Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Meet the Author of The Beef Princess of Practical County

Meet Michelle Houts, author of The Beef Princess of Practical County, at Beehive Books on Tuesday 8/4/09 at 4:00pm. She will read from her new novel and sign copies of the book.

After years of waiting, it is finally Libby Ryan’s turn to shine at the Practical County Fair. Libby is filled with excitement as she and her granddad pick out two calves for her to raise on her family’s cattle farm, in hopes of winning the annual steer competition. Against her father’s advice, Libby gives the calves names, even though both steers will eventually be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
What's the big deal? She's lived on a cattle farm forever. But, after a few months of preparing for the Practical County Fair, Libby finds that she is becoming more and more attached to her steers. When Libby's mother convinces her to enter the Beef Princess pageant, Libby realizes that she'll have to face off against the dreaded Darling sisters. Suddenly, everything related to the Practical County Fair feels like a big deal.
Luckily, Libby can count on her best friend to get her through most of the county fair chaos. Yet once reality sets in and she realizes that her steers will soon be sold to the highest bidder, the chaos in Libby’s heart becomes too much to bear.

Animal lovers, 4-H members, anyone who has lived among beautiful mid-western farms, or city-dwellers wanting to get a taste of farm living will love meeting 12- year old Libby Ryan in this delightful novel.

Check out Seventeen Magazine summer-reading recommendation of the book (and ignore their suggestion to buy it from Barnes & Noble, because you can buy it here at Beehive Books and have the author sign it!)

Michelle Houts is an author, teacher, and lives on a farm in Mercer County, Ohio. Learn more about her and the book at Random House's website:

And you can even learn how to show a steer at Michelle's website:

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Spots filling up...

We only have a limited number of spots left for the 1st annual Beehive Books Literary Wet T-Shirt Contest. Registration will not be taken over the phone or by email, please come in a sign up today.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Poet Robert Flanagan this Wednesday 7/15@7:15

Come celebrate the day after Bastille Day with poet Robert Flanagan, reading from his new book, Reply To An Eviction Notice: Selected Poems at 7:15 pm. The book (did we mention it is new?) encompasses his life and experiences from the inner city of Toledo to Ireland and from boxing to nature.

A professor emeritus at Ohio Wesleyan, Flanagan directed OWU's creative writing programs published the acclaimed novel, Maggot, three collections of short stories, fice chapbooks of poetry, essays and reviews.

See you Wednesday July 15, at 7:15pm.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Beehive Event Canceled

Sorry to inform you but the July scheduled performance of 22 Monkeys Type The Works of William Shakespeare has been canceled.

It wasn't so much a problem with the apes as much as the unavailability of manual typewriters.