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Art In Literature Author Visit

FRASER, Mich., – Award-winning, local author making a stop at the Fraser Public Library on Nov. 14 to read, sign and talk about her new book, The Mantle.

Iris Lee Underwood and illustrator of The Mantle, Joyce Harlukowicz will be presenting at the Fraser Public Library Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Underwood and Harlukowicz intend to discuss the role of the visual and performing arts in creating the natural world and human characteristics. Audience members will learn first-hand what inspired and shaped this multi-layered love story. Our presenters will speak of their roles in integrating visual arts in the award winning book.

“The mission of hosting author visits is always to bring the community together over something they may not have thought they had in common with others nearby,” said Kelly Forrester, marketing and development coordinator at the Fraser Public Library. “Bringing in an accomplished author who also resides in southeast Michigan is a huge treat for the Fraser community.”

Underwood has written stories for the Detroit News and Metro Parent among others in the state, and she currently serves at the historian for the Detroit Working Writers.

The Mantle focuses on a cultured tribe known as the Mahari as they are guided by the values of their Maker: mercy, redemption, wisdom, and prophecy. They live by tribal laws born out of self-preservation, which include a ban on writing.

“The great thing about this program is that it’s really wholesome in its mission of community togetherness,” Forrester said. “Our role as the library is to support community connection and The Mantle really strengthens this within the book’s crescendo into a celebration that connects us all.”

Author and illustrator for The Mantle will be discussing and signing the book for attendees. This event is free and open to the public in the upstairs meeting room at the Fraser Public Library.


Kelly Forrester
(586) 293-2055

About the Fraser Public Library:

The mission of E.C. Weber Fraser Public Library is to provide equitable access to information, to be a place of connection for community engagement, and to enrich the lives of our patrons by encouraging them to explore and learn. We strive to situate our library within the community as a place of education and recreation through technological developments, personal connection, and sense of discovery. With a collection of more than 50,000 items, we seek to provide access to a wide variety of current material for the education, entertainment and enrichment of the community. We aim to provide an environment in which members of the community can come to interact, inform, educate and entertain themselves as groups or as individuals. We seek to aid Fraser community members in coming together to read the books they love, to share the interest they have, and to provide access to the knowledge and tools they need.