers print will go on sale when we open at 9am, and are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Sorry, no holds on these items.

You'll want to pop in for various snacks and surprises throughout the day, and celebrate the fact that you have an Indpendent Bookstore in Petoskey!  Close your eyes and imagine Downtown Petoskey without a bookstore.  Now open them, and mark your calendars to come celebrate with all of the customers who call McLean and Eakin home...or home away from home.  We promise you'll have a fun time, and you might even make a new friend or two.


Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

Author Event with Steve Hamilton

We are pleased to welcome one of our favorite authors, Steve Hamilton, back to the store to celebrate his latest novel, Exit Strategy. Steve will join us on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the theater at Crooked Tree Artssteve hamilton mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore author novel book exit Center. This is a ticketed event and reservations are required. For more information, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email. General admission tickets are $5 and can be applied to merchandise at the event or in the store. This coupon expires at the close of business on Thursday, May 25. In the stunning follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Second Life of Nick Mason, the remarkable hero fights to take back control from the crime lord who owns his life, as he races to complete a daring and dangerous new mission... Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: Infiltrate WITSEC, the top-secret federal witness-protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss Darius Cole behind bars for life, and kill them.

But first he has to find them—they’re ghost prisoners locked down around the clock in classified “deep black” locations by an battalion of heavily armed U.S. marshals charged with protecting them—and the clock is ticking. Cole is appealing his conviction, and these witnesses are either his ticket to freedom or the final nail in his coffin. If they testify, Darius Cole will never step foot in the outside world again. If they are killed, he will walk out a free man. As he risks everything to complete his mission, Mason finds himself being hunted by the very man he replaced, the ruthless assassin who once served, then betrayed, Darius Cole. Rather than waiting to be Mason's next victim, he has escaped witness protection to hunt down and kill Mason himself.

In an action-packed journey that leads from a high-security military installation in the Appalachian Mountains to a secret underground bunker hidden far below the  streets of New York City, Nick Mason will have to become, more than ever before, the lethal weapon that Darius Cole created. Steve Hamilton was born and raised  in Detroit, and graduated from the University of Michigan where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for fiction. In 2006, he won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work. His novels have won numerous awards and media acclaim beginning with the very first in the Alex McKnight series, A Cold Day in  Paradise, which won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Award for   Best First Mystery by an Unpublished Writer. Once published, it went on to win the MWA Edgar and the PWA Shamus Awards for Best First Novel, and was short-listed for the Anthony and Barry Awards. His book The Lock Artist is the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for  Best Novel. Hamilton currently works for IBM in upstate New York where he lives with his wife Julia and their two children.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

Wine and Cheese Event with Author Rich Bachus into no mans land richard bachus mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore book author

We are pleased to welcome Harbor Springs native, Rich Bachus to the store on Thursday, May 25th at 6 p.m. Rich will join us to celebrate the release of his novel, Into No Man’s Land, based on the lives of the Bachus family during World War 1. This is a free wine and cheese reception and reservations are requested. For more information, or to reserve your space, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email.


It's 1989, and Nick Becker has left a promising career as a big city newspaperman to fight for his family's old farmstead in Northern Michigan. While developers and lawyers wrangle over the remnants of this last, best property along the Lake Michigan shore, Nick tries to unravel a legal mess caused by his grandfather's curious will.
While Nick chases stories for the local paper, he also digs through five cardboard boxes of old letters, photographs, and documents left to him by a recently deceased aunt. There he discovers the extraordinary lives of his grandparents--Col. Joe Becker and Anna Johnson Becker. Joe's career, which spans nearly half a century, includes service in every branch of the military.
Joe and Anna's lives unfold before Nick's eyes as he follows their journey from the North Woods logging boom of the early 1900s to the decks of the last Navy ship to cruise the Great Lakes...from a remote garrison in Cuba to the U.S. Cavalry's last campaign chasing Pancho Villa's renegades into Mexico...from the deadlocked World War I trenches of Alsace-Lorraine into the most decisive battle of the "War to End All Wars."
As Joe and Anna's lives intersect with American icons such as Ernest Hemingway, Marine Corps legend Smedley Butler, George Patton, and Gen. Pershing, Nick unearths long-buried secrets that have a more profound impact on his present troubles than he ever bargained for.


