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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

Author Event with Aaron Stander gales of november aaron stander mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore author event

We are excited to welcome back Michigan native, Aaron Stander, author of the Ray Elkins Thriller series for a store visit on Tuesday, June 27 th from 2 – 4 p.m. Aaron will join us for a book signing of Gales of November, his ninth installment in the series. This is a free event.

It has taken more than two decades, but the members of the Leiston School Winter Adventure Group of 1990 are finally reunited near their old school. The intimate gathering opens with the renewal of old friendships at a private Lake Michigan estate. But the alcohol-fueled camaraderie soon melts away as old rivalries begin to surface, as do old secrets — one old secret in particular. Twenty-five years ago, this group headed into an Upper Peninsula wilderness for a winter camping adventure. They ended up stranded and cut off for days by a huge winter storm. When they were finally rescued, hungry and frostbitten, their chaperone was missing and so were the facts. Now, as the group assembles for a late morning brunch, someone else is missing. A search leads to the discovery of a body, and Ray Elkins, the local sheriff, is called in to investigate. But just like the first time, what happens at Leiston stays at Leiston, and Sheriff Elkins is greeted with hostility and a pact of silence.

 

AARON STANDER spent most of his adult years in the Detroit area, where he taught English and trained writing teachers. In 2000 he and his wife left college teaching positions and moved permanently to their cottage near Traverse City. He is also the author of numerous articles, stories, poems, and reviews, and the host of Michigan Writers on the Air  on Interlochen Public Radio. When not writing or thinking about writing, Aaron spends a lot of time in his kayak.

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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 

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:00am

American Girl Event with Carrie Anton and Erin Falligant american girl character encyclopedia carrie anton erin falligrant mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore

We are pleased to partner with the Petoskey District Library in welcoming Carrie Anton and Erin Falligant, co-authors of American Girl Character Encyclopedia, for a fun-filled morning of crafts, activities and games. This exciting event will take place in the Carnegie Building, adjoining the Crooked Tree Arts Center (the old library) on Saturday, July 8th at 10 a.m. This event is hosted with the Petoskey District Library and reservations are requested.  Visit www.mcleanandeakin.com or call 231.347.1180 to reserve a space.

 

American Girl Character Encyclopedia is an introduction to the world and characters of the popular American Girl® dolls.
Discover the lovable American Girl® characters—from Kaya to the latest Girl of the Year(TM)—with this newest guide from DK.
Featuring all the BeForever(TM) and Girl of the Year characters, American Girl Character Encyclopedia is packed with incredible facts and details about each doll. Explore sets, accessories, outfits, and more—including a look at some of the popular Truly Me(TM) dolls and collections. With stunning full-color photography, essential information about each character, and fascinating little known facts, the American Girl Character Encyclopedia is a must-have for American Girl fans of all ages.

 

Carrie Anton got her start with American Girl® as a Web Editor where she created fun and engaging content to accompany online games and activities for girls. Shortly after her start with the company, she was promoted to Book Editor of the company’s Advice and Activities titles. Carrie has always loved all things crafts and DIY, so it came as no surprise that she jumped right into authoring titles such as Earth Smart Crafts, Button Crafts, and The Cutest Nature Book Ever! In her on-staff role, she helped to develop more than 50 titles before venturing out to start her own writing business. She now writes from her home in Madison, Wisconsin, covering topics such as health, fitness, weddings, sports, and beverages. She continues to freelance write titles for American Girl’s contemporary line of books, and her new Truly Me(TM) series is due to release in Spring 2015. She received her degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Erin Falligant: As an American Girl® author and editor, Erin has developed books across a number of series, including Angelina Ballerina, Hopscotch Hill School, and American Girls Short Stories. While writing Innerstar University books, which each have more than 20 endings, she had great fun imagining the many paths each story could take. Ms. Falligant has a master’s degree in child clinical psychology and coaches Girls on the Run, where she helps girls build self-confidence and create paths of their own near her home just outside Madison, Wisconsin.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 2:00pm

Book Signing with Gail DeMeyere the sweater a history mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore

Please welcome Charlevoix resident, Gail DeMeyere, co-author of The Sweater: A History, on Tuesday, July 11th from 2 - 4 p.m. for an in-store book signing. This is a free event and no reservations are required. 

