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Can't be two places at once

March 3, 2008 - Diane Speer
Wouldn’t you know it — the cooking class I’m taking tomorrow night at Alpena Community College falls on the same night as author Doug Allyn’s appearance at Alpena County Library.

I’ve long been a fan of Allyn’s, and have read most of his books, including “Motown Underground” and “The Cheerio Killings” set in Detroit, all of his Mitch Mitchell mysteries set on Thunder Bay and “The Burning of Rachel Hayes,” his mystery set in Alcona County. I’ve interviewed him for stories and heard him speak on several other occasions, but the best experience by far was the night my Book Club visited him in mass at Waldenbooks in the Alpena Mall a few years ago, where he was autographing copies of “The Burning of Rachel Hayes.” He was a great sport and posed for a few goofy photos with us. He didn’t take himself too seriously either, although he has achieved an impressive level of success that does our city proud.

So, if you are not taking a cooking class at ACC or are otherwise occupied, Allyn will be speaking at 7 p.m. Tuesday on “Foreign Country: Hemingway in Michigan,” as part of the ongoing Celebrate Hemingway series. Sure wish I could be two places at once!


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