Poetry and the Written Word @ Crazy Wisdom
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757


Chang Lecture: Dr. David Watts @ Ford Auditorium
Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Literati is delighted to be the bookseller for the Chang Lecture on Art and Medicine at the University of Michigan’s Ford Auditorium, which will be delivered by Dr. David Watts.

The process of healing is a mystery that cannot be explained completely by a scientific approach. Analysis will miss the humanistic qualities that are required to address and serve the complexity of the human spirit. If Health Care Professionals are to achieve optimum healing we must attend to both the science and the humanity of health care. Poems and stories provide balance to the provider’s life and move us away from the Cold and Distant Physician into a deeper under-standing of human nature and an affection for the patient and his/her suffering.

David Watts, M.D., is a gastroenterologist and Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, a physician writer who has published six books of poetry, four anthologies, and two books of short stories about the complexities of the Doctor-Patient Relationship. He has also written two novels, one a mystery and the other best-selling western. He is a classically trained musician, a TV and radio host, and an NPR commentator. He has taken particular interest in measures to warm the cold and distant physician and is a strong advocate for literature and humanities in the medical school curriculum.

Event date:
Thursday, July 20, 2017 – 5:00pm
Event address:
Ford Auditorium
1500 Medical Center Drive
Ann ArborMI
Home Plate: Fictionalizing Familiar Places, with Kelly Fordon and Laura Thomas @ Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The authors will discuss how their fiction transforms home into character. How do writers use assumptions about familiar places to find the unexpected and surprising?  When is a hometown the whole trouble, and also the last, best hope for change? The authors will also talk about how the unique landscape of the upper Midwest inspires their fiction.

Kelly Fordon’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, The Kenyon Review (KRO), Rattle and various other journals. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks. The first one, On the Street Where We Live, won the 2012 Standing Rock Chapbook Award and the latest one, The Witness, won the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for the Chapbook and was shortlisted for the Grand Prize. Her novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book, a 2016 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Finalist, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, an Eric Hoffer Finalist, and an IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist in the short story category. She works for The College for Creative Studies, Springfed Arts and The InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit.

Laura Hulthen Thomas is the author of the short fiction collection, States of Motion, published by Wayne State University Press. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including The Cimarron Review, Nimrod International Journal, Epiphany and Witness. She received her MFA in fiction writing from Warren Wilson College. She currently heads the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan’s Residential College, where she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction.

Panel Discussion on “Bad Guys” with Sarah Zettel, Terrence P. Bronson, Louis Stock, and Jason Porter @ Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
Jul 29 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Membership event for the new Michigan chapter of Sisters in Crime, Saturday, July 29, 2:30 PM. Refreshments, membership sign up, and a panel discussion on “Bad Guys” with author Sarah Zettel, Judge Terrence P. Bronson, Retired U.S. Marshall Louis Stock and Pinkerton Vice President Jason Porter. The panel will be moderated by Judy Lee Burke and the event introduced by Michigan Sisters in Crime President Jan Rydzon. The panel discussion will take place at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase (across the street from Aunt Agatha’s),  212 S. 4th Ave.

Daniel Foor: Book Signing and Ancestral Healing Talk @ Crazy Wisdom
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Everyone has loving and wise ancestors, and by reaching out for their support we access tremendous vitality for personal and family healing. In addition to supporting repairs with living family, our ancestors encourage healthy self-esteem and help us to clarify our destiny, relationships, and work in the world.
Join author Daniel Foor for a spirited teaching and inclusive dialogue on ancestral healing on Saturday, July 29th from 6-7:30 pm.
Our talk will also consider implications of ancestral work for cultural healing (e.g., sexism, racism, colonialism). Expect plenty of time for inclusive, culturally mindful dialogue around the subject of relating directly with the ancestors. No need to confirm in advance, $10-20 suggested donation (no one turned away). This will also be a book signing for Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing (great to get your copy on location and support Crazy Wisdom)!
Daniel Foor, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist and a doctor of psychology. He has led ancestral and family healing intensives throughout the United States since 2005. He is an initiate in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and has trained with teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and different indigenous paths, including the older ways of his European ancestors. He lives in Asheville, NC.
Haroon Moghul: How to Be A Muslim: An American Story @ AADL Multipurpose Room
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Shalom Hartman Institute (Jerusalem) Muslim Leadership Initiative facilitator Haroon Moghul discusses his coming-of-age memoir about growing up as a 2nd-generation American Muslim in a post-9/11 world. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555.

The Hummingbird Global Writers’ Circle presents Writing Gender: Laura Thomas, Linda Gregerman, Debroti Dhar, Michael Ferro @ Lane Hall
Aug 21 @ 3:00 am – 5:00 am

The Hummingbird Global Writers’ Circle is an international reading series started by Dr. Debotri Dhar, CEW Visiting Scholar (2015-17) and Lecturer in Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. The aim of this literary initiative is to bring writers and communities together in different parts of the world to foster a love of books, to discuss the craft of writing, and to promote creative dialogue and global understanding in small ways. The name was inspired by the tiny hummingbird which builds its home with just a few drops of nectar, a root here, a leaf there, and a little bit of sky.

The Circle’s themed readings by established and emerging writers are free and open to the community. The theme for the first event of the Circle is feminism/ gender, to be held on Monday August 21 (3-5 pm) at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The writer-speakers for this session are Linda Gregerson, Laura Hulthen Thomas, Mike Ferro and Debotri Dhar (writer bios below), who will read from their poetry and fiction, followed by conversation /Q&A.

Light refreshments will be served. All members of the community are welcome to attend, however, RSVP is required. If you wish to hear our speakers read from their work, share tips, and engage in conversation, please RSVP to

Barbara Cohn: The Detroit Public Library @ AADL Multipurpose Room
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Barbara Cohn’s new book, The Detroit Public Library, is a photographic tour of the Detroit Public Library’s rich art and architectural history.

Handleman Lecture: Daniel Pink @ Hill Auditorium
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is pleased to welcome Daniel Pink, author of New York Times best-sellers A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human, to speak at Hill Auditorium. During his presentation, “The Mind of the Future: How to Survive an Outsourced, Automated Age,” Pink will discuss the shift from the information age to the conceptual age and how to prepare for the future world of work. Pink was named one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and his TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the most-watched of all time with more than 19 million views.
Doors open at 6:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. Free.

Paul Dimond: The Belle of Two Arbors: Researching the Historical Novel in Three Ann Arbor Libraries @ AADL Multipurpose Room
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ann Arborite Paul Dimond discusses his experiences doing research for his historical novel set in Ann Arbor and northern Michigan in the 1st half of the 20th century. He is joined by his wife, Marty, who wrote the poems by the titular character that appear in the novel. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555.[