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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Bookish News from Northport, Michigan

Not literally "bricks & motor," but a real physical bookstore on Waukazoo St.

Although we began with nothing but used books (very good ones!) back in 1993, Dog Ears Books has also carried new books for many of our nearly 28 years of business. We added credit card capability (at last!) in June of 2019 (that has been working out well), and this year is seeing another innovative upgrade to our bookselling ways. Ta-da! Now those of you who are fans of audio books can order them through our virtual audio bookstore at Go to the site, create your account, and “Find your bookstore” (under "Get to know us") to find Dog Ears Books. You won’t pay extra to get your audio books there, but Dog Ears will get a fraction of what you pay for each download, so you can support us from wherever you are. Whether your eyes have trouble reading print these days or tire easily, your hands aren’t as comfortable holding books as they used to be, or you simply enjoy listening to stories while commuting to work, I hope you will take advantage of this win-win for both of us soon and often. And let me know what you think of it, too, please. 

As for new print books in the shop, I am happy to report that we have restocked The Lake Michigan Rock Picker’s Guide, by Kevin Sauvage; Kathleen Stocking’s In the Place of the Gathering Light; Emita Hill’s Northern Harvest, and Karen Trolenberg’s Flight of Megizzewas (signed). I even have a few signed copies of Sarah Shoemaker’s Mr. Rochester, hardcover and paperback.


We are also happy to have on hand the new (and long-awaited) Ray Elkins mystery from Aaron Stander, Destination Wedding, as well as The Museum of Everything, a new picture-storybook from local Newbery author Lynne Rae Perkins. We have multiple copies (and expect to have to order more throughout the season) of Fire Keeper’s Daughter, by Angeline Boulley, a YA novel of Ojibwe heritage set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. And so much more, and it’s going to keep happening all summer.

Friday, May 21, 2021

You Have Waited Long Enough!


Wait no longer! It is here at last! I'm talking about a new Sheriff Ray Elkins mystery (or thriller, as the book's cover calls it) from Aaron Stander. Destination Wedding sounds very Leelanau, doesn't it? Or should I say Cedar County?

But that isn't all. Lynne Rae Perkins, our Leelanau Newbery author, has a new book out this season, too, and adventures in The Museum of Everything await you!

New books from two Michigan poets also arrived in today's UPS delivery (It felt like Christmas): Fleda Brown's Flying Through a Hole in the Storm and Thomas Lynch's Bone Rosary

I regularly watch a site called "American Indians in Children's Literature" and was excited to find there recently two new books for young people featuring Ojibwe culture, a YA novel by Angeline Boulley, Fire Keeper's Daughter, and an illustrated story for younger readers, Josie Dances, written by Denise Lajimodiere and illustrated by Angela Erdrich.

And finally -- for today, that is; more new books will be arriving weekly, and there are always exciting new-to-you, previously owned books, also -- you certainly don't think I could resist a book about a bookseller, do you? The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance is written by Ross King, author of Brunelleschi's Dome. It is illustrated, and the typeface is nice and large and clear. Books, history, Italy -- it's all here in one highly readable volume.

Have you been waiting for Dog Ears Books to open? My first customers of the season today, Friday, May 21, were surprised and delighted to find me here, thinking they would have to wait until after Memorial Day. But no, I had ordered new books, and I wanted to ease into the season before summer crowds arrived. 

See you soon here in Northport -- your best excuse (unless you live here) for a beautiful drive!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

We Are Back! With a Unique Wedding Present for the Literary Couple This June!

The Works of Charles Dickens – 16 volumes of 21-volume set: 

These beautifully bound volumes were published by the Oxford University Press and produced by the Franklin Library in 1985 as a special limited edition of 7,500, available exclusively to subscribers to the Oxford Library of Charles Dickens. Bound in scarlet and black leather, with all edges gilt, silk endpapers, and scarlet bookmark in each volume, the books feature three raised spine bands and are richly decorated, each with an individual motif to the front panel symbolic of the contents. One volume only (Nicholas Nickleby) has a previous owner bookplate pasted in; all others are absolutely pristine. The books feel as if never opened, let alone read. 

Note that this is the limited 1985 edition of 7500 copies sold to subscribers only. There was another edition, also from the Franklin Library, done in decorative red (without the black), but not nearly as luxuriantly produced. 


