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Megan Griswold: The Book of Help 7:00 pm
Megan Griswold: The Book of Help @ Literati
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome author Megan Griswold who will be sharing her new book The Book of Help. About The Book of Help: The Book of Help traces one woman’s life-long quest for love, connection, and peace …

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Douglas Smith: Social Work and Other Myths 7:00 pm
Douglas Smith: Social Work and Other Myths @ Serendipity Books
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join local poet Douglas Smith for a reading of his works. Award-winning Michigan playwright Brian Cox calls Smith “…a poet who creates an awareness that burrows into you and changes how you see.”
Fiction at Literati: Polly Rosenwaike: Look How Happy I’m Making You 7:00 pm
Fiction at Literati: Polly Rosenwaike: Look How Happy I’m Making You @ Literati
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is excited to welcome back author Polly Rosenwaike who will be reading and discussing her new short story collection Look How Happy I’m Making You. About Look How Happy I’m Making You: “A beautifully written and …

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Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
ONE PAUSE POETRY SALON is (literally) a greenhouse for poetry and poets, nurturing an appreciation for written art in all languages and encouraging experiments in creative writing. We meet every Weds in the greenhouse at …

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Bruce Conforth: Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson 7:00 pm
Bruce Conforth: Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson @ Bookbound
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us to celebrate the release of Bruce Conforth’s new book Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson (Chicago Review Press). Bruce Conforth was a longtime professor of folklore, blues, popular culture and the …

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National Poetry Month diVERSE Voices Celebration 7:00 pm
National Poetry Month diVERSE Voices Celebration @ AADL Downtown 4th Floor
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A diverse nation deserves diverse poetry, Celebrate National Poetry Month with leading poets of color from Ann Arbor’s vibrant poetry scene as they explore pressing themes of identity, heritage, culture, race, resistance, and more. This …

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Tahereh Maffi: Defy Me, with Caleb Roehrig 7:00 pm
Tahereh Maffi: Defy Me, with Caleb Roehrig @ AADL Downtown 4th Floor
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Best selling author Tahereh Mafi comes to AADL to discuss Defy Me, her latest book in the Shatter Me series of dystopian adventure young adult fiction. She is joined in conversation with YA author Caleb Roehrig. Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA …

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U-M English Sub-concentration Reading 7:00 pm
U-M English Sub-concentration Reading @ Literati
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is excited to welcome the Creative Writing Sub-concentration seniors in the English Department at the University of Michigan for a night of poetry and prose readings! Each year the Creative Writing Sub-concentration selects no …

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Ann Arbor Poetry: Lannie Stabile 7:00 pm
Ann Arbor Poetry: Lannie Stabile @ Espresso Royale
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ann Arbor Poetry hosts an open mic every 1st and 3rd Sunday, with feature poets whenever we can get them. “Lannie Stabile spends a lot of time thinking, a lot of time writing, a lot …

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Emerging Writers: Local Writers Live 7:00 pm
Emerging Writers: Local Writers Live @ AADL Westgate, West Side Room
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Join us for an evening with six, local, published authors doing short readings from their books, and have a chance to chat and buy their books too! We’ll kick off the evening with readings by …

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Poetry at Literati: Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard 7:00 pm
Poetry at Literati: Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard @ Literati
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is pleased to be partnering with the Neutral Zone to host poet Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard. Join us for the release of a poetry book by Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard, Ann Arbor’s Youth Poet Laureate! …

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Zell Visiting Writers: Edwidge Danticat 5:30 pm
Zell Visiting Writers: Edwidge Danticat @ U-M Museum of Art Stern Auditorium
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Literati is proud to be partnering with the Helen Zell Writers Program to host author Edwidge Danticat at the University of Michigan Art Museum Apse. Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an …

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Rebecca Soffer: Modern Loss 7:00 pm
Rebecca Soffer: Modern Loss @ Literati
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is honored to host author Rebecca Soffer who will be sharing her new book Modern Loss: Candid Conversations About Grief. Beginners Welcome. About Modern Loss: Inspired by the website hailed as “redefining mourning” by the New York …

