Ann Arbor Book Fest: Writers’ Workshop @ Neutral Zone
Jun 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Calling all aspiring writers! Literati is happy to be the bookseller for the Ann Arbor Book Festival’s Writers’ Workshop, featuring three authors much beloved by our store: Jim Ottaviani, Chris McCormick, and Airea ‘Dee’ Matthews. You can find more information and purchase tickets for the event here. Please direct any questions to the AABF organizers at
Chuck Palahniak: Fight Club 2 (signing only) @ Nicola's Books
Jul 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

This FIGHT CLUB 2 appearance is a signing ONLY

Chuck will not be performing or reading at this event

This is a ticketed event & each ticket will include a copy of the FIGHT CLUB 2 hardcover ($29.95 plus tax)

Tickets must be purchased in order to join the signing line

In addition to FIGHT CLUB 2, Chuck will sign TWO other items (memorabilia or book)

Chuck will happily pose for photos with fans

Line formation begins at 3:00 pm; signing starts at 4:00 pm.

You may reserve your ticket in-person or by calling the store at 734-662-0600 and purchasing via credit card over the phone.  

Chuck Palahniuk’s ten previous novels are the bestselling Fight Club, which was made into a film by David Fincher; Survivor; Invisible Monsters; Choke, which was made into a film by director Clark Gregg; Lullaby; Diary; Haunted; Rant; Snuff; and Pygmy. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, a nonfiction profile of Portland, Oregon, published as part of the Crown Journeys series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. Chuck’s Make Something Up, a collection of short stories and one novella, will be released in hardcover on May 26, 2015, with the softcover following in Spring of 2016 just before Fight Club 2 goes on sale!


Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Party @ Barnes and Noble
Jul 30 @ 8:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 12:00 am

A variety of fun activities, including a mock Muggle Wall where customers can share their favorite memories of Harry Potter, in anticipation of the midnight release of the rehearsal edition of the script of Jack Thorne’s 2-part play Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, an adaptation of a new J.K. Rowling story which makes its world premiere at the Palace Theatre in London tomorrow.
8 p.m.-midnight,  973-1618.

Harry Potter Release Party @ Nicola's Books
Jul 30 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 12:00 am

Join us on the eve of Harry Potter’s birthday, July 30th, for a Harry Potter release party to celebrate the new script, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child! The purchase of one of our event packets will get you a copy of The Cursed Child (available at the end of the party, July 30 at midnight), entry to all of the evening’s activities, and lots of HP goodies and treats! Book-less event packs are also available if you have more than one attendee for the party but only need one copy of the new play.

We are also very excited to be partnering on this event with Washtenaw Literacy. 30% of our event packet proceeds will go straight to them and they’ll be on hand at the party with information about the good they do and how you can help! Check back here for more event details as they are revealed, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to see what fun we’re preparing for the party! Pre-order your event packet below and mark your calendar for this magical Harry Potter celebration!

Harry Potter Release Party @ Literati
Jul 30 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 12:30 am

Party to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling’s play that is set 16 years after the last Harry Potter novel.

MGoBlog Presents: Hail to the Victors 2016 @ Circus
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

For the second year running, Literati is pleased to help celebrate MGoBlog’s Hail To The Victors guide –an independent, definitive, in-depth guide to the upcoming Michigan Football Season–with an event in its honor. The evening will again feature a presentation from the issue’s contents, and additional copies will be available for sale. This year’s event will take place at Circus Bar & Billiards. Purchase a drink from their full bar, grab a bowl of free popcorn, revel in the football previewing. Free and open to the public. 7pm.

Featured in Hail To The Victors 2016:

  • MGoBlog’s Brian Cook writes a team preview covering about a third of the book, offers an opinion on the overall state of the offense, defense, and special teams, and then plunks down a prediction that will no longer be roundly mocked because Michigan’s coaching staff is no good. Probably.
  • Ace Anbender surveys the opposition with savage intent. Buckeye Grove’s Ross Fulton rounds out the Ohio State preview; Ross’s in-depth knowledge of the Buckeyes and surprising sanity are an excellent combination.
  • Adam Schnepp sits down with tight end Jake Butt and discusses Harbaugh, the NFL, his decision to avoid it, and many other topics. Michael Elkon on expectations in year two of Harbaugh.
  • SBNation’s Ian Boyd on John O’Korn and how he fits into Harbaugh’s passing game. Steve Sharik on Don Brown’s dudes and what he plans to accomplish with them.
  • Seth Fisher and Mel Newman on when Texas A&M tried to buy Bo… and failed. John Kryk on The Guarantee, 30 years later. Steve Sapardanis on the Six Penny Defense, or when Bo invented the dime package. Craig Ross on how Michigan more or less invented all of football, from the forward pass to platoons.



