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Monday, March 18,2013

Sharing Michigan memories

Author/poet Melissa Dey Hasbrook tells 'Stories About Turtle Island' Saturday at Everybody Reads Books and Stuff

by Ashley Brown

Author
and poet Melissa Dey Hasbrook shares stories about what makes Michigan home in
“Stories About Turtle Island”
at 1 p.m. Saturday, at
Everybody Reads Books and Stuff, 2019 E. Michigan Ave., in Lansing.


Dey Hasbook
will be debuting her recent book, “Circle …Home.” Inspired by the land in which
she grew up, Dey Hasbrook wanted to pay homage by dedicating her book to
Michigan and her ancestors, she said. Pre-orders for the book, which is
officially released this fall, will be available at a discount price.


“(The
book) is a collection of poems and prose inspired by the lands,” she said. “It
also does something specific about telling stories of my own.”


The
event will be an open mic format and the public is welcome to share their own Michigan
stories and experiences, Dey Hasbrook said.


“Part
of (the experience) is looking at the different communities that have lived on
the land,” she said. “(It’s also about looking) at the communities across that
have lived here for generations.”


Illustrator
Linda Robinson, who collaborated with Dey Hasbrook on “Circle” and musician
Barb Barton are among the performers.


Although
admission is free, donations are collected to support the Central Michigan Wild
Rice Camp. The camp, which takes place
the Labor Day holiday, offers participants a chance to harvest wild rice as the indigenous peoples did.

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