Literati Third Anniversary Readings @ Literati Bookstore
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Literati celebrates its third birthday!

As on our previous anniversary parties, In the spirit of donating and giving back, all book sales throughout the day will benefit SafeHouse Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Additionally, we’ll be hosting a reading from friends & family, featuring the work of former Literati booksellers Russ Brakefield and Tom McCartan, current Literati booksellers John Ganiard, Mairead Small Staid, Sam Krowchenko, and Gina Balibrera, and our dear friend Ray McDaniel.

This event is free and open to the public.

Gina Balibrera is a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program and was a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in Prose at the University of Michigan in 2013-2014. Gina lives in Ann Arbor, where she works at a bookstore, teaches writing at the University of Michigan, and is finishing a novel set in 1930s El Salvador and France.

Russell Brakefield received his MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. He lives in Ann Arbor where he teaches writing at the University of Michigan and works as the managing editor for Canarium Books. His most recent work appears in The Southern Indiana ReviewHobart, and Language Lessons: An Anthology by Third Man Records. He is currently an artist in residence with the University Musical Society.

John M. Ganiard lives and works in Ann Arbor (Michigan, USA).

Sam Krowchenko’s writing has appeared in SalonMichigan Quarterly Review, and Full Stop.

Tom McCartan used to work at LIterati. He’s had stories published in Unsaid,Hobart, and some other places. He also used to work at Melville House. Once he even at a music show at Literati, to which he brought a case of beer.

Mairead Small Staid is a poet and essayist whose work can be found in AGNI, The Believer, The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Narrative, Ninth Letter, andPloughshares, as well as online at The Awl, The Hairpin, Jezebel, and The Point.

Raymond McDaniel is the author of Special Powers and Abilities, Saltwater Empire and Murder (a violet), a National Poetry Series selection. His writing appears in many magazines and in the anthology American Poets in the 21st Century. Born in Florida, McDaniel now lives in Ann Arbor, teaches at the University of Michigan, and writes for The Constant Critic.

James Stevens and Ralph Nelson: Digital Vernacular @ Literati
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Literati is pleased to welcome James Stevens and Ralph Nelson for a discussion of their book Digital Vernacular: Architectural Principles, Tools, and Processes.

Digital Vernacular addresses the why and how of digital fabrication in hundreds of step-by-step color images, illuminating a set of working principles and techniques that join theory with practice. Authors James Stevens and Ralph Nelson reconcile local traditions and innovations with globally accessible methods and digital toolsets. By combining ethics with hardware, the book will root you in the origins of making, ensuring a lasting and relevant reference for your studio practice.

The book opens with the origins and principles of the digital vernacular, then outlines digital vernacular tools including computer numerically controlled (CNC) mills, laser cutters, and 3D printers. You’ll even learn to create your own digital fabrication tools out of inexpensive materials. The book concludes with the processes of the digital vernacular, including techniques for removing, joining, forming, and adding.

A companion website at hosts additional step-by-step processes and project outcomes.

James Stevens is an Associate Professor and the Director of makeLab, a digital fabrication studio in the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, USA.

Ralph Nelson is an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University and Principal of Loom, a collaborative design practice, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Poetry Slam @ Espresso Royale
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

All poets invited to compete in a poetry slam judged by a randomly chosen panel from the audience. The program begins with a poetry open mike and (occasionally) a short set by a featured poet.
8-11 p.m. (sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m.),  $5 suggested donation.

Book Trivia Night @ Literati
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 Calling all trivia enthusiasts and book lovers!

We’re hosting a fun, prize-filled evening of book trivia. Bring your own teams (no larger than 6 people per team) or come and we’ll pair you with new bookish friends.

The team who wins receives $25 gift cards for each person; 2nd place gets $10 gift cards. Free, sign up when you arrive (and start thinking of those creative, book-themed team names!)

Also, we’ll have a tournament at the end of the year with the winning teams. (Still TBD.)

RSVP here.

Rule #1: The first rule of Trivia Night is that you can’t talk about Trivia Night (kidding!).

Rule #2: Teams can be up to 6 players. Come with a team or recruit one when you arrive.

Rule #3: No cell phones or any other devices can be used.

Teams work together to answer questions on paper. Scores will be announced after every round. There is no limit to the number of teams. There will be adult and children’s book clues.

You will be required to have a team name, and  creativity is encouraged.  Past teams have been: Little Random House on the Prairie, Bookslingers on Ice, Poets “R” We, well, you get the drift.

Grand Prize–  Bragging rights and Literati Gift Cards.

Consolation Prize: There is no such thing as consolation in the cut-throat world of Trivia Night!

And may the odds be ever in your favor!

Emerging Writers: Publishing Options @ AADL Traverwood
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal discuss the difference between traditional and self-publishing and examine the benefits and drawbacks of each path. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers.

Storytellers Guild: Story Night @ Crazy Wisdom
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Storytellers Guild members present a program of old tales and personal stories for grownups.  Free; donations, 665-2757.


Women Writers of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reading @ Angell Hall, Rm 3222
Apr 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 Women Writers of Ann Arbor/Ypsi meet four times a year to read their works in all genres.
Visitors and new members welcome to our Spring Read on April 16. Ask for information, RSVP or signup as member Website:
Check website for more details
3222 Angell Hall, 435 S. State Street. Donation. 734


Slam Off: Ann Arbor Poetry Slam @ Espresso Royale
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The top 12 qualifiers from the weekly slams over the past several months compete for a spot on the team that will represent Ann Arbor in the National Poetry Slam held in Decatur (GA) in August. Also, a performance by featured reader is Tim “Toaster Henderson,” a renowned Chicago slam poet who has represented Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry Slam .
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $10 (students, $8) in advance at, $15 (students, $14) at the door. (503) 396-3472..

Ann Arbor Poetry Slam @ Espresso Royale
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every 1st & 3rd Sun. All poets invited to compete in a poetry slam judged by a randomly chosen panel from the audience. The program begins with a poetry open mike and (occasionally) a short set by a featured poet.
7-9 p.m. (sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation.

Hopwood Award Ceremony, with Susan Choi @ Rackham
Apr 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Awards for the Winter Term writing contests administered by the Hopwood Awards Program will be announced. A lecture by Susan Choi will follow the announcement of the awards. Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Women, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her latest novel is My Education (2013).

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