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Simon Mermelstein: … And Pharoah Hardened His Heart: Poems for the Trump Years 7:00 pm
Simon Mermelstein: … And Pharoah Hardened His Heart: Poems for the Trump Years @ Bookbound
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This local poet, organizer of the long-running Ann Arbor Poetry reading series, reads from …And Pharaoh Hardened His Heart: Poems for the Trump Years, his new chapbook of poems chronicling fascism, cruelty, gaslighting, narcissism, and the psychological …

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Tom VanHaaren: The Road to Ann Arbor 7:00 pm
Tom VanHaaren: The Road to Ann Arbor @ Literati
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is pleased to welcome sports reporter Tom VanHaaren who will be sharing his new book about the University of Michigan football program, The Road to Ann Arbor: Incredible Twists and Improbable Turns Along the Michigan …

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Fifth Avenue Press Book Release Reception 1:00 pm
Fifth Avenue Press Book Release Reception @ AADL Downtown
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Readings by 7 authors being published by this AADL imprint. Books include Tracy Gallup’s Paint the Night (picture book), Zac Gorman’s So Thirsty (all-ages comic), Linda Jeffries’ We Thought We Knew You (adult fiction), Brad and Kirstin Northrup’s Akeina the Crocodile (picture book), …

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Mike Curato: Merry Christmas, Little Elliot 2:00 pm
Mike Curato: Merry Christmas, Little Elliot @ AADL
Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Ann Arbor District Library and Literati Bookstore are proud to present author Mike Curato who be giving a special storytime reading of his new book Merry Christmas, Little Elliot. About Merry Christmas, Little Elliot: Best friends …

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Ann Arbor Poetry: Daniel Bigham 7:00 pm
Ann Arbor Poetry: Daniel Bigham @ Espresso Royale
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reading by this local poet, a Neutral Zone advisor. 7 p.m. Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry.
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Emerging Writers: Good Guys vs. Bad Guys 7:00 pm
Emerging Writers: Good Guys vs. Bad Guys @ AADL Westgate
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal are joined by a representative from Cherry Lake Press and San Diego-based children’s nonfiction writer Virginia Loh-Hagan to discuss how to plan, write, …

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Julia Mossbridge: Normalizing Precognition: How Sensing the Future Can Be Explained Without Breaking Occam’s Razor 7:00 pm
Julia Mossbridge: Normalizing Precognition: How Sensing the Future Can Be Explained Without Breaking Occam’s Razor @ Rackham Amphitheater
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
U-M Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies Consciousness Next! Series presents Dr. Julia Mossbridge, whose recent book The Premonition Code: The Science of Precognition, How Sensing the Future Can Change Your Life (with Theresa Cheung) …

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Stories of Service: An Evening with Veterans 7:00 pm
Stories of Service: An Evening with Veterans @ Hill Auditorium
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Storytelling by Michigan veterans. Also, live entertainment by the Concordia University Choir & Band and others TBA. 7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free, but tickets required in advance at eventbrite.com (search for “Stories of Service”). (518) 481-0552.
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CW Salon: The Science and Practice of Changing Your Life by Glimpsing the Future, with Julia Mossbridge and Richard Mann 7:00 pm
CW Salon: The Science and Practice of Changing Your Life by Glimpsing the Future, with Julia Mossbridge and Richard Mann @ Crazy Wisdom
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Author Julia Mossbridge will be in town from San Francisco to talk about her new book, written with Teresa Cheung, called The Premonition Code. Julia is a Fellow at the Institute for Noetic Sciences and a Visiting Scholar at …

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Joseph Fink: Alice Isn’t Dead 7:00 pm
Joseph Fink: Alice Isn’t Dead @ AADL
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome Jospeh Fink to the lobby of the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown in support of his novel, Alice Isn’t Dead, a novel that expands the story told in the hit podcast …

