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The Moth Storyslam 7:30 pm
The Moth Storyslam @ Greyline
Jan 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jan 2 & 16. Monthly open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Each month 10 storytellers are selected at random from among …

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Ann Arbor Poetry: Jamie Morgan 7:00 pm
Ann Arbor Poetry: Jamie Morgan @ Espresso Royale
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This Washtenaw International High School English teacher and forensics coach has competed in several regional poetry slams. Her most famous poem, “Credentialed Casualty,” recounts her experience receiving active shooter training and the ethical implications of …

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Emerging Writers: Understanding Story Arc 7:00 pm
Emerging Writers: Understanding Story Arc @ AADL Westgate
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal discuss the complicated relationship between plot and character development. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Kourvo …

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Jason Fagone: The Woman Who Smashed Codes 7:00 pm
Jason Fagone: The Woman Who Smashed Codes @ Literati
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome journalist Jason Fagone whose new book The Woman Who Smashed Codes explores the life of brilliant codebreaker Elizabeth Smith. About The Woman Who Smashed Codes: Joining the ranks of Hidden Figures and In the Garden of …

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William Rapai: Brewed in Michigan 7:00 pm
William Rapai: Brewed in Michigan @ Literati
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is excited to partner with our neighors at the Arbor Brewing Company to welcome author William Rapai who will be sharing his new book on craft beer Brewed in Michigan. About Brewed in Michigan Brewed in …

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Fiction at Literati: Casey Barrett: Under Water 7:00 pm
Fiction at Literati: Casey Barrett: Under Water @ Literati
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is excited to host author and Oylmpian Casey Barnett to read from and discuss his new novel Under Water. About Under Water: Duck Darley should have been a winner. Once a competitive swimmer destined for Olympic …

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Poetry and the Written Word: Open Mike 7:00 pm
Poetry and the Written Word: Open Mike @ Crazy Wisdom
Jan 10 @ 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. 7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757  
Toastmaster’s at Sweetwaters 7:00 pm
Toastmaster’s at Sweetwaters @ Sweetwaters
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Toastmasters is an international group devoted to helping each other grow in our abilities to give speeches. The Sweetwaters Toastmasters Club meets twice monthly. We are a fun and friendly group! Toastmasters also helps you …

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Cindy Milstein and Jeff Clark: Rebellious Mourning 7:00 pm
Cindy Milstein and Jeff Clark: Rebellious Mourning @ Literati
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us as we are excited to hear authors Cindy Milstein and Jeff Clark share the book Rebellious Mourning, a look at grief’s power for social transformation About Rebellious Mourning: We can bear almost anything when it is …

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In Conversation: Jessica Shattuck and Laura Thomas 7:00 pm
In Conversation: Jessica Shattuck and Laura Thomas @ Nicola's Books
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jessica Shattuck is the award-winning author of The Hazards of Good Breeding, which was a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and Perfect Life. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Glamour, Mother Jones, Wired, and The …

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Carrie Smith: Unholy City, Jeff Kass: Takedown, and C.M. Gleason: Murder in the Lincoln White House 2:00 pm
Carrie Smith: Unholy City, Jeff Kass: Takedown, and C.M. Gleason: Murder in the Lincoln White House @ Aunt Agatha's
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Join our triple header on Sunday, January 13 at 2, when we welcome book club favorite and RC creative writing alumna  Carrie Smith, who has a new Claire Codella novel out, Unholy City; C.M. Gleason, who is joining …

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Rebecca Biber: Technical Solace 7:00 pm
Rebecca Biber: Technical Solace @ Bookbound
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This local poet reads from Technical Solace, her new collection of poems that “explore the struggles of growing up, growing older, of being in solitude and with others, along with birds and history, children and dying, Supreme …

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Hill Harper 10:00 am
Hill Harper @ Hill Auditorium
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Talk on some aspect of MLK’s legacy by this renowned actor and author of several best-selling books, most recently Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones. 10-11:30 a.m., …

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Shawn Martinbrough 2:30 pm
Shawn Martinbrough @ Stamps Auditorium
Jan 15 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Literati is proud to partner with the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design to host artist Shawn Martinbrough for a talk entitled “Continuing the Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through the …

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James Forman Jr.: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America 4:00 pm
James Forman Jr.: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America @ 1225 South Hall
Jan 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Yale Law School constitutional law professor James Forman Jr., a former Washington, D.C., public defender, discusses his book. In 1997, Forman founded the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, an alternative school for dropouts and youth …

