Laurie Lounsbury Book Signing
307 E. Lake St.
Petoskey, MI 49770
Contact: Chelsea Mills
Phone: (231) 347-1180
Laurie Lounsbury will be in the store on Tuesday, July 23rd from 2-4pm signing copies of her latest book, Kingdom Forgotten. This is a free table signing, reservations are not necessary.
A self-proclaimed prophet and king named James Jesse Strang had it all – power, fame and royalty – at least for awhile. James Strang ruled over his flock of Latter-Day Saints on a remote island in northern Lake Michigan in the mid-1800’s, leaving behind a legacy of tyranny, piracy and polygamy. With his tremendous ego and oratorical skills, Strang built a community of over 2,500 Mormons and took political control of northern Michigan and its island inhabitants. A clash of cultures soon followed as King Strang tried to impose his beliefs and laws onto both his followers and the non-believing, native islanders. Kingdom Forgotten seamlessly stitches together the true events of James Strang's life with fictional characters that show what island life might have been like under Strang's rule. It is a story of kindness and killers; of ruthless pirates and innocent believers; of a Native American woman who had the courage to stand up to Strang, a man she both loved and hated; and it is the story of how one man’s craving for power and control over others proved to be his ultimate undoing.
Laurie Lounsbury is a national award-winning journalist and editor who spent most of her writing career covering northern Michigan, including Petoskey, Charlevoix, Boyne City, Gaylord and Beaver Island. She lived in Charlevoix for 20 years and continues to spend a great deal of time up north. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, where she sings in a girl group dance band with great enthusiasm and exceptionally mediocre talent. Her band, She-Bop, was the opening act for The Miracles at the 2018 Charlevoix Venetian Festival on the grand finale night.