Thoughts on Booktopia Michigan

I am just back from another fantastic Booktopia weekend.  I am at a loss for words to describe how it was, so I will have to let some photos do the talking for me.

Booktopia was held in Petoskey, Michigan, in the northern part of the lower half of the state on the shores of Lake Michigan.  It was a hardship location, because on Friday morning before all of the festivities took place this is the view from where I was forced to spend some time reading:

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(Don’t you feel sorry for me?)

Booktopia is centered around great independent bookstores, and in Petoskey McLean & Eakin was a booklover’s dream:

We may have overwhelmed their little store with people, but they more than met the challenge and their staff was so welcoming and enabling (many of their recommendations have been added to my never ending to-read list).

The highlight for me was the author session with Jamie Ford, author of  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost, both of which I adored:

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All of the authors were amazing, but he was my favorite.

Saturday night there was a Celebration of Authors which was recorded for broadcast on future Books on the Nightstand podcasts.  It was an awesome evening with an awesome lineup of authors:

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(photo courtesy of Ann Kingman)

Back row:  Peter Geye (The Lighthouse Road), Jill McCorkle (Life After Life), Jamie Ford, Edward Kelsey Moore (The Supremes at Earl’s All You Can Eat), Mary Doria Russell (The Sparrow), Peter Heller (The Dog Stars)

Front row: Michael Kindness (Books on the Nightstand host), Matt Norcross (owner of McLean & Eakin), Susan Gregg Gilmore (The Funeral Dress), Melanie Benjamin (The Aviator’s Wife), Ann Kingman (Books on the Nightstand host), Bill Roorbach (Life Among Giants, and who is a TOTAL character!), Jessilyn Norcross (owner of McLean & Eakin).

Ironically, the weekend celebrating books and reading did not allow for much time to read, but nevertheless for this bibliophile it was a perfect time.

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2 Responses to Thoughts on Booktopia Michigan

  1. Chris Wolak says:

    I’m looking forward to reading Jamie Ford’s new novel. How many bags of books did you bring home? 😉

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