Rich is the owner of Great Outdoors Copywriting. This is his first novel.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Wine and Cheese Reception with Josh Malerman black mad wheel josh malerman mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore author event

We are excited to welcome back to the store Michigan native Josh Malerman, author of “Bird Box,” for a discussion on his latest novel, “Mad Black Wheel.” Josh will join us on Thursday, June 8th at 6 p.m. This is a free wine and cheese event. Reservations are requested.


Josh Malerman, the author of the hit literary horror debut Bird Box returns this summer with BLACK MAD WHEEL, a chilling novel about a group of musicians conscripted by the US Government to track down a source of a strange and debilitating sound. Part Heart of Darkness, part Lost, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking new novel plunges us into the depths of psychological horror, where you can’t always believe everything you hear.


The Danes—the band known as the “Darlings of Detroit”—are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound? Under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes embark on a harrowing journey through the scorching desert—a trip that takes Tonka into the heart of an ominous and twisted conspiracy. 


Meanwhile, in a nondescript Midwestern hospital, a nurse named Ellen tends to a patient recovering from a near-fatal accident. The circumstances that led to his injuries are mysterious-and his body heals at a remarkable rate. Ellen will do the impossible for this enigmatic patient, who reveals more about his accident with each passing day. 


Josh Malerman is a member of the rock band The High Strung, who have been spotlighted on NPR’s This American Life, and profiled on Their music has been featured on many movie and TV soundtracks, including the title and theme song for the Showtime series Shameless.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 2:00pm

Booksigning with Author Keith Lesmeister we could've been happy here book author keith lesmeister book author mclean and eakin booksellers

McLean & Eakin Booksellers will welcome debut author, Keith Lesmeister for an in-store book signing on Wednesday, June 14th from 2 - 4 p.m. Keith’s collection of short stories is titled, “We Could’ve Been Happy Here.” This is a free event and no reservation are required. 


 In his first collection of short fiction, Keith Lesmeister plows

out a distinctive vision of the contemporary Midwest. These

stories peer into the lives of those at the margins–the

broken, the resigned, the misunderstood. At turns hopeful and

humorous, tender and tragic, We Could’ve Been Happy

Here illuminates how we are shaped and buoyed by our

intimate connections with others—both those close to us,

and those we hardly know.


Keith Lesmeister was born in North Carolina, raised in Iowa,

and received his M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars.

His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction,

Slice, Meridian, Redivider, Gettysburg Review, and many

other print and online publications. His nonfiction has appeared

in Tin House Open Bar, River Teeth, The Good Men

Project, and elsewhere. He currently lives in northeast Iowa

where he teaches at Northeast Iowa Community College. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

Wine and Cheese Event with 4 Fabulous Authors 

Please join McLean and Eakin Booksellers on Saturday, June 17 at 6 p.m. for the opportunity to meet authors Desiree Cooper, Robin Gaines, Mardi Jo Link and Mary Kay Zuravleff to the store during their week-long book tour of Michigan.  This is a free wine and cheese event with reservations requested. For more information, or to reserve your space, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email.

Author and poet Cooper will discuss her latest work, Know The Mother, a collection of short stories focused on the role of a mother. Cooper is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, a former attorney and Detroit community activist. Know the Mother is a Michigan Notable Book for 2017. Gaines returns with Invincible Summers, her debut novel set in a middle class suburb outside of Detroit beginning in the 1960s. This novel revolves around Claudia, a ten-year-old girl who is dealing with the loss of her father. Gaines has work published in literary journals, magazines and anthologies. Mardi Jo Link, a local favorite, is the author of When Evil Came to Good Hart, Isidore’s Secret, winner of the Michigan Notable Book Award, Bootstrapped: From Broke to Badass On a Northern Michigan Farm, an Indie Next List pick and her latest memoir, 

The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance. Mary Kay Zuravleff has written The Bowl Is Already Broken, The Frequency of Souls and Man Alive!, a 2013 Washington Post Notable book. She is the cofounder of NoveltyDC, offering group and individual book help through a series of classes and consultation. While Cooper, Gaines and Link are Michigan authors, Zuravleff is from Washington D.C. 

