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7/9/2013 5:24:00 PM
Author who walked Great Lakes shoreline will speak in Petoskey

Loreen Niewenhuis had a midlife crisis that evolved into a midlife adventure, causing her to walk all the way around Lake Michigan in 2009. Then, she wrote the bestselling book, A 1000-Mile Walk on the Beach, released in 2011. She will visit the Petoskey area on Monday, July 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building located at 451 E. Mitchell St., with her presentation in words, photos and videos, as part of the Petoskey District Library and Friends of the Library lecture series.

In 2012, Niewenhuis undertook another 1000-mile hike - this time touching all five Great Lakes - and her new book, "A 1000-Mile Great Lakes Walk" (published by Crickhollow Books of Milwaukee) was released, first to select Indie bookstores in April, then nationwide in June. The book was recently awarded the Great Lakes Great Reads designation by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association.

In the new book, Niewenhuis takes readers along on her hike along the shoreline of all the Great Lakes, exploring the geology, hydrology and natural history of the largest system of freshwater lakes in the world. It also illuminates the threats to this massive ecosystem: invasive species, pollution, destruction of wetlands and the gradual warming of the lakes. She raises important questions about preserving our wild places and protecting the fragile ecosystems on which we all depend.

Niewenhuis will tour widely in the State of Michigan with A 1000-Mile Great Lakes Walk in July. She will visit the Petoskey area on Monday, July 22, at 7:00 p.m. The public will be able to buy her books at the event and she will be signing copies after her presentation. This event, sponsored by the Petoskey District Library and Friends of the Library, is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call the Library at 231-758-3100.

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