Clarke Historical Library's Fall 2015 Speaker Series

October 7: “My Mother Was A Story Whisperer”

Sue Ann Martin, retired dean of CMU’s College of Communication and Fine Arts and regular reviewer of children’s books on WCMU Radio will discuss the art of storytelling.
This presentation is made possible by the David M. and Eunice Sutherland Burgess Endowment.

October 13: “Angling in a Fool’s Paradise—The Arctic Grayling in Michigan”

Opening the Clarke Library Fall exhibit, Robert Kohrman will tell the story of this beautiful fish that was discovered in the mid-19th century and became extinct in the Lower Peninsula only
30 years later. The opening reception for the exhibit is supported in part by the Croll
Family Endowment.

October 22: Theodore Roethke: Michigan Child - American Poet

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) had deep roots in Michigan. Jeff Vande Zande, Professor of English, Delta College, and Annie Ransford, president of the Friends of Theodore Roethke will discuss Roethke’s early life. Vande Zande will talk about the Roethke House in Saginaw and read from his novel, American Poet. Ransford will tell a story within a story about Roethke boyhood home, now a museum.

November 12: An Evening with Clarence Tuma

Owner and chef of Mt. Pleasant’s fabled Ember’s Restaurant, Clarence Tuma will share stories from his life and work, drawn from his recently published memoir, The One-Pound Pork Chop – A Recipe for Life, Love, Family & the American Dream.​

All of the presentations are free and open to the public. All begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Park Library Auditorium.  A reception in the Clarke Historical Library will follow each talk.