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Teen Spirit Issue #7 7:00 pm
Teen Spirit Issue #7 @ Literati
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is pleased to host Teen Spirit, an award-winning publication of the Skyline High School Writing Center. Teen Spirit is a literary magazine that allows students to share their writing, art, photography, songs, and videos with our broader …

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Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
May 1 @ 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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Ann Arbor Poetry: Deonte Osayande 7:00 pm
Ann Arbor Poetry: Deonte Osayande @ Espresso Royale
May 5 @ 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. Deonte Osayande is from Detroit. His nonfiction and poetry have been nominated for the Best …

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Emerging Writers: Bringing Your Characters To Life 7:00 pm
Emerging Writers: Bringing Your Characters To Life @ AADL Westgate
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Fiction is all about characters: the heroes we love, the villains we hate, and the sidekicks who feel like our friends. But how do you bring those characters to life on the page? In this …

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Leslie Carol Roberts: Here Is Where I Walk 7:00 pm
Leslie Carol Roberts: Here Is Where I Walk @ Literati
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is excited to welcome author Leslie Carol Roberts who will be discussing her new memoir Here Is Where I Walk. About Here Is Where I Walk: It is in the Presidio of San Francisco, California, that …

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Pete Griffin: Living Off the Land 7:00 pm
Pete Griffin: Living Off the Land @ AADL Downtown
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Pete Griffin, speaker, storyteller, naturalist, and retired Forest Service Ranger will join us to deliver personal stories, photos, and short videos about living off the land in Alaska. This event will be recorded
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Martha Jones: Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America 6:00 pm
Martha Jones: Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America @ Robertson Auditorium (Ross)
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
As former slaves struggled to become citizens, they redefined citizenship for all Americans. With fresh archival sources and an ambitious reframing of constitutional law-making before the Civil War, Jones shows how the Fourteenth Amendment constitutionalized …

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Susan Whitall: Joni on Joni 7:00 pm
Susan Whitall: Joni on Joni @ Nicola's Books
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Susan Whitall was a writer/editor at Creem magazine in Detroit and a music and feature writer at the Detroit News. Join us as she shares from her new work Joni on Joni: Interviews and Encounters with Joni Mitchell. …

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The Moth Storyslam: Flawed 7:30 pm
The Moth Storyslam: Flawed @ Greyline
May 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Open-mic storytelling competitions. Open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme. Come tell a story, or just enjoy the show! 6:30pm Doors Open | 7:30pm Stories Begin FLAWED: Prepare a five-minute story about pitfalls. …

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Fiction at Literati: Susan Choi, plus conversation with Lillian Li 7:00 pm
Fiction at Literati: Susan Choi, plus conversation with Lillian Li @ Literati
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is so excited to welcome author Susan Choi who will be reading and discussing her new novel Trust Exercise. Susan will be joined for a post-reading conversation with author Lillian Li. About Trust Exercise: In an American …

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Poetry and the Written Word 7:00 pm
Poetry and the Written Word @ Crazy Wisdom
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
On the second Wednesday of the month, we hold a relaxed and informal poetry workshop. Anyone is welcome to participate. At a workshop, you are encouraged to present a poem you are working on for …

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Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
May 8 @ 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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Fiction at Literati: Anne Obrien Carelli and Brigit Young 7:00 pm
Fiction at Literati: Anne Obrien Carelli and Brigit Young @ Literati
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome authors Anne O’Brien Carelli and Brigit Young who will be sharing their new novels Skylark and Wallcreeper & Worth a Thousand Words. About Skylark and Wallcreeper: Queens, 2012. Hurricane Sandy is flooding New York City, and …

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Open Mic and Share: Jannett Cannon and Doug Smith 7:00 pm
Open Mic and Share: Jannett Cannon and Doug Smith @ Bookbound
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This month we are featuring members of the Tornado Wine Poetry group including Janet Cannon, Karen Holman, Jennifer Burd, Doug Smith, Mary Beam, Lakshmi Narayanan, and Josephine Rood. We will begin with an open mic …

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Erig Gorges: A Craftman’s Legacy 7:00 pm
Erig Gorges: A Craftman’s Legacy @ Literati
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is excited to welcome author and craftsman Eric Gorges who will be discussing his new book A Craftman’s Legacy: Why Working With Our Hands Gives Us Meaning. About A Craftman’s Legacy: The host of TV’s A Craftsman’s …

