This year’s Kerrytown Bookfest will be Sunday, September 13, 2015, 11am – 5pm at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market . Our theme for 2015 is “Celebrating Old Friends”. As you browse through our speakers bios, you’ll see a note if they are an “old” or a “new” friend. We’re grateful to our returning talent, and look forward to welcoming fresh voices to our festival as well.
Breakfast with Bonnie Jo Campbell & Thomas Lynch, 9:30, at Zingerman’s Events on Fourth. This ticketed event will feature a silent auction, delicious Zingerman’s breakfast, and a conversation between Ms. Campbell & Mr. Lynch. Please stay tuned for ticket information.
Writer in Residence John Smolens, ongoing through the day
11 – Community Book Award presented to Ed Surovell by Josie Parker. Welcome to the day and introduction from John Hilton.
Noon – Mary Doria Russell: “From Mayhem to the Movies: how the gunfight at the O.K. Corral became folklore” and her new novel Epitaph
1:15 – Traditional Mysteries moderated by Jeffrey Marks. Julie Hyzy (the White House Chef Mysteries), Edith Maxwell (the Local Foods mysteries), G.M. Malliet (the Max Tudor mysteries) and Denise Swanson (the Scumble River mysteries).
2:30 Poetry Slammin’ moderated by Janet Jones. Scott Beal (the Skazat! Monthly poetry series). Jeff Kass (teacher and poet), Casey Rocheteau (Detroit Write-a-House winner) and Scott Woods (We are Over Here Now).
3:45 – Read Comics or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Medium – moderated by Nick Yribar. Curtis Sullivan (owner, Vault of Midnight) Raymond McDaniel and an artist TBA.
Kerrytown Concert House
11 – Short stories moderated by Michael Byers. Darrin Doyle (The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo), Laura Kasischke (If a Stranger Approaches You), Lisa Lenzo (Strange Love). and Monica McFawn (Bright Shards of Someplace Else).
12:15 – Writing and spreading the word through Social Media moderated by Lara Zielin. Andrea Hannah (Of Scars and Stardust), Amanda Flower (Andi Unstoppable), David James (Light of the Moon), and Bethany Neal (My Last Kiss). Ms. Neal’s novel was the subject of this year’s book cover contest for high school students.
1:30 – Debut Novels moderated by Doug Trevor. Greer Macallister (The Magician’s Life), Tiya Miles (The Cherokee Rose) and Aline Ohanesian (Orhan’s Inheritance).
2:45 – Suspenseful Reads moderated by Andrew Grant (Run), Owen Laukkenen (Criminal Enterprise), Jenny Milchman (As Night Falls), Kelly Nichols of P.J. Parrish (She’s Not There) and Vu Tran (Dragon Fish).
4:00 –Finding the Book you were Meant to Write, Scott Ellsworth on his bestselling book The Secret Game
11:30 Mother Goose
Noon – 2 Kayla Coughlin and Laura Raynor present “Kingdom Tales at Kerrytown – Listen to kingdom stories with a twist and create your own wild crown for cruising through Kerrytown.”
2 p.m. “If a Book needs a Box”; French Cartonnage with Betsy Begue.
Cartonnage is the age old French art form of building boxes from book board and covering them with beautiful paper, fabric and trim. These structures are a marriage of left brain exactitude with right brain artistry, resulting in objects both useful and sublime. Bookbinding and cartonnage are symbiotic: they share similar tools and techniques yet offer each other new insights.
3 p.m. Cecelia Escobar on Edible Books
4 p.m Edible Book Contest judging by Cindy Hollander, Lisa McDonald & Katie Millan