Book sale brings female authors together
By Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Hardcovers and Hard Cider dont sound like two things that normally go together. But theyll both be offered by local women writers when they gather to sell their books for holiday gift giving at the Mercato in the Village at the Grand Traverse Commons on Friday, December 18, from 4-9 p.m. Cider will be offered, along with the writers talking about their craft and sharing the holiday season.
Were serving up cider and good books because we want to promote books by local writers and begin a forum for women writers to come together, find an audience, and know each other, said planners, writers Megan Raphael (The Courage Code) and Marsha Barber Clark (Ponder Picture Prosper: A Proven Method for Getting What You Want in Life, Love, and Work).
The Dalai Llama recently said the world is being transformed by western women, Raphael added. And the publishing world is being transformed. We want to celebrate the kinds of work being created right here in Northern Michigan. What better gift is there to give but a book of northern recipes, an inspirational book by someone in our own community, northern tales based on true and fictional crime, a young adult set in Northern Michiganso many books for all ages and interests?
Talking about the special blessings of the north for artists, the women pointed to the beauty around them, the ability to tuck in and be quiet, and to the natural world. But sometimes solitariness can feel like isolation, Clark said. Women writers dont ask for help enough. Were hoping to begin, with this event, to build bridges between all of us. We hope young and older writers will come to be a part of this. We want mothers to bring their daughters.
Of writers, especially women writers, Clark writes in her book, We are not taught to dream. We are usually taught to suppress our dreams with weighty tales by well-meaning family and friends of why our dreams will never come to fruition. They dont want us to be disappointed if we dont reach our goals. Instead, we are disappointed for never trying. We learn to put our dreams away and quietly accept the life of a pinball.
No pinballs here, writers appearing at Hardcovers and Hard Cider will include:
Mary Ellen Geist, Measure of the Heart: Caring for a Parent with Alzheimers
Wendy Stout, On the Spin Cycle
Mardi Link, Isadores Secret
McKenzie Magee, Guide for Midlife: Navigating the Six Universal Crises
Pattie LaNoue Stearns,Cherry Home Companion cookbook, and Good Taste: A Guide to Northern Michigan Cuisine
Hillary Porter, Colors of Beech Hill
Megan Raphael, The Courage Code
Marsha Barber Clark, Ponder Picture Prosper