 

Originally knit as underwear, the sweater is a practical garment with homely beginnings and has evolved as a fashion statement. This book traces the sweater's 300-year history as an aesthetic and craft object, telling the story of its materials and construction, national traditions, fads and fashion, and accessories. Learn about the panoply of yarns, Nordic patterns, buttons, vintage collars, runway designs, manufacturing, and today's explorations of form, structure, and material. No matter how far we have come technologically, there is something fundamental in the art of handcraft. This book expertly guides readers full circle through the inception of the hand knit to the advancement of technology and back to knitting with natural fibers.


Gail DeMeyere is the executive director of the Charlevoix Circle of Arts and holds an art history degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in textile design,

management, and technology from North Carolina State University. 

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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.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

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

McLean & Eakin Booksellers will welcome Petoskey native, Julie Buntin for a visit on Thursday, July 13 at 6 p.m. to the Andrew Carnegie building for a discussion of Marlena, her debut novel. This free event is hosted in partnership with the Petoskey District Library. Reservations are requested. For more information, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email.

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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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 2:00pm

Author Event with Peter Marabell devils are here mclean and eakin booksellers peter marabell event author bookstore

We are pleased to welcome the lovely Peter Marabell back to the store to sign copies of his latest mystery, Devils are Here: A Michael Russo Mystery. Peter will join us on Wednesday, July 19th from 2 – 4 p.m. This is a free in-store signing. 

It’s summertime in Petoskey. Michael Russo investigates the theft of a valuable collection of books from Bannister College, a small, elite Liberal Arts school on the outskirts of town. The case takes a dangerous turn when the Dean of Sciences is shot to death and fear stalks the campus. Faculty and administrators detest the disruption dropped on their quiet academic community by the police and the press. When Russo makes a surprising discovery that uncovers the evil that lives just below the surface of Petoskey’s most trusted institution, it’s unclear what the impact will be on Bannister, the community and Michael Russo himself.

 

Peter Marabell grew up in metro Detroit, spending as much time as possible street-racing on Woodward Avenue in the late 1950s or visiting the Straits of Mackinac. With a Ph.D. in American History and Politics, Peter spent most of his professional career on the faculty at Michigan State University. He is the author of the historic monograph, Frederick Libby and the American Peace Movement. His first novel, More Than a Body, was published in 2013, and the first of the Michael Russo mystery series, Murder at Cherokee Point, was published in 2014. As a freelance writer, he worked in several professional fields including healthcare, politics, and the arts. In 2002, Peter moved permanently to Northern Michigan with his spouse and business partner, Frances Barger, to live, write, and work at their businesses on Mackinac Island. All things considered, he would rather obsess about American politics, or Spartan basketball, after a good five-mile run on the hills of Mackinac Island.

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. 

 

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 6:00pm

Author Event with Donald Ray Pollock the heavenly table donald pollock mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore author event

We are thrilled to welcome Donald Ray Pollock, author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, on Thursday, August 3rd at 6 p.m. He will visit the store to discuss The Heavenly Table, a dark, gritty, electrifying (and, disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel sure to solidify his place among the best contemporary American authors.

It is 1917, in that sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama. Dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons: Cane (the eldest; handsome; intelligent); Cob (short; heavy set; a bit slow); and Chimney (the youngest; thin; ill-tempered). Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio, a farmer by the name of Ellsworth Fiddler lives with his son, Eddie, and his wife, Eula. After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family’s entire fortune, his life is put on a surprising, unforgettable, and violent trajectory that will directly lead him to cross paths with the Jewetts. No good can come of it. Or can it?

In the gothic tradition of Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy with a healthy dose of cinematic violence reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah, Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers, the Jewetts and the Fiddlers will find their lives colliding in increasingly dark and horrific ways, placing Donald Ray Pollock firmly in the company of the genre’s literary masters.

 

Donald Ray Pollock is an American writer. Born in 1954 and raised in Knockemstiff, Ohio, Pollock has lived his entire adult life in Chillicothe, Ohio, where he worked at the Mead Paper Mill as a laborer and truck driver until age 50, when he enrolled in the English program at Ohio State University. While there, Doubleday published his debut short story collection, Knockemstiff, and the New York Times regularly posted his election dispatches from southern Ohio throughout the 2008 campaign. The Devil All the Time, his first novel, was published in 2011. 

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Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:00am

Robot Party with Adam Watkins raybot and weebot mclean and eakin booksellers adam watkins event author book bookstore

We’ve got some fun in-store for our young readers…Adam Watkins, author of Raybot and Weebot, will visit the store for a robot party sure to please! Join us on Saturday, August 5th at 10 a.m. in our store for some crafts, activities and snacks. This is a free event and reservations are suggested. Best for ages 3 and up.

