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Wednesday, July 17, 2024 - 1:00pm

Join us Wednesday, July 17, 1-3pm for a FREE in-store meet and greet with author John Smolens celebrating his book A Cold, Hard Prayer.

Mark your calendars and purchase your copy today. No RSVP needed for meet and greets.

John Smolens is the Keynote speaker for Bay View's Big Read this year. Don't miss his lecture on the 16th of July, in the Voorhie's Hall in Bay View at 7:30pm. Click below for more information.


About the Book:

In 1924, an orphan train passes through the Midwest, and two teenagers, seeking a new life, find nothing but hardship when taken in to live on a farm in Michigan. Mercy, a teenage girl of mixed race, and a boy nicknamed Rope, who lost fingers in a factory accident, become virtual prisoners of Harlan and Estelle Nau, whose children died during the Spanish flu epidemic. After facing abuse, Mercy and Rope flee, making an arduous journey into sparsely populated northern Michigan, where Mercy believes she will find her aunt. After Harlan is found murdered on his farm, police captain Jim Kincaid pursues Mercy and Rope to the cold, barren villages on the Mackinac Straits, but his efforts are complicated by the reemergent Ku Klux Klan, which has formed a coalition with the police deputy Milt Waters and the Dingley brothers, who run a local bootleg operation. Resolute and intrepid, Mercy and Rope develop a bond of mutual trust that helps them navigate a stark American landscape shaped by prejudice, hypocrisy, and fear.

About the Author:

John Smolens has published twelve works of fiction, eleven novels, and a collection of short stories. Two of his recent novels, Wolf's Mouth and Day of Days, have been selected as Library of Michigan Notable Books. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Michigan Author Award from the Michigan Library Association. He lives in Marquette, Michigan.