Writing event part of Harbert’s Art Attack

Published 1:48 pm Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tom Montgomery Fate will be reading from his work and signing copies of his books at the Center of the World Woodshop’s “Author! Author!” event on April 26. (Submitted illustration)

Tom Montgomery Fate will be reading from his work and signing copies of his books at the Center of the World Woodshop’s “Author! Author!” event on April 26. (Submitted illustration)

HARBERT — While many of the events scheduled for Art Attack weekend in Harbor Country will highlight the visual arts, the art of writing will be the focus at the Center of The World Woodshop, 13400 Red Arrow Hwy., from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 26.

For the fourth year in a row, Lorraine and Terry Hanover, owners of the shop and authors themselves, will host their annual “Author! Author!” reading and book signing event.

“The first event was my book launch party,” explained Lorraine. “It really went over well, so the following year, we did a second launch party, and we included several authors. We’ve just decided to make it an annual event.”

This year, the Hanovers are showcasing the work of Tom Montgomery Fate, Betty Knight Taylor and Barbara M. Schuck. They will also be unveiling a collaborative project of their own.

“We try to bring in different authors every year,” Lorraine said. “We’re really thrilled to get Tom Fate. I’ve read two of his books, and I’m really impressed with his work.”

As fate would have it, the Glen Ellyn, Ill. author — who owns a self-built cabin in southwestern Michigan — dropped by the Hanovers’ shop a few months ago.

“He just happened to walk into our shop and asked if we would like to carry his books,” Lorraine said.

An English professor at the College of DuPage, Fate regularly contributes to The Chicago Tribune and has written five books of nonfiction, including “Beyond the White Noise,” a collection of essays, “Steady and Trembling,” a spiritual memoir and “Cabin Fever,” a nature


“We’re very excited to have him on board,” Lorraine said.

Playwright and novelist Betty Knight Taylor will also be attending the event.

“Betty has produced four or five different plays,” Lorraine said. “She writes, directs and produces them. In fact, she has a play coming up in Benton Harbor in August.”

A third author, memoirist Barbara M. Schuck will also be a guest at the event. Her work, “Jared’s Path,” relates the positive, uplifting true story of her medically challenged son.

“This is Barb’s first book,” Lorraine said. “She has a son with special needs, and this is a sort of a memoir of her experiences with that. I recruited her through the Harbor Authors’ Group.”

Book-loving children will also be entertained at “Author! Author!” as JoAnn Loeffen Thompson will be present.

“She writes children’s books, and she’ll be there with her books to read them to the children,” Lorraine said. “She’s a delightful person.”

Finally, Lorraine and Terry also have their own new publication coming out — a guide to area hiking trails and brew pubs, entitled “Get Out: Trails and Ales in Southwest Michigan.”

“Terry and I have been backpackers for many years, and we also like our beer,” Lorraine explained. “So, we’re doing this guide to the best hiking trails and places to get a good sandwich and a beer afterwards.”

The first issue of the biennial guide will include spring and summer trails, and the second issue will include fall and winter trails. Each issue will be about 20 pages long.

The event is free and open to the public, and visitors will be invited to enjoy a glass of wine and appetizer while mingling with the authors. Tom Fate’s reading and presentation will begin at 5 p.m.

More information can be obtained by calling the Center of the World Woodshop at (269) 469-5687 or by visiting www.centeroftheworld.net.