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Lisa Ludwinski: Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit 3:00 pm
Lisa Ludwinski: Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit @ WCC Bailey Library
Apr 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join the Bailey Library and Entrepreneurship Center for an inspirational talk on entrepreneurship by Lisa Ludwinski, founder of Sister Pie, and author of Sister Pie, The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit Born …

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Poetry and the Written Word: Open Mike 7:00 pm
Poetry and the Written Word: Open Mike @ Crazy Wisdom
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Poetry workshop. All writers welcome to share and discuss their poetry or short fiction. BRING ABOUT SIX COPIES OF YOUR WORK. COPIES WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU. Hosted by Joe Kelty, Ed Morin, and Dave Jibson; …

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Poetry at Literati: Clayton Eshleman: Pollen Aria 7:00 pm
Poetry at Literati: Clayton Eshleman: Pollen Aria @ Literati
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is honored to welcome back poet Clayton Eshelman who will be reading from his new collection Pollen Aria. About Pollen Aria: That Clayton Eshleman has not ceased from exploration over a career spanning more than 60 …

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Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
ONE PAUSE POETRY SALON is (literally) a greenhouse for poetry and poets, nurturing an appreciation for written art in all languages and encouraging experiments in creative writing. We meet every Weds in the greenhouse at …

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Catharine MacKinnon: Butterfly Politics: Changing the World for Women 4:00 pm
Catharine MacKinnon: Butterfly Politics: Changing the World for Women @ Rackham Amphitheatre
Apr 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Literati is pleased to be partnering with Donia Human Rights Center at the University of Michigan to welcome Catharine MacKinnon at Rackham Amphitheatre. Literati will have copies of Professor MacKinnon’s latest book Butterfly Politics available for purchase. …

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Zell Visiting Writers: In Conversation: Edwidge Danticat 5:30 pm
Zell Visiting Writers: In Conversation: Edwidge Danticat @ U-M Museum of Art Stern Auditorium
Apr 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Literati is proud to be partnering with the Helen Zell Writers Program to host author Edwidge Danticat at the University of Michigan Art Museum Helmut Stern Auditorium. Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, …

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Student Poetry Reading 6:00 pm
Student Poetry Reading @ Foyer
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In celebration of National Poetry Month and student poets at U-M, an informal, open-mic reading featuring U-M undergraduate students reading their original poetry. All undergraduates invited to read their original poetry. Arrive and leave as …

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Fiction at Literati: Lydia Fitzpatrick: Lights All Night Long 7:00 pm
Fiction at Literati: Lydia Fitzpatrick: Lights All Night Long @ Literati
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is excited to welcome author Lydia Fitzpatrick who will be sharing with us her novel Lights All Night Long. About Lights All Night Long: A gripping and deftly plotted narrative of family and belonging, Lights All Night …

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Motor Signal Reading Series: Elizabeth Schmuhl and Kelly Fordon, hosted by Anna Clark 7:00 pm
Motor Signal Reading Series: Elizabeth Schmuhl and Kelly Fordon, hosted by Anna Clark @ Signal-Return
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Perfect for this new, fresh, sweet springtime: For the April edition of the Motor Signal Reading Series, two innovative, multi-genre writers are going to crack us open and help us imagine what’s possible. Motor Signal, …

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Open Mic and Share 7:00 pm
Open Mic and Share @ Bookbound
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
All poets are invited to read their own work or a favorite poem by another.
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Julia Henshaw: Real Good Stories 6:00 pm
Julia Henshaw: Real Good Stories @ Bookbound
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Julia Henshaw celebrates the release of her memoir in essays. She lives on a small farm in Northfield Township. Light refreshments, signing to follow.  
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Dick and Mickey Flacks: Making History/Making Blintzes: How Two Red Diaper Babies Found Each Other and Discovered America 4:00 pm
Dick and Mickey Flacks: Making History/Making Blintzes: How Two Red Diaper Babies Found Each Other and Discovered America @ AADL Downtown 4th Floor Meeting Room
Apr 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Making History/Making Blintzes: How Two Red Diaper Babies Found Each Other and Discovered America is a chronicle of the political and personal lives of progressive activists Richard (Dick) and Miriam (Mickey) Flacks, two of the founders …

