Open Mic and Share: Karen Holman and Josephine Rood @ Bookbound
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Features Karen Holman and Josephine Rood.

This is part of a monthly series on the 2nd Thursday of most months in partnership with Les Go Social Media Marketing and Training. The event begins with an Open Mic session when area poets can read their own work or share a favorite poem by another author in a welcoming atmosphere.

Sari Solden and Michelle Frank: A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD @ Barnes and Noble Bookstore
Jul 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Book launch party and author signing.

Emerging Writers: Open House @ AADL Westgate, West Side Room
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. Bethany and Alex will also provide private, one-on-one critiques if you choose to have them read your work. Sharing your writing with other attendees is not required and is completely voluntary.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors. This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects. Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press.


Rick Bailey: The Enjoy Agenda @ Literati
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We welcome Rick Bailey back to the store for a reading from his latest, The Enjoy Agenda. Book signing to follow. Free and open to the public. 

About the book: Part memoir, part travelogue, The Enjoy Agenda takes readers from Rick Bailey’s one-stoplight town in Michigan farm country to Stratford, England, to the French Concession in Shanghai, the Adriatic coast of Italy, and to a small village in the Republic of San Marino. With his self-deprecating style, Bailey recalls the traumas of picture day in elementary school and lugging a guitar to the Cotswalds and back. He reflects on food safety in China, relives a dental emergency in Venice, and embarks on a quest for il formaggio del perdono (the cheese of forgiveness) in the hills above the Adriatic.

Bailey, whose voice is a combination of Dave Barry and Rick Steves with just a soupçon of Montaigne, writes with humor and wit about how these experiences reflect the issues and conflicts of contemporary American life: environmental change, life in digital times, and the vicissitudes of arriving at ripe old age. Throughout The Enjoy Agenda Bailey asks, “Where am I and how did I get here?” a question less about geography than the difficulties and gifts of becoming a husband and ultimately a partner changed and improved by a very smart woman and challenged and delighted by a gradual but seismic culture shift.

Rick Bailey is a retired English instructor who taught writing for thirty-eight years at Henry Ford Community College in Michigan. He is the author or editor of several books on writing, including The Creative Writer’s Craft, and is the author of American English, Italian Chocolate: Small Subjects of Great Importance (Nebraska, 2017).


The Moth Storyslam: Baggage @ Greyline
Jul 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Open-mic storytelling competitions. Open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme. Come tell a story, or just enjoy the show!

6:30pm Doors Open | 7:30pm Stories Begin

*Tickets for this event are available one week before the show, at 3pm ET.

*Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final.

Media Sponsor: Michigan Radio.


Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
Jul 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ONE PAUSE POETRY SALON is (literally) a greenhouse for poetry and poets, nurturing an appreciation for written art in all languages and encouraging experiments in creative writing.

We meet every Weds in the greenhouse at Argus Farm Stop on Liberty St. The poems we read each time are unified by form (haiku, sonnet, spoken word), poet, time / place (Tang Dynasty, English Romanticism, New York in the 70s) or theme / mood (springtime, poems with cats, protest poems). We discuss the poems and play writing games together, with time for snacks and socializing in between.

Members are encouraged to share their own poems or poems they like – they may or may not relate to the theme of the evening. This is not primarily a workshop – we may hold special workshop nights, but mostly we listen to and talk about poems for the sake of inspiring new writing.

Whether you are a published poet or encountering poetry for the first time, we invite you to join us!

$5 suggested donation for food, drinks and printing costs.

8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation., 707-1284.




McPherson Local 2019 Speaker Series: Mike Gustafson @ McPherson Local
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Literati co-wner Mike Gustafson will share thoughts on how an organization or business can create and cultivate a sense of localism and community. $10. For tickets, call 734-237, 7509.

3rd Annual Detroit Festival of Books @ Eastern Market, Shed 3
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


3rd Annual Detroit Festival of Books (aka: Detroit Bookfest)! FREE!

Sunday, July 21, 2019


Eastern Market
2934 Russell Street
Detroit, Michigan

FREE entry for attendees!


books at detroitbookfest dot com

200+ vendors

10,000+ attendees

BOOKS (ie: Used, Rare, Antiquarian, Unusual, Ephemera, Authors, etc)

Comic Books
Vintage Board Games
Vinyl Records
And more!


Official Bookfest Afterparty @ Eastern Market Brewing Company down the street!

Emerging Writers Presents: Local Writers LIVE: Sherry Duquet and Fred Reif @ AADL Westgate, West Side Room
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Join us for an evening with five local authors doing short readings from their published books, and have a chance to chat and buy their books too!

We’ll kick off the evening with readings by two authors with books published with the library’s Fifth Avenue Press imprint: Brad and Kristin Northrop with their picture book, Akeina the Crocodile and Tracy Gallup with her picture book, Paint the Night.

Meet the authors:

Sherry Duquet with the picture book, Violet the Hugging Octopus. “Violet the Hugging Octopus is a children’s picture book with a message of self-love and self-confidence. Brilliantly illustrated in watercolor, readers meet Violet and her undersea friends as she teaches them the secret to loving themselves. Originally written as a children’s book, Violet has also quickly become a touchstone for older youth and adults who need to be reminded to love themselves.”

Born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan, Sherry Duquet is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Today, she is an author, yoga studio owner, yoga instructor and renowned hugger. She loves working self-hugs into her yoga classes and believes that loving ourselves is a radical idea whose time has come.  She is obsessed with elevating the self-esteem and positivity of men, women and children.

Fred Reif with Tell ’em ’bout the Blues: Interviews and stories about my life in the Detroit & Michigan Blues Scene.

Born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, Fred Reif, is a musician, manager, writer, researcher, publisher, and collector of American roots music. Fred has re-discovered many American blues musicians and is a world-renowned washboard player.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. 

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library’s imprint Fifth Avenue Press.


Skazat! Poetry Series: 2019 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Team @ Sweetwaters
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Readings by members of the 2019 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Team. The program begins with open mike readings.