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by Joanna Dykhuis | LIT LIFE MURDER BY DEATH A Full Tank of Gas and a Camera


a trip to upper Michigan. “While I was up north I was in-


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trigued by the courthouse squares and I photographed one in the U.P. and thought, ‘I’d like to see more of these.’” His interest would lead to the publi-

cation of his first book, Michigan’s County Courthouses, which he says started out as a joke, a full tank of gas and a digital camera. “I began to wonder if anyone had

ever done all 83 county seats, I did some research, saw nothing all that recent and thought, ‘this is kind of a fun side project.’” It became much more than a side proj-

ect in the summer of 2004 when Fedynsky started visiting the courthouses and meeting the locals. Though he spent many long days travel-

ing the highways and country roads of the Great Lakes State, Fedynsky pressed on. “The project combines a lot of things I

have passion for: architecture, travel, history, photography,” Fedynsky said. Fedynsky’s years of work resulted in

Michigan’s County Courthouses, a book that gives a brief history of each of Michigan’s 83 county courthouses ,as well as the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing. Fedynsky provides at least two photographs of each structure along

with notable architectural details such as stone or woodwork. In addition to a small map to identify where the county seat is located, Fedynsky tried to weave in people’s stories, too. “My role wasn’t simply to give away facts

but to give away a history of the flavor of the counties and state,” he said. To gain that local flavor, Fedynsky spent a

lot of time talking with people involved with the buildings. Judges and county clerks were able to provide him with newspaper clippings, pamphlets and booklets from when the build- ings were unveiled.

Jane Knause Thrift Store Saints Book

Talk and Signing Schuler Books and Music, Alpine location Jan. 6, 7 p.m. FREE!, (616) 647-0999

Jane Knause’s Thrift Store Saints is assembled from her own real-life experiences inside a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Kalamazoo’s inner city. Knuth started volunteering hesi- tantly, but as time went on, she found her time spent with the less fortunate lead to her own powerful transformation in finding the true meaning of spirit. Knause’s encounters confirm that serving others is not the heartbreaking burden many view it as, but more so the ultimate reward.

Other Literary Events | by Megan Jenuwine Sabrina Fairchild Faith and the

S.T.O.P. Principle Author Signing Barnes and Noble, Woodland Mall Jan. 22, 1 p.m.

FREE!, (616) 940-0820

Sabrina Fairchild brings fast-paced, work-obsessed indi- viduals to a standstill in Faith and the S.T.O.P. Principle. Fairchild’s book, which enlightens readers and binds their lives with Surrender, Trust, Obedience, and Patience, will encourage those lost in their careers to reprioritize and make their way back to a God-driven reality. Faith and the S.T.O.P. Principle will inspire readers and give them the ability to find focus and balance in today’s stressed out society.

OST FIRST-TIME AUTHORS start with little more than an idea and a pad of paper. John Fedynsky had both—and then some.

Fedynsky found his inspiration on In his research, Fedynsky found that

most of the courthouses were well-main- tained as a symbol of the county. The oldest were in Lapeer and Berrien counties where the buildings dated back to when Michigan became a state in 1837. Many are still in use as courthouses or county museums. “Whether it’s good or bad, [in some ar-

eas] the population hasn’t really outgrown the original courthouse. When the county remains a manageable size then you can still manage an old stone building,” he said.

Some are elaborate stone buildings

with gargoyles, while others are simple white clapboard houses that once housed the local sheriff. They all have something in common, however. “It’s as much about buildings

and inanimate objects as it is about people and what those buildings mean to the people who built and maintain them, dedicated to them and their very

rich history,” Fedynsky said. “What these courthouses represent … is nice to finally put down and share with everyone else.” n

JOHN FEDYNSKY Schuler Books and Music, 28th Street Jan. 25, 7 p.m.

FREE!, (616) 942-2561

Poets in Print: Jen Tynes

and F. Daniel Rzicznek Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m., (269) 373-4938

Jen Tynes and F. Daniel Rzicnek will present their work alongside KBAC broadsides Lindsey Felice and Tamara Hirzel at the KBAC. Denver resident Tynes collection includes her latest book, Heron/Girlfriend; short lines of imagery deemed a “searing and provocative diction.” An English professor from Bowling Green State University, F. Daniel Rzicznek, is the winner of the 2007 May Swenson Poetry Award.



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