Paul Taylor Author Visit @ Maida Library


           The Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library today announced that Paul Taylor – author of Orlando M. Poe:  Civil War General and Great Lakes Engineer – will pay a special visit to the library at 6:30 pm on April 28th for an evening of first-rate storytelling; book signing and question-and-answer time with guests. 

            Taylor is visiting the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library as part of the Library of Michigan’s 2010 “Michigan Notable Authors Tour.”  This year, 16 authors whose engaging works were chosen as 2010 Michigan Notable Books selections will visit nearly 45 libraries throughout the state. 

            The Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library is located at 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, MI.  For details about this author event, call 248-706-4211 or visit

            “It’s a literary treat to have Paul Taylor in our community, sharing his captivating work with our friends and neighbors in such an open, accessible way,” said Caryn Noel, director of the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library.  “Michigan is home to some of the best stories and storytellers found anywhere in the country.  An author of Taylor’s caliber here, in our library, will make it an evening to remember.”

            “This year’s Michigan Notable Books delve into wonderfully diverse topics and offer something of interest for just about everyone,” said State Librarian Nancy R. Robertson.  “The tour offers the opportunity for book enthusiasts in many corners of the state to join in the conversation about what constitutes ‘great writing’ and to hear from some of the Great Lakes region’s most beloved authors.”

            Author and historian Paul Taylor will speak on his new book, Orlando M. Poe: Civil War General and Great Lakes Engineer. The work chronicles the life of a man who Taylor believes to be one of the most influential yet underrated and overlooked Union soldiers of the Civil War.  Poe was actively engaged in the war from day one, and in addition to his various engineering duties, he played the role of key aide and confidant to such wartime luminaries as Generals George McClellan, Ambrose Burnside, and William T. Sherman.  From privates to major generals, Poe earned the respect and admiration of all he served with, yet the bitter partisan politics of the day beset him with career and promotion disappointments almost from the start.
          Following the war, Poe supervised the design and construction of numerous Great Lakes lighthouses before returning to Sherman’s side as engineering aide-de-camp in 1873. Following Sherman’s retirement as General of the Army eleven years later, Poe returned to his adopted home of Detroit where he would soon begin his most famous work: the design and construction of what would become the largest shipping lock in the world at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

            Michigan Notable Books is designed to promote reading and raise awareness of Michigan’s literary heritage.  The program annually selects 20 of the most outstanding books published in that year – titles that are reflective of Michigan’s diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experience. 

            The 2010 Michigan Notable Books program and tour are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Humanities Council, Cooley Law School, ProQuest, NA Publishing Inc., Auto-Owners Insurance and the Michigan Center for the Book.  Media Sponsors are, City Pulse, WKAR, Queue Advertising and Tom Gennara Photography.

          Proudly brought to you by the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library, pleased to serve the Orchard Lake Schools and happy member of the Detroit Area Library Network.


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