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Author Event with Steve Lehto steve lehto preston tucker mclean and eakin booksellers author book bookstore battle to build the car of tomorrow

We are pleased to partner with the Petoskey District Library in welcoming Steve Lehto, author of Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow. Steve’s event will take place in the Carnegie Building, adjoining the Crooked Tree Arts Center (the old library) on Friday, June 23rd at 7 p.m. This event is hosted by the Petoskey District Library and reservations are requested. Lehto’s book on automotive history was recently named a 2017 Michigan Notable Book. Lehto will visit the Petoskey District Library as a stop on the Michigan Notable Book tour. Each year, the Library of Michigan features 20 books which are about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region or are written by a Michigan author. For more information, please contact the library at 231.758.3100 or visit their website by clicking here. Reservations can be made via their online calendar.

After World War II, the American automobile industry was reeling. Having spent years building tanks and airplanes for the army, the car companies would need years more to retool their production to meet the demands of the American public, for whom they had not made any cars since 1942.  And then in stepped Preston Tucker. This salesman extraordinaire from Ypsilanti, Michigan, had built race cars before the war, and had designed prototypes for the military during it. Now, gathering a group of brilliant automotive designers, engineers, and promoters, he announced the creation of a revolutionary new car: the Tucker '48, the first car in almost a decade to be built fresh from the ground up. Tucker's car would include ingenious advances in design and engineering that other car companies could not match. With a rear engine, rear-wheel drive, a safety-glass windshield that would pop out in case of an accident, a padded dashboard, independent suspension, and automatic transmission, it would be more attractive and aerodynamic—and safer—than any other car on the road.  But as the public eagerly awaited Tucker's car of tomorrow, powerful forces in Washington were trying to bring him down. An SEC commissioner with close ties to Detroit's Big Three automakers deliberately leaked information about an investigation the agency was conducting, suggesting that Tucker was bilking investors with a massive fraud scheme. Headlines accused him a perpetrating a hoax and claimed that his cars weren't real and his factory was a sham. In fact, the Tucker '48 sedan was genuine, and everyone who saw it was impressed by what this upstart carmaker had achieved. But the SEC's investigation had compounded the company's financial problems and management conflicts, and a superior product was not enough to keep Tucker's dream afloat. Here, Steve Lehto tackles the story of Tucker's amazing rise and tragic fall, relying on a huge trove of documents that has been used by no other writer to date. It is the first comprehensive, authoritative account of Tucker's magnificent car and his battles with the government. And in this book, Lehto finally answers the questions automobile aficionados have wondered about for decades: Exactly how and why was the production of such an innovative car killed?

Steve Lehto is the author of Chrysler's Turbine Car, Death's Door, Drawn to Injustice, and The Great American Jet Pack, among others. His articles have been published by the Huffington Post, Michigan History, and other publications. Lehto is also a weekly columnist at

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 2:00pm

Author Event with Dr. Kutcher and Joanne Gerstner back in the game mclean and eakin booksellers dr kutcher and joanne gerstner athletic

Please welcome Petoskey native Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher and co-author, Joanne C. Gerstner as they celebrate the release of “Back In The Game: Why Concussion Doesn’t Have To End Your Athletic Career.” This in-store event takes place on Saturday, June 24th from 2 - 4 p.m. No reservations are required for this free book signing. 

The word concussion was unheard of in youth sports a decade ago. The injury was indeed occurring, but youth athletes were often told to "shake it off" after "getting their bell rung". Science and increased awareness about concussion and brain health have transformed the way youth parents, coaches, and players pursue athletics. Fear of incurring concussions, as well as incomplete or incorrect information, is leading some parents to keep their children out of contact sports, such as football and soccer, where concussion is more prevalent.

Back in the Game: Why Concussion Doesn't Have to End Your Athletic Career does not dwell on perpetuating fears but, rather, provides the most up-to-date understanding of the condition. This is a real-world discussion of what science and medicine know, what parents and coaches need to understand about concussion, evaluation and treatment, and what possible post-concussive issues exist.

The expertise and experiences of noted sports neurologist Jeffrey S. Kutcher, MD, along with reporting and interviews by award-winning sports journalist Joanne C. Gerstner, make this book a timely, relevant, and real discussion about concussions in youth sports. Athletes and professional coaches who have participated in the formation of this book include two-time Olympic gold medalist soccer player Kate Markgraf, former NHL/Team Canada head coach Andy Murray, champion X-Games snowboarder Ellery Hollingsworth, along with an array of youth parents, coaches, and athletes from across the country.

Dr. Kutcher works with all types of athletes, from Olympians to youth. He is the team neurologist for US Ski and Snowboard, the NBA, the NHL Players Association, and the 2014 Sochi US Olympic team. He also was the neurologist for U of Michigan Athletics, and now is the leader of The Sports Neurology Clinic in Brighton. 

