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Horizon Books Calendar of Events for December

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December 4, 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Horizon Books downtown Traverse City
243 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI United States
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(231) 941-6584


WHEN: Friday, December 4, 7:00 to 8:30 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

The Good Book, with an introduction by Adam Gopnik, collects new pieces by writers from many different faiths and ethnicities including literary fiction writers (Colm Tóibín, Edwidge Danticat, Tobias Wolff, Rick Moody); bestselling nonfiction writers (A.J. Jacobs, Ian Frazier, Thomas Lynch); notable figures in the media (Charles McGrath, Cokie Roberts, Steven V. Roberts); and social activists (Al Sharpton, Kerry Kennedy). While these contributors are not primarily known as religious thinkers, they write intelligently and movingly about specific passages in the Bible that inform the way they live, think about past experiences, and see society today. Some pieces are close readings of specific passages, some are anecdotes from everyday life, and all will inspire, provoke, or illuminate.

Addressing some of the best-known and best-loved characters and stories from Genesis to Revelation, The Good Book will be a beautiful, enlightening gift for secular readers and readers of faith as well as a collection of interest to reading groups, readers of creative nonfiction and personal essays, and fans of each of the individual contributors.


Live Music: Kat Eldred & Tim Burke

WHEN: Friday, December 4, 8:30 – 10:30pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

Kat is a longtime favorite at Horizon Books with her guitar playing and beautiful singing. This local with a style all her own is sure to leave you wanting more, especially when her father, Tim, joins her with his gift of music!


Story Hour: SNOW

WHEN: Friday, December 11, 10:00 – 11:00 am

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

Every Friday at 10:00 am, Horizon Books offers Story Hour. Come in to hear some stories, do some activities and do a craft.


Author Signing: Richard Smith, GREAT MICHIGAN DEER TALES #1, 20th Anniversary Edition

WHEN: Friday, December 11, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

Even though this is the first book in a series of 6 books, Richard obviously did something right when putting this one together. This book still sells as many copies, if not more, than any of the other books in the series. The fact that this book was first published in 1994 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of licensed deer hunting in Michigan might have something to do with that.


Live Music: Song of the Lakes

WHEN: Friday, December 11, 8:30 – 10:30pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

This Michigan-based group has been playing “Great Lakes World Music” for over 30 years, and just has a new CD – “Paddle to the Sea”!


Author Signing: Bob Campbell, STORM STRUCK

WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 9:00 am to 11:00 am

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

It was a hundred-year storm, said some. Thin trees snapped like matchsticks; thick ones toppled, one atop another, like felled soldiers. The storm’s straight-wind blast left houses with gaping holes, thousands of residents with no power for days, a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore that is, said one official, unrecognizable, and a cleanup that could take years.



Christmas Coloring Party: Susan Alexander

WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

Susan has created beautiful posters of Traverse City and of Leelanau County. Bring the kids and join Susan for some coloring of “community posters” and to learn some of her expert techniques!


Author Signing: Terry Wooten, THE STONE CIRCLE POEMS

WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

These are the collected poems of a Midwest naturalist-bard. It is a lifetime retrospective of poems written and spoken from memory by Terry Wooten, poet and creator of Michigan’s Stone Circle poetry recitation venue.


Author Signing: Mahtob Mahmoody, MY NAME IS MAHTOB

WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

Two decades ago, millions of readers worldwide thrilled to the story told in the international bestseller Not Without My Daughter—subsequently made into a film starring Sally Field—that told of an American mother and her six-year-old child’s daring escape from an abusive and tyrannical Iranian husband and father. Now the daughter returns to tell the whole story, not only of that imprisonment and escape but of life after fleeing Tehran: living in fear of re-abduction, enduring recurring nightmares and panic attacks, attending school under a false name, battling life-threatening illness—all under the menacing shadow of her father.

This is the story of an extraordinary young woman’s triumph over life-crushing trauma to build a life of peace and forgiveness. Taking readers from Michigan to Iran and from Ankara, Turkey, to Paris, France, My Name Is Mahtob depicts the profound resilience of a wounded soul healed by faith in God’s goodness and in his care and love. And Mahmoody reveals the secret of how she liberated herself from a life of fear, learning to forgive the father who had shattered her life and discovering joy and peace that comes from doing so.



WHEN: Sunday, December 13, 1:00 to 6:00 pm and Monday, December 14, 12:00 to 6:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

The time is pre-1900. Commerce on the Great Lakes is young. These waterways are proving to be as wild and untamed as the Western Frontier. The law is all but absent in these nearly 100,000 square miles of open waters. This ambiguity spans the making of many a legendary pirate. Most of these marauders are long dead before they can be brought to the hangman’s noose. The most chronicled of these freewheeling buccaneers is the infamous Captain Dan Seavey. At nearly six foot six and weighing almost 300 pounds, this “larger-than-life character emerges. His many notorious escapes feed the appetites of hungry journalists hanging on his every shenanigan. Being the only brigand in the history of the Great Lakes to be charged with piracy, Captain Seavey manages to beat the Federal Marshals at their own game.


