Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mr. Rochester Came Back!

Not that he ever left Northport or Dog Ears Books since our big launch in May of 2017, but Sarah Shoemaker’s novel, Mr. Rochester, my bestseller of 2017, is now out in paperback. And I have signed copies available! So attention book clubs: Read both Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre and double your discussion fun!

Here I must digress to share a story someone told me in the bookstore last week. A customer browsing the dog books read aloud the title, Bad Dogs Have More Fun, and I couldn’t let it pass without a remark. I said I was skeptical. After all, there aren’t many places you can expect a welcome for a badly behaved dog, while a well-behaved dog can enjoy many more aspects of life with its resident human beings. The woman agreed. Then she told me that her family had once had such a bad dog that they spoke of the dog to each other as — not, I think, its given name — Mrs. Rochester. “Because,” she went on to explain, “whenever we had company, we had to lock her upstairs.” 

Sarah Shoemaker, what do you think of that?

Mr. Rochester
by Sarah Shoemaker

Paper, $14.99

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Fun Is Coming!

You needn’t be a newcomer to the area to reap benefits from Kim Schneider’s new book, 100 Things to Do in Traverse City Before You Die, for a couple of reasons. First, even if you’ve lived here all your life, new things to do pop up every year, and it’s unlikely you’ve done them all. Then there is the question of summer visitors. When you don’t have time to guide your company personally through every hour of their Up North vacation, or if they are independent enough to venture off on their own, handing them this book will make life easier and breezier for all concerned. Kim’s ideas go beyond the city limits, reaching into Benzie and Leelanau counties. Relevant addresses, websites, and phone numbers are included. 

Kim Schneider will be my Thursday Evening Authors guest on July 5, starting at 7 p.m. Come hang out with us! Kim is FUN!

(Psst! If you can't wait until July 5, I have a few signed copies on hand now, so stop in today!)

100 Things To Do in Traverse City Before You Die
by Kim Schneider
Reedy Press, paper, 146pp.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bookstore Plans as Summer Gets Underway

June Days and Hours

Dog Ears Books will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the month of June. (In July we will go to our 7-day-a-week schedule.) Beginning on June 21, we will also be open Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. See below for more about Thursday evenings at Dog Ears.

Our Summer Plan

Dog Ears Books will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer of 2018 with a special guest series called Thursday Evening Authors. Our first scheduled guest in the series is Rachel May, on June 21, to be followed by Fleda Brown on June 28. All TEA guest appearances will begin at 7 p.m. 

Rachel May is the author of An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery. Presently on the faculty of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, May will be making her first visit to Dog Ears Books in June, and we look forward to introducing her to our Northport and visiting bookstore customers. Her research into the background of a 200-year-old quilt took her deep inside the history of the United States (and beyond) and challenged some of her own long-held assumptions about roles played by the North and South in the slave trade. If you are at all interested in American history, fascinated by quilts, or just love people's life stories, you won’t want to miss Rachel May’s appearance on June 21.

Fleda Brown of Traverse City, former poet laureate of Delaware, is an accomplished essayist as well as a brilliant poet, and we are honored to have her once more as a guest at Dog Ears Books. Fleda’s latest book of poetry, The Woods Are On Fire, is a collection of some new poems and others from her previously published works. If you are a listener to Interlochen Public Radio or a reader of the Traverse City Record-Eagle, it’s very likely you have encountered Fleda Brown’s voice and recognize her own poetry as direct and striking. On the other hand, if you are new to Brown’s work — even if you’re a little afraid of poetry or “don’t understand” it — this is an opportunity for you to make a very memorable acquaintance, so please join us on June 28.

Guests for Thursday Evening Authors in July and August will be announced here as the schedule grows and will be announced on my blogs, “Books in Northport and “Northport Bookstore News,” as well. For further information, you may call Dog Ears Books, 231-386-7209.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Books of Waters Salty and Fresh

Two beautiful and exciting new books this season for readers from ‘tweens through adult in age (and heart) come from northern Michigan writers. 

Newbery author Lynne-Rae Perkins, with her characteristic gentle but offbeat humor, introduces her young characters and readers to the ocean in Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea, capturing once again the wonder of first-time experience, as she does so well. Secret Sisters is a “chapter book” that also includes charming black-and-white illustrations by the author.

Linda Nemec Foster and Anne-Marie Oomen, for their part, decided that freshwater should have mermaids as well as saltwater, adding illustrator Meredith Ridl to their team, with most delightful results. The Lake Michigan Mermaid: A Tale in Poems offers a complex story in compelling verse and images and a wonderful souvenir of Up North vacation.

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea, by Lynne-Rae Perkins. Greenwillow Books, hardcover with dust jacket, $16.99

The Lake Michigan Mermaid: A Tale in Poems, by Linda Nemec Foster and Anne-Marie Oomen. Wayne State University Press, hardcover with illustrated boards, $16.99

Postscript 6/2: Lynne-Rae and Anne-Marie will both be Thursday Evening Author guests on July 19 at 7 p.m.! WOW!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Introducing TEA at Dog Ears Books

First TEA guest - June 21

As we celebrate our 25th bookstore anniversary this summer, Dog Ears Books will offer a new feature called Thursday Evening Authors, or TEA. Our "tea" will probably be iced and served from a punch bowl, or it may be punch, and we’re not planning china-cup formality in other ways, either, but we hope that holding TEA as a regular weekly event will make it easier for our friends to remember. 

Each Thursday, beginning on June 21, the bookstore will be open from 6:30 to 9 p.m., with each evening’s author scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Presentation format will probably vary from simple conversation and book signings to prepared talks. If we have a Thursday in July or August with no author scheduled, we’ll still be open from 6:30 to 9. So remember -- 

TEA stands for -- 
Thursday Evening Authors 
at Dog Ears Books,
106 Waukazoo Street 
Northport, Michigan
beginning June 21, 2018

First TEA guest, on Thursday, June 21, will be Rachel May, author of An American Quilt. That's from 7 - 9 p.m.
An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery, by Rachel May. New York: Pegasus Books, hardcover release May 2018, $27.95

More about this book and the Marquette, Michigan, author soon!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

From My Carefully Curated Collection

No bookstore in the world has everything, and a one-woman operation in northern Michigan, of necessity, must practice careful inventory control. As Dog Ears Books comes into the holiday season, however, after which we will, this winter, close until spring, there have been a few books so exciting and wonderful that I could not help ordering them, hoping for a tiny little burst of holiday shoppers to make my investment pay off.

Becky Allender’s brave telling of her own life stories and a lovely little debut book of poetry from the other side of Grand Traverse Bay are my featured titles for today. Please stop in at 106 Waukazoo in Northport for other recommendations. The dog still can’t read, but the bookseller will be more than happy to assist you.

Hidden in Plain Sight: One Woman’s Search for Identity, Intimacy and Calling, by Becky Allender
Blue Wing Press, paper, 226pp.

The Salt Before It Shakes: Poems, by Yvonne Stephens
Hidden Timber Books, paper, 47pp

Welcoming Kids to Planet Earth

Children's book author Oliver Jeffers has a new picture book out this season. Inspired by the birth of his son, Here We Are: Notes For Living on Planet Earth introduces youngsters to the earth and its inhabitants as well as the sky above us. Some stuff is complicated, but the lessons are simple, and kids can ask questions when they don't understand.

The book is written for ages 3 to 7, but grownups will love it, too.

Here We Are: Notes For Living on Planet Earth
by Oliver Jeffers
Philomel, 48 pp, hardcover w/ dust jacket