Ken Raynor and Michael Patrick Shiels with President George HW Bush (June 2016 Kennebunkport)
I am pleased to announce some fantastic news for Trace Literary Agency.
Due to the subject of the book, I’ve been holding off sharing. I wanted to be sure we had things just right before making the announcement.
I can now say that I Call Him Mr. President by Ken Raynor and Michael Patrick Shiels will be published in September by Skyhorse Publishers (NYC).
I am honored to be working with Michael Patrick and Ken on this book filled with poignant stories of friendship, including a foreword from Mrs. Barbara Bush.
In this book, Ken Raynor reflects on the life lessons he gained from a friendship born outdoors that has continued to develop over decades, during golf outings that have ranged from Maine to Augusta National to the White House putting green, international fishing trips, retreats at Camp David, flying in Marine One, and many other unforgettable experiences. Ken has likely played more rounds with a POTUS than any PGA professional in history.
Ken Raynor, head professional at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine was befriended by George HW Bush. Raynor, who has come to know the worldly yet cordial 41st President as “a man of values and virtues with a real love for people’”, considers it an honor to call the former President a “second dad”.
Raynor’s personal relationship with Bush, led him to experience everything from fishing trips in the wilds of Newfoundland to nights in the White House’s Lincoln Bedroom.
Michael Patrick Shiels served as an advance volunteer for two Presidential campaigns and serves on the committee for the George HW Bush Celebrity Golf Fundraiser in Kennebunkport.
He authored Golf’s Short Game For Dummies, and his biography of Hall of Fame Radio Host J.P. McCarthy was a regional bestseller and sports dust jacket endorsements from Frank Sinatra Jr., Elmore Leonard and others.
His most recent book, Invite Yourself to the Party, featured a cover endorsement from CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz, a note from President George HW Bush, and supportive words from many celebrities. His book Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects was published by Skyhorse Publishing (2008/2015).
Shiels has written magazine articles for Celebrated Living, Travel + Leisure, Northwest Airlines World Traveler, Delta Vacations, AAA Michigan Living, PGA Tour.com, LA Times, Bermuda Royal Gazette, and various other international publications. He pens a Sunday print edition syndicated newspaper column read in various publications and hosts an award winning syndicated morning radio and television show in Michigan.
His morning show airs on 14 radio stations and one Fox TV affiliate.
He has been named “Network Personality of the Year” by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters six times.
Details, podcasts, plus the affiliate list can be found at www.MiBigShow.com
And what a fitting time to make this announcement – just one day after the President’s 93rd birthday. Happy Belated Birthday Mr. President.