What would Kerrytown BookFest be without booksellers and publishers? Fortunately we don’t have to find out, because a large percentage of the over 120 exhibitor tables at the 2016 event will once again include booksellers and publishers. BookFest visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of books, including those from this year’s speakers. To give you a glimpse of what’s in store, we asked booksellers and publishers to tell us about the books they’ll have available, including those they’re especially eager to share with BookFest visitors. Following are just some of the booksellers and publishers exhibiting at BookFest this year.
Aunt Agatha’s (14th BookFest): Our booth is always fun as we have lots of authors signing there throughout the day, and we try and mix in local talent with some of the bigger name authors who are speaking. This year we have local writers Greg Jolley and Linda Fitzgerald, along with some regional Michigan and Midwest writers. Of course you can also visit with Kent Krueger and Hank Phillippi Ryan, among others, at our booth as well. Hank Ryan wrote one of my favorite books of 2015, What You See, as did Carrie Smith, author of Silent City, who will be moderating our mystery panel. But we are also excited to welcome Brian Freeman, Patti Abbott (Megan Abbott’s mom and a writer herself) as well as some kick ass women who write cozies – Eva Gates, Casey Daniels and Sarah Zettel and their moderator, Barbara Gregorich.
Bookbound (4th BookFest): We will primarily be selling a variety of our hand-picked bargain books. These are overstocks and remainders that we can sell at steep discounts, and they range from literary fiction and poetry, to history, social science, philosophy, music, science, art and more. We will also bring an assortment of new gift books, items of local interest, and perhaps a few of our personal favorites. In our store, we carry a full assortment of new releases and other trade books, but our bargain books represent something different from other area booksellers and they tend to do very well at BookFests so we like to show them off. What to Look For: It is hard to choose specific titles because our bargain book supply is quite unpredictable and we can’t be sure what we will bring with us that day. There will be some recent bestsellers and award winners like State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar, Incarnadine by Mary Szybist, and Leslie Jamison’s Empathy Exams. Other perennial favorites we likely will have include Justice by Michael J Sandel, Carsick by John Waters, The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor, The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St. Aubyn.
Books of the Ages (5th BookFest): I sell exclusively Children’s books and will be bringing over 1,000 titles which will include some of my specialties: Pop ups, Award Winners, Illustrated classics, Tasha Tudor, Michael Hague, Tolkien, Series books, and Edward Gorey. I will also bring a table of nice picture books at 3 for $12.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room (4th BookFest): Crazy Wisdom specializes in spirituality, sustainability, psychology, and conscious living so we’ll be attempting to bring a diverse selection in these areas. What to Look For: It’s always a fun challenge to select books that will draw readers to our table. For us, it’s less about bringing particular titles, and more about bringing those unique titles that readers haven’t heard of, and might be surprised to see at Crazy Wisdom!
Grey Wolfe Publishing, LLC (3rd BookFest): We publish nearly everything: poetry, memoir, children’s books, young adult, new adult, general fiction, historical fiction, and anthologies. Being a family-owned business we try to keep a standard that isn’t too inflammatory or dangerous. What to Look For: This year we’ll be featuring our community service books as well as a debut novel by YA author Caitlyn Mancini, and four from different genres from myself (Diana Plopa). We will also be accepting manuscripts (in digital format) from anyone who is interested in publishing.
Literati Bookstore (4th BookFest): We’ll be selling new literary fiction, poetry, small press titles, local authors, bestselling nonfiction, a few of our book club picks, and much more. We’ll also be featuring books for the panel, Travel the Lakes, which takes place at 2:45pm at the Kerrytown Concert House. What to Look For: We have a lovely signed first editions club we call Literati Cultura. Each month, we ship a new signed first edition to book lovers across the country. It’s a subscription-based club, and with each book, we include a free exclusively-produced letterpress art made by our friends at Wolverine Press here in Ann Arbor. We’re excited to tell people about it at the BookFest. Previous picks include The Girls, Desert Boys, Heat & Light, Beloved Dog, and more.
Michigan Publishing Services (1st BookFest): Michigan Publishing Services publishes scholarly print and digital monographs, edited volumes, anthologies, and journals authored and edited by U-M faculty, staff, and students, including institutional histories, conference volumes, and faculty reprints, as well as course materials, innovative digital projects, and experiments in “Publishing as Pedagogy” at U-M. What to Look For: We’re most excited for people to see the inaugural issue of the Michigan Journal of Medicine, published in collaboration with the U-M Medical School as a successful “Publishing as Pedagogy” case study. We have a great selection of new print titles from our Maize Books imprint, an impressive array of scholarly journals, and print literary arts projects produced by creative U-M students.
ML’s Books & Antiques (2nd BookFest): I sell used, collectible books including ones on Michigan, the outdoors, mysteries, and science fiction. I sold a mixed bag last year; I don’t plan to mess with success.
Nicola’s Books (14th BookFest): We usually bring with us the featured authors’ books, Michigan authors, books about Michigan and sometime signed editions. What to Look For: Fiction writers B.A. Shapiro’s books, The Art Forger and The Muralist and John Smolen’s Wolf’s Mouth as well as the excellent selection of children’s books either illustrated or written by Michigan authors – Kelly Di Pucchio, Shanda Trent, Kristen Remenar and Matt Faulkner.
Plain Tales Books (13th BookFest): I will be selling books on printing and typography as well as Easton Press, Folio Society and other miscellany.
You can find a full list of all of the 2016 Kerrytown BookFest exhibitors in the exhibitors tab on our website. Exhibitors will be at BookFest all day from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and represent all facets of the book world from authors to booksellers to publishers to non-profits to a wide range of book-related artists. Check back here and on our Facebook page in the weeks ahead for information about more exciting exhibitors.