When an inquisitive robot named Raybot begins to explore Earth, he knows he is supposed to find the thing that goes "bark." But try as he might, all he can find are things that go "roar" and "oink" and "moo." Still, Raybot keeps searching, and on the way, he discovers that Earth is full of interesting, friendly creatures. Children will relate to Raybot's wonder as he discovers new sounds and animals in the world, and adults will appreciate the detail and beauty in the hand-painted illustrations.

Adam lives in southern Ohio with his wife, Amy and their two kids, Lucy and Fletcher. He graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2004, where he majored in Illustration. He studied under C.F. Payne his junior and senior years. After graduation, he worked for an advertising agency in Cincinnati and is now a full-time freelancer.

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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 www.mcleanandeakin.com 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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Friday, August 11, 2017 - 2:00pm

Author Event with a Trio of Michigan Authors 

We are excited to invite a trio of Michigan authors for a visit to the store on Friday, August 11th from 2 – 4 p.m. Please welcome Rick Bailey, John Marks and W.B. Weber for a book signing. This is a free event. 

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“American English, Italian Chocolate” is a memoir in essays beginning in the American Midwest and ending in north central Italy. In sharply rendered vignettes, Rick Bailey reflects on donuts and ducks, horses and car crashes, outhouses and EKGs. He travels all night from Michigan to New Jersey to attend the funeral of a college friend. After a vertiginous climb, he staggers in clogs across the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In a trattoria in the hills above the Adriatic, he ruminates on the history and glories of beans, from Pythagoras to Thoreau, from the Saginaw valley to the Province of Urbino.

Bailey is a bumbling extra in a college production of Richard III. He is a college professor losing touch with a female student whose life is threatened by her husband. He is a father tasting samples of his daughter's wedding cake. He is a son witnessing his aging parents' decline. He is the husband of an Italian immigrant who takes him places he never imagined visiting, let alone making his own. At times humorous, at times bittersweet, Bailey's ultimate subject is growing and knowing, finding the surprise and the sublime in the ordinary detail of daily life.
 
W.B. Weber 
A meteor hit Earth? It seemed unreal, but that is what was first believed when a supposed meteor hit Buenos Aires, Argentina. However, as investigations begin, the findings are that it was a small planet hitting Earth, and there is more to come with this disaster in W.B. Weber's new science fiction novel, A Planet Called Wormwood, a multiple-character story. After the meteor/planet hit, changes start happening to several people not only in Argentina, but also in the United States. People are noticed as displaying animal-like behavior, with people attacking people for no reason and in violent ways similar to animal attacks. The survivors on Earth realize an infestation on Earth has taken place and time is running out on supplies, gas and lives in general. The multiple character’s storyline in A Planet Called Wormwood illustrates a survivor's story of hope, faith and the resilience of the human spirit. a planet called wormwood mclean and eakin booksellers w b weber author event bookstore
 
Indian River residents William and Brianne Weber are a husband and wife writing team. This is their first novel. 

John Marks
His midlife crisis seemed to peak when Harlan Holmes, an ex-cop turned private eye, lost the son of his only client somewhere along the Leelanau coast—about 45°N. 
The job initially seemed simple, more like babysitting than private investigation. Harlan was hired to look after his client’s son Leo while the young man attended law school away from home. But Leo, it turned out, was a determined gambling addict. And Harlan was clueless about the March Madness scam that Leo was running on some locals just before he went missing.  
Complicating matters is Harlan’s client, Leo’s dad. It so happens, he’s a full-on wise guy, and he’s in town with a crew to micromanage the private eye who lost his son. When they learn about Leo’s fate, Harlan will learn that his midlife crisis has just begun.
John Marks is an attorney in Michigan. He previously practiced law in California and has taught classes at law schools in California and Michigan. John and his wife, Dena, have traveled extensively but enjoy most the time they spend close to home with their children and grandchildren. beyond madness mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore john marks author event

 

 

 

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 2:00pm

Author Event with Adam Schuitema the things we do that make no sense adam schuitema book mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore

We are excited to welcome back Michigan author, Adam Schuitema on Saturday, August 12th from 2 – 4 p.m. Adam will visit for a book signing of The Things We Do That Make No Sense, his latest collection of short stories. This is a free event.

We are guilty of actions that make no sense. We perform acts of beauty and acts of ugliness. We give in to hidden ambitions, latent hungers, and clumsy grasps at insight.

