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Thank you to the Kerrytown BookFest Volunteers!

Each year the Kerrytown BookFest relies on a loyal group of volunteers and the 14th annual BookFest on September 11 was no exception. On the day of the event our volunteers do a wide variety of tasks to make certain that visitors, authors, and exhibitors have the best day possible. Our volunteers – the ones you spotted wearing the Kerrytown BookFest t-shirts – answered your questions, helped make the author panels run smoothly, set up and took down all of the equipment with amazing speed, and did so much more. And they did it all with a smile and joy.

The Kerrytown BookFest would not exist without our volunteers, and we would like to thank all of them who worked on the day of the event to make BookFest such a success:


Setup: They arrived at 6:30 a.m. and moved tables, chairs, and boxes, and put up signs to help direct visitors.

  • Will Lovick, supervisor of setup in the morning and throughout the day!
  • Kati Shanks
  • Megan Gilson
  • Peyton Carroll
  • Gillian Tibbets
  • Saskia Van Nieuwstadt
  • Erich Brubaker
  • Tom Bianchi
  • Tom McMurtry
  • Gary Service
  • Kirsten Ritchie

Volunteer/Information Booth: They checked in and provided on-the-spot training as other volunteers arrived, and helped staff the main information table.

  • Marionette Cano
  • Emily Matthews

Exhibitor Check-In: She checked in exhibitors, directed them when lost, and triaged a whole host of problems.

  • Rebecca Bizonet


Parking Supervisors: They made certain that only approved people entered the lot, and turned away others who tried with grace and a smile.

  • Tom McMurtry
  • Gary Service
  • Isobell Holcomb
  • Mira Shetly
  • Tina Galia
  • Kent Joque

Exhibitor Parking Supervisors: They had the difficult task of reminding exhibitors to move their cars out of the Market area before BookFest officially began.

  • Genia Service
  • Martina Vaccaro

Book I Love Table: They staffed our new booth – The Book I Love – and described the activity to visitors and collected the names of many visitors’ best loved books.

  • Rachel Fender
  • Susan Cronin

Satellite Information Booths: Throughout the day they sat at our satellite information booths and answered a myriad of questions from visitors.

  • Robert Fouser
  • Bohan Huang
  • Mary Ivers
  • Katie Jones
  • Loey Jones-Perpich
  • Debbi Schaubman
  • Linda Tubbs

MHC Survey Forms Coordinator: As part of our grant from the Michigan Humanities Council we collect questionnaires at each panel sponsored by the MHC. She made certain that the distribution and collection of the questionnaires went smoothly throughout the day.

  • Tammy Rhoades

Main Tent: They monitored all panel activities in the Main Tent making certain that events started and ended on time and that any problems were resolved quickly.

  • Erich Brubaker
  • Fritz McDonald
  • Juli Pinsak
  • June Williams

Kerrytown Concert House: They monitored all panel activities in the Concert House making certain that events started and ended on time and that any problems were resolved quickly.

  • Linda Lakshminarayanan
  • Arah Joque
  • Genia Service
  • Martina Vaccaro
  • Mary Ivers
  • Tammy Rhoades

Children’s Tent: They monitored all events in the Children’s Tent, helped rearrange the setup between events, and resolved problems as they occurred.

  • Jill Zimmerman
  • Cinda Hocking
  • Linda Ram
  • Elicia Rong

Water/Apple/Cookie Distribution: In the heat of the afternoon she helped Board member John Hilton distribute cookies, water, and apples to our exhibitors, along with a gracious reminder that teardown would begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.

  • Katrina Rayment

Teardown: With amazing speed this group of volunteers began taking down every piece of equipment promptly at 5:00 p.m., and had a lot accomplished when the rental company arrived unexpectedly at 5:15 p.m. (nearly 45 minutes early). They picked up abandoned garbage and refuse and carefully took down all of the signs put up less than 12 hours earlier.

  • Will Lovick, supervisor of teardown (yes, he did it all!)
  • Debbi Schaubman
  • Tammy Rhoades
  • Katrina Rayment
  • Kati Shanks
  • Robert Teicher
  • Amritha Anupindi
  • Elicia Rong
  • Robert Klingler
  • Drew Sangers
  • Deb Norbotten


All of our volunteers did a fantastic job. If you know any of them, please let them know they’re appreciated. And next year at BookFest (on September 10, 2017), make certain to give a big thanks to each of our volunteers wearing a Kerrytown BookFest t-shirt. And when our call for volunteers goes out next summer, we hope you will consider being part of our team!



Winners of the 2016 Book Cover Contest Announced!

At a lovely reception at the Ann Arbor District Library, the winners of the 9th annual cover contest were announced. For the first time ever, all the finalists attended.  All of them were able to meet Andrea Hannah, the author of this year’s book, Of Scars and Stardust.

First Place – Peyton Johnston, Kensington Woods High School

2nd Place – Shaye Rumsberger, Kensington Woods High School

3rd Place – Logan Gorman, Community High School

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Congratulations to all the entrants and finalists! Stay tuned for next year’s selection.


