Monday, July 7, 2014

Michigander Monday: Bob Linsenman

I'm pleased to welcome Bob Linsenman to Michigander Monday!

Debbie:  Bob, please tell us a little about yourself.

Bob:  I am a Michigan product through and through....a 1965 graduate of Oakland University, English major  Russian minor (I wanted to learn how to say "Don't shoot, comrade!" -- actually the Russians were ahead of the USA in the space race and I needed three years of a foreign language for a BA degree, so.....)

Our family lived in Oakland county but we vacationed and spent nearly every weekend in northern Michigan at our cabin near Loon Lake in Oscoda county.

After college I worked in the CBS Publishing Group for college text publisher Holt, Rinehart & Winston, later for a large computer firm, as a non-fiction literary agent, as a fly shop manager and fly fishing guide, and through all this I wrote many magazine articles on fly fishing and six books on fly angling.

Snowblood's Journal is my first fiction effort. The reviews have been wonderful and, honestly, I am quite proud of it.

Debbie:  Tell us more about your books.

Bob:  My non-fiction titles are: Trout Streams of Michigan, Great Lakes Steelhead, The Au Sable River, Michigan Blue-Ribbon Fly Fishing Guide, Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout, and Best Streams for Great Lakes Steelhead. All of these have been well received but the first one, Trout Streams of Michigan, has sold the most copies by far.

The novel, Snowblood's Journal, is about two cousins from northern Michigan who find themselves in the new scout dog program during the Vietnam war. The story presents the incredible bravery and pure heroism of these men and their wonderful dogs.

We have presentations and signings scheduled and this list will certainly grow, so it's best if people track them through the Facebook site for Snowblood's Journal by Bob Linsenman, or through my publisher, Arbutus Press. Right now we have July 12 at the Moore Library in Lexington, MI; August 21 at the West Branch Library; and September 11, at the Kalkaska Library.

The previous events have all been well attended, successful in my opinion.

Debbie:  Do you have a favorite Michigan bookstore? And/or a favorite Michigan library?

Bob:  I like all bookstores, big and small. Horizon Books in Traverse City is one favorite.

All libraries are good for the public and private soul.

Debbie:  How about a favorite place in Michigan?

Bob:  Anywhere along the Au Sable River where I can dangle a foot or hand in the soothing current and let the river suck the poison from my soul.

Debbie:  Do you have a Michigan event or happening that you love to attend?

Bob:  The northern lights and shooting stars rarely coincide, but when they do I watch the miracle unfold over Loon Lake or Island Lake. This is the best event by far.

Debbie:  A few fun Michigan people we should all know about?

Bob:  There are lots of great, funny, dedicated, selfless, heroic, generous folks in this fine state. We should all cherish our own private list.

Debbie:  Something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about Michigan?

Bob:  Michigan has the longest coastline of any state except Alaska.

Debbie:  Last question.  Some folks in Michigan refer to themselves as Michiganders, others as Michiganians. For our ongoing vote tally: are you a Michigander or a Michiganian?

Bob:  I am and always will be a Michigander. A "Michiganian" is a member in an exclusive little club that only welcomes flatlanders and fudgies. A Michigander supports diversity and proudly includes Yoopers, Trolls, Bush Weasels, Swamp Angels, and Jack Pine Savages among its members. I am a Jack Pine Savage by the way.

Debbie:  Bob, we'll add you to the Michigander column!  Thank you very much for being here today for Michigander Monday.

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