I'm looking forward to my cousin Colleen Anderson's visit to the Everybody Reads bookstore at 2019 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing. She will talk about and read from her new children's book, "Missing: Mrs. Cornblossom." It happens from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8.
My wife, a retired third-grade teacher, calls it an easy-to-read story for the classroom and a good chapter book for young students to read.
Her book is just a continuation of a lifetime of storytelling that I grew-up with when our families lived in Bay City. She was always writing stories, drawing pictures, writing poety in grade school and high school and it never stopped after she moved to West Virginia as a volunteer who helped an economically depressed area start Cabin Creek Quilts.
Her artistic endeavors as an adult have been many. There has been magazine articles, including Redbook. Writing workshops she has led in New Mexico. Concerts where she and other friends have performed. The list is long.
The publication of her book was underwritten in a successful effort through Kickstarter, a type of crowdsourcing where the public can help finance projects like hers.
If you come to her Lansing event, I look forward to meeting you. It's a great time for grandparents to buy Christmas gifts for their young readers.