Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 27, 2013

Books in Brief: 01/27/13



Old Mission Reads

Traverse City — Peninsula Community Library will host a community reads program during February.

"The Hundred Dresses" by Eleanor Estes is the featured book. It is the story of a young girl who wears the same dress to school every day, but tells everyone she has 100 dresses in her closet. It was published in 1944, but the themes of bullying, regret and forgiveness are timeless. The book will be available to borrow or buy at the library, 2699 Island View Road.

There will be coordinating events and materials throughout the month. Details are available at the library, by calling 223-7700 or at

Millard's art

Traverse City — Eileen Paul Millard will be the featured artist in the Traverse Area District Library's Community Room during the month of February. The exhibit will include her artwork from the book, "Journey to the Centre," and is an eclectic mix of Millard's recent work as well as from the course of her 40-year career in art and art education.

Poet Ann Bardens-McClellan read from their book, "Journey to the Centre," at the exhibit opening. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, with the reading scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

'Mason' author

The author of a new book about Stevens T. Mason discussed the successes and failures of Michigan's first governor at the Gerald R. Ford Library at the University of Michigan.

Don Faber on Thursday shared highlights from his book, "The Boy Governor: Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics." The talk at the Ann Arbor library.

Faber describes how Stevens T. Mason led Michigan into statehood, fought a war with Ohio, and helped put in place many of the state's essential institutions, including universities and the Soo Locks.

Mason was elected the Michigan territory's first governor in 1835 when the state capitol was still in Detroit.