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Feb
25
Sat
30th Annual Storytelling Festival @ The Ark
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Feb. 25 & 26 (different programs). Performances for adults (Sat.) & families (Sun.) by 3 top storytellers from around the country.Bill Harley is a Massachusetts songwriter and storyteller with an off-center point of view whose stories paint vibrant and hilarious pictures of growing up, schooling, and family life. Best known locally in his guise as a pop-folk singer-songwriter, Don White is a veteran storyteller and humorist from Lynn (MA) who was a featured performer at the 2015 National Storytelling Festival. Bil Leppis a a Charleston (WV) storyteller with a flair for spinning humorously outrageous tall tales about everyday life who got his start when he won the 1990 West Virginia Liars Contest.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 (Sat.) & $10 (Sun. family concert) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS.

Feb
26
Sun
30th Annual Storytelling Festival @ The Ark
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Feb. 25 & 26 (different programs). Performances for adults (Sat.) & families (Sun.) by 3 top storytellers from around the country.Bill Harley is a Massachusetts songwriter and storyteller with an off-center point of view whose stories paint vibrant and hilarious pictures of growing up, schooling, and family life. Best known locally in his guise as a pop-folk singer-songwriter, Don White is a veteran storyteller and humorist from Lynn (MA) who was a featured performer at the 2015 National Storytelling Festival. Bil Leppis a a Charleston (WV) storyteller with a flair for spinning humorously outrageous tall tales about everyday life who got his start when he won the 1990 West Virginia Liars Contest.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 (Sat.) & $10 (Sun. family concert) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS.

May
21
Sun
39th Annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair @ Michigan Union Ballroom
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

One of the country’s top regional antiquarian fairs, up to 40 dealers (including many new this year) from 12 states offering manuscripts, vintage photos and prints, antique maps, and a wide array of old, rare, curious, and fine books, including first editions, lots of collectible children’s books, fine leather bindings, modern poetry, Michigan history, travel & exploration, illustrated books, photography, antique maps, cookbooks, and more. Also, representatives of one of Michigan’s finest bookbinders exhibits its handiwork and answer questions about book preservation and restoration. Admission charge benefits the U-M Clements Library. Photo: Myra Klarman.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom. $5 donation. annarborbookfair.com. 995-1891.

Jun
15
Thu
Ann Arbor Book Festival: Northside Book Crawl @ Cardamom
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At 6pm, we will hear from Ellen Stone & Jill Halpern at Cardamom Restaurant.

At 7pm, we will move across the courtyard to Bookbound Bookstore where David Pratt & Monica Rico will share their work.

Ann Arbor author David Pratt will be reading from his recent coming-of-age novel Wallaçonia. Previous works include Lambda Award winner Bob the Book, Looking After Joey and My Movie, a short story collection.

Monica Rico is a second generation Mexican American feminist and poet who will read from her upcoming chapbook Twisted Mouth of the Tulip. Sample her work at slowdownandeat.com.

This event is part of the Ann Arbor Book Festival which features a variety of book-related events from June 15 to June 17. Bookbound Bookstore will also have a booth at the Street Fair from 12pm – 5pm on June 17 (Washington Street between 4th Ave. and 5th Ave). Click here for more information about the festival.

Jun
16
Fri
Ann Arbor Book Festival: Downtown Ypsilanti @ Blackstone Bookstore
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

5:00pm – Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center

214 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti

Featuring: John Darryl Winston & Vanessa Marr

6:00pm – Ypsilanti District Library

229 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti

Featuring: Whittaker Road Works anthology launch, plus kids’ activities

 

Sep
10
Sun
Kerrytown BookFest @ Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Sep 10 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Started in 2003, the Kerrytown BookFest is an event celebrating those who create books and those who read them. The primary goal is to highlight the area’s rich heritage in the book and printing arts while showcasing local and regional individuals, businesses, and organizations. Since 2003 we have been growing, sharing, and discovering more and more about the rich book culture in our region.

The BookFest features authors, storytellers, publishers bookbinders, book artists, book illustrators, poets, letterpress printers, wood engravers, calligraphers, papermakers, librarians, teachers, publishers, new, used, and antiquarian booksellers and many others associated with books and their diverse forms, structure, and content.

