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47th Annual Island Art Fair in Grand Ledge will be all about shopping and camaraderie

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“This island is for you,” said art fair director Stephene Lapp. “We want you vendors. I can’t wait to meet all the authors and all the vendors.”

Seven Michigan authors will be among the 114 vendors on the island that is connected to the mainland by one bridge only. Lapp expects around 6,000 visitors to the event on July 31st.

There will be also nine musicians and boat rides.

Feature photo: the main characters of the “Greenwich Meridian Memoir” immigration saga spanning two generations at the Frankfort Art Fair on July 4th, 2021.  Pictured from left to right: Ludek Pala, Emma Palova, Ella and Vaclav Konecny.

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Authors Alley at Lakeshore Art Festival offers a variety of books

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Come out this weekend to downtown Muskegon to 4th Street and Clay and you will find a reader’s delight grouped in the Authors Alley; everything from kids books, Christian, fantasy, poetry, short stories, thrillers and horror.

“It’s a festival in the streets,” said author Melanie Hooyenga. “It feels like you’re a part of the community.”

Author Scott Rutherford draws on the story of prodigal son in “Dani’s Inferno”

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Once, Rutherford changed the main character of the prodigal son to prodigal daughter in his debut novel, Scott knew he had a story screaming to be told.

“The novel practically wrote itself,” he said. “I am a plotter, writing is easy. The real challenge was presenting it to the world.”

Romanian author Valeriu Barbu pens fantasy in English, reviews “Greenwich Meridian Memoir”

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Listen in to poet Valeriu Barbu speak in beautiful Italian followed by English dubbing about his new book “Hey, Peasant” and his review of author Emma Palova’s new book “Greenwich Meridian Memoir.” Both authors share a common past represented by the horrors of living in communism and totalitarianism of the Eastern European block.

Damselfy; a historic foreshadowing of a real epidemic

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It was a bizarre coincidence, when author JuliAnne Sisung was enticed to a small Michigan town, that was engulfed by an epidemic in the 1890s.

“It took a year to write following months of research for the perfect small town. I found Pere Cheney, just south of Grayling, Michigan. It was a railroad and logging town with a fascinating history, and it was waiting for me. I didn’t know we’d be living with Covid -19 when I began this book about a diphtheria epidemic. It hit the village in 1893, and some surprising events nourished the novel.”

                                                                    -Author JuliAnne Sisung-

 

 

Author Xander Cross fuses supernatural with cyberpunk in action thrillers

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Inspired by Japanese folklore, author Xander Cross creates a dark, forbidding future and a demon in peril in “The Origin of the White Wind.” Welcome to The Atlas Dystopia Apocalyptica, the memoirs of a former Divine Messenger turned yakuza assassin! This gritty action thriller will take you into the shadowy world of dragons and yōkai in the 22nd Century New Toky and beyond! 

 

 

Racing the Summer Reading Regatta to Mackinac Island

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Come sail the high seas with Captains of Literary Wonderment!

Have you ever been hiked out on the high side, your boat at a 30-degree heel, wind filling your spinnaker, spray hitting your face as you scream across the water at 20 knots? Well, if you have, you’ll understand the excitement this Virtual Book Festival will bring. If you haven’t, throw caution to the wind, and join us for the Summer Reading Regatta!

Author Donald Levin takes on white supremacist terrorism “In the House of Night”

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When the police investigation into the murder of a gentle retired history professor stalls, friends of the dead man plead with PI Martin Preuss to find out what happened. 

Author Angela Verges finds humor in every situation

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Verges tackles the serious issues of menopause and beyond with a light heart in her collection of stories and essays “Menopause Ain’t No Joke.” 

She turned her blog posts into a book in three months with stories ranging from aboard an airplane to a dentist’s office.

Verges lives by the motto “A laugh a day, keeps stress at bay” and keeps a hoola hoop in her office.

“I wish I had written more essays,” she said.

Once, she found mouse poop in her car while reaching for a treat.

“There was no shingle on my hood that said, ‘Welcome, we’ll leave the light on for you.”

Attorney turned author transforms cases into thrillers

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Award-winning author Mark Bello puts us in the front-row seat watching victims like Hayley Larson fight for justice in his latest thriller- Supreme Betrayal in the Zachary Blake Legal Thrillers series.

Inspired by the headlines, Bello masterfully weaves real with fiction as he tells the story from alternating points of view.

Can Hayley prevent a sexual predator from being elevated to the highest court in the land?

But nothing will stop President’s nominee Oliver Wilkinson from fighting for the coveted seat on the Supreme Court.

Only Hayley stands in his way.