“The night allowed fans to get an inside look at Sides’ writing, his newest book, In the Kingdom of Ice, and why he loves going on book tours.

“Publishers and publicists will traditionally send you to New York, Boston and San Francisco, and it’s towns like Traverse City you end up having a lot more fun, you meet readers who really want you to be there,” Sides says. “It’s great talking about craft. It is great thinking about why you do what you do and how you do it, and also meeting readers who have been reading your books and communication coming full circle.”

The next event for the 2015 fall season is “Bookmania,” Traverse City’s first book festival. To see the full report, go to TV 9&10.