Joanne C. Gerstner is an award-winning multimedia journalist, author, and college professor. She extensively covers and is an expert on sports, concussions in sports, the global business of athletics, and journalism/social media for outlets such as The New York Times, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the BBC, USA Today, and Detroit News. 

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

Wine and Cheese Reception with Edward Kelsey Mooreedward kelsey moore mclean and eakin booksellers book author bookstore supremes sing happy heartache blues

We are excited to announce the return visit of award winning, best-selling author and musician Edward Kelsey Moore on Thursday, June 29th at 6 p.m. Edward will visit the store to discuss his latest novel, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat. This is a free wine and cheese event and reservations are requested. For more information, or to reserve your space, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email.

When a late life love affair blooms between Mr. Forrest Payne, the owner of the Pink Slipper Gentleman’s Club, and Miss Beatrice Jordan, famous for stationing herself at the edge of the club’s parking lot and yelling warnings of eternal damnation at the departing patrons, their wedding summons a legend to town. Mr. El Walker, the great guitar bluesman, comes home to give a command performance in Plainview, Indiana, a place he’d sworn―and for good reason―he’d never set foot in again.

But El is not the only Plainview native with a hurdle to overcome. A wildly philandering husband struggles at last to prove his faithfulness to the wife he’s always loved. And among those in this tightly knit community who show up every Sunday after church for lunch at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, are the lifelong friends, known locally as “The Supremes” ―Clarice, facing down her longing for, chance at and fear of a great career; Barbara Jean, grappling at last with the loss of a mother whose life humiliated both of them, and Odette, reaching toward her husband through an anger of his that she does not understand.

Edward Kelsey Moore’s lively cast of characters, each of whom have surmounted serious trouble and come into love, need not learn how to survive but how, fully, to live. And they do, every one of them, serenaded by the bittersweet and unforgettable blues song El Walker plays, born of his own great loss and love.

Edward Kelsey Moore lives in Chicago, where he has enjoyed a long career as a cellist. His short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines, including "Indiana Review, African American Review, "and "Inkwell." His short story "Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix" was selected as an audience favorite on National Public Radio's "Stories on Stage "series.

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Monday, July 3, 2017 - 10:00am

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Storytime with Author Amy Young

Join us on Monday, July 3rd from 10:00 to Noon for a fun party with Amy Young, author of  A New Friend For Sparkle ! We will have activities and a craft as well as storytime celebrating the latest Sparkle book. And, the best part? Cupcake decorating is the snack for this fun morning! Free children’s program best for ages 3 and up. Reservations are requested. For more information, or to reserve your space, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email.  

In A Unicorn Named Sparkle, Lucy found out that the unicorn she thought she didn't want was the exact right unicorn for her. In this new story, Lucy makes a new friend and Sparkle is worried that means she doesn't care about him anymore. What happens when two's company but three's a crowd?

Amy Young is one educated woman! She went to the Cleveland Institute of Art, Yale University (BA), Indiana University (MFA in painting), and Harvard Law (JD). After practicing law for seven years, Amy “retired” to follow her true passion -– being a fulltime illustrator. As an illustrator, she has worked for many corporate clients, including The New York Times, Child magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and The Boston Globe Magazine. Amy lives in Spring Lake, Michigan with her talented husband, Paul; her cat Xena, Warrior Princess (the feline formerly known as Lady Gaga); and her oh-so-elegant dog, Sophie Rose

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Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

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Luncheon Event with Thrity Umrigar

We are excited to welcome one of our favorite fiction authors, Thrity Umrigar, back to the store this summer for her latest novel, Everybody’s Son. Thrity is the best-selling author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, If Today Be SweetThe Weight of HeavenThe World We Found and The Story Hour. She will join us on Thursday, July 6th from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in the Rose Room. This is a ticketed event and reservations are required. The cost of this luncheon is $25. For more information, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email.

In Everybody’s Son, Thrity deftly explores issues of race, class, privilege, and power and asks us to consider uncomfortable moral questions in this probing, ambitious, emotionally wrenching novel of two families—one black, one white.

During a terrible heat wave in 1991—the worst in a decade—ten-year-old Anton has been locked in an apartment in the projects, alone, for seven days, without air conditioning or a fan. With no electricity, the refrigerator and lights do not work. Hot, hungry, and desperate, Anton shatters a window and climbs out. Cutting his leg on the broken glass, he is covered in blood when the police find him. 

