Michigan Humanities Council a major sponsor of the 2011 BookFest

Kerrytown Ann Arbor

Kerrytown BookFest will host its 9th annual festival on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the farmer’s market in downtown Ann Arbor, featuring a National Book Award winner, Caldecott winner and an Edgar Award winner. This event is made possible in part by a $4,000 Michigan Humanities Council major grant.

“The Kerrytown BookFest has established a great track record for attracting amazing talent that you don’t want to miss, especially if you are trying to find that next great page-turner to read,” said Katie Wolf, executive director of the Michigan Humanities Council.

“We look forward to supporting this event and the enthusiasm it generates for all things that have to do with great books and Michigan — the authors, the publishers and the readers. Michigan is emerging as the home to world-class authors, publishers and a growing number of ‘must attend’ literary events like Kerrytown, drawing readers from nearby and afar. The Michigan Humanities Council is committed to making that reputation even stronger by supporting programs and events like Kerrytown BookFest.”

This year’s theme of “Michigan Voices” will highlight various individuals and groups, past and present, which make Michigan history, literature and publishing unique. Various activities will kick-off at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the early evening.

Kerrytown BookFest 2010

This BookFest will provide activities for all ages and genre readers, with visits from Mother Goose, an author-led sing-along, discussions on marketing for book artists, and facilitated conversations with award-winning authors. Some of the planned discussions include:

“Michigan Voices: A Sense of Place:” A diverse group of authors who write about Michigan in numerous ways will come together to discuss their books and knowledge of Michigan. The discussion will be led by a writer of historical fiction, D.E. Johnson. (2 p.m. in the Main Tent).

“Science Fiction Voices:” Moderator David Arnsdorf will lead a discussion with a variety of science fiction writers, including Jim C. Hines, Steve Pizik, David Erik Nelson and Carrie Harris. (3 p.m. in the Main Tent).

“Working Voices:” This discussion will feature a diverse group of authors who write about the world of the working men and women. M.L. Liebler, a poet and author, will be joined by writer Jeff Vande and poet Ken Meisel. This discussion will be led by author Lolita Hernandez.  (Noon at the Concert House).

The market is located at 410 N. Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor and admission to this event is free. For a complete event schedule, please visit www.kerrytownbookfest.org. For more information, call (734) 669-0451.

About the Michigan Humanities Council

The Michigan Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit organization created to foster a better understanding of each other and our state through local cultural, historical and literary experiences for all. The Council was founded in 1974 and is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and individual donors. For more information on future programs, upcoming grant opportunities or how you can support these efforts, please visit www.michiganhumanities.org or call (517) 372-7770.

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