CADILLAC — Horizon Books in downtown Cadillac is hosting a book-signing event featuring at least 18 local, published authors.

The Spring Michigan Author's Signing Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.

The authors will offer one-on-one book signings and answer questions about their work in time slots scheduled throughout the day.

Store manager Amanda Stump organized the event after the success of a December book signing featuring 10 local authors.

"Our goal is to host these events twice a year to support our authors," stated Stump. "This gives the public an opportunity to meet them and get their books signed."

Since managing the store, Stump became aware of how many local authors there were.

"I didn't know there were so many local authors," she said. "I started to look through the consignment sheets and realized that many of these people live in Cadillac — it's amazing. I have two authors with a big following: Phil Stagg and Cliff Sjogren. Both are selling a lot of books here."

Sjogren and Stagg will participate in the event.

 

Cliff Sjogren 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sjogren's first book, "Timber Town Tales," sold more than 1,000 copies the first year, with profits donated to the Wexford County Historical Society.

Sjogren's newest book is a memoir titled, "Child of the Great Depression, Growing Up in Cadillac, Michigan During a Troubled Time."

The book follows Sjogren through childhood and continues through college, courtship and marriage, military service, and career. Filled with memories of a carefree childhood in spite of economic hardship and war, his stories reminds us of who we used to be ... kinder and more dignified. Later, he shares memorable adventures, like a violent murder he witnessed in Key West, climbing Huayna Picchu, and flying in a small plane in Rhodesia seated next to a drunken pilot ... and more.

His memoir oozes with love for his hometown, family and friends and wife Pat.  With a modest tone, he recalls his stellar career in Big Ten college admissions and as an educational consultant with the International Baccalaureate and the NCAA.

 

Phil Stagg 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Phil Stagg, of Cadillac, has a passion for photography and waterfalls. The president of Stagg Machine Products, Inc, has published the first in a series of four, comprehensives guidebooks to Michigan waterfalls, both the well known and lessor known falls. The guide includes stunning photographs, plus maps, data, GPS coordinates, and even information on restroom facilities.

Stagg has already sold hundreds of copies of his first edition, "The Waterfalls of Michigan," and is busy crossing the state in his spare time to autograph books. The first book covers the waterfalls of Alger, Chippewa, Delta, Luce, Manistee and Presque Isle counties.