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Melissa Grunow, Author


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Amy S. Hansen, Author

Zonta Club of Charlevoix Area Hosts Literary Delights

Zonta Club of Charlevoix Area hosts its annual Literary Delights — a Women Authors' Luncheon — from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Charlevoix Public Library. Tickets for the event are $40 per person, and include a delicious luncheon, silent auction, and gift basket raffle drawings.

Speaking at the event will be two notable women authors: Melissa Grunow and Amy S. Hansen. Copies of their books will be available for purchase and signing.

Melissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City: A Memoir (Tumbleweed Books, 2016), a winner of Independent Author Network's 2016 Book of the Year Award for "Outstanding Memoir". Grunow, a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee for her essay "Home", is an award-winning author, and a live storyteller. She participated in the 2016 Metro Detroit Listen to Your Mother show, and regularly competes in The Moth StorySLAM. A member of Detroit Working Writers, Springfed Arts, Michigan Writers, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), Grunow holds a Bachelor of Science in English-creative writing and journalism from Central Michigan University, a Master of Arts in English from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with distinction from National University. A writing instructor at Baker College and Madonna University, Grunow lives in Ferndale, Michigan, where she is hard at work on her second book, I Don't Belong Here.

Amy S. Hansen, a science writer whose works are directed primarily toward children, focuses her literary efforts on answering mysteries such as ‘Where do bugs go in the winter?’ The author of numerous books and articles covering bugs, energy, physics for pre-K and more, Hansen’s most recent book, Fire Bird: The Kirtland’s Warbler Story, follows one Kirtland's Warbler from birth through his migration to the Bahamas and back to the jack pine forests of Grayling, Michigan. Hansen’s book Bugs and Bugsicles: Insects in the Winter won the John Burroughs award for excellence in nature writing for young readers, while her book Geothermal Energy: Hot Stuff! (Rosen, 2011) was named to the Junior Library Guild. A resident of Maryland, Hansen has family in the Charlevoix area, and is a frequent visitor. She also lived in Michigan while studying at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources, as well as the University of Michigan’s Journalism Department. Hansen will be accompanied by her illustrator, Janet W. Oliver.

All proceeds from Zonta’s Literary Delights go to directly support projects which advance the status of women locally, nationally, and internationally, including Zonta’s Sights on Success event—a free, day-long program offered to local middle school girls to build teamwork, self-esteem and confidence.

Reservations for the event are required. For more information and/or to purchase a ticket for the event, contact Linda DeGrow, (231) 547-4109, or any Zonta Club member.