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The Guild Poetry Showcase 6:00 pm
The Guild Poetry Showcase @ Rackham Amphitheater
Jan 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Spoken word pioneer Black Ice headlines an evening of poetry readings by several award-winning International Writers Guild members, including Bayan Founas, Justin Gordon, Candace Jackson, Mikhaella Norwood, Xiao Bin Pan, Darius Simpson, Micah Smith, and Mariah Smith. 6-8 p.m., Rackham …

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Fiction at Literati: Chloe Benjamin: The Immortalists 7:00 pm
Fiction at Literati: Chloe Benjamin: The Immortalists @ Literati
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to host novelist Chloe Benjamin in support of her latest book The Immortalists, a story of four siblings struggling with fate and family following a psychic’s mysterious prophecy. About The Immortalists: If you knew the …

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The Moth Storyslam: Achilles Heel 7:30 pm
The Moth Storyslam: Achilles Heel @ Greyline
Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jan 2 & 16. Monthly open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Each month 10 storytellers are selected at random from among …

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Poetry at Literati: Raymond McDaniel: Cataracts 7:00 pm
Poetry at Literati: Raymond McDaniel: Cataracts @ Literati
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome back poet Raymond McDaniel who will read from his new collection Cataracts About Cataracts: Poetry as Escher: shifting perspective, a landscape that doesn’t stand still, and questions that fold in on themselves. “A …

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Conversation: Claudia Rankine: Theatre Matters: Activism, Imagination, Citizenship 5:00 pm
Conversation: Claudia Rankine: Theatre Matters: Activism, Imagination, Citizenship @ Michigan Theater
Jan 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Literati is honored to partner with the University Musical Society and the Penny Stamps Speaker Series to host author Claudia Rankine at the Michigan Theater for a conversation with editor P. Carl entitled Theatre Matters; Activism, Imagination, Citizenship. This event …

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Poetry at Literati: Rae Paris: The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory 7:00 pm
Poetry at Literati: Rae Paris: The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory @ Literati
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is excited to welcome poet Rae Paris who will be reading from her new collection The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory About The Forgetting Tree: Rae Paris began writing The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory in 2010, while traveling the …

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Webster Reading Series: Sam Krowchenko and Kyle Hunt 7:00 pm
Webster Reading Series: Sam Krowchenko and Kyle Hunt @ Stern Auditorium
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. We encourage you …

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Frank Carollo and Amy Emberling: Hot from the Oven: Zingerman’s Bakehouse Cookbook! 3:00 pm
Frank Carollo and Amy Emberling: Hot from the Oven: Zingerman’s Bakehouse Cookbook! @ AADL Mallets Creek
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Zingerman’s Bakehouse co-owners Frank Carollo and Amy Emberling discuss their new cookbook, which features 65 of their most popular recipes. 3-5 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-8301.
Tom Grace: Undeniable 3:00 pm
Tom Grace: Undeniable @ Nicola's Books
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tom Grace is the internationally bestselling author of Undeniable, The Liberty Intrigue, The Secret Cardinal, Fatal Orbit, Dark Ice, Quantum and Spyder Web. His books have been translated into eight languages and sold in over twenty-five countries. …

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Joel Kahn: The Plant-Based Solution 7:00 pm
Joel Kahn: The Plant-Based Solution @ Literati
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is excited to welcome cardiologist and clinical professor Dr. Joel Kahn to share with us his new book The Plant-Based Solution About The Plant-Based Solution: Each of us has access to the most powerful source of …

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Skazat! Poetry Series: Siarra Freeman 7:00 pm
Skazat! Poetry Series: Siarra Freeman @ Sweetwaters
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Rescheduled from November. Widely published Cleveland performance poet Siaara Freeman, who rose to national prominence in 2014 at the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam in Detroit with a searing performance of her autobiographical poem “The Drug Dealer’s Daughter,” reads …

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Lecture: Adrienne Maree Brown 12:00 pm
Lecture: Adrienne Maree Brown @ School of Social Work Bldg
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Literati is pleased to partner with the University of Michigan School of Social Work to host Adrienne Maree Brown, author of Emergent Strategy, for a MLK Symposium lecture entitled “From Theory to Practice: Engaging Intersectional Organizing for …

