Thursday, August 12, 2010

Reading Events, TONIGHT!

7pm@ Next Chapter Bookshop

Meet Wendy Webb, author of The Tale of Halcyon Crane, a riveting mix of modern-day ghost story and family drama set on a remote island in the middle of the Great Lakes.

When a
mysterious letter lands in her mailbox, Webb’s heroine Hallie James sets out to discover the truth about her supposedly long-dead mother. In search of answers, Hallie travels to the island where her mother most recently lived. At first the islanders greet her icily, but when they realize who her mother must have been their cold greetings turn to amazement. Hallie soon realizes that her family’s dark secrets are deeply connected to the history of the strange place. A few of the townspeople beginning to warm to her, and Hallie begins to explore the grand Victorian house that was bequeathed to her, but Hallie can’t shake the feeling that strange things are about to happen.

7pm at Boswell Book Company

Freshwater Boys is a collection of eleven short stories set in and around the Great Lakes of Michigan. The opening narratives feature adolescent or pre-adolescent boys struggling with their conceptions of manhood. They are sizing themselves up against masculine ideals, and filled with doubt and confusion regarding their own paths. The landscapes and lakescapes serve as recurring characters in the book. The boys and men wander forests--sometimes finding tranquility, sometimes finding tragedy. They climb and descend dunes. And often, they encounter the Big Lake: Lake Michigan.

Author bio: Adam earned his MFA and Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Glimmer Train, North American Review, TriQuarterly, Black Warrior Review, and Crazyhorse. He is an assistant professor of English at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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