December 13, 2018

Clark Miller | Author

A Tale of Terror Told Terribly Well

Nov. 24, 2018

An explosion of nearly unimaginable size and force obliterated much of Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia on December 6, 1917, killing 2,000 victims and wounding 9,000 others. It remained the largest man-made explosion in history until the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 194... Read More >>

National Security Expert Richard A. Clarke Weighs In

Nov. 3, 2018

Dire predictions abound in this era of 24/7 news coverage and punditry in real time. The question is: whose opinions should we trust?

As part of the National Writers Series, one of America’s leading security experts, Richard A. Clarke, will appear at 7 pm Thursday, Nov. 1... Read More >>

Authors Amy Goldstein, Alice Walker, Tayari Jones in TC

Oct. 6, 2018

The Christmas 2008 closing of General Motors’ Janesville, Wisconsin, plant — the company’s oldest facility — could have been just another splashy, one-day story. An assembly line shuts down, dejected-looking workers leave for the last time, and doors are locked.Read More >>

Grain Train’s Awesome Chicken Salad

Sept. 22, 2018

Lunch at Petoskey’s Grain Train Market Café offers a few tasty surprises, including the (correctly named) Awesome Chicken Salad. An invention of Chef Evans Woodhouse, it’s one of the most popular items on the menu. Meal enough for a power lunch but not so filling that i... Read More >>

What The Eyes Don’t See, Dr. Mona Attisha Did

Sept. 15, 2018

In 2015, Flint pediatrician and researcher Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha began noticing symptoms in her young patients that suggested lead poisoning. Health data from a local hospital confirmed her suspicions: Lead exposures had risen — doubled, in fact — since the introduction of a ... Read More >>

Chandler's Gulf Shrimp Roll

Aug. 25, 2018

Who says a happy hour can’t be a dignified part of life? With its half-price happy hours from 4pm–6pm, Chandler’s, an intimate basement eatery at 215 1/2 Howard Street in Petoskey, achieves that lofty goal with help from its starter plates. Especially interesting is the ... Read More >>

Simply Sweet Macarons

Aug. 18, 2018

Any self-respecting kid who opens the door of the bakery Simply Sweet by Jessica is going to go nuts. The colors alone will do it. Nearly 200 large jars of bright orange, green, red, blue candies line the wall enticingly (or menacingly, if you’re on a diet). But two things stand out... Read More >>

National Writers Series

Aug. 11, 2018

Plant closings, the national drug epidemic, marriage, and cybersecurity take center stage when eight best-selling authors visit the National Writers Series this fall.

Beth Macy, “Dopesick”
Aug. 29

Journalist Beth Macy (pic...

A Beer by Any Other Name

June 23, 2018


At least half the fun of making craft beers must be in dreaming up quirky names for the finished product. (And maybe, half the necessity, too; as more and more craft beers come on the market each year, finding a moniker that isn’t already taken is getting increasingly... Read More >>

Master Storyteller Richard Russo

May 19, 2018


Richard Russo, Pulitzer prize-winning author of a dozen widely read novels and eight screenplays, comes to the National Writers Series stage at City Opera House on Friday, June 8, with his first book of essays in hand. In “The Destiny Thief,” Russo discusses how... Read More >>

Killers of the Flower Moon

April 28, 2018

Prize-winning non-fiction author David Grann has emerged after five years of research with one of American history’s strangest tales in hand — one full of sweeping (and true) conspiracies, unsolved murders, and tremendous wealth won and stolen.

Grann appears at the Nat...

Author Eileen McNamara

April 20, 2018

Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921–2009) never held elected office, avoided the spotlight, and focused on a single cause her entire life: the welfare of the intellectually and physically disabled.

This complex, driven woman is the subject of new biography by Pulitzer-prize winning... Read More >>

“A $500 House in Detroit”

March 31, 2018


It’s 2009, and Drew Philp is about to graduate from the University of Michigan. He has no interest in a corporate gig. He sets his sights instead on something more tangible – moving to inner city Detroit and doing his small part to make life better there. He is ... Read More >>

Columnist-Turned-Novelist Anna Quindlen Visits National Writers Series Stage

March 17, 2018

In 1995, having decided the world had enough instant internet pundits, Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen charted a new path for herself as a writer of fiction and non-fiction books. It was a move she’d often considered.

Quindlen appears a...

St. Patrick’s: The One Day When Everyone’s Blood Runs Green

March 10, 2018

May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, but never catch up. — Irish toast

No one likes a buzzkill. So this St. Patrick’s Day, let there be rivers of green beer, a parade through Traverse City, and enough revelers of real (or imagined) Irish ancestry t... Read More >>

Hair o’ the Dog

Dec. 30, 2017


It’s New Year’s Day. Remember last night? You single-handily emptied your neighborhood bar of Scotch, gin, or that high school favorite, peach schnaps.

You’ve awakened, possibly in some random apartment, head exploding, eyes welded shut, with rumbl... Read More >>

National Writers Series Brings Two Renowned War Writers to Traverse City

Nov. 11, 2017


Why do so many returning soldiers now fall into depression when they return from war?

Bestselling authors Sebastian Junger and Philip Caputo tackle this question when they appear on stage together this Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 pm at City Opera House as part of the N... Read More >>

Mr. Hockey’s Softer Side

Nov. 4, 2017


Gordie Howe (1928–2016) had a storied athletic career. Considered by many to be the most complete hockey player ever, the ambidextrous Canadian spent 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and was a 23-time All Star. Loved by fans but feared by opponents, “Mr. Ho... Read More >>

The Guy Can Actually Write

Oct. 7, 2017

Journalist, photographer, novelist and, above all, editor extraordinaire Terry McDonell has lived large with some big names.

He paddled the Montana backwaters with naturalist Peter Matthiessen (of Snow Leopard fame). He edited and hung out for years with authors like Jim Harrison,... Read More >>

Chef Alice Waters: Cooking as an Act of Love and Defiance

Sept. 16, 2017

Chef Alice Waters, who is coming to Traverse City this week, believes that eating well is an act of love — and defiance. 

The love came naturally. A child of the 1960s, Waters stumbled upon her life’s mission, fine cooking, during a college exchange semester. She ... Read More >>