Main Events

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 5:00pm

We will be hosting Nathan Hale, creator of the Hazardous Tales graphic novel series! Join us for a book talk and signing on Monday, April 30th at 5:00pm. Take part in trivia, win prizes, and grab a bite of brains and munch on a finger or two! (All snacks are jello and candy-based and are inspired by historical events and Hale’s novels.) This event is free though reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please give us a call at 231.347.1180 or email us at


Each of the books in Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales has elements of the strange but true and is presented in an engaging, funny format, highlighting the larger-than-life characters that pop up in real history. 

Nathan Hale brings readers back to the world of the American Revolution for the first time since One Dead Spy--but this time, he's following the Marquis de Lafayette into battle. An orphan who became a French nobleman, Lafayette was a major figure in the American Revolution who fought alongside iconic figures like George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. Fans of the musical Hamilton will instantly recognize Lafayette's name, but there's so much more to his story. With Nathan Hale's trademark graphic illustrations, Lafayette shares what happened before and during the war, including all the wild escapades the Frenchman embarked on across France and the colonies. Both gruesome and hilarious, Lafayette takes you on a roaring journey and will have even the most reluctant reader excited about the American history. 

Nathan Hale is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series, which includes One Dead Spy; Donner Dinner Party; Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood; Big Bad Ironclad!; Alamo All-Stars; and The Underground Abductor, one of which earned a place on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. He also illustrated the graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge, which was a TODAY show "Al's Book Club for Kids" selection, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, as well as the recipient of three starred reviews. Nathan lives in Orem, Utah. 

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:00pm

We are closing the store early and we would love for you to join us for a private Mother's Day Crib Show at the store on Sunday, May 6th from 2:00- 4:00pm. We are partnering with Vilah Bloom and other downtown merchants to bring you a special viewing of what Petoskey has to offer for infant products and maternity services. 

Come for special presentations from Vilah Bloom on their beautiful baby bags, and presentations from Jessilynn and Sara on books to get your nursery library started.  Local merchants, products, and services will be featured by Bearcub Outfitters, The Circus Shop, Grandpa Shorter's Gifts, The Rocking Horse Toy Company and Life Roots Family and Birth Collective. 

Tickets are $10.00 each and are fully redeemable as $10.00 off any of the featured products or services. Space is limited so get your ticket today! 

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 6:00pm

On Friday, May 11th at 6:00 pm we will be hosting a wine and cheese reception for author and sports writer, Keith Gave, for his new book, The Russian Five: A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery and Courage. This is a free event though reservations are requested, to reserve your space please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email at


When the Detroit Red Wings were rebooting their franchise after more than two decades of relative futility, they knew the best place to find world-class players who could help turn things around more quickly were conscripted servants behind the Iron Curtain.

All they had to do then was make history by drafting them, then figure out how to get them out. That's when the Wings turned to Keith Gave, the newsman whose clandestine mission to Helsinki, Finland, was the first phase of a of a years-long series of secret meetings from posh hotel rooms to remote forests around Europe to orchestrate their unlawful departures from the Soviet Union.

One defection created an international incident and made global headlines. Another player faked cancer, thanks to the Wings' extravagant bribes to Russian doctors, including a big American car. Another player who wasn't quite ready to leave yet felt like he was being kidnapped by an unscrupulous agent. Two others were outcast when they stood up publicly against the Soviet regime, winning their freedom to play in the NHL only after years of struggle.

They are the Russian Five: Sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Igor Larionov. Their individual stories read like pulse-pounding spy novels. The story that unfolded after they were brought together in Detroit by the masterful coach Scotty Bowman is unforgettable.

This story includes details never before revealed, and by the man who was there every step of the way - from the day Detroit drafted its first two Soviets in 1989 until they raised the Stanley Cup in 1997, then took it to Moscow for a victory lap around Red Square and the Kremlin.

The Russian Five did more to bridge Russian and American relations than decades of diplomacy and detente between the White House and the Kremlin. This is their story.