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Michael DeForge: Leaving Richard’s Valley 7:00 pm
Michael DeForge: Leaving Richard’s Valley @ Vaujlt of Midnight
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Vault of Midnight is excited to present a reading and book signing with Michael DeForge to launch Leaving Richard’s Valley, his new graphic novel. Leaving Richard’s Valley documents a group of forest creatures attempting to …

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Heba Abdelaai: Arabic Songs and Stories 12:30 pm
Heba Abdelaai: Arabic Songs and Stories @ AADL Pittsfield, Program Room
Apr 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Where Pittsfield Branch: Program Room For Whom Age 2-5 Years Description Come to a singing and storytelling event where Arabic teacher and storyteller Heba Abdelaal, will lead us in songs and storytelling in Arabic!
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Louis Masur: How the Civil War Transformed America 5:30 pm
Louis Masur: How the Civil War Transformed America @ Robertson Auditorium (Ross)
Apr 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Civil War began as a battle to save the union but it ended as a struggle to abolish slavery and usher in “a new birth of freedom.” No aspect of society was left unchanged …

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Anthony DeBenedet: Playful Intelligence 7:00 pm
Anthony DeBenedet: Playful Intelligence @ Literati
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is excited to welcome author and physician Anthony DeBenedet to discuss his book Playful Intelligence. About Playful Intelligence: As adults, we have more responsibilities than we could have ever imagined growing up. Learning the work of …

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Linda Nemec Foster: Lake Michigan Mermaid 7:00 pm
Linda Nemec Foster: Lake Michigan Mermaid @ Nicola's Books
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join author Linda Nemec Foster for an exciting evening discussing her book, The Lake Michigan Mermaid, recently published by Wayne State University Press. She will read select poems from the sequence, and highlight a few of the original …

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Damon Young: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker, with Chris Campbell 6:00 pm
Damon Young: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker, with Chris Campbell @ Detroit Public Library
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Literati is pleased to be the official bookseller as the Detroit Public Library welcomes Damon Young to their Spring Author Series in support of his new book, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir …

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Midwest Literary Walk: Open Mic 6:30 pm
Midwest Literary Walk: Open Mic @ Serendipity Books
Apr 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
This annual event, in partnership with The Chelsea District Library, celebrates creativitiy in our community and the Midwest Literary Walk. It takes place a week or two before the Lit walk. Community members share stories …

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Andrew Reeves: Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis 7:00 pm
Andrew Reeves: Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis @ AADL Westgate
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for a conversation with author, Andrew Reeves. Andrew Reeves is an award-winning environmental journalist. Andrew will be discussing the release of his new book, Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis and will be joined …

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Poetry at Literati: Anders Carlson-Wee: The Low Passions 7:00 pm
Poetry at Literati: Anders Carlson-Wee: The Low Passions @ Literati
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join as we welcome poet Anders Carlson-Wee who will be reading from his new collection The Low Passions. About The Low Passions: Explosive and incantatory, The Low Passions traces the fringes of the American experiment through the eyes of a …

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Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
ONE PAUSE POETRY SALON is (literally) a greenhouse for poetry and poets, nurturing an appreciation for written art in all languages and encouraging experiments in creative writing. We meet every Weds in the greenhouse at …

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Poetry at Literati: Sarah Arvio 7:00 pm
Poetry at Literati: Sarah Arvio @ Literati
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome back poet Sarah Arvio who will reading and discussing her new translation of poems by Federico García Lorca About Poet in Spain: For the first time in a quarter century, a major …

