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Michigan Notable Book Authors’ Tour
Thursday, June 30, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Author Maureen Abood is on the Michigan Notable Book Author tour for her book, Rose Water and Orange Blossoms, a fresh and classic book of Lebanese recipes. She shares stories of her life and how she came to write this fabulous book as well as some of her favorite recipes. Books will be available for purchase by McLean & Eakin Booksellers.
This year, several authors whose engaging works were chosen as 2016 Michigan Notable Books selections will visit nearly 50 libraries throughout the state to offer storytelling, book signings and question-and-answer time with guests. The program annually selects 20 of the most outstanding books published in that year – titles that are reflective of Michigan’s diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experience. “It’s a literary treat for our community to have Maureen Abood share her cookbook, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen, written right here in northern Michigan. An author of Maureen’s caliber here will make it an evening to remember,” said Programming Librarian Jodi Haven.
Maureen Abood was born and raised in her big Lebanese-American family in Michigan. She is a professional writer and food blogger whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Saveur, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, and many others. Maureen graduated from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, in 1990, and received her Master’s in Literature from Michigan State University. After living and working in Chicago for 14 years, Maureen left her desk job to head west to San Francisco, where she attended culinary school at Tante Marie’s Cooking School. In 2011 she returned home to Northern Michigan to write her book, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. Her award-winning blog by the same name shares her stories, photos, and recipes featuring Lebanese cuisine. Her colorful culinary guides, from grandparents to parents, cousins, and aunts and uncles come alive in her stories like the heady aromas of the dishes passed from their hands to hers. On the blog, she revisits the recipes she was reared on, exploring her heritage through its beloved food and chronicling her riffs on traditional cuisine. Her photography of food and her cherished Michigan bring her stories to life. She recently launched her online shop, MaureenAboodMarket.com, offering exceptional Lebanese ingredients. Maureen lives in Harbor Springs and East Lansing, Michigan with her husband, Dan Shaheen.
The 2016 Michigan Notable Books program and tour are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Humanities Council, Meijer, and the Michigan Center for the Book. Media Sponsors are Mittenlit.com, City Pulse, Dome, Queue Advertising and Tom Gennara Photography. The Carnegie Building is located at 451 E. Mitchell Street in Petoskey. For more information about library programs, call 231-758-3100, or view the event calendar.