Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Book Notes – November 2021

Back to Mackinac
A pair of first-time novelists separated by more than 8,000 miles have collaborated on a new book that tells a story about the trademark bicycling bellhops of Mackinac Island. “The Dockporter” is a novel by writers Jim Balone (who lives in Toledo) and Dave McVeigh (who lives in Cecu, Philippines), both, themselves, former “dockporters”. The story revolves around a successful photographer who travels back to the Island stomping grounds for a reunion of former Mackinac dockporters. The book, originally conceived as a screenplay, is the first of a planned series, The Mackinac Island Stories. For more information or to order the book, visit

Mysteries and Christmas cookies!
Fans of classic, cozy murder mystery novels and delicious home-baked cookies should stop by Perrysburg’s Gathering Volumes on November 13. Author Darci Hannah, the creator of the Beacon Bakeshop series of mysteries, will discuss her new book “Murder at the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off.” Appropriately, the event will feature an actual Christmas Cookie Bake-Off, with local bakers submitting their crumbly creations. The event is a fundraiser for the Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival, an event scheduled for next spring dedicated to giving teens a chance to meet and discover new authors. $10 donation to be a taste tester. 2:30pm-4:30pm. 196 E. South Boundary, Perrysburg. 567-336-6188.

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