Monthly Archives: July 2012

Michigan Indies a Dream for Lit Lovers

Summer is still upon us so don’t forget that Michigan boasts a solid slew of fabulous independent bookstores throughout the state. An indie worth its salt is staffed with a knowledgable crew that not only loves to shoot the breeze about books, but can often provide you with the perfect pick regardless of your literary appetite.

If you’re headed Up North and are looking for a good read, an independent bookseller is a great way to go. Not only will you be falling into unique establishments that house both fringe and mainstream literary works, but also adding much needed fuel to Michigan’s economy and the book industry at large.

While I can’t possibly cover all the indies in northern Michigan, here are a few of my personal favorites. Keep in mind that author events, book signings, and related discussions often go hand with individual bookstores. Also, most progressive booksellers roll with the techno tide and provide related links on their homepage and can be followed on facebook and Twitter.

Independent Booksellers due North

If you’re headed to Petoskey, stop in at McLean and Eakin.

If you’re headed to Gaylord, stop in at Saturn Booksellers.

If you’re headed to Traverse City, stop in at  Horizon Books.

If you’re headed to Glen Arbor, stop in at Cottage Books.

If you’re headed to Northport, stop in at Dog Ears Books.

If you’re headed to Suttons Bay, stop in at Brilliant  Books (now in Traverse City too).

If you’re headed to Harbor Springs, stop in at Between the Covers.

If you know of other bookstores, please feel free to add them in Comments!

*Support your local bookstores, libraries, and universities. It matters.

– Post by Megan Shaffer

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Baldwin Public Library Presents ‘Greetings from Michigan’

     Book Beat and the Baldwin Public Library present Greetings from Michigan, an afternoon with four Michigan authors of young adult literature.  Amy AckleyTracey BilenBeth Neffand Lara Zielin will be at the Baldwin Public Library (300 W. Merrill Street, Birmingham, MI 48009) from 1:30 to 3:30 pm  on Tuesday, July 24.  Combat any summer doldrums with an opportunity to meet four fresh new faces in the world of young adult fiction. Three of these new books take place in Michigan! For More Information: click here

*Support your local bookstores, libraries, and universities. It matters.

-Information taken from the Book Beat Summer Newsletter and posted by Megan Shaffer

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