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A Democrat and a Republican go on a Road Trip …

Oct. 3, 2020

Can we have a civil conversation about politics anymore?

In their collaboration, “Union: A Democrat, A Republican, and a Search for Common Ground,” two law-school pals, Christopher Haugh (a professional writer and Democrat) and Jordan Blashek (a former Marine officer, ... Read More >>

Chasten Buttigieg Comes Home

Aug. 29, 2020

Growing up gay, confused, and harassed in Traverse City, Chasten Glezman left home, worked odd jobs, and some nights slept in his car. Eventually, he found his way back to the parents he loved but felt he’d disappointed. From that point on, he gradually pieced together a life as a d... Read More >>

The Book Every Woman Must Read This Summer

May 30, 2020

One hundred years ago, American women were not “given” the right to vote. They earned it through seven decades of struggle. All that time, they held to the simple argument that withholding voting rights for half of this country’s citizens was wrongheaded and blatantly un... Read More >>

You're Invited: Novelist Scott Turow Zooming in May 20

May 9, 2020

Novelist and former federal prosecutor Scott Turow turns otherwise dry court proceedings into page-turning drama. A bestselling author many times over, Turow appears (virtually) as part of the National Writers Series at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, to unveil his new novel, “The Last... Read More >>

Remembering May 4, 1970: The Kent State Shootings

May 2, 2020

A half-century ago, a one-way battle that lasted 13 seconds — about two breath’s time — helped galvanize resistance to the Vietnam War. Using rifles, pistols, and a shotgun, Ohio National Guardsmen fired more than 60 shots into a crowd of anti-war demonstrators on the Ke... Read More >>

Wild Rivers, Wildfires & Disappearing Wives

Feb. 22, 2020

Author and world traveler Peter Heller, who comes to the National Writers Series on March 5, has the singular ability to turn what he’s seen and heard into bestselling novels.

“The River,” his fourth work of fiction, tells the tale of two college friends, both se... Read More >>

Whose America is This?

Jan. 11, 2020

Has America become more concerned with Wall Street than Main Street? Journalists (and married couple) Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn tackle the question in their forthcoming book, “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope.” 

Shortly after their book is releas...

Good American

Aug. 24, 2019

What makes someone a “good” American and another person “un-American”? Who gets to decide? And on what basis?
David Maraniss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times bestselling author and associate editor at The Washington... Read More >>

"We Choose to Go to the Moon."

June 29, 2019

One of America's most eminent historians, Douglas Brinkley, comes to the National Writers Series at City Opera House at 7 pm Saturday, July 13, to unveil his latest book, “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race,” which celebrates the 50th anniversary of th... Read More >>

The Bionic Woman

Dec. 29, 2018

If a working single mom can make time to train for triathlons — and the most elite tri in the world — you can probably commit to three 30-minute workouts a week. The secret, she says, is small steps and short commitments.
by Clark Miller

An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People?

Dec. 29, 2018

Could the dearth of people of color in northern Michigan mean we let down our guard against institutionalized and individual acts of racism? A series of two-day workshops beginning in January at Neahtawanta Research and Education Center will tackle those issues with help from instructors ... Read More >>

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 >>