IDLEWILD — The Idlewild Lot Owners Association will host a book signing event for Judge Marylin E. Atkins, whose memoirs chronicles how she helped her family build a cottage in Idlewild during the 1950s when she was a girl.

She will speak about her book, “The Triumph of Rosemary: A Memoir by Judge Marylin E. Atkins,” and autograph copies during a reception at the Idlewild Lot Owners Association Building, 13330 Lake Drive, Idlewild.

The event will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 1.

“We’re excited to host this event and celebrate Marylin’s life story because Idlewild is an integral part of her childhood and teen years, and continues to be a gathering place for her family and friends more than 60 years later,” said Marilyn Taylor, president of the Idlewild Lot Owners Association.

“Her story is beautifully written and is a tribute to Idlewild’s rich history as a summer sanctuary for black families across Michigan and the United States.”

“The Triumph of Rosemary: A Memoir by Judge Marylin E. Atkins” was published by Two Sisters Writing & Publishing, a company founded by Judge Atkins’ daughters, Elizabeth Ann Atkins and Catherine Atkins Greenspan, who also grew up visiting the family cottage in Idlewild. Elizabeth continues to retreat to Idlewild for writing books.

“Idlewild was an oasis for Harlem Renaissance writers, including W.E.B. DuBois and Langston Hughes,” Taylor added. “The beauty of the trees and the lake inspires peace and creativity that many artists and writers love today. We invite everyone to join us to celebrate Marylin’s book and her family’s legacy in Idlewild.”

The book costs $22 per copy. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Marilyn S Taylor at (757) 810-3809 or