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Wednesday, August 5, 2009


As pleasurable as meeting fascinating people in the bookstore—maybe even a greater pleasure—is introducing them to one another. My friend Michaeleen Kelly is philosopher (Aquinas College), poet and accomplished musician (piano), and it is always a delight to spend time with her, but when friends Al Bona, poet, and Dorene O’Brien, Detroit fiction writer, happened into Dog Ears Books today while Micki was there, we had an impromptu literary salon in the front corner. Browsers in the stacks were treated to a poetry recital while Sarah enjoyed a visit from dog friend Chloe, and for once I thought fast enough to get a picture before everyone dispersed.

Summer Saturdays are lively in Northport, and the one coming up will be the liveliest of all, with the food and wine festival, salmon slam, dog parade (1 p.m.) and gallery walk (6-9 p.m.), but come early in the day and check out the lovely pottery of Rolland Charpentier at the corner of Nagonaba and Rose Streets. Rolland and Barbara are just east of the library, across the street from the old stone depot building that is the current home of the Northport Area Historical Association. You’ll spot the house not only by the tables of pottery on display but also by the beautiful gardens. Tell Rolland that Dog Ears sent you!

Finally, I have it on good authority that the big ocean-going vessel, Australian, in our harbor this week is not—repeat NOT—the personal yacht of Mel Gibson. At least, I think that’s whose it isn’t. Sorry I can’t introduce the owner. If s/he came into the bookstore, it was under a cloak of anonymity.


Gerry said...

I am deeply envious. I spent the day in discussions of goose poop and its relationship to swimmers itch. You have more fun in Leelanau County.

P. J. Grath said...

Gerry, we have days with topics of conversation like that in the bookstore, too. And you, as we know, have many interesting days roaming the countryside for writing topics, which all of us appreciate!

A more general observation to the envious: If you seek a literary scene and can’t (or don’t want to) move to New York, hang out at your local bookstore from time to time and attend events at your local library. You may be surprised how many writers you’ll meet, and you don't need to wait for an invitation.