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Once Upon A Book 2022 literary event set for this Saturday in Frankenmuth

Join us for book signings at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth on July 23, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AT THE
BAVARIAN INN LODGE
1 COVERED BRIDGE LANE
FRANKENMUTH, MI 48734

Organizer author Stacey Rourke started Once Upon A Book events to bring these celebrations of literature to Michigan.

“I traveled to so many events and saw what wonderful celebrations they were,” she said. “I wanted to bring that joy to Michigan.

“My hopes are that we can all finally get together and bond over our love of the written word,” she said.

I will be at table no. 23. Stop by. My new book The Lost Town has just arrived in time for OUAB.

The Lost Town from the Shifting Sands series set in the ghost town of Singapore.

The following authors will be signing their books:

How to find our table locations.

Here is where you can find OUAB attending authors:

1- Amy K McClung

2- Heather Mullins

3- Robin Nadler

4- Amabel Daniels

5- Ann Bakshis

6- Ava Cuvay

7- Bess Sturgis

8- Bethany Adams

9- CR Garmen

10- Smith & Solease M. Barner

11- Pria Dee/Vik K Walker

12- Deedle Miyares/ Lorelei M. Hart

13- Megan Linski/ Alicia Rades

14- Eric R. Asher

15- Bam Shepherd

16- Hope Daniels/ Alicia Dawn

17- KG Reuss

18- Cissie Peterson

19- Terry Maggert

20- Christina L Barr

21- RS Johnson

22- Cindy Tanner

23- Emma Palova

24- Barbara M. Britton

25- Sandy Goldsworthy/ Olivia Rae

26- Rachell Brownell

27- Faith Marlow

28- Rue Volley

29- Daniela D’Amico Henderson

30-Tara Vasser

31- Heather Karn/ Melanie Gilbert

32- Julie Trettel

33-Susan Burdorf/ Victoria Flynn

34-Victoria Perkins

35- Mark R. Klinger

36-Stacey Rourke

37- Elliott Rourke

38-Jennifer Burkheart

39-Becca Vincenza

40-Bryna Butler

41- Andrew Allen Smith/ Jules Nelson

42- Brandy Nacole/ Melissa Grzanka

43-Douglas Pierce/ TL Shively

44-Kristiana Sfirlea

45-Isabelle Drake/ Dana Nussio

46-Paige Addams

47- DA Henneman

48-Prometheus Susan/ Tana Jenkins

49-Caitlyn Mancini/ BK Rae

50- TJ London / Misha McKenzie

51- Sarah Zolton Arthur/ Heather Young-Nichols

52- ME Castanares

53- AJ Norris/ Brenda Hasse

54-Michael Beardslee/ Ronald R Harrington

55- Amanda Rotach Lamkin/ Clara Stone

56-Edward Rollins/ Charles Savage

57- Coral Isabella Aurora/ DC Grace

58- Jennifer Worrell/ Lynn K Steffens

59-Lee Ryder

60-Dana Fraedrich

61- Dora Wilbur

62- Kayt Miller

63-M. Jayne

Seating arrangements

You can get your tickets at Eventbrite.

Info and pictures used with permission of the organizers.

Detroit Virtual Bookfest

Check out Emma Palova’s books Greenwich Meridian Memoir about the Konecny family immigration saga from former Czechoslovakia to the USA, books from the Shifting Sands series including the newest one The Lost Town. The historical fiction novel is set in the ghost town of Singapore in Michigan during its bustling lumbering era. Meet Miss Ida and Mr. Bosch, a New York land speculator.

Detroit Virtual Bookfest, click to enter to check out Emma Palova’s books.

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Lowell author Emma Palova pens The Lost Town

Lowell author & reporter Emma Palova completed The Lost Town, a third book in the Shifting Sands series on the last day of June.

The historical fiction novel is set in Singapore, MI, a ghost town on the shores of Lake Michigan during the pioneer era of the 1830s.

The Lost Town cover by graphic artist Jeanne Boss of Rockford.