Keith Gave spent six years in the United States Army as a Russian linguist working for the National Security Agency during the Cold War. Nothing could have better prepared him for a career as a sports writer covering hockey for the Detroit Free Press. 

His 15 years with the newspaper were the highlight of a career spanning nearly 40 years in the news industry, which include 14 years as a college journalism instructor. He also contributed as a writer/producer to the documentary film, ‘The Russian Five,’ scheduled for release in 2018. He lives in Roscommon, Michigan, where he continues to write when he’s not sneaking off to cast a fly to the trout on his home waters of the AuSable River.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting an 'In-Conversation' style wine and cheese reception with Jenny Milchman on Saturday, May 12th at 6:00pm. Glen Young, local English teacher and writer, will be here interviewing and discussing Jenny's newest book, Wicked River. This is a free event though reservations are always appreciated. To reserve your spot please give us a call at 231.347.1180 or email us at

Six million acres of Adirondack forest separate Natalie and Doug Larson from civilization. For the newlyweds, an isolated back country honeymoon seems ideal, a chance to start their lives together with an adventure. But just as Natalie and Doug begin to explore the dark interiors of their own hearts, as well as the depths of their love for each other, it becomes clear that they are not alone in the woods.

Because six million acres makes it easy for the wicked to hide. And even easier for someone to go missing for good.

As they struggle with the worst the wilderness has to offer, a man watches them, wielding the forest like a weapon. He wants something from them more terrifying than death. And once they are near his domain, he will do everything in his power to make sure they never walk out again.

Jenny Milchman is a suspense writer from New York State, who lived for eleven months on the road with her family on what Shelf Awareness called “the world’s longest book tour.”

After a thirteen year journey/trek/slog toward publication, Jenny’s debut novel, Cover of Snow, was acquired by Random House. It won the Mary Higgins Clark award, was praised by the New York Times, and chosen as an Indie Next and Target Pick. Ruin Falls, was published the next year, and chosen as an Indie Next Pick and a Top Ten of 2014 by Suspense Magazine. Jenny’s third novel, As Night Falls, was published in June, 2015.

Jenny speaks nationwide about the publishing industry and the importance of sticking to a dream. She is Vice President of Author Programming for International Thriller Writers, and the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. Jenny led the literary series Writing Matters, which covered the publishing industry during the upheaval of 2009, attracted guests coast-to-coast, and received national media attention. She teaches writing and publishing for New York Writers Workshop.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting an author reception for local author, Derek Chowen for his new book The Thawing Man on Tuesday, June 12th at 6:00pm. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at

The Thawing Man is an open and honest chronicle of a man that drove his alcoholism to rock bottom and how he found his way back. From the first day of walking through the door of AA to being able to go through life with renewed strength, this book details a journey of building success one day at a time with a vulnerability that will capture your heart. This is a story of overcoming life’s obstacles whether they be alcohol related or not. Amateur life observations of an ex-professional drinker. 

Derek Chowen was born in a tiny hospital in a little burg named Onaway, MI. Chowen was never one to sit still or settle for the status quo. From racing cars to racing sailboats, his desire for competition and pushing limits follows him wherever he goes. He has been everything from a successful tech company owner to stock broker to bank president to bartender and finally, one of the fabled "town drunks". Two years of sobriety later, Mr. Chowen has revived his business development company, Two Scotch Funk Holdings, and become a published author. He has become an advocate for the underdog, the struggling and those that need a hand up. He is a believer in the philosophy that in order to keep what you have, you need to give it away.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to be hosting a wine and cheese reception with local author, Randy Evans on on Thursday, June 14th at 6:00pm for his new book The Lawnmower Club: How Leo Zitzelberger Lost and Found Paradise on Earth. This is a free event though reservations are always appreciated. Please give us a call at 231.347.1180 or email to reserve your spot.

