One of the biggest bummers of Borders closing its doors is that it provided a great spot for hosting big-title events where readers could get up close and personal with the authors they love to read. However, we all know that the closing of one door often leads to the opening — or awareness — of another, and it’s none other than our very own public libraries that continuously provide top-notch programming and events.
As always, Baldwin Public Library has a number of fantastic author events planned, and this October is shaping up to be a stellar month. Author Jaimy Gordon will be at the BPL on Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. for a book talk and signing of her novel Lord of Misrule. Gordon, who is a professor Western Michigan University, won the 2010 National Book Award for Lord of Misrule, which offers a gritty glimpse into the seedier side of small-time horse racing.
Also on tap is author Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of the recently released novel Once Upon A River. Campbell’s American Salvage was a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction and a 2010 Michigan Notable Book as well. Campbell will appear at Baldwin Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.
Appearing with Campbell is Chicago author Samuel Park. Park’s debut novel, This Burns My Heart, is both romance and literary drama set in 1960’s South Korea and has been called “quietly stunning,” “smart,” and a “visceral romance.”
It is of note that both Gordon and Campbell live in Michigan and have brought much recognition to the incredible literary talent that resides right here in our state. In addition, Wayne State University Press received some well-deserved applause as publisher of American Salvage.
Naturally, Book Beat Bookstore will be stationed at all events with available copies on hand for purchase and signing. A Night Light Revue reader recap: Gordon’s book is a stretch for traditional readers, but I thought it was excellent and strongly recommend the title. I have yet to read American Salvage, but Once Upon A River now sits on my list of all time favorites. I haven’t read Park’s book yet, but you can link here for a full review.