Annis Pratt, a Michigan author who summers on the Betsie River, has published “The Marshlanders.” The novel features characters who travel among the creatures Pratt knows from kayaking the Betsie — mink, otters, frogs, turtles, deer and birds.
It’s the story of conflict between self-sustaining communities and others who want to drain the wetlands for agricultural development. Pratt’s previous nonfiction books, “Archetypal Patterns in Women’s Fiction” and “Dancing with Goddesses,” won awards. Pratt taught English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 20 years, commuting from Michigan each week. “