2012-06-23 / News

Library Summer Author Series Begins With Phil Porter

The Mackinac Island Summer Author Series will feature a historical review of Mackinac Island during the War of 1812, a lifelong resident with ties to the island’s history, and a couple who will discus their experiences writing as a husband and wife from a male and female perspective.

“It’s been a very successful series,” said Kay Hoppenrath, president of the Mackinac Island Public Library Board. “We started it in 1998, so this is the 15th year we’ve hosted this.”

The last Friday of each summer month features a reception to meet an author. Mrs. Hoppenrath said the board tries to choose a local author to speak in June and a mystery author to speak in August. The board finds its mystery authors through Robin Agnew, an Ann Arbor bookseller and daughter of library board member Amelia Musser.

Phil Porter, the director of Mackinac State Historic Parks, will discuss how Mackinac Island was involved in the War of 1812 Friday, June 29, at 4 p.m. In 2008, he was appointed to the Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, which has been planning activities, events, programs, and services to celebrate the war.

“His discussion will be very timely,” Mrs. Hoppenrath said, “and he is an excellent historian.”

Mr. Porter has written a number of books, including “A desirable Station: Soldier Life at Fort Mackinac 1867-1895,” “View from the Veranda: The History and Architecture of the Summer Cottages on Mackinac Island,” and “Mackinac: An Island Famous in These Parts,” among others.

James J. Bogan Jr., a professor of art history and film at Missouri University of Science and Technology and Mackinac Island summer resident, will discuss his work, “Mackinac Suite,” and other works of poetry and literature July 27 at 4 p.m. His grandfather was an Island physician and Mr. Bogan would visit during the summer as a child and work as he grew older as a soda jerk at Jimmy Dennany’s Icehouse, a lifeguard at Grand Hotel, and a golf caddie. He received his doctorate from the University of Kansas. Other works include “Sparks of Fire,” “Ozark Meandering,” and “Bound to Belem.”

Andrew Grant and Tasha Alexander will share their writing experiences and how it is influenced by their marriage. Tasha Alexander writes the Lady Emily Ashton mysteries, including “A Crimson Warning,” and an upcoming book, “Death in the Floating City,” scheduled for publication in October. Andrew Grant has written two novels about his protagonist, David Trevellan, “Die Twice” and “Even,” thrillers that focus on a Royal Navy Intelligence operative. He has been a playwright and founded a theatre company that produced original works, and has worked in telecommunications. They will bring their discussion to the library August 24 at 4 p.m.

Library board members are Kay Hoppenrath, Margaret McIntire, Amelia Musser, Clayton Timmons, and Kathi Wightman. Anne St. Onge is the librarian.

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