Leo Zitzelberger's well-ordered paradise plunges into chaos when Liza Fitting, an overzealous social worker, tries to funnel him into Mallard Pond, a retirement home that Leo regards as a death sentence.  As a clever countermeasure, he buys a bankrupt golf course and sells memberships to other grass-cutting fanatics who have lost their homes and yards.  Few people want the former repo man to succeed, including Hazzard Pembrook, a third-generation resorter, who would restore the club as a bastion of the rich, and a rogue Wisconsin cougar who wants to establish a new territory. This tender, comic, and lyrical novel takes readers to the shimmering edge of reality for an exuberantly wild ride through the broad fields, wooded hills, and inland waterways of northern Michigan.  Vividly worded, filled with eccentric characters, and suspenseful action, Randy surrounds everyday detail with a world of magic, while he explores the role of contemporary women in disparate settings, the different interests of locals and transplants in America's heartland, and the plight of animals in an ever-shrinking world.  The Lawnmower Club is an uplifting tale about the importance of love, home, and after losses and setbacks, redemption.


“The Lawnmower Club is a story that blends metaphysics, psychology, and cerebral anatomy into a humorous romp through northern Michigan.  Author Evans shifts his writing gears like a British racing car climbing Pike’s Peak, varying his delivery style from the fast pace of a Captain Marvel Comic to the penetrating look into our souls in a Bronte novel.  His improbable utopian view of a world in harmony seems logical and achievable by the time the reader comes to the end of this intricate and amusing story….”


—David Thomas, Retired Healthcare Executive and United States Marine


RANDY EVANS: For the past ten years, Randy and his wife, Denise, have lived in Bay Harbor, Michigan.  During that time, Randy has taught Developmental Psychology at North Central Michigan Community College, served on local boards, and participated in Rotary International.  He enjoys outdoor sports, especially golf and pickleball.  Denise and Randy enjoy their blended family of five daughters and eight grandchildren. Randy’s debut novel, When Strangers Meet at Devil’s Elbow (published July 7, 2017 by CreateSpace) tells the story of eight disparate souls who in meet in the Michigan wilderness, and embark on a collective adventure that teaches them the meaning of love, home, and family.  Randy’s second novel, The Lawnmower Club:  How Leo Zitzelberger Lost and Found Paradise on Earth, was published April 2, 2018.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 10:30am

We are so excited to be hosting the Brain Quest Summer Kick Off party again this year! Beat the summer slide and come in for fun activities on Saturday, June 16th at 10:30 am and get your summer started off right. This is a free event but reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please call us at (231) 347-1180 or email us at

Stop the summer slide and stay summer smart with Brain Quest Workbooks!

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are excited to announce the return of Michael Zadoorian to McLean & Eakin for a wine and cheese reception on Thursday, June 28th at 6:00 pm for his latest book, Beautiful Music. This is a free event though reservations are always appreciated. To reserve your spot please give us a call at (231) 347-1180 or email us at

Set in early 1970s Detroit, a divided city still reeling from its violent race riot of 1967, Beautiful Music is the story of one young man’s transformation through music. Danny Yzemski is a husky, pop radio–loving loner balancing a dysfunctional home life with the sudden harsh realities of freshman year at a high school marked by racial turbulence. But after tragedy strikes the family, Danny’s mother becomes increasingly erratic and angry about the seismic cultural shifts unfolding in her city and the world. As she tries to hold it together with the help of Librium, highballs, and breakfast cereal, Danny finds his own reason to carry on: rock
and roll. In particular, the drum and guitar–heavy songs of local legends like the MC5 and Iggy Pop. In the vein of Nick Hornby and Tobias Wolff, yet with a style very much Zadoorian’s own, Beautiful Music is a touching story about the power of music and its ability to save one’s soul.

MICHAEL ZADOORIAN is the author of the critically praised The Leisure Seeker—now a film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, released by Sony Pictures Classics this year. Zadoorian is a recipient of a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts, the Columbia University Anahid Literary Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Michigan Notable Book Award. His other books are
Second Hand: A Novel, and the story collection The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit. His fiction has appeared in the Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, Witness, Great Lakes Review, and the North American Review. He lives with his wife in the Detroit area.

