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Clark Miller | Author

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 >>

Vietnam: A View From the Front Lines

Sept. 9, 2017

The fighting stopped five decades ago, but the legacy of Vietnam War remains unclear. Perhaps Richard Nixon got one thing right: “No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.”

Gradually, ...

Cast-off food finds a different fate in northern Michigan

Aug. 12, 2017

With little mention, countless rescues are taking place every week across the Grand Traverse area. None involve boating accidents or even a stubborn cat up a tree. Those rescued are vegetables, dairy products, and other goods diverted from dumpsters and destined instead to feed hungry peo... Read More >>

Traverse City National Writers Series Announces Season Lineup

Aug. 5, 2017

Whether you’re a fan of nonfiction, novels, film, poetry or all the above, the just-announced National Writers Series lineup offers plenty of genres and intriguing topics to keep your mind stimulated this fall.

There will be onstage conversations and then question-answer ses... Read More >>

The Cooks’ House Chefs Take Amateurs to School

July 15, 2017

Interested in updating your home cooking chops? Two veteran Traverse City chefs are willing to start you down that path. Jennifer (Jen) Blakeslee and Eric Patterson, co-owners of the innovative The Cooks’ House restaurant, are offering Saturday morning cooking lessons.

It al...

Mise en Scéne

June 10, 2017

In Julie Buntin’s well-received debut novel, “Marlena” — a coming-of-age tale about two vastly different teens irrevocably bonded by their outsider status — northern Michigan rises to the level of a key character. Credit the author’s own history: Buntin... Read More >>

Mary Roach

June 3, 2017

With her latest bestseller, "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War," author Mary Roach has combined science and humor to dissect the simple, stubborn annoyances of military life — the struggle to get a good night’s rest on a cramped submarine, survive the mind-numbing he... Read More >>

The Story Of An Anxious Mind

May 13, 2017

By many important measures, reporter Andrea Petersen has a good life — an understanding husband, a young daughter she adores, and an enviable career with The Wall Street Journal.

There is another, unexpected side to her story.

Petersen will appear at the National Wri...

Prisoners in the War on Terror: A National Writers Series Event

April 15, 2017

In the age of global terror, should we care how our military treats its prisoners? That question forms the backdrop for a discussion between author Eric Fair and retired Marine Major General Michael Lehnert at the National Writers Series at Traverse City’s City Opera House on Fri., ... Read More >>

Autism Is For Life

Feb. 4, 2017

Autism strikes children, often with little or no warning. There is no cure, and despite all efforts, no one knows for sure what causes it.

As award-winning journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker point out, autism is for life.

Donvan and Zucker will discuss their research...

Spend 45 Days in the Traverse City Mental Hospital

Jan. 21, 2017

Raised on his family’s farm on Old Mission Peninsula, accomplished journalist and author Johnston (Jack) Kerkhoff (b. 1900, d. 1958) later lost his sanity and nearly ended his life twice, but he knew where to turn for help: the Traverse City Mental Hospital.

To figure out ho...