Jim Harrison: A Really Big Tribute
“My advice is, do not try to inhabit another's soul. You have your own.”
-- Jim Harrison
Don't miss this celebration of the life and work of Jim Harrison, Northern Michigan's beloved poet, novelist, journalist and passionate gourmand. Writers, friends and fellow travelers from throughout the land gather to summon Jim's spirit in an eclectic celebration of art, life and stories. As Jim was known to remark, "To be feted is not foetid."
The tribute event will take place at the Traverse City Opera House on Saturday, October 21st, at 7:00 pm.
About Jim Harrison:
Jim Harrison was born in Grayling, Michigan, in 1937. He received a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in English from Michigan State University and soon began writing full time. Over the course of his career, he wrote dozens of books of poetry, novellas, novels, essays, and short stories. He is best known for his work about nature and rural life. Many of his stories take place in the outdoors of Michigan, Arizona, and Montana, all of which he lived in for several years. His wife of more than 50 years died in 2015, and he died on March 26, 2016, at the age of 78.
“I like grit, I like love and death, I'm tired of irony. ... A lot of good fiction is sentimental. ... The novelist who refuses sentiment refuses the full spectrum of human behavior, and then he just dries up. ... I would rather give full vent to all human loves and disappointments, and take a chance on being corny, than die a smartass.”
-- Jim Harrison