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Authors’ Alley at Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon set for June 25th and 26th

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Authors’ Alley at the Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF) in downtown Muskegon, set for this weekend, will feature 21 authors representing different genres from mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, and children’s books to horror and true stories.

“We get to interact with people,” said author Ingar Rudholm. “You can ask as many questions as you want. We will be able to direct you to whatever genre you’re looking for.”

“If you can smell the food, you found us,” said author Jean Davis. “We’re a giant bookstore with authors.”

Some of the benefits of visiting Authors’ Alley include getting a signed book unlike from Amazon plus learning the full back story behind the book directly from the author.

Participating authors will be located in booths along Clay Street across from Hackley Park next to food vendors. Following is a full list of authors.

Andrew Smith 
Bill Jacobks & Lon Hieftje 
Emma Khoury & Ingar Rudhom
Diane Burton & Jean Davis 
G.S. Scott  & Melinda Clark 
Wendy Thomson  & Melanie Hooyenga
Norma Lewis  & Jules Nelson
Loraine Hudson & Randy Pearson
Emma Palova   & Judy Burke
Mike Carrier  
Mikel Classen
Gary Buettner  & Mark Love
 
Bring plenty of water and ice, advised both Davis and Rudholm.
“It’s a great networking opportunity,” said Rudholm.
 
Episode sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger

Indie book collector supports authors in a unique way

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Hauling a cartful of books, you can find Diana Duell at just about any festival in West Michigan, but her favorite one is the Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF) in Muskegon.

“That’s where I started my book collection,” she said. “I was looking for something new.”

Right off the bat, Duell bought 60 to 70 books that the first year when she discovered Indie local authors.

Her collection of Indie authors counts 60 authors, 171 books read, and 350 TBR. She spends approximately $1,000 a year on books.

“It’s disposable income,” Duell said. “It’s my vacation. I fell in love doing this and I collect more books every year.”

Now, as an established collector, she knows most Indie authors and writes reviews on Facebook and Goodreads.

“It’s all about supporting local businesses and writing a book is a craft,” she said.

She has built-in three bookcases with six shelves, all full.

“There has to be a meaning behind a good book,” she said. “A great book is one you can escape into. Keep on writing and I will keep on buying. That’s a promise.”

Depending on her mood, she likes to read anything from a cozy mystery to a short story, and everything in between.

Among her favorite authors are Ingar Rudholm, DA Reed, and Andrew Allen Smith.

“I wouldn’t want to be on DA Reed’s or Andrew Allen Smith’s bad side,” she said.

Duell is always on the lookout for new authors and new books.

Watch for Duell at LAF this year on June 25 & 26. Listen in to the interview for a chance to win a signed copy of your next favorite read.

Michigan Authors hit the road with Women’s Expos in Lansing and Grand Rapids

Michigan Authors at the Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo in Lansing

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Starting off strong in 2022, Michigan Authors are making one of their first stops at the Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo this weekend Feb. 11 through Feb.13 at the Lansing Center.

Eleven authors representing different genres will be participating in the upcoming Expo in Lansing. Make sure you stop by the back wall between the concessions and the main stage to meet your next favorite read.

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“We’re sci-fi fantasy heavy,” said author & organizer Jean Davis laughing. “We have two authors with Michigan books.”

Author Judith Wade or Lori Hudson can’t wait to meet with fans in person. 

“Bring your walking shoes and a big bag to carry your books,” Wade said. “It’s really a nice thing to help someone who wants to get started writing and publishing. Often they have a well-developed idea.”

Approximately 20 authors will be participating in the West Michigan Women’s Expo in Grand Rapids set for March 18 through March 20. Follow this podcast for more info about authors and their in-person shows.

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