Juanita, his mother, is discovered in a crack house less than three blocks away, nearly unconscious and half-naked. When she comes to, she repeatedly asks for her baby boy. She never meant to leave Anton—she went out for a quick hit and was headed right back, until her drug dealer raped her and kept her high. Though the bond between mother and son is extremely strong, Anton is placed with child services while Juanita goes to jail.

The Harvard-educated son of a US senator, Judge David Coleman is a scion of northeastern white privilege. Desperate to have a child in the house again after the tragic death of his teenage son, David uses his power and connections to keep his new foster son, Anton, with him and his wife, Delores—actions that will have devastating consequences in the years to come. 

Following in his adopted family’s footsteps, Anton, too, rises within the establishment. But when he discovers the truth about his life, his birth mother, and his adopted parents, this man of the law must come to terms with the moral complexities of crimes committed by the people he loves most.

Thrity is the Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in over fifteen countries.
The Space Between Us was a finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins award, while her memoir was a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors award. If Today Be Sweet was a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection, while her other books have been Community Reads selections. Thrity is the winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize, a Lambda Literary award and the Seth Rosenberg prize 

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

marlena  julie buntin novel mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore event bookLuncheon Event with Author Julie Buntin

McLean & Eakin Booksellers will welcome Petoskey native, Julie Buntin for a visit on Thursday, July 13 from noon until 2 p.m. for a luncheon at the Stafford’s Perry Hotel Rose Room. This is a ticketed event and reservations are required. The ticket cost for this luncheon is $25. For more information, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email.  Julie will visit to promote her debut novel, Marlena. 

An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades

Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss—while Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past.


Alive with an urgent, unshakable tenderness, Julie Buntin’s Marlena is an unforgettable look at the people who shape us beyond reason and the ways it might be possible to pull oneself back from the brink.


Julie Buntin is from northern Michigan and her work has been published in The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine as well as several other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and she teaches fiction at Marymount Manhattan College.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:00pm

Luncheon Event with Author Anton DiSclafani 

We are excited to welcome Anton DiSclafani to the store this summer for her latest novel, The After Party.  Anton will join us on Tuesday, July 25th from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in the Rose Room. This is a ticketed event and reservations are required. The cost of this luncheon is $25. For more information, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email.
From the nationally bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all.

Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1950s Houston social scene. Tall, blonde, beautiful, and strong, she dominates the room and the gossip columns. Every man who sees her seems to want her; every woman just wants to be her. But this is a highly ordered world of garden clubs and debutante balls. The money may flow as freely as the oil, but the freedom and power all belong to the men. What happens when a woman of indecorous appetites and desires like Joan wants more? What does it do to her best friend?
Devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece Buchanan is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask. But as Joan’s radical behavior escalates, Cece’s perspective shifts—forcing one provocative choice to appear the only one there is.
A thrilling glimpse into the sphere of the rich and beautiful at a memorable moment in history, The After Party unfurls a story of friendship as obsessive, euphoric, consuming, and complicated as any romance.

Anton DiSclafani was born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Ocala, Florida. She graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, where she taught for several years. She is currently a professor of English at Auburn University, where she teaches Creative Writing.


Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Reception with Author Wade Rouse the hope chest mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore author event

We are thrilled to be welcoming one of our favorite authors, Wade Rouse back to the store this summer. Wade has written his second novel, The Hope Chest, as Viola Shipman which is an homage to his grandmother. Wade will visit for a wine and cheese reception on Thursday, July 27 at  6 p.m. This is a free wine and cheese event in the store and reservations are suggested. For more information, or to reserve your space, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email

The discovery of one woman’s heirloom hope chest unveils precious memories and helps three people who have each lost a part of themselves find joy once again.

Ever since she was diagnosed with ALS, fiercely independent Mattie doesn’t feel like herself. She can’t navigate her beloved home, she can’t go for a boat ride, and she can barely even feed herself. Her devoted husband, Don, doesn’t want to imagine life without his wife of nearly fifty years, but Mattie isn’t likely to make it past their anniversary.

But when Rose, Mattie’s new caretaker, and her young daughter, Jeri, enter the couple’s life, happiness and the possibility for new memories return. Together they form a family, and Mattie is finally able to pass on her memories from the hope chest she received from her mother.

