Storytelling Event: Shelter Association of Washtenaw County Homelessness Awareness Week @ Ypsilanti Freight House
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Poetry readings, testimonials, and storytelling by people who have experienced homelessness. Also, an art display and information from area agencies that address homelessness.
6-8 p.m., Ypsilanti Freight House, 100 Market Pl, Ypsilanti. Free. 662-2829, ext. 226.[map]

Poetry Night featuring Caroline Johnson and Tara E. Jay @ Nicola's Books
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a moving poetry night. Caroline Johnson’s first full-length publication, The Caregiver, includes 50 poems that were inspired by the 15 years she devoted to taking care of her aging parents. Midwest Book Review deemed it “very highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library Contemporary American Poetry collections.” Joining her will be UofM MFA candidate Tara E. Jay.

The Caregiver is Caroline Johnson’s first full-length publication. The gathering includes free verse, lyrical poems, prose poetry and some formal verse. Many of the poems won contests and have been previously published in online print journals and anthologies. The poems touch on the topic of grieving but go beyond and focus on the many difficulties a caregiver experiences―both emotional and physical―yet also recognize the spiritual gifts that come with helping a loved one. Caregiving is a significant issue for our times and will only become more important as our population ages.

Caroline Johnson observed both of her parents suffer crippling illnesses such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Rheumatoid Arthritis in the 15 years she spent as family caregiver. During that time she wrote poetry as a way to grieve and celebrate their lives. This book is the culmination of that effort. She has published two poetry chapbooks, My Mother’s Artwork and Where the Street Ends, and more than 70 poems. Her awards include winning the 2012 Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Poetry Contest, nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and prizes in state and national competitions. A former English teacher, she works as an academic advisor for a Chicago area community college. One of her favorite activities in the past was watching James Bond movies with her father, who served in the U.S. Air Force as a bomber pilot during the Cold War in the 1950s as part of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). Please visit

Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild: Storyfest @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Premiere storytelling event of the year – filled with laughs, memories, truth and an occasional tear. Great snacks, door prizes and free parking come with admission. “The Moth” storytelling winners are featured tellers. Not to be missed by adventure-seekers or fun-lovers!
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd. $15/person. 734-662-4419. and

David Zinn Book Signing Party: Underfoot Menagerie @ 16 Hands
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

16 Hands is proud to host a book signing with one of our most popular local artists. David Zinn’s “Underfoot Menagerie” is a brand new assortment of the latest, greatest creatures from the not-quite-underground world of David Zinn! This full-color collection includes not only 134 photos of pareidolic & anamorphic sidewalk drawings, but also useful explanations of what those words mean. It’s a great gift for your inner child – or your outer ones, or just anyone who needs a little cheerful whimsy in their lives.
Join us for the Book Signing
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
from 11am – 4pm at 16 Hands
Located on the 2nd Floor of the Kerrytown Shops
16 Hands, 407 N. 5th Ave, 2nd Floor. Free. 7. 

NaNoWrMiMo Free Write Session @ AADL Westgate
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Nov. 10 & 17. All adults and teens in grade 9 & up invited to work on their novel for this nonprofit promotion (also known as National Novel Writing Month) challenging teens and adults to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of November.
1-3 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild: Storyfest Family Fun Concert @ AADL Pittsfield
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Free storytelling concert for children ages 4 and up. A beautiful handmade quilt will be given to one lucky winner. A family event especially for children.
Pittsfield Branch of the Ann Arbor Library, 2359 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734-327-4200. and 

Joann Castle in Conversation with Alena Williams @ Nicola's Books
Nov 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

As a new wave of activists from Black Lives Matter to the Trump resistance respond to the latest tide of repression, misogyny, and racism, today’s activists are becoming the next link in a long line of American social justice movements. Looking to strengthen this historical bond, in her memoir What My Left What Was Doing: Lessons from a Grassroots Activist, Detroit author Joann Castle turns to her deep experiences for lessons learned that speak to universal social and political issues, which resonate today. What My Left Hand Was Doing’s exclusive ‘Activist’s Survival Guide’ offers a relevant, critical bridge between generations of world changers fighting for a better tomorrow. Join us as for an inter-generational discussion between Joann and Alena Williams.

Joann Castle is a lifelong Detroiter and political activist. She was the mother of six young children when she became involved in the radical Catholic movement for racial equality during the Civil Rights Movement in the mid-1960s. Against the incendiary backdrop of the 1967 Detroit insurrection and its aftermath, Castle invested in community work, foster care, and co-founded Hourglass, a group which lobbied the Catholic Church to support black self-determination. By 1968, she was an active member of the Ad-Hoc Action Group struggling against police brutality and later joined the Motor City Labor League, a radical left organization. In the early 70s, she co-founded the unprecedented Control, Conflict & Change Book Club which united blacks and whites in collective consciousness raising and political action.

As Castle became more intensely involved in political activities her marriage failed, she broke with her church, and her family disowned her. Against all odds, she embraced her new life and moved on with her children at her side. Castle married Michael Hamlin in 1975, at the height of his work in the Black Power Movement. She later embarked on a twenty-seven-year career in health care services and earned an M.A. in medical anthropology.

What My Left Hand Was Doing is drawn from Castle’s personal experience as an activist corroborated by archival materials from Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library Archives. In 2012, Castle founded, Against the Tide Books, a company dedicated to the publication of Personal Histories in the Struggle for Justice.

Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax: What We Keep @ Literati
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Literati is thrilled to welcome authors Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax who will be sharing their new book What We Keep.

About What We Keep:
With contributions from Cheryl Strayed, Mark Cuban, Ta-Nahesi Coates, Melinda Gates, Joss Whedon, James Patterson, and many more–this fascinating collection gives us a peek into 150 personal treasures and the secret histories behind them.

All of us have that one object that holds deep meaning–something that speaks to our past, that carries a remarkable story. Bestselling author Bill Shapiro collected this sweeping range of stories–he talked to everyone from renowned writers to Shark Tank hosts, from blackjack dealers to teachers, truckers, and nuns, even a reformed counterfeiter–to reveal the often hidden, always surprising lives of objects.

Bill Shapiro co-wrote What We Keep. He is the former editor-in-chief of LIFE magazine, and his previous books include Other People’s Love Letters, and Gus & Me, which he co-wrote with Keith Richards. He serves on the Art Advisory Board of SXSW.

Naomi Wax co-wrote What We Keep. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Iowa Review, and many other publications. She works on the communications team at the Ford Foundation.

Norman Eisen: The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House @ Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium
Nov 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Brookings Institute fellow and CNN commentator Norman Eisen reads from his new book, which examines 20th-century European history through the lens of the families that lived in the Petschek house in Prague, the residence he occupied as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, 2011-14.
Noon-1 p.m., Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 764-3490

Ned Colletti: Sports in America @ Weill Hall Betty Ford Classroom
Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Former LA Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti reads from The Big Chair, his 2017 memoir which offers insights on being accountable to wealthy team owners, managing players’ illegal steroid use, negotiating for players, and second-guessing field managers without seeming to interfere. Refreshments.
4-5:30 p.m., Weill Hall Betty Ford Classroom, 735 S. State. Free. 764-3490.

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