Palova captured the spirit of the once thriving lumbering town in its main characters – beautiful Miss Ida, her boss lumber baron John Bosch, Singapore founder Oshea Wilder and supporting characters, Sir Artemas Wallace and housemaid Mrs. Fisch.

Miss Ida was torn between her hometown of Chicago and her new home Singapore, and between two men. Who will win her heart?

The story unravels as the greedy New York investors set their eyes on the undeveloped land at the Oxbow bend in the Kalamazoo River surrounded by sand dunes with much coveted white pines.

Wily Oshea established the New York & Michigan Co. in 1836 to facilitate the development of Singapore. The investors envisioned that Singapore would rival Chicago and Milwaukee. With its humming mills, boarding houses, hotels, and general stores at the height of its prosperity, Singapore almost outshone Chicago.

The name remains a mystery, as its famous counterpart island city in East Asia was only a fledgling town at the time.

“The mysterious name inspired me to write this novel,” Palova said.

According to one interpretation, the exotic name was used to honor the “singing sands” of the Lake Michigan shore. The shape of the grains and the moisture combine to make the sand sing or squeak when someone walks on it.

Always on the hunt for stories and inspiration, Palova walked into the general store on Butler Street in downtown Saugatuck in the mid- 1990s. She picked up a book about Singapore and checked out the historic marker in front of the Saugatuck Village Hall.

“The story just gripped my imagination and stayed with me throughout the years,” she said. “Then I forgot all about it for decades.”

It wasn’t until getting ready for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) last November, that Palova realized that what she had planned to write about Singapore would turn into a novel rather than just a short story.

“I wanted to do the fascinating story of Singapore its justice,” she said. “I knew a short story wouldn’t cut it.”

During her research for the novel, Palova came across Singapore’s ‘wildcat bank.’

“I knew this was big,” she said, “bigger than life.”

Singapore had a ‘wildcat bank’ that issued its own ornate bank notes that are still in the collection of the Saugatuck Douglas Historical Society in Douglas.

“I used their online collections catalog exclusively for research,” she said. “It’s an excellent tool for anyone who wants to write about history. Most historical societies in Michigan have online collections.”

The novel covers the entire span of Singapore’s existence from the 1830s to its demise in the 1870s. At one point the town was known as Ellis Island since it accepted immigrants from European countries like Norway and Holland. The town was the first stop for Hollanders before they moved further up north and established Holland. It came before Saugatuck which was smaller and known as Flats.

“I wove nautical stories into the novel because I love the seas,” Palova said. “I wish I was a sailor.”

It was not just a lumbering era, but also a time for steamers, schooners, and tugboats on the Great Lakes. Nautical transportation was just as dangerous as travel by land, and later by rail.

“Sometimes the story evolved all on its own to my surprise like in the chapter ‘Mail fraud at Oxbow’, she said. “I was really surprised at what Ida was capable of doing driven by secret love.”

Other chapters were meticulously planned with research usually showing up later in the novel.

“My previous research didn’t help me much, but the immediate research during the NaNoWriMo challenge helped,” she said. “I can easily say that this novel is a direct product of the challenge.”

During NaNoWriMo, Palova wrote a minimum of 1,750 words daily to reach the victory lane at 50,000 words by the end of November. After that came months of more writing, revisions, and editing.

Carol Briggs of Lowell edited The Lost Town. The whimsical cover was designed by graphic artist Jeanne Boss of Rockford. Beta readers include Nancy Price Stroosnyder and author Diana Kathryn Wolfe-Plopa.

Emma’s ease at mixing actual history into her stories is remarkable, and so entails Miss Ida’s response to an invitation to a soon-to-be bustling “Singapore” on the shores of Lake Michigan.  She is transported away from Chicago, family, and friends.  She quickly learns the duties expected of her in maintaining a boarding house and warehouse in the rapidly growing community.  Soon she falls in love with one of the corrupt founders.  The many colorful characters weave a fantastic story of love, mystery, hope, and faith.  This is a quick, very worthwhile read!