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Scott McCloud: Comics and the Art of Visual Communication 7:00 pm
Scott McCloud: Comics and the Art of Visual Communication @ Duderstadt Center
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
“Comics” is finally coming of age as an artistic and literary form. Now this once-maligned medium of expression is poised for new opportunities, thanks to a mutating media environment and a potential revolution in visual …

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The Moth Storyslam: Distance 7:30 pm
The Moth Storyslam: Distance @ Greyline
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Nov. 6 & 20. 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 those …

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Katherine Reynolds: The Good News About Bad Behavior 7:00 pm
Katherine Reynolds: The Good News About Bad Behavior @ AADL Downtown
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Washington, D.C.-based journalist Katherine Reynolds Lewis reads from her new book offering a theory of disciplining kids that involves building their skills to address the root causes of misbehavior. 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 1st fl. …

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Lindsay-Jean Hard: Cooking with Scraps 7:00 pm
Lindsay-Jean Hard: Cooking with Scraps @ Literati
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati Bookstore is thrilled to welcome Lindsay-Jean Hard who will be sharing her new cookbook Cooking with Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and Stems Into Delicious Meals About Cooking with Scraps: “A whole new way to …

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What is Fifth Avenue Press? An Introduction to AADL’s Publishing Imprint 7:00 pm
What is Fifth Avenue Press? An Introduction to AADL’s Publishing Imprint @ AADL Downtown
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Writers who have published their books through the AADL discuss the imprint and how to submit a manuscript. 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200
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Michelle Wright: Physics of Blackness 4:00 pm
Michelle Wright: Physics of Blackness @ 2021C Tisch Hall
Nov 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Emory University (Atlanta) English professor Michelle Wright reads from Physics of Blackness, her 2015 book about how different cultures and historical moments define blackness. 4-6 p.m., 2021C Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 763-2351
Writing Interactive Fiction 6:00 pm
Writing Interactive Fiction @ AADL Downtown
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
All grade 8-adult invited to learn how to write a digital “Choose Your Own Adventure” story using a simple coding language. You can then play through the stories you and others have written. 6-8 p.m., …

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Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild: Story Night 7:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild: Story Night @ Crazy Wisdom
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members host a storytelling program. Audience members are encouraged to bring a 5-minute story to tell. 7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757.    
Open Mic and Share: Sharon H. Chang: Hapa Tales and Other Lies 7:00 pm
Open Mic and Share: Sharon H. Chang: Hapa Tales and Other Lies @ Bookbound
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Seattle writer Sharon H. Chang reads from Hapa Tales and Other Lies, her new memoir that explores her Asian American and mixed race identity through the prism of a Hawaii vacation that turns into something more when she gets …

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Susan Orlean: The Library Book 7:00 pm
Susan Orlean: The Library Book @ AADL
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati Bookstore is thrilled to welcome Susan Orlean to the lobby of the Ann Arbor District Library in support of her latest, The Library Book. Copies of this new book and Orlean’s other titles will be …

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Storytelling Event: Shelter Association of Washtenaw County Homelessness Awareness Week 6:00 pm
Storytelling Event: Shelter Association of Washtenaw County Homelessness Awareness Week @ Ypsilanti Freight House
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Poetry readings, testimonials, and storytelling by people who have experienced homelessness. Also, an art display and information from area agencies that address homelessness. 6-8 p.m., Ypsilanti Freight House, 100 Market Pl, Ypsilanti. Free. 662-2829, ext. …

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Poetry Night featuring Caroline Johnson and Tara E. Jay 7:00 pm
Poetry Night featuring Caroline Johnson and Tara E. Jay @ Nicola's Books
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for a moving poetry night. Caroline Johnson’s first full-length publication, The Caregiver, includes 50 poems that were inspired by the 15 years she devoted to taking care of her aging parents. Midwest Book …

