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L. Frank Baum, The Goose Man of Macatawa

L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was born on May 15, 1856. The Holland Sentinel has an excellent feature on Baum's Michigan connection, explaining that this multi-talented man was Louis F. Baum as an actor and playwright,…
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Five Things you need to know about Michigan: Leap Day Edition

Happy Leap Day Michigan! Today is the day we do the quadrennial calendar adjustment known as Leap Day, instituted in 45 BC by Julius Caesar. It's in February because the old Roman calendar ended on the last day of February. Get the full…
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The Polar Express Comes to Michigan

While growing up in Grand Rapids, Chris Van Allsburg remembers hearing train whistles and taking train rides with his father. These childhood sights and sounds became part of the inspiration for Van Allsburg's well-known children's book, The…
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Seeking Michigan: The Dickens of Detroit

This article originally appeared on Absolute Michigan October 11, 2011. By Randy Riley, Library of Michigan and courtesy Seeking Michigan and the Archives of Michigan. The goal of Seeking Michigan is simple: to connect you to the stories…
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Michigan Cranberries & Cranberry Farming

Thanksgiving is just a week away, so we're rolling out a classic feature on cranberries!  Cranberries by argusmaniac Although Michigan only has a small number of cranberry farms in the northeast, Upper Peninsula, and the southwestern…
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TEDx Michigan: Author Jerry Dennis on Creativity

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and TEDx was created to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate relevant dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. These events are…
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2012 Michigan Notable Books

The Library of Michigan released the list of 2012 Michigan Notable Books - 20 books published in 2011 that highlight Michigan people, places and events. "This year's selections prove that persevering through economic and personal hardship…
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The Daily Michigan: As If We Were Prey by Michael Delp

“In understated prose that remarkably says more in one sentence that many writers do in a paragraph, Delp takes us inside the head and hearts of his male characters, all of whom share a certain melancholy, both eerie and familiar, all in a…
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The Lake in Winter: an excerpt from The Windward Shore

Works by Michigan author Jerry Dennis include The Living Great Lakes, Winter Walks (with wood engravings by Glenn Wolff and design and letterpress by Chad Pastotnik of Deep Woods Press), A Place on the Water, It's Raining Frogs and Fishes,…
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Weird Wednesday: The Nain Rouge, a Detroit Ghost Story

The following tale is from Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner, available free at Project Gutenberg. You can get more recent accounts of the Nain Rouge from David A. Spitzley's spooky & excellent Mythic Detroit and a…
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Weird Wednesday: The Rowdy Ghosts of the Fenton Hotel

Linda S. Godfrey, author of the excellent Weird Michigan and Strange Michigan books is hard at work on her next book. While she is away, we are running a few of our favorites. The following is the first of our Absolute Michigan Weird Wednesday…
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Weird Wednesday: Michigan Sea Monsters

The last Wednesday of every month is a "Weird Wednesday" on Absolute Michigan. Usually we get a feature from Linda S. Godfrey, the author that fascinating tome of Michigan mysteries: Weird Michigan. Linda is hard at work on her latest book…