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Monday, August 22, 2016

Kilcherman Apple Book Coming Very Soon!

Antique Apples from Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm explores a very special farm the rolling hills of Leelanau Township. Phyllis and John Kilcherman grow 250 varieties of heirloom apples, varieties in danger of disappearing from our modern food supply. The book, coming soon from Arbutus Press, features Kilcherman family and farm history dating from the land's public offering by the U.S. Government in 1851. Color photos of the orchard in three seasons, photographed by Dianne Carroll Burdick, capture the living apple community from the bee’s pollination to apple harvest. Phyllis also shares recipes both traditional and creative uses of apples in meatloaf, coleslaw, and baked beans, as well as her most prized and sought-after recipe for apple pie from her grandmother. You’ll find folklore, poems, and the apple histories in these colorful pages.

We will launch this book at Dog Ears Books in Northport on Saturday evening, September 3, with a signing beginning at 7 p.m. The public is cordially invited.

Antique Apples from Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm
by Phyllis and John P. Kilcherman
Photography by Dianne Carroll Burdick
Traverse City, MI: Arbutus Press

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Going Fast!

I thought everyone would have a copy of Ken Scott's Back Pages by now, but after more than one request I knew I had to restock. Now there's one left for the first lucky customer to get here and claim it.

Back Pages of Leelanau County
from Ken Scott & the Leelanau Enterprise
Hardcover, $40

Another book that seemed far from Northport to me was Storm Struck: When Supercharged Winds Slammed Northwest Michigan, by Robert Campbell and photographs by residents and visitors.

Most of the August 2015 storm was concentrated in and around Glen Arbor, but the book was requested this far north, too, so I arranged to stock it, and now there is a single copy of that available, too.

Storm Struck: When Supercharged Winds Slammed Northwest Michigan
by Robert Campbell
Softcover, 107 pp/illustrated, $22.50

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Perkins, Scott, Krapohl -- All On Hand Today

They are not alone on the front table, but signed copies of Leelanau Trek: One Shoreline, Two Visions and Nuts to You now available in paperback are a couple of very attractive offerings this weekend at Dog Ears Books.

The colors even go together!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Take Wing Over Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

Here’s another lively, colorful page-turner for children. Whether on vacation or back home again, kids and their parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles will be cheering for Herschel, the little near-sighted hawk, as he overcomes a troublesome challenge to see clearly, at last, the beautiful dunes and lakes and farms below. Adults will recognize many of the iconic sights pictured, and maybe you will be able to identify another bird species or two, also.

Author Rob Ford is a writer for the Traverse City Record-Eagle, and his brother, Tom Ford, a well-known area wildlife artist. The story is lively, the illustrations appealing, and I’m happy to add that the book was printed in Michigan, too.

Hershel Takes Flight: A Hawk’s Tale
by Rob Ford, with illustrations by Tom Ford
(Signed copies available now at Dog Ears Books)
Hardcover, $16.95

An idea: I recommend pairing the Herschel book with Karen Trolenberg’s Flight of Megizzewas, the story of a Leelanau County eagle (first introduced here). 

Karen Trolenberg's story was inspired by a real eagle once resident in Omena, Michigan, and Christopher Smith beautifully captures Trolenberg's story, as the eagle flies from his nest over deer meadows, dunes, and apple orchards, all the way to the Mackinac Bridge, finally returning to the nest high above a northern Michigan's lake. Rivers and lakes, fishing and playing -- we see land and people  from the eagle's eyes, as the author's text evokes the peaceful beauty of Michigan. 

We are very proud of this Northport author!

Flight of Megizzewas
by Karen Trolenberg
(Copies signed by author available now at Dog Ears Books)
Illustrations by Christopher Smith
Hardcover, $18.85