Writing Out Loud returns to the library in fall 2021 with four exciting author events! The Friends of the Michigan City Public Library will host a reception following each program.
Saturday, September 18, 7:30 PM
Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U. S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in Southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper’s Daughter is her debut novel. The novel is soon to be adapted for Netflix by the Obama Production Company, Higher Ground.
Barnes & Noble of Valparaiso will have the author’s book available for purchase at the event.
Saturday, September 25, 7:30 PM
Janine Harrison wrote the poetry collection, Weight of Silence (Wordpool Press, 2019) and chapbook, If We Were Birds (Locofo Chaps, 2017); her travel memoir/guidebook, Turning 50 on El Camino de Santiago: A Solo Woman’s Travel Adventure is forthcoming (2021). Her work has also appeared in Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, A&U, Gyroscope Review, and other publications. She teaches creative writing at Calumet College of St. Joseph, freelance writes, and serves as a teaching artist and activist throughout Chicagoland. Formerly, Janine was a Highland (IN) Poet Laureate, an Indiana Writers’ Consortium president, and a poetry reviewer for The Florida Review. She lives with her husband, fiction writer Michael Poore, and daughter, Jianna, in Northwest Indiana.
Prof. Edward Curtis IV
Saturday, October 16, 7:30 PM
Edward Curtis is a publicly-engaged scholar of Muslim American, African American, and Arab American history and life. His thirteen books have been called “essential,” “exemplary,” “approachable,” “groundbreaking,” “must-read,” “wonderful,” and “a model of clarity.” Muslims in America: A Short History (Oxford, 2009) was named one of the best 100 books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly, and his two-volume Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History was deemed one of the “best reference works of 2010” by Library Journal. Curtis’ most recent works include Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Made a Home in the American Midwest (New York University Press) and Arab Indianapolis (Belt Publishing). Dr. Curtis is William M. and Gail M. Plater Chair of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Religious Studies at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
Saturday, November 6, 7:30 PM
Eric Zorn is a former American op-ed columnist and daily blogger for the Chicago Tribune who specialized in local news as well as politics. Zorn co-wrote the 1990 book Murder of Innocence, about Laurie Dann. The book served as the basis for a 1993 made-for-TV movie with the same name. When Alden Global Capital took control of the Chicago Tribune in the spring of 2021, Zorn was among the many columnists and other journalists who accepted a buyout offer from the company. His final column appeared on June 27, 2021.
Writing Out Loud was created in 1984 with a grant from Indiana Humanities. Since then, more than 140 authors have appeared at the library. Programs are supported with funds by the Patrons of Writing Out Loud, Michigan City Public Library Endowment Fund and Friends of the Library.