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Watch Bridge Book Club discussion of ‘The Dockporter’

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Bridge Book Club, Bridge Michigan’s bimonthly Michigan-focused book discussion series, returned on Wednesday with a discussion of the novel, “The Dockporter.”


Bridge and more than 100 readers were joined by authors Dave McVeigh and Jim Bolone for the event that was moderated by Amber DeLind, Bridge membership and engagement director. 

“The Dockporter” is a coming-of-age story set on Mackinac Island in the summer of 1989. Both authors have experience as dockporters, who carry luggage on bikes to Mackinac Island’s inns and hotels for guests.

During the Zoom, McVeigh and Bolone discussed their summers as dockporters, what Mackinac Island means to them, their process for writing a novel collaboratively, self-publishing during the pandemic, the book’s theme of the conflict between tradition and modernity, the planned sequel to “The Dockporter”  and much more.

Watch the video here:

Bridge Michigan hosts bimonthly discussions on books with ties to Michigan. Previous sessions have featured "The World According to Fannie Davis," by Bridgett M. Davis, “Arc of Justice,” by Kevin Boyle, “The Women of the Copper Country,” by Mary Doria Russell, “Black Bottom Saints,” by Alice Randall, “Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret,” by Steve Luxenberg, “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Dan Egan, “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley, “Wounds” by Razel Jones and Daniel Abbott, “The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls” by Anissa Gray and “The Other Me” by Sarah Zachrich Jeng.


Our next book club discussion is scheduled for June 2022. Stay tuned to Bridge for an announcement of our next Michigan-related book selection and the date of the next book club meeting.


Nearly 600 Bridge members received a free e-copy of “The Dockporter” so they could take part in our April book club. If you would like a free e-book of future book club selections, join Bridge Club today.

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