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Ann Arbor Poetry: Hillary Kobernick 7:00 pm
Ann Arbor Poetry: Hillary Kobernick @ Espresso Royale
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ann Arbor Poetry hosts an open mic every 1st and 3rd Sunday, with feature poets whenever we can get them. Hillary Kobernick has competed at the National Poetry Slam six times, representing. She holds a master’s …

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Phil Kaye: Date and Time, and Jon Sands: The New Clean 7:00 pm
Phil Kaye: Date and Time, and Jon Sands: The New Clean @ Literati
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is excited to welcome poets Phil Kaye and Jon Sands who will be reading from their latest collections Date & Time and The New Clean. About Date & Time: Phil Kaye’s debut collection is a stunning tribute to …

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Naomi Stephens: Shadow Among Sheaves 6:00 pm
Naomi Stephens: Shadow Among Sheaves @ Barnes and Noble
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us for the book signing of Naomi Stephen’s Shadow Among Sheaves out April 1st. A Timeless, Beautiful Allegory of the Biblical Love Story of Ruth and Boaz The Great Rebellion of 1857 was a …

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Michigan Quarterly Review: Launch of Spring “Iran” Issue 7:00 pm
Michigan Quarterly Review: Launch of Spring “Iran” Issue @ Literati
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Michigan Quarterly Review launches their Spring issue featuring poetry, fiction, and essays, from contemporary Iran. Featuring readings in Farsi and English from contributors Shahla Farghadani and Mason Jabbari, Guest Editor Kathryn Babyran, MQR Editor Khaled Mattawa, and MQR Staff Readers. …

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Skazat! Poetry Series 7:00 pm
Skazat! Poetry Series @ Sweetwaters
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reading by  a local poet TBA. The program begins with open mike readings.
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Carolyn Forche: What You Have Heard Is True 7:00 pm
Carolyn Forche: What You Have Heard Is True @ Literati
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome acclaimed poet and activist Carolyn Forché who will be discussing her new memoir What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance. About What You Have Heard Is True: …

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Poetry and the Written Word: Ed Werstein 7:00 pm
Poetry and the Written Word: Ed Werstein @ Crazy Wisdom
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series hosted by Joe Kelty, Ed Morin, and David Jibson • Second and Fourth Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. in the Crazy Wisdom Tea Room • Second Wednesdays are poetry workshop nights. All writers …

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Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
ONE PAUSE POETRY SALON is (literally) a greenhouse for poetry and poets, nurturing an appreciation for written art in all languages and encouraging experiments in creative writing. We meet every Weds in the greenhouse at …

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George Bornstein: Discussion his essay in Irish Questions and Jewish Questions 7:00 pm
George Bornstein: Discussion his essay in Irish Questions and Jewish Questions @ AADL Westgate
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
University of Michigan Professor George Bornstein, Ph. D., discusses topics surrounding his essay in Irish Questions and Jewish Questions. Ticket Information: No tickets. Event Details Seating at the event will be first-come first-served. This event will …

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Poetry at Literati: Sam Ross: Company, and Conversation with Akil Kumarasamy 7:00 pm
Poetry at Literati: Sam Ross: Company, and Conversation with Akil Kumarasamy @ Literati
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome poet Sam Ross who will be reading from his debut collection Company. Sam will be joined for a post-reading conversation with author Akil Kumarasamy.  About Company: .” . . . Ross pitches nothing …

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11th Annual Midwest Literary Walk: Min Jin Lee, Luis Rodriguez, Anissa Gray 1:00 pm
11th Annual Midwest Literary Walk: Min Jin Lee, Luis Rodriguez, Anissa Gray @ Chelsea District Library
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Midwest Literary Walk is an annual literary event on the last Saturday in April aimed at highlighting the power of literature and poetry in everyday life. Reading events take place at a range of …

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David Priess: How To Get Rid of a President: History ‘s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives 7:00 pm
David Priess: How To Get Rid of a President: History ‘s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives @ Ford Presidential Library
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join David Priess, author and former CIA insider, as he discusses his new book, “How to Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives.” To limit executive power, …

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