2013 Event Schedule
Sue Budin leads a workshop on an accordion book structure which may hold poems or even a short story.
Debra Golden teaches how to create a sewn pamphlet-style book with a soft cover. Includes poems by children's writers Nancy Shaw, Shutta Crum, Ruth McNally Barshaw, Deborah Diesen and Shanda Trent, who will all be speaking at the bookfest.
Cecelia Escobar will be teaching the Meander book, a book folded down from one piece of paper. This book may be designed with images and text and might also be a "secret" binding with text/images on the inside of the folded pages!
MICHAEL HODGES, signing "Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations"
SHIRLEY G. COLEMAN, signing "Mersoon Rising"
Presentation of the annual COMMUNITY BOOK AWARD to Jay Platt of Westside Books in Ann Arbor. The "Dean" of Ann Arbor bookselling, Mr. Platt's award will be presented by one of the bookfest founders, Motte & Bailey's Gene Alloway. Following the award presentation there will be a panel on bookselling moderated by Jamie Agnew of Aunt Agatha's with Mr. Platt, Mr. Alloway, Bill Cusumano from Nicola's Books and the legendary Joe Gable of Borders Books fame.
Michigan Narratives: From Motown to Iggy Pop. Writers Peter Benjaminson (Mary Wells: the Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar) and Steve Miller (Detroit Rock City) will be moderated by journalist and writer Brett Callwood.
Michigan Narratives: Automobiles and the Industry. A conversation with Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman of GM; Steve Lehto (Chrysler's Turbine Car), and Bryce Hoffman (American Icon). Moderator will be Larry Webster of Road & Track Magazine.
Michigan Narratives: Vanishing Cities. A conversation about the changing urban cityscape in Michigan with Gordon Young (Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City); John Gallagher (Revolution Detroit); June Thomas (Redevelopment and Race) and Edward McClelland (Nothin' but Blue Skies: the Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland). This panel will be moderated by Jennifer Guerra of Michigan Radio.
Michigan Narratives: Cherchez la Femme. Writers Bonnie Jo Campbell, Lolita Hernandez, Natalie Bakopulos and poet Susan Ramsey discuss a woman's point of view. Moderated by V.V. Ganeshananthan.
Michigan Narratives: Printing. Various artists from Detroit Signal Return & the College of Creative Studies discuss the printing renaissance taking place in Detroit. They will showcase some of their work - letterpress printed posters featuring Michigan.
Shanda Trent signs FARMER'S MARKET DAY.
Deborah Diesen signs THE POUT POUT FISH and many other books!
Kerrytown Concert House
Winners of the 6th Annual Book Cover contest are announced. High school students were challenged to redesign a book cover for William Kent Krueger's IRON LAKE. First, second and third place winners will be announced by judges William Kent Krueger, Steve Klein, and Domonique Washington-McNish. All submitted artwork will be on display August 30-September 10 at Aunt Agatha's Books; Crazy Wisdom; Literati Bookstore or Nicola's.
Michigan Narratives: Picture Books from Inception to Publication. Writer & illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw leads a discussion with writers Shutta Crum and Nancy Shaw as well as illustrator David Catrow.
Narratives: Family Ties. A conversation with mystery writers JULIA KELLER and WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER about the importance of family connections in their writing. Ms. Keller's books are set in Appalachia; Mr. Krueger's in Minnesota. Both writers capture their regions beautifully. This conversation will be facilitated by DETROIT NOIR editor, E. J. Olsen.
Narratives: a Mysterious sense of Place. Mystery writers CARA BLACK (Paris), ERIN HART (Ireland) and LIBBY FISHER HELLMAN (Iran, Cuba) discuss their work will fellow mystery author ALYSE CARLSON.
Narratives: The Literary, the Supernatural, and the Strange. Benjamin Percy and Matt Bell each had two of the most-anticipated novels of 2013 published this summer. In their conversation with Jeremiah Chamberlin, the two authors will discuss how they balance suspense with language in their books, the way in which their own lives do or don't intersect with their fiction, and how their careers took them from publishing short fiction to acclaimed novels. There will also be some talk of werewolves, sentient bears, giant squid, and things sung into existence.
Eric Alstrom: Michigan Book Artists in the MSU Libraries. Eric is Head of Conservation and Preservation at the MSU Libraries in East Lansing. He is also a book arts instructor in MSU's Residential College of the Arts and Humanities. He will speak about Michigan book artists in the MSU Libraries' Special Collections Library.
Vicki Hayes Engling: Book Structures for Elementary School Teachers. A power point talk and a short workshop. Attendees will take away a simple book structure.
Ruth Bardenstein: Experimental Typography in Book Arts. A look at some of the different handmade and digital typography, including decorative and display fonts and their use in different artists book structures. Ruth will discuss different processes and techniques for developing unique display type in ink, watercolor, colored pencil, digital and other media. Examples from her work as well as other artists will be shown during her presentation.
Scott Wettlaufer: Image & Letter: the Changing Face of Book Content. Over the years images have been used to accentuate text or text has been used to accentuate image. With the rise of calligraphic art, image and letter have merged to form a single cohesive book page where the two compliment and strengthen each other.
Top Ten Preservation Mistakes and How to Avoid them: a workshop led by Rob Hoffman and Hanna Stelman helping participants figure out how to preserve their family photos, movies and slides.
Children's Storybook Corner
12:00 p.m. - 12:30
Heather O'Neal and TALES FROM NEPAL.
Shanda Trent reads FARMER'S MARKET DAY.
Award winning children's author Deborah Diesen, author of THE POUT POUT FISH, reads and leads a sing along.
Join Laura Pershin Raynor, from the Ann Arbor District Library, for “Animal Tales”. Clever coyotes, dreamy dogs and crazy cats fill stories both old and new. Listen, join in and then create a character stick puppet to take home.
Children's Activity Area
12:00 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Fun & crafts with staff from FLY art center. FLY is a mobile nonprofit art center that brings meaningful art making experiences to children in Southeastern Michigan. We convert public schools, libraries, and community centers into temporary art studios by bringing in supplies and studio staff. Our classes are free to the children who attend them because we believe all children are makers who deserve the chance to actively experiment, fail, innovate and succeed.
Drawing workshop for all ages with author illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw, creator of Ellie McDoodle.
Aunt Agatha's Booth
Libby Fischer Hellman, signing HAVANA LOST. William Kent Krueger, signing TAMARACK COUNTY. Julia Keller, signing BITTER RIVER. Cara Black signing her Aimee LeDuc books.
Dave Catrow signing his many picture books including DOZENS OF COUSINS. Shutta Crum signs her many picture books, including DOZENS OF COUSINS. Nancy Shaw signing her many picture books, including SHEEP IN A JEEP. Ruth McNally Barshaw signs her Ellie McDoodle books.
D.E. Johnson signing his new novel, DETROIT SHUFFLE.
Benjamin Percy, signing RED MOON. Matt Bell signing IN THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS.
Erin Hart signing THE BOOK OF KILLOWEN. Alyse Carlson signing THE BEGONIA BRIBE.
Most of the Day
Paddy O'Brien signs his memoir, THE ROAD FROM CASTLEBARNAUGH: Growing up in Irish Music, as well as his CD, THE PADDY O'BRIEN TUNE COLLECTION, a Personal Treasury of Irish Traditional Music. Mr. O'Brien will also perform briefly to kick off our day around 10:45.