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Friday, April 12, 2024

Coming Soon --and I'm Excited!

Monday, April 22 - Earth Day


Saturday, April 27 - Indie Bookstore Day

Mon., 4/22. Not usually open on Mondays, the bookstore in Northport will be open for Earth Day 2024, with beautiful new canvas book bags ($12) in honor of this year's Earth Day theme, "Planet vs. Plastics." 

Sat., 4/27. The new book bags will be equally appropriate on the following Saturday, Indie Bookstore Day (which I've missed by being out-of-state the past few years, but this year I'll be here), and every day into the future!  

Plan to celebrate these happy days with us, please. And thank you!

Monday, March 11, 2024

What Do You Think? Suggestions Welcome

It's time for new book bags and t-shirts at Dog Ears Books. I'm thinking a soft cream color with sage green letters. What do you think?



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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Because, Because


Because Kathryn Grody recommended it.

Because a friend told me about the author.

Because it's now in paperback.

Because we all need nature and comfort.

Because the author will be in Northport in July!

Because who can resist otters?

Because -- oh, boy! My kind of story! Yours, too?

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Black History Month


Do you ever wonder why we need a Black History Month? Or a Women’s History Month? Isn’t it all American history? Indeed it is. Having one month of the year focused on Black American history (and, in my bookstore, literature) is not a denial of more inclusive American history but an acknowledgement that parts of American history have been swept under the rug for too long and that we don’t make a better future by pretending the past didn’t happen. As Isabel Wilkerson has written, those of us alive in America today did not build our national “house,” but we’re here now, living in it, all of us, and it’s up to us to do the necessary repairs and maintenance.


Besides, you wouldn’t want to miss some of these fantastic writers!!! Biography, fiction, poetry! The essay collection Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration, compiled by Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts, challenges the idea that all of Black life is just hardship and trauma, while Aaliyah Bilal’s Temple Folk, a National Book Award Finalist, brings us masterful and diverse stories about members of the Nation of Islam. And/or, have you read a novel by Jesmyn Ward or Colson Whitehead yet? If not, maybe now is the time. 

Have you asked this question? The author answers it.


There’s more already here, and I’ll have additions to the front table next week, too. Come browse!



Saturday, January 27, 2024

Winter Days in the Bookstore: Important Special Offerings

The quiet days of January give me time (while a visitor quietly browses nearby) to take stock of special treasures on hand and introduce you to a few items that may have escaped notice when last you visited Dog Ears Books on Waukazoo Street. Today’s virtual display case highlights some very local out-of-print books, along with a couple of high-end periodicals.

First Protestant Mission in the Grand Traverse Region, by Ruth Craker, is a signed second edition from 1935. (The first printing of this local history was in 1932.) Some of the presentation would be questioned and probably modified today, but basic names, dates, and photographs will always be important.


Hans W. Anderson: His Life and Art, produced by the Leelanau Historical Museum in Leland in 1988, chronicles a man who is arguably the county’s foremost folk artist – and he lived right here on Waukazoo Street. The softcover book is illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs of his paintings and carved wood models. 

Fred Petroskey: A Leelanau Portrait, by G.R. Kastys, is a limited edition hardcover book with dust jacket, my copy signed by the author. The subject, Fred Petroskey, who grew up in Lake Leelanau and returned in his later years, was the most important portrait painter in our region, and this collection shows many well-known local people, including a section of other local artists – among them David Grath, Suzanne Wilson, and Gene Rantz.


The Double Gun Journal was published in this region from 1989 through the spring of 2022, when it was unfortunately forced out of business for financial reasons. One cause of its demise, the publishers noted, was that younger generations were no longer interested in beautiful classic guns. I have all four issues from the year 1996 and one from 1995, and they are beautiful. Local note: This is the only periodical in which noted flyrod maker Bob Summers ever advertised.


Finally, for students and aficionados of fine art history, there is the FMR Magazine, created by Franco Maria Ricci and published from 1982 to 2009. History and beauty are never out of date, and when FMR himself calls this “the most beautiful magazine in the world,” it’s hard to dispute his claim. Section of issues from 1981 to 1985 available, each one lovelier than the last.

Winter hours: Wed.- Sat., 11-3

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Winter Reading Suggestions -- Indigenous


Although the total numbers of titles published is smaller, there is as much variety in Native American books as there is in the book world at large. Today we’ll peek at a few offerings in the new book section of my store (used books, our original mission in 1993, still predominate Dog Ears Books inventory), titles that are definitely on my must-read list for 2024.


From National Book Award winner Ned Blackhawk (Western Shoshone) comes The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History (Yale University Press, 2023). Blackhawk offers a synthesis of Native and non-Native histories of our country, from early Spanish explorers in the 1600s to the late 20th century. The first 445 pages are text, followed by extensive notes and the all-important (to any book of history) index of names and subjects. 


History is not only for adults, however, and Traci Sorell (Cherokee) and Frané Lessac, illustrator, creators of the 2018 We Are Grateful, subsequently put Native American history into an attractive children's picture book, We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know (Charlesbridge, 2021), with twelve young people giving presentations to other students and their parents at Indigenous People’s Day. Each two-page spread highlights an important concept in a history that is still ongoing, emphasized by the repeated “We are still here!” at the end of every topic. The book is designed for children 7-10 of age, but many parents and teachers will learn from it, also.


A 50th anniversary edition of God Is Red: A Native View of Religion (Fulcrum Publishing, 2023; orig. pub. Putnam, 1973), by Vine Deloria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux), with introduction by Philip J. Deloria, includes critical essays by Philip J. Deloria, Suzan Shown Harjo, Daniel Wildcat, and David E. Wilkins. The author was named by Time magazine as one of the greatest religious thinkers of the 20th century. Why was I not introduced to this book when studying religion at the university level, why did I continue to be ignorant of its existence for so long after? If you need further motivation to read the book, here is an interview with Philip Deloria by Foreword magazine reviewer Kristen Rabe.


Survival Food: North Woods Stories by a Menominee Cook (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2023) is a second memoir from Thomas Pecore Weso (Menominee), whose first was Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir. The book comprises essays that combine memory and food, from those hunted, fished, and gathered to commodity foods distributed by the government – all of it “survival food.” Wild rice, maple syrup, and twice-baked cheesy potatoes are all here. And stories!


From memoir to poetry, we come to Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First People’s Poetry (Norton, 2021), collected and introduced by Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation, also known as Creek). Harjo was the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate and gathered the contemporary Native voices in this book together in the form of a map. Open this book anywhere. I’m not kidding. 


A novel for young people, Eagle Drums (Roaring Brook Press, 2023), is by Nasugraq Rainey Hopson (Inupiaq). Angeline Boulley (and you read her Firekeeper’s Daughter, didn’t you?) says that Hopson, who also illustrated her story, “has accomplished something truly monumental” with this book. I’m happy to report that she also says it is for “readers of all ages,” although the target audience is middle grades. More than a young man’s vision quest, Eagle Drums is a retelling of a creation myth. Kidnapped by golden eagles, the protagonist must learn lessons (where his two older brothers failed) in making drums, singing and dancing and writing his own songs, building large sod gathering halls, and bringing small, isolated groups together to form a community and a people.




I will stop here today with these six titles, only because I have a lot of reading to catch up on, only adding only a quick reminder that Bonnie Jo Campbell’s long-anticipated new novel, The Waters, is also now on sale at Dog Ears Books.