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July Reserved for Books, Authors, Learning, and Fun

June 10, 2009

HANCOCK, MI - Thursdays during July, Finlandia University's North Wind Books will host a series of children's activities and author book signings. The community events are free and open to the public.

For adults, four "Campus, Community, and Authors" (CCA) events will take place. Book authors will give a 20 to 30 minute presentation about their work with time for discussion and questions, after which they will sign copies of their books.

For children, four "Children's Unique Books" (CUB) events will be held. Geared to children grades Kindergarten through second, most CUB events will feature children's book authors who will read their books to children and engage them in an activity related to the books.

"The bookstore invites everyone to meet a variety of authors and learn something new," said Alan Nolan, manager of North Wind Books. "Through the CUB and CCA events, we want to provide both adults and children with stimulating growth opportunities. We also want to promote literacy. This is a great way to get to know different authors and genres and learn from the authors' experiences."

All of the CCA and CUB events take place at North Wind Books, Hancock. CUB children's events are from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.; CCA adult events are from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and a good time is guaranteed. The schedule of events follows.

Thursday, July 9, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., a dual CCA/CUB event for adults and children with Connie Loisel, author of Bo Bear...the Journey Begins: A Finnish American Tale and Pentti & the Hungry Polar Bear.

Thursday, July 16, a CUB event with Paula Ellis, author of Michigan Activity Book and The North Shore Activity Book. A CCA event with poet Lisken Van Pelt Dus, author of Everywhere at Once, a collection of poems.

Thursday July 23, a CUB event with retired teacher Deborah Frontiera, author of Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Visit with Canis Lupis, Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: The First Adventure, and Living on Sisu. A CCA event with Lauri Anderson, author of multiple short story collections, including his newest, Mosquito Conversations.

Thursday, July 30, a CUB event with Finnish educator Kaisa Randolph involving a number of children's books with a Finnish theme. A CCA event with writer, lay minister, and musician Joy Ibsen, author of Unafraid.

North Wind Books is located at 437 Quincy St., downtown Hancock. For additional information, contact the bookstore at 906-487-7217.