‘South of Superior’ author on tour

TRAVERSE CITY — Ellen Airgood, author of “South of Superior,” is on a book tour in the region.

Airgood’s debut novel is set on the southern shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula, and is about a young woman who leaves the city life and heads to the U.P. to help care for an aging friend of her late grandfather. Airgood lives in Grand Marais.

She’ll be at McLean and Eakin, 307 E. Lake St., Petoskey, Thursday, June 16, 5 p.m.; Dog Ear Books, 106 Waukazoo St., Northport, Friday, June 17, 4 p.m.; Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St., Traverse City, Saturday, June 18, 3 p.m.; and Saturn Booksellers, 133 W. Main St., Gaylord, Thursday, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m.

The book is published by Riverhead Books and sells for $25.95 in hardcover.

Tayari Jones in region this week

TRAVERSE CITY — Author Tayari Jones will be in Suttons Bay and Petoskey in the coming days.

Jones is the author of “Silver Sparrow,” set in a middle-class black neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s. A man has two families — one public and one secret — and the book delves into the back stories of the father, the two mothers and the daughters who become friends without knowing they are sisters.

Jones will be at Brilliant Books, 305 St. Joseph St., Suttons Bay, Friday, June 17, 7 p.m. She’ll also be at McLean and Eakin, 307 E. Lake St., Petoskey, Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m.

The book is published by Algonquin Books and sells for $19.95 in hardcover.

Chapbook contest winners announced

TRAVERSE CITY — The winners for the 2011 Michigan Writers Chapbook Contest are Denise Baker, for her collection of poems “Eat the Apple,” and Joan Schmeichel, for her short fiction “Kisses for Laura.”

There will be a free reading and book signing Sunday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Writing House on the campus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

The Michigan Writers Cooperative Press publishes the limited edition chapbooks. Select copies will be available at the Interlochen event; thereafter, the chapbooks will be available at local bookstories.

Baker has served as managing editor of the Dunes Review since 2008. Her poetry has appeared in Bitter Oleander, Dunes Review, Whisper in the Woods and Branches. She is the advancement director at the Watershed Center Grand Traverse.

Schmeichel, of Kewadin, usually writes for her own pleasure. She had a children’s reader, “My Best Bear Hug,” published by D.C. Heath and Co. She is retired from the University of Michigan, where she was a development director.

Tours highlighted in new exhibit

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Tours, a new exhibit at the Traverse City Visitor Center, spotlights 16 attractions and tour operators in the area.

“We’re seeing a growing number of people who want to take a more formal tour or two, rather than just explore on their own,” said Visitor Center manager Kathee McCafferty. “We’re very fortunate to have so many choices in that line for a community of this size.”

Listings include bus and limo tours of wineries and food sites, cycling and kayak tours, and self-guided tour brochures.

The Visitor Center, 101 W. Grandview Parkway, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 947-0692.

Former resident publishes collection

TRAVERSE CITY — Former Glen Lake resident Sarah Faulman Arthur has published “At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time.”

The book is a collection of readings from classic and contemporary poetry and fiction, organized by theme, for each of the 29 weeks in the Christian season of Pentecost, or Ordinary Time, which begins today, June 12.

The readings include work from Donne, Dostoevsky, Hawthorne, Jane Austen, Kathleen Norris, Garrison Keillor and others.

Arthur is the author of six other books, including the best-selling youth devotional “Walking With Frodo: A Devotional Journey Through ‘The Lord of the Rings.’”

“At the Still Point” is published by Paraclete Press and available at www.paracletepress.com for $15.29. For more information on the book, go to the publisher’s website. For more information on the author, go to www.saraharthur.com.

Author Harcus at Horizon Saturday

TRAVERSE CITY — Buzz Harcus, of Mancelona, will be signing copies of his new novel at Horizon Books in Traverse City.

“Web of Greed” is Harcus’ third novel written since his retirement. The mystery follows homicide Det. Sam August as he tries to solve the murder of four young people.

Harcus’ previous books are “China Marine,” “Tsingtao Treasure” and “Tainted Treasure.”

He will be at the bookstore, 243 E. Front St., from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18. For more information, go to www.horizonbooks.com.

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