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Storytelling Workshop: Exiled to Motown: Japanese Americans in Detroit 1:00 pm
Storytelling Workshop: Exiled to Motown: Japanese Americans in Detroit @ AADL Downtown
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Get hands-on with history with our storytelling workshop! During this interactive program, you’ll learn how to tell your own community stories. This event includes the chance to brainstorm and draft your story in addition to receiving friendly, …

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Morgan Parker in conversation with Aisha Sabatini Sloan 7:00 pm
Morgan Parker in conversation with Aisha Sabatini Sloan @ AADL Downtown 1st Floor Lobby
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Magical Negro is an archive of black everydayness, a catalog of contemporary folk heroes, an ethnography of ancestral grief, and an inventory of figureheads, idioms, and customs. These American poems are both elegy and jive, joke …

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Dan Wetzel: Epic Athletes 7:00 pm
Dan Wetzel: Epic Athletes @ Nicola's Books
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Calling all athletes! Join us for an evening with Dan Wetzel, as he kicks off his new series of sports biographies for young readers, journalist Dan Wetzel tells the inspiring true life story of US …

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Poetry at Literati: Franny Choi 7:00 pm
Poetry at Literati: Franny Choi @ Literati
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome back poet Franny Choi who will be reading from her new collection Soft Science About Soft Science: Soft Science explores queer, Asian American femininity. A series of Turing Test-inspired poems grounds its …

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Douglas Smith: Social Work and Other Myths 7:00 pm
Douglas Smith: Social Work and Other Myths @ Ypsi Alehouse
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Local poet Douglas Smith is co-editor of Mayapple Press’s In Drought Times: Scenes from Rural and Small Town Life. He was a finalist in the 2016 Mudfish Magazine and the 2017 New Guard Knightville Poetry contests. …

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Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
May 15 @ 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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Floyd Clown and William Matson: Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy 6:30 pm
Floyd Clown and William Matson: Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy @ AADL Downtown
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Crazy Horse family elder Floyd Clown Sr. will join author William Matson at AADL to discuss their book, “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy”. The book is based on the Crazy Horse family’s oral history, …

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Night Time Story Time: Chris Van Dusen: A Piglet Named Mercy 6:30 pm
Night Time Story Time: Chris Van Dusen: A Piglet Named Mercy @ AADL Westgate
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for Night Time Story Time at Nicola’s Book! Bring your family out for a meet + greet with illustrator Chris Van Dusen as he shares A Piglet Named Mercy. Cookies and milk will be served …

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Poetry at Literati: Tommye Blount and Adam Gianelli 7:00 pm
Poetry at Literati: Tommye Blount and Adam Gianelli @ Literati
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is pleased to welcome poets Adam Giannelli and Tommye Blount who will be reading from their latest collections Tremulous Hinge and What We Are Not For. About Tremulous Hinge: Rain intermits, bus windows steam up, loved ones suffer …

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David Maraniss: A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father 3:00 pm
David Maraniss: A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father @ Detroit Public Library
May 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Literati is pleased to be on-hand as the official bookseller as the Detroit Public Library welcomes David Maraniss to their Spring Author Series, in support of his latest, A Good American Family: The Red Scare and …

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Elaine Weiss: The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote 4:00 pm
Elaine Weiss: The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote @ AADL Westgate
May 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Award-winning journalist and writer Elaine Weiss discusses the battle for the 19th Amendment and her book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight To Win The Vote. A record number of women have been elected to Congress …

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Ann Arbor Poetry: Quinton Robinson and Mojdeah Stoakley 7:00 pm
Ann Arbor Poetry: Quinton Robinson and Mojdeah Stoakley @ Espresso Royale
May 19 @ 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. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry.  
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David Maraniss: A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father 7:00 pm
David Maraniss: A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father @ Nicola's Books
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, David Maraniss. In his new book David captures the pervasive fear and paranoia that gripped America during the Red Scare of the 1950s through the chilling …

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Emerging Writers: Open House 7:00 pm
Emerging Writers: Open House @ AADL Westgate
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. Bethany and Alex …