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Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild: Storyfest 7:30 pm
Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild: Storyfest @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Premiere storytelling event of the year – filled with laughs, memories, truth and an occasional tear. Great snacks, door prizes and free parking come with admission. “The Moth” storytelling winners are featured tellers. Not to …

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David Zinn Book Signing Party: Underfoot Menagerie 11:00 am
David Zinn Book Signing Party: Underfoot Menagerie @ 16 Hands
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
16 Hands is proud to host a book signing with one of our most popular local artists. David Zinn’s “Underfoot Menagerie” is a brand new assortment of the latest, greatest creatures from the not-quite-underground world …

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NaNoWrMiMo Free Write Session 1:00 pm
NaNoWrMiMo Free Write Session @ AADL Westgate
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nov. 10 & 17. All adults and teens in grade 9 & up invited to work on their novel for this nonprofit promotion (also known as National Novel Writing Month) challenging teens and adults to write …

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Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild: Storyfest Family Fun Concert 2:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild: Storyfest Family Fun Concert @ AADL Pittsfield
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Free storytelling concert for children ages 4 and up. A beautiful handmade quilt will be given to one lucky winner. A family event especially for children. Pittsfield Branch of the Ann Arbor Library, 2359 Oak …

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Joann Castle in Conversation with Alena Williams 3:00 pm
Joann Castle in Conversation with Alena Williams @ Nicola's Books
Nov 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
As a new wave of activists from Black Lives Matter to the Trump resistance respond to the latest tide of repression, misogyny, and racism, today’s activists are becoming the next link in a long line …

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Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax: What We Keep 7:00 pm
Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax: What We Keep @ Literati
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome authors Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax who will be sharing their new book What We Keep. About What We Keep: With contributions from Cheryl Strayed, Mark Cuban, Ta-Nahesi Coates, Melinda Gates, Joss …

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Norman Eisen: The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House 12:00 pm
Norman Eisen: The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House @ Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium
Nov 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Brookings Institute fellow and CNN commentator Norman Eisen reads from his new book, which examines 20th-century European history through the lens of the families that lived in the Petschek house in Prague, the residence he occupied as …

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Ned Colletti: Sports in America 4:00 pm
Ned Colletti: Sports in America @ Weill Hall Betty Ford Classroom
Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Former LA Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti reads from The Big Chair, his 2017 memoir which offers insights on being accountable to wealthy team owners, managing players’ illegal steroid use, negotiating for players, and second-guessing field managers without seeming …

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Fiction at Literati: R.J. Fox: Awaiting Identification 7:00 pm
Fiction at Literati: R.J. Fox: Awaiting Identification @ Literati
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome back author R.J. Fox who will be sharing his new novel Awaiting Identification. About Awaiting Identification: Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, Detroit, Michigan: October 31, 1999. Five unidentified bodies lie in the …

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Jessica Care Moore 7:00 pm
Jessica Care Moore @ AADL Downtown
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This native Detroiter, an acclaimed poet, playwright, performance artist, and producer, discusses her visual art and poetry. Her most recent poetry collection, Sunlight Through Bullet Holes, “mixes observation with passion and brevity,” says an Ebony review. “It’s black intelligence …

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Poetry and the Written Word: Open Mike 7:00 pm
Poetry and the Written Word: Open Mike @ Crazy Wisdom
Nov 14 @ 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  
Toastmasters Meeting 7:00 pm
Toastmasters Meeting @ Sweetwaters
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
ToastMasters at SweetWaters is an opportunity to practice your personal and/or professional speaking as well as Leadership in a fun friendly atmosphere. The club is open to everyone. Attendees have the opportunity to speak, give …

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Zell Visiting Writers: Aimee Bender and Philip Metres 5:30 pm
Zell Visiting Writers: Aimee Bender and Philip Metres @ U-M Museum of Art Stern Auditorium
Nov 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Literati is proud to be partnering with the Helen Zell Writers Program to host author Aimee Bender and poet Philip Metres at the University of Michigan Art Museum Helmet Stern Auditorium. Philip Metres’s writing has appeared widely, including …

