The Big Read 2024

202416jul7:30 pm9:30 pmThe Big Read 2024

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This year’s Big Read is John Smolen’s A Cold, Hard Prayer with a keynote address on July 16th at 7:30 PM in Bay View’s Voorheis Hall.

“By all means, read John Smolens’ terrific new novel for the exciting, suspenseful story it is–a pair of orphans are on the run from forces both good and evil, their escape and pursuit played out in the often-treacherous wintry landscape of northern Michigan. But don’t be surprised to find that as you turn the pages you’re also involved in an American morality tale, in which the best of this country’s virtues—a sense of fairness, decency, and tolerance—are in deadly conflict with its worst qualities—bigotry, fanaticism, and hate. A Cold, Hard Prayer is a full, rich narrative and rewarding on many levels.”

–Larry Watson, Montana 1948, Let Him Go


July 16, 2024 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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