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to be hosting an event with Lisa Wingate for Before We Were Yours at the Crooked Tree Auditorium on Saturday, June 30th at 6:00pm. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $5.00 and will be available for sale on May 1st. To purchase your ticket please give us a call at (231) 347-1180, email us at, or drop by to purchase one in store. 
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge--until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents--but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility's cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.
Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiance, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals--in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country--Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong. 

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. Wingate lives in the Ouachita Mountains of southwest Arkansas.














Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are happy to be hosting a wine and cheese reception on Wednesday, July 11th at 6:00 pm for local Tom Bailey for his new book, A North Country Almanac: Reflections of an Old-School Conservationist in a Modern World. This event is free though reservations are requested. Please reserve your spot by calling at 231.347.1180 or emailing at


A North Country Almanac: Reflections of an Old-School Conservationist in a Modern World includes the musings of an independent mind on wilderness, the conservation ethic, and the joys of loving the outdoors. Although a lifelong conservationist, Thomas C. Bailey has never unquestioningly accepted environmental dogma. The essays here often challenge familiar assumptions about stewardship of natural resources. The former National Park ranger, fishing guide, and conservancy director offers a rich variety of perspectives on an interesting array of topics, returning always to his fundamental belief that conservation pioneers such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Aldo Leopold had it right when they affirmed Walt Whitman's observation that "the secret of making the best person . . . is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.


THOMAS C. BAILEY has been Executive Director of the Little Traverse Conservancy for more than thirty years, having previously worked for the U.S. National Park Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Lake Superior State University in 2016 and to the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Michigan State Parks and Outdoor Recreation in 2011. He is a cofounder of the Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy and the Top of Michigan Trails Council.

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to have Dan Egan coming for an event on Friday, July 13th at 6:00 pm for a wine and cheese reception at our store. Dan is touring for the paperback release of his fantastic book, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. This event is free but reservations are requested. You can reserve your spot by calling us at 231.347.1180 or by emailing us at

The Great Lakes--Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior--hold 20 percent of the world's supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan's compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

For thousands of years the pristine Great Lakes were separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the roaring Niagara Falls and from the Mississippi River basin by a "sub-continental divide." Beginning in the late 1800s, these barriers were circumvented to attract oceangoing freighters from the Atlantic and to allow Chicago's sewage to float out to the Mississippi. These were engineering marvels in their time--and the changes in Chicago arrested a deadly cycle of waterborne illnesses--but they have had horrendous unforeseen consequences. Egan provides a chilling account of how sea lamprey, zebra and quagga mussels and other invaders have made their way into the lakes, decimating native species and largely destroying the age-old ecosystem. And because the lakes are no longer isolated, the invaders now threaten water intake pipes, hydroelectric dams and other infrastructure across the country.

Egan also explores why outbreaks of toxic algae stemming from the overapplication of farm fertilizer have left massive biological "dead zones" that threaten the supply of fresh water. He examines fluctuations in the levels of the lakes caused by manmade climate change and overzealous dredging of shipping channels. And he reports on the chronic threats to siphon off Great Lakes water to slake drier regions of America or to be sold abroad.

In an age when dire problems like the Flint water crisis or the California drought bring ever more attention to the indispensability of safe, clean, easily available water, The Death and the Life of the Great Lakes is a powerful paean to what is arguably our most precious resource, an urgent examination of what threatens it and a convincing call to arms about the relatively simple things we need to do to protect it.

Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and he has won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, John B. Oakes Award, AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, and J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, he lives in Milwaukee with his wife and children.

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are so excited to be hosting Stephen Mack Jones for the paperback release of his book August Snow, for a wine and cheese reception at the store on Saturday, July 14th at 6:00pm. This event is free, reservations are requested. To make a reservation please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at

From the wealthy suburbs to the remains of Detroit's bankrupt factory districts, August Snow is a fast-paced tale of murder, greed, sex, economic cyber-terrorism, race and urban decay.

