Marion Library sponsoring Open Mic program for local authors

By Randy Johnston Special to the Herald Review

MARION — The Marion Public Library will sponsor Marion Open Mic, an event featuring writers from Marion and the surrounding communities who will read excerpts from their works.

The event, taking place from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the library, will include work from a variety of genres including poetry, novels, nonfiction and short stories.

Featured writers will present highlights from the following works:

  • Barb Baird — poems, including “Watch Yourself;”
  • Betty Dowell — selected stories including “Reluctant Runaway;”
  • Sherrie Fuscone — selections from “Lessons from the Past,” a novel;
  • Angie Ghent — “The P.S. Book,” a resource book for churches;
  • Peggy Hoard — “Questions,” a novela;
  • Randy Rassoul — “I Slept in a Pineapple,” a travel guide; and
  • Ray Smith — “So It’s Been Told.”

“I’m looking forward to participating in Marion Open Mic day,” said author Peggy Hoard, of Marion. “I am the chair of Write To Publish, a writing group that meets in Cadillac, and several of the other open mic participants also belong to the group. We’ll enjoy meeting folks from the community at the event and sharing excerpts from our writings with them.”

Marion Open Mic is free and open to the public.

“We like to offer new and interesting experiences to enrich our community,” said Shelley Scott, library director. “I think the open mic event is a great chance for folks to meet some of our local writers and we want area residents to come into the library, learn what we have to offer, participate in our programs and check out books.”

The open mic presentation will take place during Marion Old Fashion Days, the annual two-day program of activities designed for adults and children. Old Fashion Days are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6. For more information, visit

The Marion Public Library is located at 120 E. Main St., in Marion. For more information, call (231) 743-2421.