                                                                                Nancy Price Stroosnyder

The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Emma-Palova/e/B0711XJ6GY

Palova will be signing her new book at the following locations: Fallasburg Summer Celebration on July 30, Englehardt Library in Lowell TBA, Holland, Aug. 6, and Paradise, Aug. 19-20. Listen in to an upcoming podcast about The Lost Town on http://emmapalova123.podbean.com

The Cover

The cover of The Lost Town was designed by graphic artist Jeanne Boss or Rockford.

New book coming soon, author Emma Palova hits the road in June, July & August


PALMER PARK ART FAIR, DETROIT, JUNE 4 & 5

Summer is finally here and I am getting ready for several road trips. My first event of the year is the Palmer Park Art Fair on June 4 & 5 located at 910 Merrill Plaisance St. in Detroit. I am very excited since I’ve never been to this event. I tried to avoid big-city gigs but because of the nature of Greenwich Meridian Memoir which describes our life in communist Czechoslovakia and our travels across three continents, Detroit with a large Czech community is a must-stop.


Palmer Park Art Fair is a premier event on Lake Frances with an authors’ tent with 13 authors, and 120 other art vendors selling original artworks of various media, including painting, sculpture, music, mixed media, and more. In addition, the event will have a music stage and specialty booths.

The hours are on June 4 from 10 to 7 p.m. and  June 5 from 11 to 5 p.m.

Next weekend I will be at GIZZARD FEST, POTTERVILLE, JUNE 10& 11Gizzard Fest is not your ordinary festival. Thousands of people stream into Potterville for this unique event and good old-fashioned fun! The small-town atmosphere, live music, carnival, and great food (including plenty of gizzards) bring people from across the Midwest.

The hours are on June 10 from 9 a.m. to DARK, June 11 from 8 a.m. to DARK

LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL, MUSKEGON, JUNE 25 & 26

This event is held in downtown Muskegon with more than 20 authors representing all genres. The LAF features a unique blend of fine art, handcrafted goods, music, food, and fun. Experience over 300 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, a Children’s Lane, an artisan food market, street performers, multiple interactive art stations and so much more.

The hours are on June 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and June 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Detroit Virtual Book Fest July 15-July 17 see the link at the bottom


ONCE UPON A BOOK, FRANKENMUTH, JULY 23
https://www.facebook.com/groups/OnceUponABook2016FanPage/

WILD BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL, PARADISE, AUG. 19, 20, 21

https://festivalnet.com/29244/Paradise-Michigan/Craft-Shows/Wild-Blueberry-Festival


 COMING SOON
The Lost Town is a historical fiction novel set in a ghost town. Protagonist Ida is torn between her hometown of Chicago and her new home across Lake Michigan, and between two men. Who will win her heart- her husband or her lover?Shifting Sands is a growing anthology of short stories and a brand new novel Shifting Sands: The Lost Town coming soon. The novel was edited by Carol Briggs of Lowell with the cover designed by graphic artist Jeanne Boss of Rockford.
The first book is a collection of 13 stories divided into three circles based on my life experiences: retail, journalism, and immigration.
The second book Secrets is a collection of 15 short stories with the main historical fiction story Silk Nora set in Belding, MI. There are other stories as well such as the Chief about a corrupt small-town police chief and 40 Hunks exploring cheap labor from Mexico.
 FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS PODCAST with host EMMA PALOVA
 Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy in the podcast book giveaway.
http://emmapalova123.podbean.com and major podcasting apps.
 
June Schedule
Jon Stott, Summers at the Lake, June 2
Mark Loeb, special guest at Palmer Park Art Fair, June 3
Kris Gair, The Beautiful Moment, June 3
Nikki Mitchell, Nightshade Forest, June 17
Deborah Frontiera, Superior Tapestry, June 17
Victor Volkman, U.P. Reader, June 24
Sponsored by Doc Chavent, The Lowell Ledger, Modern History Press, Nikki Mitchell
 Find Out More

Detroit Virtual Book Fair, July 15-17, link to the catalog of my books in my virtual booth coming soon.

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