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