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Alda Levy-Hussen: How to Read African American Literature, 5:30 pm
Alda Levy-Hussen: How to Read African American Literature, @ Hatcher Library Rm 100
Jan 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
U-M English professor Aida Levy-Hussen reads from her new book and discusses it with U-M English and women’s studies professor Victor Mendoza. 5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free.
Poetry and the Written Word: Jamie Thomas 7:00 pm
Poetry and the Written Word: Jamie Thomas @ Crazy Wisdom
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Reading by Ferris State University writing professor Jamie Thomas, a widely published poet whose debut collection, Etch and Blur, is praised by a Poets’ Quarterly review for its “wordplay and cleverness, the irony of which offers up moving turns …

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Toastmaster’s at Sweetwaters 7:00 pm
Toastmaster’s at Sweetwaters @ Sweetwaters
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Toastmasters is an international group devoted to helping each other grow in our abilities to give speeches. The Sweetwaters Toastmasters Club meets twice monthly. We are a fun and friendly group! Toastmasters also helps you …

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Judge Raymond Kethledge: Lead Yourself First 11:30 am
Judge Raymond Kethledge: Lead Yourself First @ U-M Law School
Jan 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Literati is proud to partner with the University of Michigan Law School to host Judge Raymond Kethledge for a discussion of his new book Lead Yourself First at the UM Law’s Hutchins Hall About Lead Yourself First: To …

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Zell Visiting Writers Series: Jane Hirschfield and Brit Bennett 5:30 pm
Zell Visiting Writers Series: Jane Hirschfield and Brit Bennett @ U-M Museum of Art Stern Auditorium
Jan 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Literati is proud to be partnering with the Helen Zell Writers Program to bring poet Jane Hirshfield and novelist Brit Bennett at University of Michigan Museum Helmut Stern Auditorium. JANE HIRSHFIELD is the author of eight books of …

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Keith Taylor Retirement Event 11:00 am
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 …

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Poetry at Literati: Katherine Edgren and Jennifer Burd 7:00 pm
Poetry at Literati: Katherine Edgren and Jennifer Burd @ Literati
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome poets Katherine Edgren and Jennifer Burd for a reading of their new books The Grain Beneath the Gloss and Day’s Late Blue. Katherine Edgren grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was first published …

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RC Players: An Evening of Scenes 8:00 pm
RC Players: An Evening of Scenes @ Keene Theater
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Have you ever pulled a ratatouille and found a rat on your head? Do you ever question the larger impact of a cup of coffee? Have you gotten fed up with constantly being kidnapped? Ever …

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Edwards Reading Series: Elinam Agbo, Augusta Funk, and Rachel Cross 7:00 pm
Edwards Reading Series: Elinam Agbo, Augusta Funk, and Rachel Cross @ Personal apartment
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
First-Year MFA Poetry and Prose Readings.
Magician Nate Staniforth: Here Is Real Magic 7:00 pm
Magician Nate Staniforth: Here Is Real Magic @ Literati Bookstore
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome magician Nate Staniforth to Ann Arbor’s Circus Bar in support of Here is Real Magic, an extraordinary memoir about finding wonder in everyday life. About Nate and the book:  “A …

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RC Players: An Evening of Scenes 8:00 pm
RC Players: An Evening of Scenes @ Keene Theater
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Have you ever pulled a ratatouille and found a rat on your head? Do you ever question the larger impact of a cup of coffee? Have you gotten fed up with constantly being kidnapped? Ever …

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Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild 2:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell. Park in rear and use door to the community room. Front entrance is handicap accessible. 2-4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, …

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Emerging Writers: Open House 7:00 pm
Emerging Writers: Open House @ AADL Traverwood
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects.  
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Hopwood Underclass Awards Ceremony: Antonya Nelson 3:30 pm
Hopwood Underclass Awards Ceremony: Antonya Nelson @ Rackham Auditorium
Jan 30 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The 2018 Hopwood Underclassmen Awards will be announced and celebrated by Hopwood director Michael Byers. Six RC students have won awards. After the presentation of these awards, Antonya Nelson will offer a reading. Antonya Nelson …

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Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry: Occasions 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry: Occasions @ Argus Farm Stop
Jan 31 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Reading and discussion of several poems around the themes of occasions (Jan. 31), and dogs (Feb. 21). Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Attendees invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing. 8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, …

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