Summer Author Events

PDL’s Summer Author Series kicks off on Friday, June 23 and features five events throughout the summer months culminating with the second annual Local Author Fair on August 14.  All summer author events will be held at the Carnegie Building at 451 E. Mitchell Street. Please register for events on the library’s events calendar, or by calling 231.758.3100.

Making a stop on the Michigan Notable Author Book Tour is author Steve Lehto, who will discuss his award-winning book Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow on Friday, June 23 at 7:00 p.mPreston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow tells the story of the man who tried to start his own car company after World War II. He promised an advanced car at an affordable price but his enterprise was shut down before he could build more than 51 cars. Was he merely trying the impossible or were there darker forces operating against him?

Petoskey native Julie Buntin will visit to promote her novel, Marlena, on Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m.  Marlena is an electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades.  Julie Buntin is from northern Michigan and her work has been published in The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine as well as several other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and she teaches fiction at Marymount Manhattan College.  This event is in partnership with McLean & Eakin Booksellers, who will host Julie earlier in the day at a ticketed luncheon.

The Marsh King’s Daughter, is a dark psychological suspense novel set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness by Michigan author, Karen Dionne.  PDL and McLean & Eakin Booksellers welcome Karen on Tuesday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m.  Karen’s short fiction has appeared in Bathtub Gin, The Adirondack Review, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, and Thought Magazine, as well as First Thrills: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors, an anthology of short stories from bestselling and emerging authors edited by Lee Child.

Lynch & Sons Fund for the Arts presents a program titled Making the Great Lakes State Great Again on Saturday, August 12 at 4:00 p.m.  Author Jerry Dennis along with poet and writer, Thomas Lynch, and poet and writer, Keith Taylor, will discuss issues related to our surrounding inland waters.

To wrap up the summer, nearly 30 local authors will gather on August 15 at 4:00 p.m. for Petoskey District Library’s second annual Local Author Fair.  The event will feature new talent and popular, local favorites who either live in or write about the area.  A selection of titles will be available for sale.   Kickoff for the event will be a keynote address by author Lou Kasischke.