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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Book People

Rose Hollander, publisher of her late husband’s book, SAVING THE FAMILY COTTAGE, and Lynne Rae Perkins, author/illustrator of many children’s books and winner of the 2006 Newbery Award for CRISS CROSS, wanted to do something in return for local booksellers and librarians, so they invited a group of us to dinner at Rose’s house, after which we all walked the length of Suttons Bay (almost) to Lynn’s for dessert and a visit to her studio. The entire evening was a rare treat. Dinner, dessert and the studio were all outstanding. We also enjoyed the chance to spend time with Rose and Lynne and with each other.

Most days I see Deb Stannard of the Leelanau Township Library after we’ve both finished our work days: there we are, standing in the grocery store aisles, gazing at vegetables and hoping for dinner idea inspiration! I may run into Sylvia Merz of the Leland Township Library once or twice a year, usually only for a few minutes. Barbara Siepker’s Cottage Bookstore in Glen Arbor is a long way from my Dog Ears Books in Northport, as are the fantastic public library in Traverse City and the iconic Horizon Books on Front Street. An opportunity to enjoy wine and hors-d’oeuvres, relax over dinner and stroll the quiet, dark street of a small town with other book people, sharing news of our latest author and book “finds,” was a little bit of heaven. Thank you, Rose and Lynne! What a gracious and memorable gift you gave us all!

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