Titles include:


American Notes/Pictures From Italy

Barnaby Rudge

Bleak House

Christmas Books

Christmas Stories

Martin Chuzzlewit

The Old Curiosity Shop

Dombey and Son

Little Dorrit

Master Humphrey’s Clock/A Child’s History of England

Our Mutual Friend

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Nicholas Nickleby

The Pickwick Papers

Sketches by Boz

The Uncommercial Traveler/Reprinted Pieces

No volumes will be sold individually. They are offered together for $2,000 plus tax. If you give this Dickens library as a wedding (or graduation) present, you can be fairly certain your gift will not be a duplicated!


I do not want to ship, however, so please stop in the store on Friday or Saturday or e-mail me at Thank you. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Days Are Dwindling Down to a Precious Few!

Dear, dear bookstore friends!

It’s looking as if Halloween, Saturday, October 31, may be the last day of my 2020 bookstore season. We hope to be back in May and open before Memorial Day, with a longer season than we had in this strange year (not opening to the public until July first!), but since "the future’s not ours to see,” the year 2021 remains shrouded in mystery for now.

One bookseller has stated that “October is the new December,” meaning that now is not too early to shop for holiday gifts. I will not shock or upset you with holiday decorations, never fear! On the other hand, if you do want to give books as gifts I’m happy to help you out. 

I always have a wide selection of new and used titles at Dog Ears Books, and will be processing one last new book order — going out next Monday -- so let me know by Saturday, Oct. 17, if there is anything you want me to add to that list! Be aware, however, that many backlist titles (classics, etc.) are not currently available, as paper shortages and disruptions in supply and distribution chains have affected the book business, too. Sigh!

Although it’s been a short season this year — and we had, with regret, to cancel our Thursday Evening Author events — I’m very grateful for the support my local customers and visitors to the area have shown Dog Ears Books. And with everyone's cooperation with mask-wearing and hand-sanitizing and being mindful of social distances, too! I was nervous about opening for the summer but happy with the way it turned out. Thank you all so much!

So now, if you possibly can, come in and visit us in the next couple of weeks. October is beautiful in and around Northport, and Sarah is always happy to welcome company (unless she is napping). She also urges you to follow her Arizona adventures again this winter (during our "seasonal retirement") on “Books in Northport” — because I call it that wherever I write from, connecting with book friends I’ve made back home as well as online. 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Objects Persist


Lodged into the west wall of St. Carthage’s Cathedral in Linsmore are carved stone fragments, relics of the original monastery and school built on the site in the 9th century. The carvings were unearthed at a much later date….


Inspired in part by these fragments, and essentially concerned with objects, this exhibition nonetheless has its origins in images – specifically two photographic projects, one by Gerard Byrne and the other by Wolfgang Tillmans. …Byrne’s photographs are documents of the traces of the past in the present and evidence of just how much the present (and the future) will look much like the past due to the persistence of the objects within it.


-      Katrina Brown and Kitty Anderson


The Persistence of Objects was published by Lismore Castle Arts on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Persistence of Objects,’ 20 June – 31 August 2015. My copy is #349 of a limited edition of 500, clothbound, tight and bright, with minor cover soil on rear board (see below).

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Among the New Books


Little Bird is a small crow with a big heart. This timeless story of friendship and belonging is by Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt, with illustrations by Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins. Hardcover, $16.99

For somewhat younger readers (and, as always, the perennially young at heart), we have Imogene Comes Back! (hardcover, $17.99), by Caldecott Medal winner David Small of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The graphic novel version of George Orwell's Animal Farm (softcover, $14.99) should also suit audiences of many ages.

We were remiss in not restocking Trails of M-22 (softcover, $19.95) earlier in the season but are making up for lost time now, as are many hikers as the fall season comes on. 

And the final two new titles in stock come from the land of the Anishnabe. On the left below is  Contemporary Great Lakes Pow Wow Regalia, photographs (softcover in overwrapper, signed, $35), by Minnie Wabanimke, and to the right is The Crooked Tree Prints: Etchings of Native American Marker Trees (softcover, signed, $25) by Ladislav R. Hanka. 

These titles are but a tiny sampling of new treasures that await you at Dog Ears Books, our Northport, Michigan, shop open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. And don't forget, we have an ever-changing selection of used books of all kinds, also.