Tough, smart, and struggling to stay alive, August Snow is the embodiment of Detroit. The son of an African-American father and a Mexican-American mother, August grew up in the city's Mexican town and joined the police force only to be drummed out by a conspiracy of corrupt cops and politicians. But August fought back; he took on the city and got himself a $12 million wrongful dismissal settlement that left him low on friends. He has just returned to the house he grew up in after a year away, and quickly learns he has many scores to settle.

It's not long before he's summoned to the palatial Grosse Pointe Estates home of business magnate Eleanore Paget. Powerful and manipulative, Paget wants August to investigate the increasingly unusual happenings at her private wealth management bank. But detective work is no longer August's beat, and he declines. A day later, Paget is dead of an apparent suicide--which August isn't buying for a minute.

What begins as an inquiry into Eleanore Paget's death soon drags August into a rat's nest of Detroit's most dangerous criminals, from corporate embezzlers to tattooed mercenaries.


Stephen Mack Jones is a published poet, an award-winning playwright, and a recipient of the prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in Farmington Hills, outside of Detroit. He worked in advertising and marketing communications for a number of years before turning to fiction. August Snow is his first novel.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to have Viola Shipman (Wade Rouse) back for a WINE AND PIE reception at the store on Wednesday, July 18th at 6:00pm for his new book, The Recipe Box. We will be partnering with Suzie’s Pies for a brief demonstration from Suzie and plenty of pie to suit your sweet tooth. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To reserve your place call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at

Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha "Sam" Mullins felt trapped on her family's orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star's New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.

When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family's orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life--including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family's history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.

As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.

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 heirlooms and family stories inspire his writing. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. He is the author of The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Chest.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 10:00am

We are so excited to to be hosting an event with Anne and Jerzy Drozd for their book, Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity on Thursday, July 19th at 10:00 am. This is a free event but reservations are always appreciated. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic--dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and many more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you

This volume: In Rockets we explore the 2,000 years that rockets have been in existence. We dive into Newton's Laws of Motion--learning all about gravity, force, acceleration, and the history of rockets made in the past and rockets to be made in the future

Jerzy Drozd is one of the artists of The Warren Commission Report. He has drawn special projects for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, Marvel Comics, VIZ Media, and others. His favorite NASA mission is Apollo 15. He founded and runs the Ann Arbor Comics Arts Festival and also started a podcast called Galaxy of Super Adventure.

Anne Drozd is a public librarian by day and a cartoonist by night. She's an avid space exploration enthusiast and a card-holding member of the Planetary Society. Her favorite NASA mission is Apollo 12. Anne helps to introduce people to comics through her work at the Ann Arbor District Library and as co-organizer of the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival.

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

On Friday, July 20th at 6:00 pm we are thrilled to be hosting a wine and cheese reception with Karen Dionne for the paperback release of The Marsh King's Daughter. This is a free event though reservations are requested. Please reserve your spot by calling us at (231) 347-1180 or emailing us at 

Praised by Karin Slaughter and Megan Abbott, The Marsh King's Daughter is the mesmerizing tale of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father. Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father's sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too...until she learned precisely how savage he could be.
More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn't know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marsh. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don't stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King--because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter. 

Karen Dionne is the co-founder of the online writers community Backspace, the organizer of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors. She has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a Humanities Scholar, and lives with her husband in Detroit's northern suburbs.

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to announce that Paula McLain will be joining us at the store for an evening of sangria and tapas on Thursday, August 2nd at 6:00pm for her new book Love and Ruin. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at 

The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn--a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.
In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It's the adventure she's been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly--and uncontrollably--falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.
In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest's relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man's wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that could force her to break his heart, and hers.
Heralded by Ann Patchett as "the new star of historical fiction," Paula McLain brings Gellhorn's story richly to life and captures her as a heroine for the ages: a woman who will risk absolutely everything to find her own voice.
Paula McLain is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife, and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.