I'm pleased to welcome Annie Spence to Michigander Monday!
Debbie: Annie, please tell us a little about yourself.
Annie: I grew up in mid-Michigan, youngest of five children and we were all book lovers. In a family that big and a house that small, I think my mother encouraged reading to give herself some peace. Now I am a librarian and writer in the Grosse Pointe area where I live with my husband, son, and cat, Barbara. Between books and audiobooks, movies, and the host of other material available at my local library (tools, seeds, lawn games, telescope) my home rarely has less than 30 library items in it at once. I cannot go a day without checking something out from the library.
Debbie: And, of course, we want to know all about your book.
Annie: Dear Fahrenheit 451:Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks is a compilation of letters I wrote to the books I’ve had relationships with throughout my reading life. There are love letters, Dear John notes, and everything in between. And a collection of reading suggestions in the back. I have been both praised and scolded for making my readers’ TBR piles bigger.
Debbie: Other books or projects on the horizon?
Annie: Yes! I’m working on a novel. Hopefully the more people I say that to, the more motivation to finish. Hold me accountable!
Debbie: Upcoming appearances?
Annie: In the upcoming months, I will be in Dearborn Heights, MI; Newport Beach, California, and Mississauga Canada. I’ll be scooting around Michigan this summer as well. Please check my website for updates.
Debbie: Do you have a favorite Michigan bookstore?
Annie: I love to wander in John K. King’s used bookstore in Detroit. I could stay there all day and not have seen half of what they offer.
Debbie: How about a favorite place in Michigan?
Annie: Michigan has so much beauty and culture, it’s difficult to settle on one place. Locally, for me, it’s the Fern Room at the Belle Isle Conservatory. It’s beautiful and lush and a warm place to go in the winter. The past few summers, I have been really taken with Ocqueoc Falls up near Rogers City. It’s beautiful and the sound of the falls drowns out all of your thoughts. The falls are fun for kids and relaxing for adults and I always get the feeling everyone there is having the best day.
Debbie: Do you have a Michigan event or happening that you love to attend?
Annie: Oh there’s so much! Harbor Springs Book Festival, Detroit’s Thanksgiving parade, the Wheatland Music Festival, any event where I can pick up an old book or an elephant ear, preferably both. I also missed the Northern Lights a few years back because I was already in bed and feeling lazy, so I dearly hope I get another opportunity and didn’t squander my one chance.
Debbie: A few fun Michigan people we should all know about?
Annie: The Shady Ladies Literary Society
Debbie: Something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about Michigan?
Annie: I don’t like to give away too much information about Michigan to people who don’t know about it. I still want space for my towel at the beach!
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?
Annie: Michigander, for sure. I’ve never heard anyone say Michiganian out loud.
Debbie: Annie, we'll add you to the Michigander column. Thank you for joining us today for Michigander Monday!