HGJ Facebook

HGJ's List of 7
What to Eat in the Heat


Nancy ShawNancy Shaw

Nancy Shaw is a children's book author living in Ann Arbor, MI. After studying English literature in college and graduate school, and being a life-long word lover, reading to her children gave her the impetus to write her own children's books. Shaw's latest work, Elena's Story, is part of the Discover the World series from Ann Arbor children's book publisher Sleeping Bear Press.  It is the story of a young girl growing up in rural Guatemala, offering us insight into her world. She has also penned  a series of tales featuring the adventures of some endearing and comical sheep. The Seuss-ian rhyming and fun illustrations (by Margot Apple) makes these a favorite for pre-schoolers everywhere!

Notable Works:
Elena's Story Sheep on a Ship
Sheep in a Jeep Sheep Blast Off!
Sheep Out to Eat Sheep Take a Hike
Sheep in a Shop Sheep Trick or Treat

Elmore Leonard Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1925 but settled in the Detroit area in 1934 with his parents.  He attended University of Detroit High School in 1934 and Blessed Sacrament School. He then graduated from University of Detroit in 1950 with degrees in English and Philosophy.  Over his writing career, starting in 1950, he wrote 51 novels and 9 screen plays.  Many of his books were made into movies, the best known of these being, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr Majestyk, and Rum Punch (adapted for the movie Jackie Brown). Leonard has been called "the Dickens of Detroit" because of his intimate portraits of people from that city and his ear for dialogue has been praised by writers such as Saul Bellow, Martin Amis, and Stephen King. Stephen King has also called him "the great American writer. Elmore Leonard died at his Bloomfield Township home August 20, 2013 at the age of 87 and was buried from Holy Name Catholic Church, in Birmingham MI.


Chris Van Allsburg Chris Van Allsburg

Born June 18, 1949 in Grand Rapids, MI and later attending the University of Michigan, Van Allsburg majored in sculpture and learned bronze casting, wood carving, resin molding and other techniques. He then continued his education at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), graduating with a master's degree in sculpture in 1975 and has since continued to live in Rhode Island with his wife, Lisa and their two daughters.

Notable Works:
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
The Polar Express


Annie Appleford

Annie Appleford

Annie Appleford is a lifelong resident of Michigan.  She spent the summers of her youth at a family cottage on the shore of Lake Michigan.  Her love of Michigan inspired her to create a Michigan alphabet book - M is for Michigan.


Max De Pree

Max De Pree

Max De Pree, former CEO of Herman Miller and best-selling author writes about love, elegance, caring, and inclusivity in the same sentence as leadership. Not the usual business book material. He delves deeper and inspires us to look beyond the “how-tos” to the “why” of leadership and its practices. Who we are matters, as do our relationships, when it comes to building successful, productive organizations.
De Pree provided tremendous benefit and influence here in Michigan for many decades through his leadership of Herman Miller from the early 1960s until 1987, and his legacy continues with the Max de Pree Center for Leadership in Pasadena California.

Notable Works:
Leadership is an Art
Leadership Jazz
Dear Zoe
Called to Serve: Creating and Nurturing the Effective Volunteer Board
Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving


Jaimy WeilerJaimy Weiler

Jaimy Weiler is a business & executive consultant, facilitator and author.  She grew up in Midland Michigan. 

I am inspired by her local focus. Her understanding that respect for effective and balanced work environments helps her to bring simplicity, integrity and clarity of purpose out in people and the projects they value.

She is also the author of Light through the Heart, a book that calls us to gently wake ourselves up and become the glorious global citizens we are truly meant to be. 


Robert Traver

Robert Traver
- (pen name of John D. Voelker)

Born in Ishpeming, MI, John Voelker went on to graduate from the University of Michigan Law School. After spending some time practicing law in Chicago, he returned to Ishpeming to enter private practice. Later, he was elected to the office of Marquette County Prosecutor, then appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court. In 1958, Voelker published his novel Anatomy of a Murder, the success of which allowed him to retire from law to focus on writing and fly fishing. Voelker wrote a number of novels and short stories with legal themes, all set in the Upper Peninsula.

Notable Works:
Trouble-Shooter: The Story of a Northwoods Prosecutor, 1943 (memoir) Anatomy of a Fisherman, 1964 (non-fiction)
Danny and the Boys, 1951 (novel) Laughing Whitefish, 1965 (novel)
Small Town D.A., 1954 (short stories and essays) The Jealous Mistress, 1967 (essays)
Anatomy of a Murder, 1958 (novel) Trout Magic, 1974 (short stories)
Trout Madness, 1960 (short stories) People Versus Kirk, 1981 (novel)
Hornstein's Boy, 1962 (novel)  

HGJ's List of 7 Archives

Everyday Wonderment
Gratefully experiencing the beauty in the world

A Guarantee...

Everyday Wonderment
Enjoy the newest post

Vibrant Business Network

Let's Laugh

Read more Let's Laugh in the Archives

Did You Know:

Michigan Writers:

We are on the lookout for articles with a Michigan focus!


| home page | archives | advertising | writer guidelines | links
| what's now in nature| vibrant business network | contact us