For many familiar with local lore, many know of the escapades of Jim Harrison and his friends. A wild group which at times included Thomas McGuane, Russell Chatham and Dan Gerber. Gerber, a graduate of Michigan State University would go on to co-found Sumac magazine with Harrison in 1962. Sumac Press would go on to publish some of the best and brightest rising stars in contemporary poetry such as Galway Kinnell, Charles Simic and Clayton Eshleman as well as their own works. These limited edition books are highly sought by collectors for their content as well as the stylized artwork that accompanied the writing.

Gerber would go on to travel the world, and write. He has served as writer-in-residence at both Michigan State University, whom recently published a retrospective of the Sumac Review and Grand Valley State University. He has published numerous collections of original poetry and also done translations of well known works. He has also written three novels and a collection of short stories. He has been awarded the Michigan Author Award in 1992 and the Mark Twain Award for distinguished contribution in Midwestern literature in 2001.

Tonight he will be making a special appearance in Traverse City sponsored by National Writers Series. He will be reading and discussing his latest collection, “Particles”. The event marks his first public appearance in several years and we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity. Seating begins at 7:00PM at Bluewater Hall, 13424 S W Bay Shore Dr. Traverse City. Landmark Books has a great selection of his rare and harder to find books.

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