With each item—including a favorite doll, family dishes, an embroidered apron, and an antique Christmas ornament—the hope chest connects Mattie, Don and Rose to each other and helps them find hope again in the face of overwhelming life challenges.

A beautiful story about the unconditional love and support of family, The Hope Chest will remind you that hope can be found where and when you least expect it.


Viola Shipman is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’ s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, The Charm Bracelet, recently chosen as a Michigan Notable Book for 2017. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to "All Things Considered." To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 2:00pm

Book Signing with Author Sarah Shoemaker sarah shoemaker mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore event author book signing

Northport resident, Sarah Shoemaker will visit the store for a book-signing of her debut novel, “Mr. Rochester,” a re-telling of the classic “Jane Eyre,” by Charlotte Bronte. This will take place on Wednesday, August 2nd from 2 - 4 p.m. This event is free and no reservations are needed.


"Reader, she married me."

For one hundred seventy years, Edward Fairfax Rochester has stood as one of literature's most romantic, most complex, and most mysterious heroes. Sometimes haughty, sometimes tender-professing his love for Jane Eyre in one breath and denying it in the next-Mr. Rochester has for generations mesmerized, beguiled, and, yes, baffled fans of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece. But his own story has never been told.

Now, out of Sarah Shoemaker's rich and vibrant imagination, springs Edward: a vulnerable, brilliant, complicated man whom we first meet as a motherless, lonely little boy roaming the corridors and stable yards of Thornfield Hall. On the morning of Edward's eighth birthday, his father issues a decree: He is to be sent away to get an education, exiled from Thornfield and all he ever loved. As the determined young Edward begins his journey across England, making friends and enemies along the way, a series of eccentric mentors teach him more than he might have wished about the ways of the men-and women-who will someday be his peers.

But much as he longs to be accepted-and to return to the home where he was born-his father has made clear that Thornfield is reserved for his older brother, Rowland, and that Edward's inheritance lies instead on the warm, languid shores of faraway Jamaica. That island, however, holds secrets of its own, and not long after his arrival, Edward finds himself entangled in morally dubious business dealings and a passionate, whirlwind love affair with the town's ravishing heiress, Antoinetta Bertha Mason.

Eventually, after a devastating betrayal, Edward must return to England with his increasingly unstable wife to take over as master of Thornfield. And it is there, on a twilight ride, that he meets the stubborn, plain, young governess who will teach him how to love again.

It is impossible not to watch enthralled as this tender-hearted child grows into the tormented hero Brontë immortalized-and as Jane surprises them both by stealing his heart. MR. ROCHESTER is a great, sweeping, classic coming-of-age story, and a stirring tale of adventure, romance, and deceit. Faithful in every particular to Brontë's original yet full of unexpected twists and riveting behind-the-scenes drama, this novel will completely, deliciously, and forever change how we read and remember Jane Eyre.


Sarah is a former librarian and teacher who earned a graduate degree in library science at the University of Michigan. She has lived in six states, Turkey and Greece. She has three children and currently lives in Northport, MI. This is her first novel. 


Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Author Event with Karen Dionne 

We are pleased to be partner with the Petoskey District Library in welcoming Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter. Karen’s event will take place in the Carnegie Building, adjoining the Crooked Tree Arts Center (the old library) on Tuesday, August 8th at 6 p.m. This event is hosted with the Petoskey District Library and reservations are requested.  Visit or call 231.347.1180 to reserve a space.

When the notorious child abductor, “The Marsh King,” escapes from a maximum security prison in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula wilderness, Helena Pelletier is sure she can use the hunting and tracking skills she learned as a child to find him. After all, no one is The Marsh King’s equal when it comes to navigating the marshland—except Helena herself, his daughter.

But as Helena hunts her father to return him to prison, gradually she realizes that his escape is the first step in an elaborate scheme to kidnap her and her two young daughters. As their cat and quarry game unfolds, she must use all of her wilderness skills not only to thwart his plan, but to survive it.

She is cofounder of the online writer’s community Backspace, and organizes the Salt Cay Writers Retreat held every other year on a private island in the Bahamas. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology.

Karen’s short fiction has appeared in Bathtub Gin, The Adirondack Review, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, and Thought Magazine, as well as First Thrills: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors, an anthology of short stories from bestselling and emerging authors edited by Lee Child. Karen lives with her husband in Detroit’s northern suburbs.

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