Mackinaw Area Public Library

Michigan Author Open House

We are showcasing local authors/publishers: Brenda Archambo, Alison DeCamp, Dennis Fay, Vernon T. Jones, Mardi Jo Link, Kathy Mendoza and Simon Otto from 3:30 - 6 pm on Wednesday, June 24.
  • When Jun 24, 2015 from 03:30 PM to 06:00 PM (US/Eastern / UTC-400)
  • Where MAPL, Mackinaw City
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  • Contact Phone 231-436-5451
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The Mackinaw Area Public Library is showcasing local authors at an event on Wednesday, June 24th, from 4 pm – 6 pm.  We are offering an “Open House” for patrons, community members and area visitors to meet Michigan authors.  Attendees will have the opportunity to buy books, signed by the authors, as well as shop our gently used book sale!  From 3:30 – 4 pm, there will be a brief reading by each author, or biography of their recent works.

Joining the library for the afternoon’s book sales will be authors/publishers Brenda Archambo, Alison DeCamp, Dennis Fay, Vernon T. Jones, Mardi Jo Link, Kathy Mendoza and Simon Otto.  Stop by to meet and support great, local authors, learn something new and pick up something for yourself or others!  The library will have light refreshments on hand. 

Join us at 528 W. Central Avenue in Mackinaw City.  For more details, contact the library at 231-436-5451,; You can also “Like” us on Facebook.


Brenda Archambo is the founder and president of Sturgeon for Tomorrow, a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist fisheries managers in the rehabilitation of the lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens), a threatened species in Michigan. Brenda’s volunteer leadership established grassroots partnerships between stakeholders, universities, the Michigan DNR and the People of the Sturgeon to implement research, habitat and outreach programs to learn more about lake sturgeon reproductive ecology and early life history in order to manage self-sustaining populations of Michigan’s iconic lake sturgeon.  Many people refer to Brenda as the Sturgeon General.

Alison DeCamp grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her family history consists of stories of life in lumber camps and old scrapbooks. A graduate of Michigan State University, Alison is a former middle and high school language arts teacher. She now works at Between the Covers, a bookstore in Harbor Springs, Michigan, and spends the rest of her time with her husband and teenage children. My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) is her first novel. The follow-up, “I Almost Died. Again.” will be available in 2016.

Dennis Fay was born and raised in Emmet County and has lived most of his life in Bliss Township. He began publishing books about Bliss Township history and revised the book “A Century of Bliss”, written by Elnora Lee, adding photos and more information. He has compiled and published books related to Bliss Missionary Church. He also reprinted and added photos to a book of memoirs by his grandmother, Ruth Mallory, who lived in Bliss Township from 1892 to 1984. The latest researched and technical book about the railroads operated in Bliss Township by A. B. Klise,  who cut timber in the township and owned a sawmill at Sturgeon Bay from 1895 to 1913, was written by Gill Fuller.

Vernon T. Jones earned his Master of Theological Studies Degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary after a lengthy insurance industry career. He works with congregations as a Spiritual Consultant and a Director of Small Group Ministry. From this background, Jones has assisted people with incorporating the discipleship practices outlined in his book “Discipleship--A Lifelong Spiritual Pilgrimage,” into their faith journey. He lives in Alpena and his wife, Rev. Shirley Ross-Jones, is the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church there.  Jones’ book shares that when we are intentional in our times of prayer, Bible study, and reflection, the Holy Spirit opens our hearts to God's love, allowing us to see opportunities for further direction and growth.

Mardi Jo Link was born in Detroit, grew up in Bay City, and lives in Traverse City.   She studied journalism and agriculture at Michigan State University, worked as a reporter, was a founder of the magazine, ForeWord Reviews, in Traverse City, and earned her master's degree in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte, in North Carolina.  Mardi's memoir, “Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass On a Northern Michigan Farm,” was named a Michigan Notable Book and film rights have been sold to Academy Award-winning actress, Rachel Weisz.  She has also written the true crime books, “When Evil Came to Good Hart,” “Isadore's Secret,” and “Wicked Takes the Witness Stand,” which were each Heartland bestsellers.   Her forthcoming memoir, “The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance,” will be published in July 2015 by Grand Central.

Kathy Mendoza was born and raised in Cross Village, Michigan, and has been a published freelance writer since 1969.  In Michigan, her work has been published in over 40 publications.  She is the author of five chapbooks of poetry as well as four books covering Cross Village and the surrounding area.  Her historical book “Looking Back at Cross Village and Beyond” was nominated for an award from the Historical Society of Michigan.  She has received numerous awards for her works.  Mendoza organized the group Writers North, which encouraged many writers in the area and hosted several writers’ conferences at NCMC.  She also worked with the Young Authors program in area schools.

Simon Otto is a Chippewa and Ottawa Elder, born and raised in Northern Michigan.  He and his family have always been very interested in preserving their culture.  His many books share memories, stories and legends of his Anishnabek people.  Titles he will have available include “Ah-soo-can-nah-nah: Storyteller,” “Grandmother Moon Speaks,” “Walk in Peace: Legends and Stories of the Michigan Indians” and “We Walk Again.”

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