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Paul Vachon: Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline 7:00 pm
Paul Vachon: Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline @ Literati
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is pleased to welcome Paul Vachon who will be sharing his new book Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline. About Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline Let’s talk a walk a long walk, back over three centuries. At the dawn …

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Cecile Richards: Make Trouble: Stand Up, Speak Out, and Find the Courage to Lead 7:00 pm
Cecile Richards: Make Trouble: Stand Up, Speak Out, and Find the Courage to Lead @ AADL Downtown
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
For this event, Richards will be in conversation with Sherlonya Turner, Public Experience and Desk Service Manager at AADL. Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh …

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Fiction at Literati: Jessica Francis Kane: Rules for Visiting 7:00 pm
Fiction at Literati: Jessica Francis Kane: Rules for Visiting @ Literati
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Literati is thrilled to welcome novelist Jessica Francis Kane who will be sharing her new book Rules for Visiting. About Rules for Visiting: A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel of May Attaway, a university gardener who …

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Fiction at Literati: Rebecca Clarren: Kickdown 7:00 pm
Fiction at Literati: Rebecca Clarren: Kickdown @ Literati
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
We welcome award-winning journalist Rebecca Clarren, in support of her debut novel Kickdown, as part of our ongoing Fiction at Literati series! Rebecca will be joined in conversation by Emily Strelow, author of The Wild Birds. The event …

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Book Launch: Lisa A. Nichols: Vessel 7:30 pm
Book Launch: Lisa A. Nichols: Vessel @ Nicola's Books
May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join local author Lisa A. Nichols to celebrate the release of her debut sci-fi thriller novel, Vessel. About the Book “A surprising page-turner…Compelling. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review), Debut of the Month An astronaut returns to Earth …

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The Moth Storyslam: Worship 7:30 pm
The Moth Storyslam: Worship @ Greyline
May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Open-mic storytelling competitions. Open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme. Come tell a story, or just enjoy the show! 6:30pm Doors Open | 7:30pm Stories Begin WORSHIP: Prepare a five minute story …

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Poetry and the Written Word: Marilynn Rashid 7:00 pm
Poetry and the Written Word: Marilynn Rashid @ Crazy Wisdom
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Poetry readings are scheduled the 4th Wednesday of each month.  These events feature a reading by one or more published poets, followed by an Open Mic at which anyone is welcome to read something of …

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Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
May 22 @ 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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S. Max Edelson: The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence 6:00 pm
S. Max Edelson: The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence @ Robertson Auditorium (Ross)
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
A Michigan Map Society Lecture In the eighteenth century, Britain relied on geographic knowledge to reform its American empire. The schemes of colonial development and control that these maps envisioned, Edelson argues, helped provoke the …

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Vikki Tobak: Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop When 7:00 pm
Vikki Tobak: Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop When @ AADL Traverwood
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
The perfect gift for music and photography fans, an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers told through their most intimate diaries—their contact sheets. Featuring rare outtakes from over 100 photoshoots alongside interviews and …

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Poetry at Literati: Clayton Eshleman: Pollen Aria 7:00 pm
Poetry at Literati: Clayton Eshleman: Pollen Aria @ Literati
May 24 @ 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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Tracy Richardson: The Field 3:00 pm
Tracy Richardson: The Field @ Nicola's Books
May 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join author Tracy Richardson as she discusses her debut title The Field, a young adult sci-fi novel. She will sign copies following the event. Ticket Information: No tickets. Event Details Seating at the event will be first-come …

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Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild 2:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild @ AADL Downtown
May 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell.          
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Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
May 29 @ 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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The Moth Storyslam: GrandSLAM Championship 8:00 pm
The Moth Storyslam: GrandSLAM Championship @ The Ark
May 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
*Tickets for this event are available one week before the show, at 3pm ET. *Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes …

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Ana Johns: The Woman in the White Kimono: A Novel 7:00 pm
Ana Johns: The Woman in the White Kimono: A Novel @ Nicola's Books
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Detroit native, Ana Johns, joins us to share her debut novel The Woman in the White Kimono. Ticket Information: No tickets. Event Details Seating at the event will be first-come first-served. This event will be a standing-room …

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