At the heart of these stories are the rituals—grand and small—in which we humans partake; the peculiar gestures we hope will forge meaning or help us glean some sort of understanding. They may be formally ceremonial and spiritual, like the imposition of ashes in a darkened church. But often they are secular, private, and bizarre. A woman slipping her son’s old baby tooth into her mouth as he’s led away to prison. A girl in a tunnel playing an invisible piano while bombs ravage the city above. A man with a laser machine, creating a private galaxy to rekindle lost love. A daughter frantically searching a wax museum for her mother’s second self.

The power of ritual weaves through this collection amid lush descriptions and poignant dialogue. And from both the everyday and the sacred, these characters piece together the strange mosaic of life. Set mostly in Michigan, these stories will appeal to those who appreciate literary fiction, especially those with a connection to the Midwest.

Adam Schuitema is the author of the short-story collections The Things We Do That Make No Sense (2017) and Freshwater Boys (2010) and the novel Haymaker (2015). His works have twice been named Michigan Notable Books by the Library of Michigan. Adam's stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Glimmer Train, North American Review, Indiana Review, TriQuarterly, and The Southern Review. He earned his MFA and Ph.D. from Western Michigan University and is an associate professor of English at Kendall College of Art and Design. Adam lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and daughter.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 2:00pm

Author Event with Robert Wangard robert wangard framed mclean and eakin booksellers author event

Please welcome Robert Wangard, author of the Pete Thorsen mystery series, for a visit to McLean & Eakin Booksellers on Wednesday, August 16th from 2 – 4 p.m. Robert will be on-site for a book signing of his latest installment in the series, Victim. This is a free event.

A RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE – OR MURDER?

When Pete’s friend is shot and killed while jet skiing, a firestorm of suspicion and tension roils the quiet lake community. It’s personal for Pete, too, because his teenage daughter was only ten feet away when it happened. Then Pete discovers that the dead man not only had been leading a double life, but he’d also been forging his signature on documents. All bets are off as Pete’s forced to investigate on his own. In the days that follow, he finds himself crossing the line at times as he unravels a tangle of deep-seated grudges and ruined lives and finally exposes the stunning and bizarre truth. 

 

Bob Wangard splits his time between Chicago and “the lake” in northwest Michigan. After putting the practice of law in his rearview mirror, he gravitated toward crime fiction and now writes in the genre full time. Target was his first mystery thriller, followed by Hard Water Blues, Malice, Deceit, Payback, Stalked and Framed. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 2:00pm

Author Event with Kristina Riggle vivian in red mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore event author kristina riggle

Please join Kristina Riggle for a visit on Thursday, August 17th from 2 – 4 p.m. to celebrate the paperback release of Vivian in Red. This is a free book signing event and everyone is welcome. 

Famed Broadway producer Milo Short may be eighty-eight but that doesn’t stop him from going to the office every day. So when he steps out of his Upper West Side brownstone on one exceptionally hot morning, he’s not expecting to see the impossible: a woman from his life sixty years ago, cherry red lips, bright red hat, winking at him on a New York sidewalk, looking just as beautiful as she did back in 1934.

The sight causes him to suffer a stroke. And when he comes to, the renowned lyricist discovers he has lost the ability to communicate. Milo believes he must unravel his complicated history with Vivian Adair in order to win back his words. But he needs help—in the form of his granddaughter Eleanor— failed journalist and family misfit. Tapped to write her grandfather’s definitive biography, Eleanor must dig into Milo’s colorful past to discover the real story behind Milo’s greatest song Love Me, I Guess, and the mysterious woman who inspired an amazing life.

A sweeping love story, family mystery and historical drama set eighty years apart, Vivian in Red will swell your heart like a favorite song while illuminating Broadway like you’ve never seen before.

 

Kristina Riggle lives and writes in West Michigan. Her debut novel, Real Life & Liars, was a Target “Breakout” pick and a “Great Lakes, Great Reads” selection by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. Her other novels have been honored by independent booksellers, including an IndieNext Notable designation for The Life You’ve Imagined.

Her new novel of 1930s Broadway and today, Vivian in Red, is about the clouded history of how a famed Broadway producer’s most famous song is connected to a woman from his past.

 

Kristina has published short stories in the Cimarron Review, Literary Mama, Espresso Fiction, and elsewhere, and is a former co-editor for fiction at Literary Mama. Kristina was a full-time newspaper reporter before turning her attention to creative writing. She likes to run and read, though not at the same time.

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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 www.mcleanandeakin.com 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, 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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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

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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