Christina Henriquez: Annual Storymakers Dinner

June 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
100 N Ashley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

You are cordially invited to join 826michigan and guest of honor, Cristina Henríquez, for our 10th annual Storymakers Dinner – an evening of outstanding stories, fantastic food and amazing company in downtown Ann Arbor.

STORYMAKERS DINNER honors impactful writers and their stories, from nationally known novelists to emerging young authors in our community. Through this annual benefit celebration, 826michigan partners with Zingerman’s Community of Businesses to bring together a noted person of letters and more than one hundred friends committed to supporting the next generation of Storymakers.

GUEST OF HONOR, Cristina Henríquez, will join us on June 6, 2019, to share perspectives on her heartfelt stories of family life, identity and belonging. Recently declared a luminary of fiction, she is the author of The Book of Unknown Americans, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014 and one of Amazons 10 Best Books of the Year. It was the Daily Beast Novel of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Book, an NPR Great Read, a Target Book of the Month selection, and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by BookPage,, and School Library Journal. It was also longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Henríquez is also the author The World In Half (a novel), and Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, which was a New York Times Editors Choice selection.

Don’t miss this extraordinary evening showcasing the words, wonder and wit of our students and their work. Let’s make this our biggest fundraiser yet!

Tickets are available at two levels:
$125 (general admission and dinner)
$250 (VIP reception with Cristina Henríquez at 6pm and dinner)

6:00 pm – Reception with Cristina Henríquez for VIP ticket holders
7:00 pm – Doors open for general admission
7:30 pm – Opening Remarks and Dinner
8:00 pm – Storymaker Readings and Student Reflections
8:30 pm – Future Storymakers Paddle Raise
9:00 pm – Closing Remarks
For more information, please email For sponsorship opportunities please email
All proceeds support free writing and tutoring programs for school-aged students in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit.

About 826michigan:

826michigan aims to spark of love for reading and writing for school aged children, while encouraging and fostering their sense of creativity and voice. We believe writing is a process of discovery and engagement, an action that connects us to the world, a means to further personal understanding, and a tool to access power and build a better world. Our small staff mobilizes hundreds of adult volunteers to support more than 3,500 school-aged students with free writing and tutoring programs that take place in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit. We believe that one-on-one attention helps students succeed in school and in life. Last year, adult volunteers contributed more than 16,000 hours in 826michigan programs.