From books about spooky mysteries to fundraising inspiration, Alpena and Northeast Michigan have no shortage of published authors. Unsalted tales of sailing the Great Lakes, suspenseful mystery chillers, memoirs of simple living, and poems of nostalgia by local authors line the shelves of Downtown Alpena’s Blue Phoenix Books. Visit Blue Phoenix Books on Second Avenue in Downtown Alpena, or read the author bios below to add these works to your bookshelves.
Archie Best is a former Alpena, Michigan school teacher. Students fondly remember his CTTC tally on his classroom chalkboard. What did CCTC mean? It was the all-important Countdown to Trout Camp. Best is a renown angler, author and fly tying master having written many books on the subject.
Explore beautiful Hubbard Lake Michigan through four volumes of history books by Mike Cornelius. Original nature photography by the author in each book.
- Volume 1 – Hubbard Lake Reflections: 1600 – early 1900s
- Volume 2 – Hubbard Lake Panoramas & Personalities: 1900 – 1950s
- Volume 3 – Hubbard Lake Past & Present: 1960 – 2012
- Volume 4 – 140 Years of Hunting & Fishing at Hubbard Lake
Lisa M. Dietlin is a nationally recognized expert on philanthropy, charitable giving, and transformational change who, as a leading figure in the American nonprofit sector, is a highly coveted keynote speaker, media personality and philanthropic consultant. Read her bio here.
Lisa’s books include a collection of empowering and inspiring titles:
- Power of Three – How to achieve your goals by simply doing three things a day
- Transformational Philanthropy – Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits
- Making A Difference: 365 Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World
- Making A Difference II: More Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World
- Making A Difference III: Still More Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World
Dave graduated from Brecksville High School in Cleveland Ohio and from Ohio University in 1971. He is also a graduate of Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.
Dave has worked in a gas station, counted houses in the City of Cleveland for Avon, as a flower delivery boy, sold pots, pans and encyclopedias door to door, in a pizza parlor, delivered sailboats on the Great Lakes, sold Bayliner Boats, sailed in the Merchant Marine, worked as a bartender, worked in the worlds largest cement factory, worked at the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and now practices as an attorney in Alpena, Michigan.
He is the author of Tashtego, The Gingerbread Man and The Belly of the Beast. He also has been published in the Michigan Bar Journal. He lives in Alpena, Michigan with his dog Sophie.
- The Belly of the Beast
- The Gingerbread Man
11 Ways to Let Go of Painful Relationships
Splitting the Euqator, a memoir by Joe Bastow & Anne Heraghty, details the perspectives of growing up in Northeastern Michigan using creative nonfiction and poetry.
- Not Without my Daughter
In August 1984, Michigan housewife Betty Mahmoody accompanied her husband to his native Iran for a two-week vacation. To her horror, she found herself and her four-year-old daughter, Mahtob, virtual prisoners of a man rededicated to his Shiite Moslem faith, in a land where women are near-slaves and Americans are despised. Their only hope for escape lay in a dangerous underground that would not take her child…
Now the true story of this courageous woman and her breathtaking odyssey bursts upon the screen in the Pathe Entertainment production starring Academy Award-winner Sally Field!
- Swim Upstream
Don’t believe that you can’t go home again—you can, but there will be complications like solving a forty year old murder. Life in a small town can be fun, somewhat trying, but exhilarating too. The people that live in a small town can be wild, never normal, but somehow most survived. As the mystery unfolds, some people that were friends forty years ago proved not to be the same friendly people they were. Come join the fun in finding out if the murder will be solved forty years after it occurred.
Shasta Sitton currently lives in Northern Michigan with her husband and son. She grew up in Idaho and learned at an early age to love and appreciate everything the outdoors has to offer. Along with her husband, she is greatly looking forward to passing on the tradition of hunting to their young son, Wyatt, whom her book is named for.
Wyatt’s First Whitetail
K.J. Stevens is an American novelist and short story writer residing in Alpena, MI. His writing has appeared in The Adirondack Review, Fluid Magazine, Me Three, Circle Magazine, Cellar Door, Prose Ax, Temenos, and BloodLotusPilgrims Bay, Stevens first novel, was released in 2007.
- Pilgrims Bay (2007)
- Corvallis Road (with Travis Mulhauser ) (1999)
- A Better Place (2002)
- Infidelity (2004)
- Dead Bunnies (2004)
- CUTTING TEETH (2012)
- Introspection (chapbook) (1999)
- Landscaping (2007)
Lanterns & Lifeboats, A History of Thunder Bay Island
In addition to being an author, Alpena resident Stacy VanOrman also operates one of the world’s longest Haunted attractions. Each October thrill-seekers flock to Alpena, MI to walk through Dark Minds Haunted Attractions haunt in the basement of the old Armory building in Downtown Alpena. The attractions grows each year and has been scaring people stiff for more than a decade.
Dark Minds: The Beckoning
A PLACE CALLED PRESQUE ISLE by Janet Young portrays the lives of those who came to this isolated peninsula in the 1800s. Drawing from …lighthouse logs, government records, personal letters, journals, and newspaper articles, it illustrates the lives of lightkeepers, wood merchants and other characters that played a part in the harbor’s development. Included are tales of the steamships, the storms, the shipwrecks, the wildfires, the dinners and the dances that were the life of Presque Isle Harbor. The stories are often personal and sensitive reflections of what was important to those who lived on the remote northern shore of Lake Huron.
Stories of the vital steamboat wooding station, commercial fishing industry, and maritime accounts illustrate northeastern Michigan’s history and its enormous role in the growth and development of the Midwest frontier.