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“Richly drawn characters who continue to be haunted by ultimate questions of mortality and spirituality… pure wisdom.” 5-Stars, “. . . one of my top ten best reads. The characters are beautiful. I loved this book. It garnered positive reviews from our book club.” Barnes & Noble, 5-Star Review“From the very first paragraph until the very last, I was hooked.” 5-Star Review,“A unique voice; excellent, intelligent, witty writing; simply wonderful. Engaging, interesting, believable writing; pure magic.” 

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2016 On Tour: Release of THROUGH THE GARDENER’S YEAR

bluejeancoverrflatfrontonlywebsiteTHROUGH THE GARDENER’S YEAR, a collection of 52 of novelist Mary Agria’s best columns on gardening and spirituality from the Petoskey News-Review, has just been published and will soon be available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Lulu, as well as at local booksellers.   Published from 2007-2014, the columns share the author’s thoughts on gardens, gardeners and the gardening life.  Professional photographer John J. Agria—also known to fans of Mary’s work as her agent and husband—has illustrated THROUGH THE GARDENER’S YEAR with 63 stunning black and white photographs of plants and flowers from around the country, including the author’s personal gardens.   Author Agria will be one of two featured authors at Charlevoix Zonta Club ‘Literary Delights’ luncheon (Sat., May 14, 11 AM to 3 PM).  Contact Kathleen Paterka at 231-547-2548 for tickets.  She will speak at the Universalist-Unitarian Church, Petoskey on Sun., May 15 (11 AM), along with public appearances at McLean & Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey (Sat., June 25 – 2 to 4 PM) and at an author fair at the Petoskey District Library (Mon., August 15 – 3 to 5 PM).  She will appear at the annual summer Keep Michigan Beautiful Inc. conclave in West Branch in July.  To arrange book talks or signings during the author’s summer 2016 MI tour, contact

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FROM THE TENDER STEM tour underway — Still time to book an event, 2015

After the successful release in summer 2014 of their photo-history Bay View: Images of America [Arcadia], author Mary Agria and husband John, a professional photographer, are on the road again in 2015 to promote her new novel, From the Tender Stem. Third in the Life in the Garden series, Tender Stem continues the saga of garden writer Eve Brennerman, her friends, neighbors and fellow gardeners in the tiny Northern Michigan town of Xenaphon. Program organizers for book and garden clubs, church groups, senior centers, libraries and other venues are encouraged to contact the Agrias to schedule events in their communities. The tour began  in April in the Tempe, AZ area and will move cross-country, including fan club visits in the Upper Midwest during the summer months. It’s not too late to book an author chat or signing.  Contact the author via her email —Phone and Skype chats are also a fun way to bring the author to your next book club. For upcoming programs or an author visit near you, click on the Events button.

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Praise for this Growing Garden of Novels

Book Critic Joan Baum with the prestigious Dan’s Hampton’s magazine writes: “an intelligent, well-written and sharply observed portrayal of the human experience.” Says Matthew Daddona,, “Inspired language. . .beautiful characters as remarkable and truthful as her setting.”

GARDEN OF EVE, sequel to TIME IN A GARDEN, is second in author Agria’s LIFE IN THE GARDEN Series of novels set in tiny Xenaphon, Michigan. FROM THE TENDER STEM launches spring 2015. Also watch for the early reader and beginning botany book for children (and the gardeners who love them), SECOND LEAVES.

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