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The cozy book shop in a nearly 100-year-old log cabin in the heart of Glen Arbor has a new owner this spring. Jenny Puvogel acquired the Cottage Book Shop from Sue Boucher on April 1 after working there for five years. Boucher bought the book shop 10 years ago from Barbara Siepker, who acquired it from founder Mollie Weeks in 1995 and then moved it across Lake Street to its current location between the Glen Arbor Gardens and Lake Street Studios. We asked Puvogel about her love for the book shop and the area, what’s happening there this summer, and what’s she’s reading now.

A special holiday tradition continues on Nov. 19 with an annual call for children’s books. The Friends of the Glen Lake Library are once again collecting donations of new children’s books for children whose families are in need of assistance this holiday season. Any family can find themselves in hard times and the goal is to make sure the children still have some holiday joy in the form of a special book. 

Now is the time to cozy up by the fire and read a good book. Here’s our roundup of local books, or books written by local authors, that were published in late 2021 and 2022. Please find them at Leelanau County’s locally-owned, independent bookstores

In early October last year, I stopped by the iconic Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor to introduce myself—a local author whose book is carried there—and to sign copies. Entering the historic log cabin is literally a mood-altering experience. The open door beckons bookworms young and old. Inside, it’s chockful of books and sundry novelties, its walls notably displaying color-popping Greg Sobran prints of area landmarks. Indeed, Cottage Book Shop is the epitome of cozy.

A special holiday tradition continues this season as the Friends of the Glen Lake Library hold their 22nd annual call for children’s books. In cooperation with the Leelanau Health Department, Glen Lake School, Parenting Communities and Head Start, the book drive once again collects donations of new children’s books for children whose families need assistance this holiday season.

The Glen Lake Library and the Cottage Book Shop will host best-selling author Elizabeth Berg for a special matinee reading, on Monday Aug. 5 at 1 p.m., at the Glen Arbor Township Hall.

On Sunday, May 26, at 1 pm, M. Christine Byron and Thomas R. Wilson—authors of Historic Leelanau: Recognized Sites and Places of Historical Significance (Leelanau Press, $20) will visit the Cottage Book Shop on Lake Street in Glen Arbor.

A special holiday tradition continues on Nov. 17 as the Glen Lake Library in Empire kicks off its annual call for children’s books. The Friends of the Library, in cooperation with Glen Lake School, Parenting Communities and Head Start, are once again collecting donations of new children’s books for children whose families are in need of assistance this holiday season.

The Glen Lake Film Festival continues Monday nights at 8 p.m. at the Glen Arbor Township Hall until Aug. 6. Next up is The Great Gatsby on July 30: a 1974 romantic drama based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, directed by Jack Clayton and produced by David Merrick from a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola.

The Cottage Book Shop and the Glen Lake Community Library will host local author Anne-Marie Oomen on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. Oomen will present her latest book The Lake Michigan Mermaid, a beautiful “tale in poems” co-authored by Linda Nemec Foster.