Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 5, 2012

Books in Brief: 08/05/2012

From staff reports

BEULAH — Library honors Helen Tanner

The Friends of the Darcy Library of Beulah will host a reception dedicating the extensive collection of more than 600 books, manuscripts, maps, and pamphlets donated to the library from the personal research collection of American Indian historian Helen Hornbeck Tanner.

The public event will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the library,

Helen Tanner is widely recognized for many books and articles. As director of the Great Lakes Indian History Project and Senior Research Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago, she led a five-year project resulting in the publication of the "Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History." This 220-page atlas, with 33 highly detailed maps and evocative text, has been hailed as the most comprehensive study of the region's American Indian tribes. Copies of this atlas can be found in the Darcy Library's American Indian Room.

Helen Tanner continued to be involved in the Darcy Library until her death in 2011. She donated much of her personal research collection to the library with the stipulation that the collection was housed in its American Indian Room and available to the general public.

Author to speak

Glen Arbor — Mary Sutherland, author of the self-help book "Claim Yourself," will be guest speaker at the next meeting of the Leelanau Independent Women for Democratic Action. The group will meet 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Leelanau School in Glen Arbor.

Sutherland is the cofounder of the regional chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Women's Resource Center in Traverse City, the Women Business Owners of Leelanau County and the Women's Political Caucus.

The meeting is open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact Betty Bushey 409-9339, or email:

Jordan Valley sale

East Jordan — Jordan Valley District Library's annual Used Book Sale is scheduled for August 6-27 in East Jordan.

Hundreds of hardbacks, paperbacks, VHS, books-on-cassette, music CDs and DVDs will be available for bargain prices. All proceeds benefit the library. The book sale will be in the Community Room during library hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Contact the library at 536-7131 or visit the website

Artists sought

Glen Arbor — The Leelanau Press is searching for artists who painted the Sleeping Bear Dunes and surrounding landscapes before 1970 for possible inclusion in the historical preface for its 2013 publication, "The Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes."

Several artists known to have painted in the area include Frank Dillon, Fred Dickinson, Mathias Alten, Charles Vickery, Charles Hetherington, Mary Moore, Kit Miller Knowles, Harry Weese, Sue Frank, Clarence Brower and Kay Smith.

The Leelanau Press is conducting an inventory of these artists and others who painted in what is now known as the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Barbara and Frank Siepker and Suzanne Wilson founded the Leelanau Press in 2001. The nonprofit publishing company is run by volunteer staff and its sole purpose is to publish books on Leelanau County subjects, writers and artists.

In addition to the 2008 award-winning "Historic Cottages of Glen Lake" by Barbara Siepker and photographer Dietrich Floeter, it has published "Painting the Magic of Sleeping Bear Country" by Hank Feeley, and two history books; "Mapping the Grand Traverse Indian Country: The Contributions of Peter Dougherty" by Helen Hornbeck Tanner and "Glen Arbor Pioneers: John LaRue, John Dorsey and John Fisher" by Jim Tozer.

If you think you might have an older painting that depicts the Sleeping Bear area landscape whether it be the lakes, dunes, forests, or farmlands, contact Barbara Siepker at or call 334-4395.

Author gives talk

Interlochen — Local author Frank Slaughter will discuss his book, "Echoes of Distant Thunder," at the next Lunch and Learn program at the Interlochen Public Library, 9500 Riley Road.

The Thursday, Aug. 9, program includes lunch at noon and the program at 12:45 p.m. Interested individuals do not need to have lunch to attend the program. Meal reservations are required; call 922-4911. For details, call 276-6767 or visit

Harcus signing

Elk Rapids — Buzz Harcus will sign copies of his latest detective mystery, "Thou Shalt Not," from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Nature Connection in Elk Rapids; and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Sassy Sunflower in Bellaire.

Author reads book

Gaylord — Bill O. Smith, will read his children's book "Chickadees at Night" during kids' story hour at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Saturn Booksellers, 133 W. Main St. For details, call (989) 732-8899 or visit or visit

Bellaire book sale

Bellaire — The Friends of the Bellaire Public Library will hold a used book sale Thursday and Friday, Aug. 16-17.

Sale hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at the library, 111 S. Bridge St. Donations will be accepted until Tuesday, Aug. 14 and should not include textbooks or Reader's Digest condensed books. For details, call the library, 533-8814.