Debra Goldstein: Should Have Played Poker @ Nicola's Books
Aug 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Debra H. Goldstein has been described as a judge, author, litigator, wife, step-mom, mother of twins, civic volunteer and loyal University of Michigan alumna. Maze in Blue, her debut novel, received a 2012 Independent Book Publisher (IPPY) Award and was reissued as a May 2014 selection by Harlequin Worldwide Mysteries. Her short stories and non-fiction essays include Thanksgiving in Moderation, Who Dat? Dat the Indian Chief!, Legal Magic, Malicious Mischief, Grandma’s Garden, The Rabbi’s Wife Stayed Home, and Maybe I Should Hug You. Goldstein’s latest book, Should Have Played Poker, was published in April. It’s a mystery about a corporate lawyer whose mother reappears after a 26-year absence. When her mother is murdered a few hours later, the lawyer, against police advice, tries to figure out who did it. Signing.

Kerrytown BookFest @ Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Sep 11 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 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

This year’s  theme  is “Travels with Books”.

A special feature this year is our third annual Writer in Residence, R.J. Fox.  This teacher and author will critique manuscripts submitted ahead of time the day of the festival.  Contact Hart Johnson,, to reserve a slot.

Main Tent

10:30 – 11 a.m. 9th Annual Community Book Award Presentation to Washtenaw Literacy. Director Amy Goodman will accept the award, presented by board member Dallas Moore. Free coffee and donuts will be served in the Main Tent to help celebrate Washtenaw Literacy and kick off the day.

11:00 a.m.- Noon Under the Radar Michigan’s Tom Daldin talks about Michigan’s undiscovered gems.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. The Quest for Identity Writers Desiree Cooper (Know the Mother), Kelly Fordon (Garden of the Blind), and Andrew Mozina (Contrary Motion) discuss their work with moderator and author Donald Lystra(Something That Feels Like Truth).

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. A Mysterious Sense of Place Mystery writers William Kent Krueger (Manitou Canyon), Hank Phillippi Ryan (What You See) andPatricia Abbott (Shot in Detroit) discuss the sense of place in their novels with author and moderator Carrie Smith (Silent City).

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Travel through Time with author B.A. Shapiro, who discusses her novels The Art Forger and The Muralist with art historianEllen Longsworth.

4 p.m. Travel North with John Smolens as he discusses his writing and his latest novel Wolf’s Mouth with writer and moderator Benjamin Busch (Dust to Dust).

Kerrytown Concert House

11:00 a.m. – Noon Writing for Hire Join writers Casey Daniels (Irish Stewed) and Vicky Delany (Reading up a Storm), as they discuss the many ways to make a living writing. Both of them have written books “for hire” from TV adaptations to cozy mysteries to flashcards to Goosebumpsinstallments. They’ll discuss the state of publishing today with writer and moderator Barbara Gregorich (Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel: Lots of Examples, Plus Dead Bodies).

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Stride’s Duluth Thriller writer Brian Freeman illustrates with photos taken on photo safari in Duluth, Minnesota, how he uses the setting to inform his Jonathan Stride novels. He’ll read a passage from one of them to show how his setting influences his writing.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eating Wildly with Ava Chin, who discusses her book on urban foraging with bookseller and moderator Rachel Pastiva, the manager of Crazy Wisdom.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Travel the Lakes with Loreen Niewenhuis, who has walked around the entire Great Lakes. She’ll be interviewed by authorMaureen Dunphy (Great Lakes Island Escapes).

4 p.m. The ABCs of Washtenaw Literacy, an informative tour of the agency’s highly effective programs including a video and a presentation from learners.

Children’s Tent

11-11:45 a.m. the beloved Mother Goose shares nursery rhymes with the littlest BookFest visitors

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Shanda Trent reads her new book Giddy-Up, Buckaroos

12:15 – 1 p.m. Writer Kristen Remenar and illustrator Matt Faulkner read their latest collaboration Groundhog’s Dilemma

1 – 1:45 p.m. author Kelly DiPuccio shares How to Potty Train Your Dragon

2 – 3;30 p.m. Storytellers Laura Pershin Raynor and Kayla Coughlinentertain listeners of all ages & share a craft.

3:30 – 5 p.m. writer & illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw (Ellie McDoodle)leads a drawing workshop – “How to make a Lion from a 5″

Writer in Residence R.J. Fox, ongoing through the day.  Mr. Fox will critique the first twenty pages of your manuscript. For information and to reserve a slot, contact Hart Johnson at

The Edible Book Contest is open to anyone; entries can be dropped off beginning at 9:30 a.m. the day of the bookfest. More details to come.

Book Lover’s Night @ Nicola's Books
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Random House, Penguin, Macmillan, and Harper Collins publishing house representatives discuss their best new titles from late summer and upcoming releases.

Summer Hopwoods Award Ceremony @ Hopwood Room (1176 Angell Hall)
Sep 22 @ 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm

The Hopwood Awards Program celebates summer awardees with a reception at 3:15 and awards at 4:10. Three RC students won summer awards:

San Pham, Hopwood Fiction Award,
Maria Robins-Somerville, Hopwood Poetry Award.
Kristina Perkins, Hopwood Nonfiction Award.
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