The sun has been shining all day, and despite a nip in the air, it was good to spend many hours outdoors, raking and hauling leaves and hanging laundry on the line. Before the sun goes down, however, it’s time for me to post a few pictures from last Friday.
Early in the day, mystery and fishing writer Joseph Heywood paid a surprise call. He and his fiancée were looking for the Lake Michigan Rock Picker’s Guide but took time to visit a while, and Joe kindly signed copies of his books that I had in stock. Nice to meet him after hearing about him through friends for years and enjoying his Woods Cop series set in the U.P.
Late in the afternoon came our long-anticipated, two-hour reception for Ed and Connie Arnfield, whose book, Roadside Guide to Michigan Plants, Trees and Flowers: An Ecological Approach, was published this spring by Arbutus Press. For most of the evening, I could hardly catch a glimpse of Ed and Connie: the crowd between us (having them sign books and paying me for books) was that thick! (We estimated later that at least 200 people must have turned out.) Gerry Sell came all the way over from Torch Lake (you get the distance prize, Gerry, but why don’t I have a picture of you?), and ecology essayist Stephanie Mills was on hand, too, to meet the Arnfields and compliment them on their book.
For more party pictures and an unbiased report from an out-of-towner, head over to Torch Lake Views and see Gerry's post. All in all, it was the perfect opening for the 2009 season. We were all exhausted afterwards—but in a very, very good way.
As you see, there was yet some snow lingering north of town Friday evening, but the sunset, after a perfect day, was lovely.