RC: Short Plays @ RC Keene Theater
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

RC theater students present a program of short plays TBA.


RC Creative Writing Senior Reading @ RC Benzinger Library
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Join RC creative writing seniors as they read from their work – one last chance to celebrate the Creative Writer Class of 2015! Light refreshments!


Detroit Portrait Series: Poets and Publishers Mural Installation at Eastern Market @ Eastern Market, Shed 3
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WITH READINGS FROM LEGENDARY DETROIT­ AREA WRITERS & POETS:Naomi Long Madgett, Bill Harris, Lolita Hernandez, Terry Blackhawk & Melba Joyce Boyd

Public unveiling of ten large­ scale portraits, meet and greet with muralist Nicole Macdonald, followed by poetry reading with five Detroit poets and publishers depicted in the ongoing public art project, ‘The Detroit Portrait Series,’ will stage readings of their works at Detroit Eastern Market (Shed 3).

Beginning Saturday, September 12​th​, the five readers’ portraits along with those of Philip Levine, Mick Vranich, Dudley Randall, Robert Hayden, and Sixto Rodriguez will be displayed on large­scale painted panels in Shed 3 for one month.

After their residency at Eastern Market, the panels will travel to their permanent location in the Woodbridge neighborhood of Detroit where they will be installed on the boarded-­up windows of the Liquor Store on the corner of Trumbull Ave and I­94 service drive. ​The series is sponsored by Larry John and Dr. Lilian Lai of Woodbridge Co., who have renovated Woodbridge properties and promoted public art in the neighborhood for the past 35 years.

Each of the poets and publishers depicted in the series have made a significant contribution to the city of Detroit, through the establishment of independent writing presses, outreach organizations, and their role as educators ­­ in an academic setting and beyond. The ultimate installation site of these portraits, across from Wayne State University, is intended to connect the significant role that the university has played in the scholarship of many of these writers.

Portraits in this series are part of an ongoing public art project by Detroit muralist Nicole Macdonald. The series is inspired by Howard Zinn’s ​A People’s History of the United States​, which aims to tell history from the ‘bottom­up’, portraying leaders and everyday heroes who have struggled for justice and equality.

Wayne State University Press will be in attendance to introduce the authors, book signing to follow the reading.

More information contact: Nicole Macdonald / / 313­330­5643


Carl Cohen @ Nicola's Books
Oct 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Carl Cohen is professor of philosophy at U-M. His newest book is A Conflict of Principles: The Battle Over Affirmative Action at the University of Michigan. He is also the author of Affirmative Action and Racial Preference.


Poetry at Literati: Ken Mikolowski and Michael Laucian @ Literati Bookstore
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

RC Lecturer Alumnus Ken Mikolowski is the author of four previous books, Thank You Call Againlittle mysteriesBig Enigmas, and Remember Me. His poems have been published in Brooklyn Rail, Hanging Loose, Exquisite Corpse, and Abandon Automobile, A Detroit Anthology, and have been recorded by the Frank Carlberg Group. Along with his wife Ann, Ken was publisher, editor, and printer of The Alternative Press. He lives in Ann Arbor.

Michael Lauchlan’s poems have appeared in many publications and have been anthologized in Abandon Automobile (Wayne State University Press, 2001) and A Mind Apart. His earlier collections are And the Business Goes to Pieces and Sudden Parade.


Voices from the Middle West Festival @ Residential College, East Quad
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Created by Midwestern Gothic in partnership with the Residential College, Voices of the Middle West is a festival celebrating writers from all walks of life as well as independent presses and journals that consider the Midwestern United States their home. The Festival will take place on March 12th, starting at 10am, at East Quad. The festival includes panels and a book fair, and is free to the public. Ross Gay is the keynote speaker.

The goal of the festival is to bring together students and faculty of the university, as well as writers and presses from all over the Midwest, in order to provide a perspective of this region and to showcase the magnificent work being produced here, the stories that need to be told…the voices that need to be heard. Truly, this is a celebration of the Midwest voice, and it is the festival’s aim to create an ideal environment for any and all to come and take an active part, to discover and discuss how rich our literary tradition is.

