Who hasn’t “traveled” with a book? The Kerrytown BookFest will celebrate its 14th year on Sunday, September 11, 2016 by taking visiotrs all over Michigan, through time, on an identity quest, and on many other journeys, large and small.
From 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.. At the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, audiences will travel with Michigan Under the Radar’s Tom Daldin, who finds the hidden treasures in our glorious state, and Loreen Niewenhuis who discusses her journey walking around the entire circumference of the Great Lakes.
Meet author B.A. Shapiro, will take readers back through time as she discusses her novels The Art Forger and The Muralist. The New York Times calls The Art Forger a “nimble mystery…Shapiro’s brisk narrative takes the reader through Boston’s art world, the logistics of forgery and the perils of attribution.”
Writer John Smolens takes readers to the far north during WWII with his latest novel, Wolf’s Mouth. Bonnie Jo Campbell says of the novel, “John Smolens delivers a thrilling story of good versus evil: part Upper Peninsula woods adventure, part rags-to-riches tale, part love story. It’s beautifully and thoughtfully written, and is bound to become part of Michigan’s folk history.”
Authors Vicki Delany, Barbara Gregorich, Casey Daniels and Karen Dionne discuss the business of writing in their talk “Writing for Hire” – these hard working ladies have written everything from flashcards to Goosebumps installments and know exactly how to make a living as a writer. Come find out how they do it, and learn about today’s publishing world.
Award winning mystery writers William Kent Krueger, Hank Phillippi Ryan and Patricia Abbott join Carrie Smith as they explore the sense of place
in their novels. International thriller writer Brian Freeman will reveal how he travels to Duluth, Minnesota, where his novels are set, on photo safaris and uses the photos to ground his novels.
Audiences will take a journey of identity with writers Desiree Cooper, Kelly Fordon and Andy Mozina as they talk about their latest books where mothers, daughters and the love of music all play a part in shaping character. Eat Wildly author Ava Chin will talk about the art of urban foraging. To tie in with Ava’s book, we’ll be partnering with Food Gatherers the day of the BookFest.
The BookFest this year honors Washtenaw Literacy as the 9th annual Community Book Award winner, and the day will start with their award – as well as coffee and donuts for all – and end with a presentation by the organization on their work in the community.
The BookFest again features a writer in residence. Teacher and author R.J. Fox will evaluate previously submitted manuscripts the day of the festival in one on one sessions.
The Children’s tent returns with a full line up of children’s authors reading their new books, starting with storyteller Mother Goose and continuing with Shanda Trent, Matt Faulkner, Kristen Remenar, and Kelly DiPuccio. Later in the day storytellers Laura Pershin Raynor and Kayla Coughlin tell stories and help lead a craft for kids, followed by writer/illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw, author of the Ellie McDoodle books, who will teach you how to draw a lion from a 5.
For 2016, the BookFest also brings back the Edible Book contest – anyone is welcome to enter. Edible Books use food in imaginative ways to illustrate a book or writer. Entries can be dropped off in the morning and will be judged at the end of the day.
We’ll also be going back to our roots by featuring several printmakers in the front of the market who will be demonstrating their art – from intaglio to screen printing to letterpress printing. This will be hands on – visitors may be able to “pull” a print for themselves.
And join us as we ask visitors the name of “The Book I Love.” We’ll be collecting the answers and plan on asking some of the folks answering the question to join our 2017 program.
And of course the Farmer’s Market will be filled with over 100 exhibitors selling new and antiquarian books as well as book related crafts and prints. The Kerrytown BookFest will truly offer a unique opportunity to “travel” through every aspect of the book. Come celebrate it with us.
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