Story Hour: Christmas

WHEN: Friday, December 18, 10:00 – 11:00 am

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

Every Friday at 10:00 am, Horizon Books offers Story Hour. Come in to hear some stories, do some activities and do a craft.


Live Music: Songwriters in the Round

WHEN: Friday, December 18, 8:30 – 10:30pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

The Songwriters will be back with their usual assortment of amazing musicians.




WHEN: Saturday, December 19, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

Once there was a jolly Santa who wanted to leave the North Pole on a worldwide vacation! He decides he wants to visit Mount Rushmore and see the stone faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Then he’ll ski the silky slopes of the Swiss Alps. And after that, he’ll ride an elephant in South Africa on a safari. Santa is eager for a new adventure, but Mrs. Claus isn’t so sure he’s ready just yet. Before he takes off, she’s going to make sure he’s got his rock climbing gear, and his skis, and his hat. He must be ready!



Author Signing: Priscilla Miller, MCGILLICUTTY: A VERY SPECIAL BEAR

WHEN: Saturday, December 19, 12:00 to 2:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

It’s OK to be different. The story starts out in the Whoops-a-Daisy Bear Factory where an unfortunately timed sneeze lands the main character’s nose in the wrong place, making him look rather odd and definitely unlike the other bears. The factory owner, hoping someone will love the little bear despite his looks, ships him off to the toy store. Displayed in the toy store’s front window, with all the bears sitting together really makes his odd face stand out! Before long, all the regular looking bears are sold and the unusual bear is all alone. Find out how this peculiar looking bear finds a home, gets his name, and someone to love him. The bear in this book was owned by the author’s son and is true. Although it actually happened over forty years ago, this book spreads the message, then and now, it’s okay to be different!


CD Signing: Mike Sullivan, SONG OF THE LAKES

WHEN: Saturday, December 19, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

SONG OF THE LAKES has been playing “Great Lakes World Music” for over 30 years. Their newly released CD, entitled “Paddle to the Sea” makes a great companion the the children’s book by Holling Clancy Holling.


Author Signing: Jason Vines, JIMMY HOFFA CALLED MY MOM A BITCH!

WHEN: Saturday, December 19, 4:00 to 6:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

JIMMY HOFFA CALLED MY MOM A BITCH!: PROFILES IN STUPIDITY is a compilation of author Jason Vines best columns as an original contributor to The Detroit News political website beginning in June of 2010. The book’s outrageous title becomes crystal clear moments into the book as the satire, jaw-dropping true stories and hilarity take off. “Who says conservatives aren’t funny?” says Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley. Jason Vines delivers his smack-down humor without regard to whose nose gets mashed. He punches past political correctness to expose the hypocrisy of the left, the bungling of business and the lameness of our political leadership


Author Signing: John Mitchell, WOOD BOATS OF LEELANAU

WHEN: Sunday, December 20, 2:00 to 6:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

John Mitchell has won the Historical Society of Michigan’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. His WOOD BOATS OF LEELANAU won the 2007 Michigan State History award, and John’s GRAND TRAVERSE: THE CIVIL WAR ERA won the 2011 Michigan State History award and the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Award (Best Non-fiction Great Lakes). He also has two wonderful history books for children: MICHIGAN, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY FOR CHILDREN and PREHISTORIC MICHIGAN.


Author Signing: Joshua Felsk, HOOTIE & HAPPY CAT: THE SECRET 40

WHEN: Wednesday, December 23, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

Hootie and Happy Cat discover that the neighbor’s calf has gone missing! He was last seen heading for the Secret 40, a forest that many believe is haunted. The two friends decide that they must enter the Secret 40 and discover what has happened with the calf. Hootie and Happy Cat are not prepared for the magical realm they discover both inside and below this forest! Fortunately they meet some friends along the way that help the duo discover the fate of the lost calf.


Author Signing: Jason Link, THE LEGENDER

WHEN: Wednesday, December 23, 12:00 to 2:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

Over a thousand years have passed, yet there has been no sign of the legenders, those mysterious beings who once formed the elements into the shapes of mighty beasts. Many think the legenders are a myth, and no one suspects that Arkos–the reclusive artisan who carves animal bones–is one of them. Arkos’ life of solitude, however, is drastically changed when the ancient city in which he lives is struck by a great terror and the old myths begin to resound once more. As plots and danger arise, Arkos is swept up into an adventure that takes him into the dark unknown, and along his journey he learns that the true nature of his being runs much deeper than he had come to believe. legendernovel.com


Author Signing: Charles Ries, THE FATHERS WE FIND

WHEN: Wednesday, December 23, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan

Set amidst the farm fields and rolling hills of Southeastern Wisconsin, THE FATHERS WE FIND is a coming-of-age story that takes place between 1950 and 1971. This novel, based on memory, closely parallels the experiences of its author who grew up on a mink farm just outside of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Drowning in a sea of nuns, priests, and hard-working church-goers, “Chuck,” our narrator, stumbles his way to enlightenment with help from a series of delightful men in a journey that is simultaneously hilarious, poignant, and nostalgic.

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