Submitted to the Herald Review

EVART — Local author Randy Rassoul will be the guest speaker at a special program sponsored jointly by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Evart Public Library.

Combined with color photos, the presentation, entitled "Cottages, Castles, Forts, and Follies," features highlights of Rassoul’s innovative travel guide, "I Slept in a Pineapple." The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14 in the community room of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Evart.

The book showcases a collection of endangered buildings in the United Kingdom and Ireland that have been meticulously restored and offered as one-of-a-kind vacation rentals.

In her book, Rassoul features a collection of historic rentals which are largely unknown to travelers west of the Atlantic. “I Slept in a Pineapple” reveals how to find and book properties and other hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.

An example is the iconic Pineapple on the cover of the book, which was built in the 18th century for the 4th Earl of Dunmore in Scotland. It sleeps four in two bedrooms and features a sitting room with a wood-burning fireplace.

"I Slept in a Pineapple" received national recognition as a finalist in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards which celebrates the best of books in print. The national award program, based in Los Angeles, is open to all English language books from small, medium and independent and university presses.

Rassoul, who lives with her husband near Marion in a cabin on the high banks of the Middle Branch River, is a former professor of French language and literature. She lived and studied in Paris and travels extensively throughout Europe. For a number of years, she operated MétaVoyage, a European travel and vacation rental agency.

For details about the book or to purchase it, visit

St. Paul Lutheran Church is located at 435 W. 5th St. in Evart. For more information contact event organizer Sally Zoyiopoulos at (231) 734-5542.