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Brad Felver: The Dogs of Detroit, and F. Daniel Rzicznek: Settlers 7:00 pm
Brad Felver: The Dogs of Detroit, and F. Daniel Rzicznek: Settlers @ Literati
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is excited to welcome author Brad Felver and poet F. Daniel Rzicznek who will be reading and discussing their latest work The Dogs of Detroit and Settlers. About The Dogs of Detroit: Winner of the 2018 Drue Heinz Literature …

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R.J. Fox: Awaiting Identification, and in conversation with Michael A. Ferro 7:00 pm
R.J. Fox: Awaiting Identification, and in conversation with Michael A. Ferro @ Literati
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome back author R.J. Fox who will be sharing his new novel Awaiting Identification. R.J. will be in conversation with fellow novelist Michael Ferro. About Awaiting Identification: Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, Detroit, …

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Books Talk: Beth Genne: Dance Me a Song, and Naomi Andre: Black Opera 3:00 am
Books Talk: Beth Genne: Dance Me a Song, and Naomi Andre: Black Opera @ 1405 East Quad
Nov 16 @ 3:00 am – 5:00 am
In Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement (published May 4, 2018), Naomi André draws on the experiences of performers and audiences to explore this music’s resonance with today’s listeners. Interacting with creators and performers, as well …

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NaNoWrMiMo Free Write Session 1:00 pm
NaNoWrMiMo Free Write Session @ AADL Westgate
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nov. 10 & 17. All adults and teens in grade 9 & up invited to work on their novel for this nonprofit promotion (also known as National Novel Writing Month) challenging teens and adults to write …

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Poetry Night featuring Marlin Jenkins 7:00 pm
Poetry Night featuring Marlin Jenkins @ Nicola's Books
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit. His poetry and fiction have been given homes by Indiana Review, Waxwing, Iowa Review, and Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction, among others. He has worked as …

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Ann Arbor Poetry: Cozine Welch 7:00 pm
Ann Arbor Poetry: Cozine Welch @ Espresso Royale
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 2 @ 8:30 pm
Performance by this RC Prison Creative Arts Project instructor, who was incarcerated at age 17 and released just last year, after serving 18 years. His free verse poems explore the dehumanization of mass incarceration and …

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Jonathan Putnam: Final Resting Place 3:00 pm
Jonathan Putnam: Final Resting Place @ AADL
Nov 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Jonathan’s new Lincoln & Speed Mystery, Final Resting Place, was published by Crooked Lane Books in New York in July 2018.
Jonathan Franzen: The End of the End of the Earth 7:00 pm
Jonathan Franzen: The End of the End of the Earth @ Greyline
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Purchase Tickets Here Literati Bookstore is thrilled to welcome Jonathan Franzen to Zingerman’s Greyline as he reads from his new essay collection, The End of the End of the Earth. Tickets are general admission and include …

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Emerging Writers: Open House 7:00 pm
Emerging Writers: Open House @ AADL Westgate
Nov 19 @ 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. 7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.  
Poetry at Literati: Kristen Tracy: Half-Hazard 7:00 pm
Poetry at Literati: Kristen Tracy: Half-Hazard @ Literati
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is so excited to welcome poet Kristen Tracy who will be reading from her new collection Half-Hazard. About Half-Hazard: Half-Hazard is the Winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation for a debut …

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The Moth Storyslam: Fear 7:30 pm
The Moth Storyslam: Fear @ Greyline
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Nov. 6 & 20. 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 those …

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Pete Souza: Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents 7:00 pm
Pete Souza: Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents @ Rackham Auditorium
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Purchase Tickets Here. Literati Bookstore is thrilled to welcome Pete Souza to Ann Arbor for a visual presentation of his latest book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents. Tickets are general admission and include a hardcover …

