GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Summer is the perfect time to pick up a good book and the Grand Rapids Public Library is helping you pick out some page turners with its annual GR Reads program! Every week,the library will feature a different book, with ten in all, and invite readers to take part in an activity or event that ties into the novel.
The first book is “Maphead” by Ken Jennings. Jennings made a name for himself with his record run on “Jeopardy.” The book takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair, to the Library of Congress, from the geniuses at the National Geographic Bee, to the computer programmers at Google Earth. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the “unreal estate” charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy.
Jennings also explores ways in which cartography has shaped our history, suggesting that the impulse to make and read maps is as relevant today as it has ever been.
One of the events tied to Jennings’ book is one of exploration in Michigan. It’s the launch of the book, “Vintage Views Along
Scenic M-22 including Sleeping Bear Dunes” by local authors M. Christine Byron and Thomas R. Wilson. The book follows a trail of vacationers and travelers along one of Michigan’s most scenic roads, from Manistee County to the Leelanau Peninsula.
The book launch is Wednesday, June 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Readers will enjoy a presentation on “Vintage Views” followed by a book signing. It takes place at the Main Library in downtown Grand Rapids.