Author Talk with Phyllis Michael Wong

Jackson District Library is honored to be one of 50 locations selected to join the 2023 Michigan Notable Books Author Tour!

Please join us in welcoming author Phyllis Michael Wong to the Carnegie Library on Saturday, June 24 at 2 PM for a discussion and Q&A on her novel We Kept Our Towns Going: The Gossard Girls of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

This fascinating look at a piece of little-known Michigan history tells the stories of the “Gossard Girls,” women who sewed corsets and undergarments at factories in Ishpeming and Gwinn in the Upper Peninsula, from early twentieth century to the 1970s, sustaining both their families and the local economy.

The first 50 attendees will receive a free copy of We Kept Our Towns Going.

About Michigan Notable Books: The Michigan Notable Books program is designed to promote reading, Michigan authors and stories by annually selecting 20 titles that best reflect the diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experiences in the state.

Author Talk with Kari Gunter-Seymour

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we invite you to join us for “Where I Come From, it’s Pronounced App-pa-lach-a,” a virtual talk presented by Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour.

This event will take place at 6 PM, April 26 on Zoom.

A recording of the program will also be available until May 3 on JDL’s YouTube channel.

About the Poet: Kari Gunter-Seymour’s poetry collections include Child of the Large-Beaked Bird (EastOver Press, 2024) Alone in the House of My Heart (Ohio University Swallow Press, 2022) and A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen (Sheila Na Gig Editions, 2020), winner of the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year Award. A ninth generation Appalachian, she is the editor of I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing: Ohio’s Appalachian Voices, funded through an Academy of American Poets Fellowship Grant and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Women of Appalachia Project’s anthology series, Women Speak. Her complete list of works can be found on her website.