Independent Bookstore Day 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017 is Independent Bookstore Day!

What makes Independent Bookstores so great?  Curated collections, booksellers who know just what to recommend, unique author events, local interest titles...the list goes on and on.  Join us to celebrate all these things (and more!) on April 29th, 2017.

We've got lots of fun things planned, from exclusive items and giveaways only available on the day, to a launch party for the upcoming edition of The Dunes Review, complete with readings, refreshments, and a chance to meet some of the contributors.  

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Dunes Review Interview Series: Stephanie Heit

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

For more than 20 years, Dunes Review has showcased the best poetry, fiction & essays from writers here in Northern Michigan and across the country.  As we prepare to help launch the upcoming issue, we went behind the scenes to talk with some of the people who bring the journal to life, including contributor Stephanie Heit.

Her poem "underwater plot to get the raft back"  appears in the 2017 winter/spring edition of Dunes Review.

"Writing is a physical act: I’m in love with the kinesthetic joy of pen on paper. To feel the curves and song of letters. Revision happens on the computer, usually at my purple desk. I have a wealth of journals whose material marinates until I’m ready to..."

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Poet Feature: William Shakespeare

Friday, April 21st, 2017

This year, we're celebrating National Poetry Month by featuring all different kinds of poets.  We couldn't help but include the Bard himself, William Shakespeare!

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564.  There are few records from this time, and little is known about Shakespeare's life before he signed on with a theatrical group that became first the Lord Chamberlain's Men, and later the King's Men.  To make a living, he worked as an actor as well as a writer, but when fear of plague closed London's theatres, he turned instead...

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Poet Feature: Margaret Atwood

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring a wide variety of poets and their works.  Today's poet is Margaret Atwood!

Born in 1939 in Ottawa, Ontario, Atwood earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Harvard.  Though perhaps best known today for her prose, Atwood's first publications were poetry.  Her first collection, Double Persephone, published in 1961, won...

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Poet Feature: Ted Hughes

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

To celebrate National Poetry Month this year, we're featuring a wide variety of poets and their work.  Next up is Ted Hughes!

Born in 1930 in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, Hughes served in England's Royal Air Force before attending Cambridge.  His studies there were grounded in archeology and anthropology, but he showed an especially keen interest in myth and legend as well, an interest that would have a profound impact on...

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Poet Feature: Mary Oliver

Tuesday, April 18th

As part of National Poetry Month, we're celebrating by featuring a wide variety of poets!  Today's featured writer is Mary Oliver.

Born in 1935, Oliver took early inspiration from the work of Edna St. Vincent Millay.  As a teenager, she lived briefly in the late Millay's house, helping Edna's sister Norma to organize the poet's papers.  Though she attended both Ohio State University and Vassar College, Oliver left before receiving a degree from either institution and focused on her writing.  Her poetry is deceptively simple, free of artifice and frequently drawing on...

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Independent Bookstore Day Audiobook Giveaway!

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

If you're a fan of audiobooks, you're going to love this!  For Independent Bookstore Day on April 29th, our partners at have put together something special--five audiobooks, plus two sampler packs, as a complimentary gift!  They'll only be available for download on April 29th, but you can listen to previews now and get ready by creating your account.

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Poet Feature: Howard Nemerov

Monday, April 17th, 2017

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of poets both familiar and obscure.  Today's featured poet is Howard Nemerov!

Born in 1920 in New York City, Nemerov showed an early fascination with the arts.  He earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1941 and joined the U.S. Air Force during WWII.  After the war, he returned to New York with his wife and began what was to become a lifelong...

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Poet Feature: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Friday, April 14th, 2017

It's National Poetry Month, and we're celebrating by featuring the work of a wide variety of poets, including Elizabeth Barrett Browning!

Browning was born in 1806 in Durham, England.  Her family were wealthy sugar plantation owners who, though originally from England, had lived in Jamaica for generations.  Browning was educated at home, and was something of a literary prodigy, devouring works by Shakespeare and other great writers before she'd even turned ten!  By twelve she was...

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