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Monday, April 3, 2017 - 6:30pm

Petoskey native Travis Mulhauser will be at the Crooked Tree District Library in Walloon Lake on Monday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. His debut novel, Sweetgirl recently was named a 2017 Michigan Notable Book. 
Sweetgirl is a debut novel about a fearless sixteen-year old girl, her meth addicted mother and a life or death struggle. While searching for her missing mother, Percy James discovers a baby girl in the freezing home of a minor criminal.  Taking the child forces her to confront the nature of her mother’s affliction while she finds her own fate tied to that of the child’s.  Mulhauser captures the sweeping sense of cultural and geographic isolation of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a story of courage and sacrifice.
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. Mulhauser will visit the Crooked Tree District Library as a stop on the Michigan Notable Book Tour. This is a free event though reservations are requested. For more information, contact Leanne Milliman, the Children’s/Youth Services Librarian at 231.535.2111 or email

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

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 from 6 – 8 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. This event is hosted in partnership with the Petoskey District Library. (NOT confirmed yet). 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.

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 10:00am

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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


Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

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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.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

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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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

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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 by the Petoskey District Library and reservations are requested. 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.

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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