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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Literary Gathering, Northport Style
Bonnie Jo Campbell, Flannery O'Connor, & Joyce Carol Oates
days, everything seems to go right, just when you've worried the most. I mean, start with a
rainy, cold morning with an author event scheduled for noon. In the middle of
the week. In the fall. Did I mention rain? What if the rain kept up? What if
only two or three people came for the reading?
skies clear to cloudless blue, the author arrives, and a crowd assembles. The
visiting author – Bonnie Jo Campbell, in Northport for her third time at Dog
Ears Books -- is frank, funny, honest, and engaging, and the audience is
enthralled without being intimidated. There are questions and lively
conversation. People buy books and have Bonnie sign them. Lots of pictures are
taken with big cutout figures of Flannery O’Connor and Joyce Carol Oates, two
authors near and dear to Campbell’s literary heart. Contagious smiles and
laughter fill the air.
Nick & Kelsey
the middle of everything else, a couple married just last Saturday and
honeymooning on Spider Lake near Traverse City finds their way into the bookstore.
She works at Literati in Ann Arbor. They were touring M-22 and could not pass
by Dog Ears Books. A bookstore honeymoon! Plus, for the bride, a fortuitous
meeting with author Bonnie Jo Campbell, who will be at Literati Bookstore on October 20.
Jo Campbell says “dang,” can you believe it? I may have caught the habit from
her. She said it a couple of times last night onstage at the Opera House in
Traverse City, where she was part of the National Writers Series first-ever
Bookmania Week. Sounds like something a cowgirl would say, doesn’t it?
feel honored to be a small part of Michigan’s literary community. And it is so much dang