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About bonniejocampbell

I'm the author of ONCE UPON A RIVER, AMERICAN SALVAGE, Q ROAD, WOMEN & OTHER ANIMALS. I love Michigan, donkeys, black walnuts, blackcap raspberries, Flannery O'Connor.

Detroit: Outriders meet Lolita Hernandez

  The Facts: Jenni Fagan arrived in Michigan, departed Michigan. The Artifacts: More than we can list at the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, objects that might once have been garbage, but are now art. Also an 80-foot-high Uniroyal Tire, Murals … Continue reading

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Michigan Awaits Scotland

The Facts: Scottish writer Jenni Fagan is coming to Michigan. The Artifacts: Petoskey stones, Stormy Kromer hats, fireflies, photos of Ellis Island, Scottish shortbread, screen porch, Steve Amick, Jack Driscoll, Susan Ramsey, Christopher Magson, a poem by Bob Hicok. Scottish … Continue reading

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Outriders: Scottish Writers come to the U.S. to hang out with Americans!

I got lucky this spring! (It’s true I haven’t blogged lately, but I promise to restart in a fast and furious manner.) When the Edinburgh Book Festival folks decided to send five Scottish writers away from home to travel in … Continue reading

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Tatiana Szpur 1918-2014

  Tatiana, age 78, in Marin Headlands, near Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA. (1995)       My friend Mary Szpur is one of the very best people, and her remarkable mother, Tatiana Szpur, has just died at age ninety … Continue reading

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Hanging with Upper Peninsula Writers

What a great bunch of folks I got to meet on my recent adventure in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These are photos that my darling Christopher took of events. At Lake Superior State College I got to be on a panel … Continue reading

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When equines mix it up

There are three species of equines surviving in the twenty-first century: horse, donkey, zebra, and they can all interbreed, producing sterile offspring. Recently a beautiful donkey-zebra mix was born in an Italian zoo (my friend Alicia Conroy alerted me of … Continue reading

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Upper Peninsula or Bust!

It’s all about the Far North around here.  Chris and I are gearing up for a whirlwind literary tour of a big swath of the upper peninsula of Michigan this August.  Here is a map of the UP so you … Continue reading

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Eulogy for my dad, Rick Campbell

Eulogy for Frederick L. Campbell (by Bonnie Campbell) We are together here, on this day before father’s day, 2013, to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Rick Campbell, father of seven (Mike, me, Thomas, Sheila, George, Erin, Brennen). … Continue reading

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Submission of Eggs

I gave Deborah Gang a dozen eggs at our opening at the Book Arts Center, or rather I should say that I submitted the eggs to her, and here was her response: Thank you for your submission, Happy Eggs. We … Continue reading

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Kalamazoo Fruit Follow Up

When you don’t blog for a while, it gets harder and harder to start again, so I’ll just quickly give you the fruit wise developments as we head into late autumn. Brrr. The elderberries were plucked beautifully by many friends … Continue reading

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