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Skazat! Poetry Series: Jennifer Metsker 7:00 pm
Skazat! Poetry Series: Jennifer Metsker @ Sweetwaters
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reading by this award-winning local poet whose work often frames dark themes in plainspoken, imaginatively whimsical language. Preceded by an open mike. 7-8:30 p.m. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663.
Sweetland Writer to Writer: Heather Ann Thompson 7:00 pm
Sweetland Writer to Writer: Heather Ann Thompson @ Literati
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is pleased to partner with the University of Michigan’s Sweetland Center for Writing and WCBN Radio for the latest installment of Writer to Writer, a series which puts a UM professor and member of the …

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Shachar Pinsker: A Rich Brew: How Cafes Created Modern Jewish Culture 5:30 pm
Shachar Pinsker: A Rich Brew: How Cafes Created Modern Jewish Culture @ Hatcher Library
Nov 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Literati is thrilled to partner with the Institute of Humanitites at the University of Michigan to have copies of Shachar Pinsker’s new book Rich Brew: How Cafes Created Modern Jewish Culture available for purchase. About Rich Brew: A fascinating …

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Michael Giorgione: Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat 7:00 pm
Michael Giorgione: Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat @ Ford Presidential Library
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Retired U.S. Navy admiral Michael Giorgione discusses his 2017 book based on interviews with commanders and his own experience as the commanding officer at Camp David from 1999-2001. Book sale, signing, & reception follow. 7 p.m., Ford …

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Poetry and the Written Word: Ken Mikolowski 7:00 pm
Poetry and the Written Word: Ken Mikolowski @ Crazy Wisdom
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ken Mikolowski is the author of six books of poetry, most recently THAT THAT. His poems have been recorded by the Frank Carlberg Group and Michael Gould. Mikolowski taught poetry writing at the RC for …

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Steve Hughes: Stiff 7:00 pm
Steve Hughes: Stiff @ Nicola's Books
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Steve Hughes was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and still has a number of friends/family there. He’s also the publisher of Detroit’s longest-running zine, Stupor, and has many author friends and fans in the Detroit-Ann Arbor …

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Lecture: Angela Dillard: Civil Rights Conservatism and the Ironies of ‘Monumental’ History 4:00 pm
Lecture: Angela Dillard: Civil Rights Conservatism and the Ironies of ‘Monumental’ History @ Rackham Amphitheater
Nov 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Lecture by U-M Afroamerican and African studies professor and former RC director Angela Dillard. 4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre (4th floor). Free. 615-6667.
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NaNoWriMo: Brigit Young: I Wrote a Novel .. Now What? 6:30 pm
NaNoWriMo: Brigit Young: I Wrote a Novel .. Now What? @ AADL Westgate
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
NYC-based writer (and Ann Arbor native) Brigit Young offers tips on revising your written work and how to get published. Q&A. In conjunction with the end of National Novel Writing Month, a nonprofit promotion challenging teens and …

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Kurt Eichenwald: A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir 7:00 pm
Kurt Eichenwald: A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir @ Nicola's Books
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for an evening with New York Times Bestselling author, Kurt Eichenwald, an acclaimed and award-winning investigative journalist (The New York Times, Newsweek, Vanity Fair) and writer of bestselling books (Conspiracy of Fools, 500 Days, The Informant). He is …

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Webster Reading Series: David Wade, Will Brewbaker, and Talin Tahajian 7:00 pm
Webster Reading Series: David Wade, Will Brewbaker, and Talin Tahajian @ UMMA
Nov 30 @ 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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RC Players: Bright Half Life 8:00 pm
RC Players: Bright Half Life @ Keene Theatre, East Quad
Nov 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nov. 30 & Dec. 1. RC student Maddie Lukomski directs RC students in Tanya Barfield’s 2014 LAMBDA award-winning emotionally searing 2-character play about a deeply committed but ultimately doomed interracial lesbian relationship. 8 p.m., Keene Theatre, …

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