More information at kerrytownbookfest.org

10:30 AM – Main Tent
Community Book Award Winner Presentation – James and Robin Agnew 
11:00 AM – Main Tent – “Women in History” with Laurel Huber Davis, Theresa Kaminski, Greer Macallister and Pamela Toler with Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende as moderator

11:00 AM – Kerrytown Concert House – “Terror in the City of Champions” with Tom Stanton moderated by D.E. Johnson

11:00 AM – Kerrytown Tent – Mother Goose

11:45 AM – Kerrytown Tent – “Everyone Loves Dogs!” with Cartoonist Dave Coverly and Stacie Grissom and Morgane Chang from Bark Box and a FUNDRAISER for the Humane Society of Huron Valley Bountiful Bowls Program – Please bring dry dog or cat food or cat litter on the day of the event for donation to the program
12:15 PM – Main Tent – “Historical Suspense” with James R. Benn, Anna Lee Huber and Deanna Raybourn moderated by Nancy Herriman 
12:15 PM – Kerrytown Concert House – “The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek” with Howard Markel 
1:00 PM – Kerrytown Tent – “Fantasy and Adventure” with Middle Grade author Ted Sanders and moderated by Molly McCaffrey

1:30 PM – Main Tent – “Literary Leanings” with Peter Ho Davies, Simon Van Booy moderated by Douglas Trevor

1:30 PM – Kerrytown Concert House  – “Civil Rights in 1960’s Detroit” with Stephen M. Ward and the story of James and Grace Lee Boggs

2:15 PM – Kerrytown Tent – “YA Authors From Michigan!” with Erica Chapman, Kristin Bartley Lenz, Heather Meloche and Darcy Woods moderated by Patrick Flores-Scott

2:45 PM – Main Tent – “Short Stories from ‘Bob Seger’s House'” with Ellen Airgood, Loren D. Estelman, Gordon Henry and Michael Zadoorian moderated by M.L. Liebler  
 2:45 PM – Kerrytown Concert House – “A $500 Dollar House in Detroit” with Drew Philip and moderated by Desiree Cooper

3:30 PM – Kerrytown Tent – “Page Turning Thrillers” with David Bell, Karen Dionne and Stephen Mack Jones moderated by Elizabeth Heiter 

4:00 pm – Main Tent – “Poetic Musings” with Robert Fanning, Cindy Hunter Morgan, Keith Taylor and Z.G. Tomaszewski moderated by Zilka Joseph 
4:00 pm – Kerrytown Concert House – “Washtenaw Literacy Volunteer Workshop” – Learn about becoming a volunteer for Washtenaw Literacy
Nov
29
Wed
Current Magazine: Poetry and Fiction Party @ Literati
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Literati is thrilled to partner with Current Magazine for an evening of Poetry and Fiction!

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Come celebrate the submissions and winners of Current Magazine’s Poetry and Fiction contest.

Meet Current’s editor and contributors, and hear readings from the winners. Special guests Molly Raynor and Anthony Zick will be reading their work as well. If time permits there will be an open mic at the end.

Jan
26
Fri
Keith Taylor Retirement Event @ 3222 Angell Hall
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Keith Taylor is Coordinator of English’s Undergraduate Creative Writing Program, and Director of the Bear River Writers Conference. He has written or edited some thirteen books or chapbooks, including Marginalia for a Natural History, Ghost Writers (co-edited with Laura Kasischke), If the World Becomes So Bright and Guilty at the Rapture.  His work has appeared widely in journals, magazines, anthologies and newspapers in the United States and in Europe. He has received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Mar
28
Wed
Jim Harrison Tribute Dinner @ Grange Kitchen and Bar
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Throughout his writing career, Jim Harrison expressed a recurring fondness for food, drink, and the state of Michigan. His colossal appetite produced a gourmand whose eccentric way of life offered unique flavors to both his writing and the food he consumed.

Please join Grange Kitchen & Bar, the Ann Arbor Distilling Co., and Literati Bookstore for a dinner celebrating Jim Harrison! Complete with a total of seven courses, the dinner will feature some of Harrison’s most acclaimed and beloved dining experiences. This authentic combination of spirits, food, and wine will also be paired with a conversation led by local poet and Bear River Writers’ Conference Coordinator, Monica Rico. In addition to Monica Rico, Charlie Brice, another local poet and former acquaintance of Harrison, will be reflecting on some of the correspondences and meals he shared with Jim. The pair will also speak about Harrison’s total body of work, and the significant role food and drink played in his writing.

The dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 28th starting at 6:00pm. This just so happens to be the same day as the paperback release of Harrison’s final book, “A Really Big Lunch.” Tickets must be purchased in advance and a limited quantity is available. Please note that Jim Harrison was most effusive about animal proteins in his diet and, as such, a vegetarian option will not be available for this particular dinner.

Tickets are $80.00 ($95.00 includes tax and tip.)

Click here to order: http://goo.gl/ySH9YD

Paperbacks of “A Really Big Lunch” as well as copies of Jim Harrison’s other works will be available for sale during the dinner.

Event date:
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 6:00pm
Event address:
118 W. Liberty
Ann ArborMI 48104
Apr
7
Sat
“Write On!” Short Story Contest Awards Celebration, with Jack Cheng @ AADL Westgate
Apr 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Detroit children’s book writer Jack Cheng, author of See You in the Cosmos, discusses the art of writing and presents awards to the winners of the AADL short story contest for 3rd-5th graders.
1-2 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.