More information at




Harris Memorial Lecture: Laila Lalami @ Rackham Auditorium
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Literati is proud to be the bookseller for the 2016 Jill Harris Memorial Lecture, presented by the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities.

Laila Lalami is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; Secret Son, which was on the Orange Prize longlist, and The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was on the Man Booker Prize longlist. The Moor’s Account was also a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington PostThe Nation, the Guardian, the New York Times, and in many anthologies. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship and is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.

Fiction at Literati: Alexander Weinstein @ Literati
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Literati is thrilled to launch Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein.

Children of the New World introduces readers to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and frighteningly intuitive robots. Many of these characters live in a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification that belies an unbridgeable human distance, while others inhabit a post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster. Children of the New World grapples with our unease in this modern world and how our ever-growing dependence on new technologies has changed the shape of our society. Alexander Weinstein is a visionary new voice in speculative fiction for all of us who are fascinated by and terrified of what we might find on the horizon.

“Taken together, these stories present a fully-imagined vision of the future which will disturb you, provoke you, and make you feel alive. Weinstein is brilliant, incisive and fearless.” —Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

“In each of the gripping stories in Children of the New World, Alexander Weinstein offers a glimpse into an unnerving, not-so-distant, and all-too-possible future. Weinstein explores what-ifs with both wit and sensitivity, and his cautionary tales demand to be read (before it’s too late).” —Judy Budnitz, author of Nice Big American Baby

Alexander Weinstein is the Director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the author of the short story collection Children of the New World (Picador 2016). His fiction and translations have appeared in Cream City Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Notre-Dame Review, Pleiades, PRISM International, World Literature Today, and other journals. He is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and his fiction has been awarded the Lamar York, Gail Crump, Hamlin Garland, and New Millennium Prize. His stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and appear in the anthologies 2013 New Stories from the Midwest, and the 2014 & 2015 Lascaux Prize Stories. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and a freelance editor, and leads fiction workshops in the United States and Europe.


Zell Visiting Writers Series: Bob Hicok @ UMMA Stern Aud
Sep 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Literati is thrilled to be the bookseller for the Zell Visiting Writers Series at the University of Michigan. More information about the Helen Zell Writers’ Program, including a full calendar of visiting writers, can be found here. The September 22nd installment of ZVWS will feature poet Bob Hicok.

Bob Hicok was born in 1960 in Michigan and worked for many years in the automotive die industry. A published poet long before he earned his MFA, Hicok is the author of several collections of poems, including The Legend of Light, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry in 1995 and named a 1997 ALA Booklist Notable Book of the Year; Plus ShippingAnimal Soul, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Insomnia DiaryThis Clumsy Living, which received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress; Words for Empty, Words for Full; Elegy Owed, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and, most recently, Love & Sex &. His work has been selected numerous times for the Best American Poetry series. Hicok has won Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has taught creative writing at Western Michigan University and Virginia Tech.

Geraldine Markel @ Nicola's Books
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Geraldine Markel, PhD, a board certified executive coach, enhances leadership and workplace productivity. As principal of Managing Your Mind Coaching & Seminars, Geri provides systematic processes to enhance business performance and profits. Geri helps leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners cut to core issues and apply practical strategies to move from good intentions to cost-effective actions. Her style of providing feedback using compassionate candor leads to accelerated learning and change.

Dr. Markel is an educational psychologist and served as faculty in the School of Education and as seminar leader of the Instructional Design Workshop at the Executive Education Center, School of Business, University of Michigan. For over 15 years, she helped develop instructor-led and self-directed learning materials to enhance performance, productivity and effectiveness for corporate, governmental and educational organizations. As a consultant and trainer, Geri worked with companies such as Ford Motor Company, Disney Corporation, and Department of Agriculture. As a speaker, she has worked at corporate offices of VIACOM, Time Warner, Merrill Lynch, and TIAA-CREF; educational institutions such as University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University; and law firms such as Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Kelly, Drye & Warren.

She is an award winning author; her most recent books are:

Actions Against Distractions: Managing Your Scattered, Distracted and Forgetful Mind

Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Proven Strategies to Increase Productivity and Reduce Stress

Finding Happiness with Aristotle as Your Guide: Action Strategies Based on 10 Timeless Ideas

Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for the Everyday Problems Facing Adults with ADD

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