Mary Doria Russell

Widely praised for her meticulous research, fine prose, and compelling narrative drive, Mary Doria Russell is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Sparrow, Children of God, A Thread of Grace, Dreamers of the Day, Doc, and Epitaph. Dr. Russell holds a PhD in biological anthropology. She lives in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

Event and Book

(VIRTUAL EVENT) In this inspiring historical novel about “America’s Joan of Arc,” we meet Annie Clements, the courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike against the largest copper mining company in the world. At the age of 25, Annie had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. She’d spent her whole life in the copper-mining town of Calumet, Michigan, where men risked their lives for meager salaries while their wives cleaned houses of the elite, dreading the fateful news of a deadly mine accident. When Annie — in July of 1913 — decides to stand up for herself and the entire town of Calumet, she touches off a violent, turbulent reaction that feels startlingly relevant to today.

Guest Host | Kendra Carr

Kendra Carr is the host of Interlochen Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Our Global Neighborhood. She grew up surrounded by the Manistee National Forest and the aisles of her parents’ convenience store. A graduate of Cottey College and Western Michigan University, she started her career at an Oceana county housing agency working in eviction prevention and re-housing. She then transitioned to radio, first working for a top 40 radio station in Ludington before starting at IPR. She has performed on stages in West Michigan and Traverse City, most recently appearing as the Ingenue in the Old Town Playhouse’s Indecent. When she’s not acting on stage, she can be found judging for the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association or reading at home with her boyfriend and cats.


Local Bookstores

Bay Books – Suttons Bay

Brilliant Books – Traverse City

Cottage Book Shop – Glen Arbor

Horizon Books – Traverse City

McLean & Eakin – Petoskey

Saturn Booksellers – Gaylord

Literary Underwriters

Thank you to

Lorraine Beers

Barbara Stark-Nemon

major sponsors

Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network
Michigan Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts