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Although we are primarily a used bookstore, we carry new books by locally connected authors with whom we have held events, as you can see below. We also carry some carefully selected new books that are about Southwestern Michigan or are of special interest.

Loreen Niewenhuis Visit to BRB a Success

Loreen returned to Black River Books with her third and final book of the Great Lakes Trilogy May 23. Van Buren County has chosen "A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach" for their One County One Book Choice! We have signed copies of all three of her 1000-mile trek books. She'll be back in November for WOW weekend with a presentation at the Maritime Museum.    



Great Lakes Expert, Loreen, Completes 3rd 1,000-Mile Hike.  


Loreen Niewenhuis is no stranger to South Haven. She has been in Black River Books several times to sign her first Lake Trek book, "A 1000-Mile Walk On the Beach," and twice, once in April and once in June, to share stories of her adventures and sign "1000-Mile Great Lakes Walk." We are proud to have a quote on the first page! She spoke and shared wonderful photos from her adventures at the Maritime Museum for WOW 2013 Weekend. Those present said it was the highlight of their weekend. Copies of both her books are availableCheck out Loreen's Site. The third book in the 1000 mile hiking trilogy, "A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes ISLAND Adventure" will be available from us in May. Call to reserve your copy! 

Jane Knuth and Daughter Ellen Greeted Customers and Signed Their Book

 We still have signed copies.

Jane Knuth, author of "Thrift Store Saints," and "Thrift Store Graces," and her daughter Ellen were at Black River Books in December for a signing of the new book they co-authored. 

Wendy Halperin and John Mooy  - Local Artists Visit and Sign. Their Books Make Great Gifts! 

We always carry signed copies.

Wendy Halperin and John Mooy were at Black River Books for Small Business Saturday. Wendy signed her newest book, "Peace" as well as her other popular books. She and husband, John, also signed the two books they have done together. 

Wendy's New Site  

Wendy's "Peace" includes her art work as well as that of children. Wendy travels the country, visits schools and decorates Peace Tables with her art.



Here are South Haven’s Own, Wendy & John, at Black River Books with John telling stories and Wendy illustrating them as John speaks. We always carry their books, and they are always kind enough to sign them. John is a frequent visitor at Black River Books where he stops in for a cup of coffee and some conversation and stories, to share either with us or with our guests.

Laurie Keller Signs Her Books at BRB 


We still have lots signed!

Laurie was scheduled to be here from 1:00 to 3:00, but she stayed until 5:00 meeting and greeting customers and signing her books. Just before 5 a young gal came in with her mom, saw "Arnie the Doughnut," and said "I loved that book." I said, "Well here's the author and illustrator." The girl was thrilled to meet Laurie.


Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award Finalist for book of Short Stories, "American Salvage," and author of the acclaimed "Once Upon a River," was at Black River Books during WOW 2013.

Bonnie Jo Campbell's Books


We still have copies.

D. E. Johnson's 4 Books Available 


D. E. Johnson was at Black River Books last August signing the third of his mysteries which take place in the early 1900s in Detroit, and its blossoming auto industry. Johnson masterfully weaves historical details throughout his stories. His fourth book, "Detroit Shuffle" was released in early September. Copies of it and the three earlier books in the series, "The Detroit Electirc Scheme," "Motor City Shakedown" and "Detroit Breakdown" are also be available at Black River Books. Mr. Johnson lives near Kalamazoo.

Jack Dempsey Visits Black River Books


"Ink Trails," by Jack and Dave Dempsey, "...takes you on an amazing ride on the back roads and highways of Michigan's literary history, visiting eighteen authors where they lived and worked. Jack Lessenberry is quoted saying "Ink Trails" is a "literary adventure" and "...a book that belongs on every Michigander's shelf. Jack Dempsey also wrote "Michigan and the Civil War." He dropped in last summer, (see below,) and signed our copies of that book. He greeted customers and signed both books last June. Copies of both books are available.


Last summer Black River Books hosted a second signing event for Chris Byron and Thomas Wilson, Grand Rapids historians, and their wonderful book, "Vintage Views Along the West Michigan Pike".  Their beautiful book depicts the adventure and romance of motoring on Michigan’s most prominent early highway.  Vintage post cards, photographs, maps and ephemera illustrate this journey as you time-travel through the beautiful West Michigan landscape and quaint towns, to hotels and cabins, tourist camps and state parks, and other stops along the road.  Vintage Views won a Michigan Notable Book Award.  The book and Vintage View Posters, taken from the book’s illustrations, are available.


Local personality, Judith Pearson, speaker and author of "Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy", writes of how she met the challenges of breast cancer in her book, "It’s Just Hair".  In it, Judy shares lessons for meeting all kinds of life’s difficult challenges. She has been at Black River Books for signings. Copies of both books are available.


Judith Pearson has a love for history and great respect for courageous women. "The Wolves at the Door" is a history of one very courageous woman. Judith is another! Movie rights have been purchased for the book, "Wolves at the Door.".


David Liscow, local physician, and author of "Symie’s Story: Early Memories of an Old Jew From South Haven, Michigan", was at Black River Books in July. Dr. Liscow’s book, tells of the beginnings of the Jewish resort era in South Haven; how one family worked together, raising or growing what they served guests, using an ice house to keep perishables cold and using a horse-drawn wagon to carry geese to Benton Harbor to be slaughtered by the rabbi, all in order to create a comfortable stay for vacationing Jewish families, primarily from Chicago. We have more copies available. 

What Others Are Saying About Us


A visit to our store by a retired librarian on a mission, resulted in a fabulous article on her blog. This story on ReddEverywhere by M. Redd really summarizes who we are.

Customer Comments

“We come every year, love it here!”
- Battle Creek, MI

"This is a great store, even by Boston standards!.”
- Boston, MA -Soon moving to Kalamazoo

“Really enjoyed your store!!”
- Franklin, IN
“Wonderful independent bookstore”
- YIpsilanti, MN
“Beautiful store!"
- Bucaramanaga, Santander, Colombia
“This is truly an inspired place.”
- Toledo, OH
“Great Farm Section!”
- Three Rivers, MI
 "Love this store.”
- Dexter, MI
“One of the best I have been in – Awesome store”
- South Bend, IN
“I LOVE  this Bookstore!"
- Spokane, WA
“Great selection of dramas!”
- Parchment, MI
- Chicago, IL
“My first friend in South Haven!  Thank you for a friendly smile.”
- New South Haven resident
"We drove up today just to come to Black River Books to get a good book and found seven!"
- Granger, IN
"The best biography section ever"
- Dubuque, IA