Finalist Alexis Higgins & her family


Logan Gorman and author Andrea Hannah

More of The Book I Love

Over the past months we have shared with you the wonderful list of authors who will be on our panels this Sunday at the 2016 Kerrytown BookFest. We have also told you about the range of exhibitors — from booksellers to publishers to libraries to printers to book artists to nonprofits – that will be in the market area from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Our panelists and exhibitors allow us to celebrate all aspects of the book world.

In addition to speakers and exhibitors, this year, we have one booth — #113 – devoted to The Book I Love. We want you to tell us about your favorite book. Last week we shared with you some exhibitors and Kerrytown BookFest board members favorite books. This week, more BookFest Board members and 2016 exhibitors to tell us about the book they love.

ImmortalityEphemeral Books (exhibitor): “The book that I love is Immortality by Milan Kundera. Kundera’s writing transcends time, transforms real people into fictional characters—including Kundera himself—and ponders the question of who gets to create and control one’s legacy. The main character of Agnes, a woman who deliberately eschews drawing attention to herself thereby guaranteeing and protecting her anonymity for now and into eternity, is one of my favorites among all the books I’ve ever read.”

betsy-tacyLinda Kimmel (Exhibitor Chair of the Kerrytown BookFest Board): Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace. “This was one of my first chapter books as a young girl and being set “so long ago” (1940) helped foster my interest in history to this day.”

The-hobbit-book-cover1Laurel Moon Jewelry (exhibitor): “I would have to choose The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.  It’s a book that takes the reader on a special journey through an imaginative land of danger and wonder.”

One Mind Pastiva choiceRachel Pastiva (exhibitor for Crazy Wisdom and Ann Arbor Independent Booksellers Association): One Mind: How Our Individual Mind is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters by Larry Dossey, M.D. “I love this book because it explores the concept of a universal consciousness through fascinating case studies of individual experiences currently outside scientific explanation. It challenges our scientific method and demands the scientific community develop tools to study the very real experiences that are dismissed by science simply because we do not have a reliable way to measure them.”

MistbornChristopher Purrett (exhibitor): My favorite book to date is Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. It is a Science-Fiction/Fantasy novel. I was captivated by the way Sanderson described this magic system and how his characters interacted with each other. His “world-building” style is extremely in depth and intricate.

EverythingBeautifulLynn Riehl (Kerrytown BookFest Board member and exhibitor for Nicola’s Books): Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy: “One of the most beautiful, poetic books I have ever read.”

all-the-light-we-cannot-see-9781476746586_lgBarbara Stark-Nemon (exhibitor): All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. “In Doerr’s debut novel I found an enchanting story, luminous writing, and themes of resilience, hope and simple human love amidst traumatic times. These themes resonated with my own work and fed my fascination with those whose unexpected choices allow them to rise above horror to save themselves and others.”

Catherine_Called_Birdy_coverMelanie Zwegers (exhibitor): Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman. “I love this book because it is laugh-out-loud funny, worldly yet intensely personal, and makes the plight of an independent, strong-willed girl in the middle ages as real as any of today.”

When you’re at BookFest this Sunday, please stop by booth 113 to tell us about the book that you love. We’ll also be collecting your favorite books online and will be using them throughout the year. If you’d like to tell us about the book you love now you can use the online form found here. Thanks, and see you at the Kerrytown BookFest this Sunday, September 11!

John Smolens & Benjamin Busch

In the Main Tent at 4, two of our favorite guys, John Smolens and Benjamin Busch, join us to discuss Mr. Smolen’s latest book, Wolf’s Mouth.

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Benjamin Busch

Mr. Busch is a United States Marine Corps infantry officer, photographer, film director, and actor whose many roles have included Officer Anthony Colicchio on the HBO series The Wire. He is the author of the memoir Dust to Dust about his childhood and his war experience in Iraq.

John Smolens is a professor and a writer and his latest book, Wolf’s Mouth, is about Italian officer Captain Francesco Verdi, who is captured in 1944 by Allied forces in North Africa and shipped to a POW camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where the senior POW, the ruthless Kommandant Vogel, demands that all prisoners adhere to his Nazi dictates. His life threatened, Verdi escapes from the camp and meets up with an American woman, Chiara Frangiapani, who helps him elude capture as they flee to the Lower Peninsula.


By 1956 they have become Frank and Claire Green, a young married couple building a new life in postwar Detroit. When INS agent James Giannopoulos tracks them down, Frank learns that Vogel is executing men like Frank for their wartime transgressions. This is a book and an author you won’t want to miss, as you’ll find out about less well known portions of Michigan history and learn how a gifted writer can combine truth and fiction.

Meet B.A. Shapiro

B.A. Shapiro is the author of seven novels, but most recently she has turned her eye to art history and is the author of The Art Forger and The Muralist. At 2:45 in the Main Tent, Ms. Shapiro will be interviewed by art historian Ellen Longsworth.

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On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history and in The Art Forger, Claire Roth, a struggling young artist with her own scandalous past, is about to discover that that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye. The Art Forger uses real history and real art history mixed with fiction to create a gripping story, impossible to put down.

In The Muralist, the follow up to The Art Forger, Shapiro turns her attention to 1940’s New York City. Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie’s auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?

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You won’t want to miss this exciting discussion about art, art history, and creating a great story at the same time.