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Local Author Event, Kathleen Stocking

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)



The Leelanau Peninsula: Democracy in America in Microcosm presented by Kathleen Stocking

Please join us as local author and award winning Michigan essayist Kathleen Stocking introduces her newest book, From the Place of the Gathering Light.  Kathleen combines hard-earned awareness of the larger world with a deeply felt personal knowledge and connection to the Leelanau Peninsula. This latest book is about the changes she’s seen on the Leelanau Peninsula over her lifetime and some prognostications for the future.



Kathleen Stocking grew up in the 1950s above Sleeping Bear Bay. Stocking left for the University of Michigan and Manhattan, returned and raised three children and in 1998, when her last child graduated from the Interlochen Center for the Arts, left again to work in the prisons and homeless shelters of California. She has taught and travelled in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Romania, Thailand, the Netherlands, England, and Turkey. She recently received a 2017 award from the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council and a 2014 fellowship from the Blue Mountain Center for the Arts. In the 1990s she received major awards from the Michigan Council for the Arts, ArtServe Michigan, Association of Professional Women Writers, National Council for the Humanities, the Biederman Foundation, the William James Foundation; in the 2000s while serving in the Peace Corps in Thailand and Romania she received awards from USAID and the Royal Thai Government.  She grew up, the daughter of a lumber baron; her playmates, like brothers and sisters, were the children of the mill workers. She never forgot this and said, “My four sisters and I had bikes, books, a nice house. I knew at some gut level, even as a child, that not only did we have things that they didn’t, but we had things because they didn’t.”


Her newest book will be available for checkout at the library.  You may also purchase a copy at Horizon Books. Shop local!


May 9
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Main Library (Traverse City)
610 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States


McGuire Community Room