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Where’s Waldo Local Party
Wednesday July 30 at 11:00 a.m.

The culmination of the month-long search for Waldo in our local businesses, we will have a party and celebrate with Waldo. There will be activities, snacks and prizes. Be sure to pick up your “Find Waldo” passport at the Cottage Book Shop during the month of July.


                                              Book Signing with Ken Scott


Sunday August 3 from 1:00 to 2:30

Ice Caves of Leelanau: A Visual Exploration 

By Ken Scott
Announcing a new book by photographer, Ken Scott, of the rare ice formations on Lake Michigan in Leelanau County he captured winter of 2014. Through his lens, experience ice caves in early winter, after a March thaw and refreeze, ice balls, ridges, volcanoes and pancake ice in a color spectrum from white to green to blue. Words cannot describe the beauty of these unusual natural ice structures that only a few brave souls have experienced.  Traverse City author Jerry Dennis essay sets the mood and jars the senses as he is so able to do with works. Your feet will feel the rumble as wave crash into the shoreline carving out these ice caves covered in crystals. Ken Scott’s Facebook friend and meteorologist Ernie Ostuno of Grand Rapids supplies ice terminology and explanation for what is being viewed
For those of us unable to view the spectacular ice caves, this book is a treat to behold, so do not miss this opportunity which may not come our way again in many years.Leelanau Press, $ 25.00

We are now taking orders for the second printing, due at the end of July
To reserve your copy of this special book call 231-334-4223 or email info@cottagebooks.com 
Author Signing with Sara St. Antoine, author of Three Bird Summer
Wednesday August 13 at 11:00 a.m.  
Cottage Book Shop Pine Patch 
We are pleased to welcome Sara St. Antoine in honor of her new book
Three Bird Summer
(Candlewick  $16.99) For as long as he can remember, Adam and his parents have spent their summers at his grandmother's rustic cabin on Three Bird Lake. But this year will be different. This year, the lake will belong just to Adam. But then Adam meets Alice, the girl next door, who seems to want to become friends. Turns out, Alice isn't like the girls back home. She's frank, funny, and eager for adventure. And when Adam's grandma starts to leave strange notes in his room--notes that hint at a hidden treasure somewhere at the lake and a love from long ago--Alice is the one person he can rely on to help solve the mysteries of Three Bird Lake.
Sara will be reading from and signing copies of her book.
To reserve your copy call 231-334-4223.

All-Time Bestsellers are Local Books:

Legend of Sleeping Bear

The Legend of Sleeping Bear retells the Ojibwe legend of the Sleeping Bear Dune. The rich words written in verse by Kathy-jo Wargin are brillantly illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen. The story unfolds of the fateful swim across Lake Michigan of the two cubs and mother bear to escape a forest fire in Wisconsin, of mother bear's long wait, to the rising up of the bear cub islands in Sleeping Bear Bay. It is this duo's first legend book and was named the offical Michigan's children story. (Sleeping Bear Press, 1996. hdc $17.95)
Signed first editions are also available at $35 along with signed framed prints of the cover image $75.

Historic Cottages of Glen Lake



Historic Cottages of Glen Lake by Barbara Siepker and photographs by Dietrich Floeter.
Traverse City photographer Dietrich Floeter's duotone photographs capture the esssence of fifty cozy lake cottages. Paired with Barbara Siepker's captivating historical and personal narratives they illustrate the important role cottages played in northern Michigan in the first half of the twentieth century. It is a nostalgic story of bygone years when
summer residents fled the cities to breathe clear air. The book won the Michigan Historical Society Award and a Michigan Notable Book in 2008 and Siepker received the 2004 Edmund Ball Fellowship from the Leelanau Historical Society to begin this documentation.(Leelanau Press, 2008. hdc $50 Signed copies) Photographs are available through Dietrich Floeter.


One hundred and fifty color photos by Ken Scott and twelve essays by Jerry Dennis make this a spectacular book of
Leelanau County. From the details of a frail flower to the vast sand of the shorelines and surrounding hills, this book is a must for every local and visitor as well as it captures the expanses and beauty of this "Land of Delight" like no other. (Petunia Press, 2000. hdc $45 signed copies) We represent Ken Scott Photgraphy and carry his photographs. (See Prints/Posters/Photography tab)





Used/Old Books

We sell used and old books and can order out of print books for you. 

We also list and sell Glen Lake Community Library old books for them.

Check some of our old book inventory on ABE Books.        

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