Join us for a panel presentation featuring accomplished authors from the state of Michigan! Marty Thompson Arnold is the author of the novel Raised in Captivity, published by our own Chapbook Press; cultural anthropologist Veronica Kirin is the author of Stories of Elders: What the Greatest Generation Knows About Technology that You Don't; and Rachael Rose Steil is the author of the memoir Running in Silence: My Drive for Perfection and the Eating Disorder That Fed It.
About Raised in Captivity by Marty Thompson Arnold
On a June morning in Saskawan, Michigan, 84-year-old columnist Iris VanWingen discovers a runaway monkey in the barn of her tumble-down urban farm. She is not pleased. In fact, her searing diatribe aimed at "that pathetic menagerie next door" stirs up opposition to Ridge Park Zoo's plans for expansion. It will be up to Caroline Finch, the zoo's new and untested spokesperson, to control the damage and placate the opinionated (and frankly scary) Mrs. VanWingen. But before the summer ends, the two women uncover a sinister conspiracy that threatens them both. What Iris and Caroline learn from each other and from ten-year-old junior zookeeper Rafael Rojas, sets them on a dangerous quest to save the land, the wildlife and the people they love.
Marty Thompson Arnold grew up in Kalamazoo and earned degrees from Michigan State and Northwestern University before raising a family in Grand Rapids. She has worked as a teacher, journalist, communications director and magazine editor. She lives on a small patch of wilderness hidden deep within the city of Grand Rapids.
About Stories of Elders: What the Greatest Generation Knows About Technology that You Don't by Veronica Kirin
America’s Greatest Generation (born before 1945) witnessed incredible changes in technology and social progress. From simple improvements in entertainment to life-changing medical advances, technology changed the way they live, work, and identify. Sadly, with each passing year, fewer members of the Greatest Generation remain alive to share their wisdom as the last Americans to grow up before the digital revolution.
In 2015, Millennial author and cultural anthropologist Veronica Kirin drove 11,000 miles across more than 40 states to interview the last living members of the Greatest Generation. Stories of Elders is the result of her years of work to capture and share their perspective for generations to come.
Anthropologist turned serial entrepreneur Veronica Kirin has a passion for telling stories and connecting with the past. Her desire to study social changes through people drove her to write about technology and its impact on culture through the eyes of the Greatest Generation.
Kirin was named by Forbes as a notable graduate of Grand Valley State University, a 40 Under 40 Business Leader, has been recognized as the founder of a Top Women Owned Business, and is the first business in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. She offers entrepreneurial coaching to LGBTQ business owners who wish to scale their businesses so they work less, grow faster, and earn more.
About Running in Silence by Rachael Rose Steil
"Running in Silence is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand the causes and potential cures of eating disorders." -Lize Brittin, former world-class mountain runner and author of Training on Empty
"Running in Silence will encourage anyone to get that push they are looking for to not merely exist, but to live." -Suzy Favor Hamilton, former Olympic middle distance runner and New York Times bestselling author of Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness
"Rachael's voice is no longer silent, but is now a guide to those looking to better their lives." -Brittany Burgunder, author of Safety in Numbers
"Rachael Steil is a talented writer dedicated to sharing her journey, her struggle, and her most vulnerable moments to help others. Her courage shines through on the pages of Running in Silence. "--Jennifer DiGennaro, certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and founder of Nourished Energy
"It had been hours since I ran at track practice that winter, but I hadn't bothered to shower, let alone change clothes. No, I didn't have time for that, because I had found the answer to my prayers.
This has to be it.
Eat all the fruit you want.
Never get fat.
Raw. Food. Diet."
Rachael Steil clocked in as an All-American collegiate runner; she became a girl clawing for a comeback on a 30-bananas-a-day diet. This year-long struggle with raw food ended when she realized she had to find her self-respect beyond her identity as a successful runner on a perfect diet. Running in Silence opens the door on the secret world of eating disorders. It provides vital insights for those who don't suffer from this disease and an honest and harrowing personal story for those who do. Steil challenges the stigma of eating disorders, looks past appearance, and dives into the heart of obsession.
Rachael Rose Steil writes articles about running and eating disorders for her website www.RunninginSilence.com, (awarded Top Eating Disorder Blog), and is a speaker and advocate. She was 6th and 7th place NAIA All-American in cross country and track for Aquinas College, and now coaches at Grandville High School. Steil's work has been endorsed by Gail Hall, Director of Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders in Michigan; Nancy Clark, registered dietitian and board certified specialist in sports dietetics; Paula Quatromoni, Chairman of the Department of Health Sciences at Boston University; and Suzy Favor Hamilton, Olympic middle distance runner and mental health advocate. Steil's greatest achievement was not breaking a physical barrier, but a mental one.