Muskegon Writers’ Series

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Muskegon Writers’ Series is to foster and celebrate good contemporary writing.

To this end, it will pursue the following goals:
  • Invite published writers to read in Muskegon and publicize and subsidize these readings
  • Sponsor and/or judge local writing contests for students and adults
  • Financially support Muskegon Community College’s literary magazine
  • Create and sponsor other activities that encourage good writing in its many forms: poetry, fiction, non-fiction prose, drama, and experimental genres

For more information, contact Mary Tyler at (231) 777-0327.

Mitch Albom Coming to Frauenthal Center on Nov. 10

Mitch Albom, the internationally renowned author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist, will speak at the Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom

Tickets for the event, which is organized by the Muskegon Writers’ Series, are $30 and $25 for students with ID. Ticket price includes a copy of Albom’s latest book, the next person you meet in heaven, the long-awaited sequel to the mega bestselling The Five People You Meet in Heaven.  Tickets can be purchased online now at https://frauenthal.org/event/mitch-albom-live/ and from Nov. 1 through noon on Nov. 9 in Room 154 on the MCC campus.

Albom wrote six consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers. Tuesdays with Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time. Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day and Have a Little Faith have been made into award-winning television movies. His 13 books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and have been published in 49 territories and in 45 languages.

Fifteen years ago, in Albom’s beloved tale, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the world fell in love with Eddie, a grizzled war veteran-turned-amusement park mechanic who died saving the life of a young girl named Annie. Eddie, who felt his life was meaningless, journeyed to heaven and encountered five people from his time on earth who showed him every life matters, and we touch each other in countless, unimaginable ways.

Now, in this enchanting sequel, Albom reveals what happened to Annie, the little girl, how her world changed after the accident, and what awaits her when she eventually makes her own journey to heaven and reunites with the man who saved her.

A longtime panelist on ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters” and co-host of its new iteration as a podcast, Albom received the highest honor in his field by being named the nation’s top sports columnist for more than a decade by the Sports Editors of America.

The Detroit Free Press columnist has founded nine charities in Detroit, including the first ever 24-hour medical clinic for homeless children in America. He also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, which he visits monthly. Albom lives with his wife, Janine, in suburban Detroit.

The Muskegon Writers’ Series is made possible by a grant from the George & Betty Hilt Fund held at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

Ahfest 2018 Film Festival in October

On Wednesday evenings throughout October, the 2018 Muskegon Writers’ Series will show and discuss five films associated with “Truth,” which is the 2018 Muskegon Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme this year.

The first four films will be shown at the Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W Webster Ave. in downtown Muskegon. The fifth film, on Oct. 31, will be shown at MCC’s Overbrook Theater, 221 S. Quarterline Rd. Admission is free and open to anyone over 18 years of age. Each movie will be followed by a group discussion led by MCC English and Film instructor Mary Tyler or MCC Theater Instructor Tom Harryman.

All films begin promptly at 6 p.m. Doors will be closed at 6:05 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. A cash bar for beer and wine will be available for anyone with a valid ID.  Free popcorn will be served. For more information, contact Mary Tyler at (231) 777-0327.

The dates and featured films are:

October 3 – “Doubt,” a 2008 film which earned five Academy Award nominations, was written and directed by John Patrick Shanley and based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning stage play Doubt: A Parable. The film takes place in a St. Nicholas school led by Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep). Sister James (Amy Adams) tells Aloysius that Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) might have too much personal attention with the school’s only black student Donald Miller (Joseph Foster), thus leading to Aloysius starting a crusade against Flynn. The film also features Viola Davis as Donald Miller’s mother.

October 10 – “The Shape of Water,” winner of the 2018 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best production Design, and Best Original Score. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, and Richard Jenkins. Set in Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, the story follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured humanoid amphibian creature.

October 17 – “The Drop,” winner of the 2014 Zurich Film Festival’s Best International Feature Film Award, is directed by Michaël R. Roskam from a screenplay written by Dennis Lehane. Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost. Also starring James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, and Matthias Schoenaerts.

October 24 – “Moonlight,” which won the 2017 Academy Awards for Best Picture, was directed by Barry Jenkins. Starring Mahershala Ali, Naomi Harris, Trevante Rhodes, and Janelle Monáe. The film presents three stages in the life of the main character; his youth, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up

October 31 – “Ruin Me” is a 2017 film directed by Preston DeFrancis. Alexandra (Marcienne Dwyer) reluctantly tags along for Slasher Sleepout, an extreme event that is part camping trip, part haunted house, and part escape room. But when the fun turns deadly, Alex has to play the game if she wants to make it out alive. Also starring Matt Dellapina, Chris Hill, and MCC’s Theater instructor Tom Harryman. A Halloween Costume Contest will be held with prizes for 1st, 2nd