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Ellen Airgood

Ellen Airgood runs a diner in Grand Marais, Michigan, where all kinds of people come from all kinds of places, and she gets to meet them and hear their stories. That was the route she took to becoming a writer; she could have learned about life anywhere, but fate brought her to the end of the earth and a tiny town that time forgot. She is the author of South of Superior.

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Virtual tickets for Ellen Airgood are available through the National Writers Series website, while in-person tickets can be purchased here through the City Opera House

Set against the wide-open beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this wise, big-hearted novel follows a young single mother and her ten-year-old daughter as they stand up to the trials of rural poverty and find the community they need in order to survive.

In Tin Camp Road, Laurel Hill and her precocious daughter Skye have always been each other’s everything. The pair live on Lake Superior, where the local school has classes of just four children, and the nearest hospital is a helicopter ride away. Though they live frugally, eking out a living with Laurel’s patchwork of jobs, their deep love for each other feels like it can warm them even on the coldest of nights. What more do they need?

One otherwise normal afternoon, their landlord decides to evict them in favor of a more profitable summer rental, and, without any warning, they are pushed farther to the margins. And when a dangerous incident threatens to separate them, Laurel and Skye must forever choose–will they leave the place they love and the hardscrabble life they’ve built, or risk everything to embrace the emptiness and wildness that has defined them?

What follows is an uplifting, profoundly moving story about a mother and daughter fighting for each other, against all odds, as they learn to build community and foster the resilience that will keep them alive.

Guest Host | Susan Odgers

Susan Odgers is past chair of the Keweenaw Storytelling Center in Calumet, and since 1989, she’s taught psychology at Northwestern MI College. Susan is on the boards of the TC Human Rights Commission, MI Writers, Traverse Area District Library and the Central Neighborhood Association. A two-time Ragdale Fellow, her column “Adapted in TC” has appeared in the Traverse City Record Eagle for the past fourteen years, and, she’s a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. A recipient of the Sara Hardy Humanitarian of the Year award, Susan was recognized as one of the 2021 Influential Women of Northern Michigan.

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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

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This activity is supported in part by and award from the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS, MICHIGAN HUMANITIES COUNCIL and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

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This activity is supported in part by and award from the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS, MICHIGAN HUMANITIES COUNCIL and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

Raising Writers Grantor