Speak & Sign with Jerry Dennis, author of "The Living Great Lakes"

Event date: 
Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 6:30pm

Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 PM

Jerry Dennis, author of The Living Great Lakes, Rev. Edition (releases May 14th) will speak and sign.

The story of the Great Lakes unfolds during an epic journey on The Malabar, a two-masted schooner the author helped sail from Lake Michigan to Bar Harbor, Maine. Battling storms and internal strife, the crew of five navigate the lakes and their connecting waterways, traverse the Erie Canal and a flooding Hudson River, and make their way around Manhattan to Long Island Sound and up the Atlantic coast to Maine. Awards include the 2004 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Best Book of the Year from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the Stuart D. and Vernice Gross Award for Excellence in Literature, and the Great Lakes Culture Award. The book was also a finalist for the Great Lakes Booksellers Association’s Book of the Year and was selected as a 2004 Michigan Notable Book by the Michigan Library Association. A perennial favorite of book clubs across the U.S. and Canada, it has been a community reads selection more than a dozen times, including the 2009 “Traverse City [MI] Reads,” the 2010 “Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads,” and the 2015 “Reading Together” selection for Kalamazoo [MI].

“A fine guide to the Great Lakes with a storyteller’s sense of pacing, savvily blending the factual with the picaresque.” — Kirkus Reviews


Jerry Dennis has lived most of his life in northern Michigan and has earned his living as an independent writer since 1986. His essays, poems, and short fiction have appeared in more than 100 publications, including The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon,  American Way, Gray’s Sporting Journal, PANK, and Michigan Quarterly Review. His books, many of them illustrated by artist Glenn Wolff, are widely acclaimed, have won numerous awards, and have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, German, Portuguese, Czech, and Korean.

Jerry has been awarded many honors, including the Michigan Author of the Year Award, the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Louisville’s School of Arts and Sciences, the Great Lakes Culture Award from Michigan State University, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. He is a frequent guest speaker at universities and conferences and is on the permanent faculty of the University of Michigan’s Bear River Writers Conference, where he teaches creative non-fiction and the sense of place. He and his wife, Gail, live near the shore of Lake Michigan not far from Traverse City, Michigan.

Visit his website at jerrydennis.net.







Event address: 
312 State Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas, Revised Edition By Jerry Dennis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250325884
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2024