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Local Authors Signing: Marina Call, Cindy Hull & Cari Noga
WHEN: Thursday, August 2, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
WHERE: Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan
Marina Call, EASTBOUND, I THINK: What if you had always dreamed of traveling and suddenly you received some money to make this happen? Oscar Santos embarks on a train and begins his journey eastbound. Leaving his native Portugal, he enters Spain and meets Daniel, upending his plans for a solo journey . These two unlikely characters become friends quickly and soon discover there is much more to learn on their travels than mere train schedules and local food.
Cindy Hull, CHIPPEWA LAKE : A COMMUNITY IN SEARCH OF AN IDENTITY: Chippewa Lake is an idyllic waterfront community in north-central Michigan, popular with retirees and weekenders. The lake is surrounded by a rural farming community, but the area is facing a difficult transition as local demographics shift, and as it transforms from an agriculture-based economy to one that relies on wage labor. As farms have disappeared, local residents have employed a variety of strategies to adapt to a new economic structure. The community, meanwhile, has been indelibly affected by the advent of newcomers and retirees challenging the rural cultural values. An anthropologist with a background in sociology, Cindy L. Hull deftly weaves together oral accounts, historic documents, and participant surveys compiled from her nearly thirty years of living in the area to create a textured portrait of a community in flux.
Cari Noga, THE ORPHAN DAUGHTER: At forty-five, Jane McArdle has experienced her share of life’s twists and turns. Yet she’s shaken by the sudden death of her estranged half sister and the news that she’s now the guardian of her orphaned niece, Lucy. Still nurturing unresolved grief from a marriage bookended by loss, as well as her guilt over her adult son’s imperfect upbringing, Jane is her own worst enemy, content to focus on her small Michigan farm. Now, confronted with a traumatized eleven-year-old, the prickly empty nester is thrust into motherhood again, unsure she’ll do any better this time.