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Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Book Roundup

Elizabeth Buzzelli - June 28th, 2010
Book Roundup: Local authors bring out their best
By Elizabeth Buzzelli
It seems as though almost every cottage stuck back in the Northern woods harbors a writer, toiling away at a memoir, a novel, short stories, anything that can be written. I find this an exciting occurrence. I was once told it is due to the confluence, the commingling of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, with even a bit of Lake Superior thrown in, that has brought this burst of creativity to our area.
Since the lakes have been here for awhile, I don’t think that’s the real answer. Personally, I would opt for the laptop — which goes anywhere, works as long as there is electricity, and stores mountains of files. And then, of course, we have all these creative types fleeing to the woods where the biggest distraction might be a noisy woodpecker. Whatever the cause, there are lots of new ideas, new voices, writers’ groups, events and conferences. So, on to new books, writer appearances, and even one intriguing contest open to everyone.
Crossings -- Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey (www.crookedtree.org) is running a contest with $5,000 going to one lucky participant. The event, a fundraiser for the Crooked Tree Arts Center and the Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation, is based on “Crossings,” a book by local author, Patti Aikin, which ends with a mystery readers are challenged to solve through clues planted in the pictures in the book and in the text. Each book, purchased through the arts center or at local bookstores, contains a raffle ticket to be returned with a guess at the solution to the mystery.
On August 1, all of the right answers will become part of a drawing for the $5000 prize with the money raised through book sales being divided between the organizations involved. “Crossings” may be purchased online or at the Arts Center at 461 E. Mitchell, Petoskey, at McLean and Eakin Books, Round Lake Books in Charlevoix, or Local Flavor in Boyne City. The book prize is sponsored by the Bank of Northern Michigan and the Charlevoix State Bank. For more information contact the arts center at 231-347-4337.

Family at Booknook -- A new novel by an Ann Arbor writer, Brenda Humphrey Meisels, includes a scene on the Pine River in Northern Michigan. “Family at Booknook” is a first novel that begins in 1959, when Sparrow, a pregnant 16-year-old, begins to feel at home in the quiet corners of Booknook, a local bookstore. The baby grows as Sparrow and Dave, the bookstore owner, become friends, bringing both Dave and his shop back to life.
The book follows Finch, the baby, as she grows and begins to search for her real father, causing Sparrow, her mother, to examine her own life and choices.
Meisel’s home, outside Ann Arbor, is near a wooded area where she and her family watch birds, giving her the names for her main characters.
She will be signing books at Horizon Books in Traverse City and Horizon Books in Cadillac on July 17.

A Good High Place -- From Northern Illinois University Press comes a novel set in Elk Rapids. “A Good High Place” by L.E. Kimball, takes place during the years before Would War I, and continues over the next five decades. It begins with Luella’s suspicion that her supposedly deceased younger sister is being raised by the family of her friend, Kachina. Kachina, a Native American woman, is blessed with a healing touch. Her goal is to help her family resist being absorbed by white culture. What comes of Luella’s suspicions generates an unlikely friendship that brings up more questions than answers. Lynn Kimball lives on a trout stream in the Upper Peninsula.

Elizabeth Buzzelli’s latest best selling mystery, “Dead Sleeping Shaman,” is available in bookstores everywhere.




 
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