Read up on the speakers we have confirmed for this year’s events!Ruth McNally Barshaw
Ruth McNally Barshaw, life-long writer and artist, has worked in the advertising field, illustrated for newspapers, and won numerous essay-writing contests. She lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her family. See her Ellie McDoodle books and cartoon sketch-journals at http://ruthexpress.com
My debut novel IN THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS will be published by Soho Press in Spring 2013. I am also the author of CATACLYSM BABY, a novella, and HOW THEY WERE FOUND, a collection of fiction, as well as three chapbooks, WOLF PARTS, THE COLLECTORS, and HOW THE BROKEN LEAD THE BLIND. My fiction has appeared in many magazines, including CONJUNCTIONS, HAYDEN'S FERRY REVIEW, GULF COAST, WILLOW SPRINGS, UNSAID, and AMERICAN SHORT FICTION, and has been selected for inclusion in anthologies such as BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES and BEST AMERICAN FANTASY. I teach creative writing at Northern Michigan University, and previously taught at the University of Michigan. I am the senior editor at Dzanc Books, where I also run the literary magazine THE COLLAGIST.
Peter Benjaminson was born in Washington, D.C. and was a reporter and City-County Bureau Chief for the Detroit Free Press from 1970-76. While at the Free Press, he wrote the book Investigative Reporting, with Dave Anderson (Indiana University Press, 1976 and Iowa State University Press, 1990), the first how-to book in that field. It was in print for 20 years. In 1979 he wrote The Story of Motown (New York: Grove Press), the first U.S. book ever written about the Motown Record Company. From 1979 to 1981 he was a reporter for the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He taught journalism at Binghamton University, New York University, and Columbia University from 1981-91. In 1984, he wrote Death in the Afternoon: America's Big-City Newspapers Struggle For Survival (Andrews, McMeel) the first and only book about the death of afternoon newspapers in America's big cities. In 1992, he wrote Publish Without Perishing (National Education Association and National Writers Union); and in 1997, he wrote Secret Police: Inside The New York City Department of Investigation (New York: Barricade Books). From 1991-1994 he was the spokesman for the NYC Department of Investigation. He was Assistant Editor of the Chief Leader newspaper in New York City from 1994-1998 and the spokesman for the NYC Correction Officers Benevolent Association from 1998-2003. In 2003 and 2009 he was the spokesman for Members for Change in NYC Teamsters Local 237. In 2008 he wrote The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard (Lawrence Hill Books/Chicago Review Press.) His next book, "Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar," the first biography of Mary "My Guy" Wells ever written, was released by Chicago Review Press on November 1, 2012. He lives in New York City.
Cara Black frequents a Paris little known outside the beaten tourist track. A Paris she discovers on research trips and interviews with French police, private detectives and cafe owners. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, a bookseller, and their teenage son. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Societe Historique in the Marais. Her nationally bestselling and award nominated Aimee Leduc Investigation series has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Hebrew. She's included in the GREAT WOMEN MYSTERY WRITERS by Elizabeth Lindsay 2nd editon published in the UK. Her first three novels in the series MURDER IN THE MARAIS, MURDER IN BELLEVILLE AN MURDER IN THE SENTIER - nominated for an Anthony Award as Best Novel - were published in the UK in 2008 and MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER comes out in the UK in 2010. Several of her books have been chosen as BookSense Picks and INDIE NEXT choice by the Amerian Association of Independent Bookstores. The Washington Post listed MURDER IN THE RUE DE PARADIS in the Best Fiction Choices of 2008. MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER is a finalist for Best Novel Award from the NCIBA Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. She is currently working on the next book in the Aimée Leduc series.
Sue Budin has enjoyed taking book making classes at Hollanders and continues making books and visual journals that combine her poetry with visual images the words inspire or vice versa. Her poems have been published in various literary journals and she has recently self-published a book of poetry titled, After the Burn.
Bonnie Jo Campbell
Bonnie Jo Campbell grew up on a small Michigan farm with her mother and four siblings in a house her grandfather Herlihy built in the shape of an H. She learned to castrate small pigs, milk Jersey cows, and, when she was snowed in with chocolate, butter, and vanilla, to make remarkable chocolate candy. When she left home for the University of Chicago to study philosophy, her mother rented out her room. She has since hitchhiked across the U.S. and Canada, scaled the Swiss alps on her bicycle, and traveled with the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus selling snow cones. As president of Goulash Tours Inc., she has organized and led adventure tours in Russia and the Baltics, and all the way south to Romania and Bulgaria. Her collection Women and Other Animals details the lives of extraordinary females in rural and small town Michigan, and it won the AWP prize for short fiction; her story "The Smallest Man in the World" has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. Her novel Q Road investigates the lives of a rural community where development pressures are bringing unwelcome change in the character of the land. Her critically-acclaimed short fiction collection American Salvage, which consists of fourteen lush and rowdy stories of folks who are struggling to make sense of the twenty-first century, was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction. For decades, Campbell has put together a personal newsletter - The Letter Parade - and she currently practices Koburyu kobudo weapons training. She has received her M.A. in mathematics and her M.F.A. in writing from Western Michigan University. She now lives with her husband and other animals outside Kalamazoo, and she teaches writing in the low residency program at Pacific University.
David Catrow is the writer and illustrator of the Scholastic Easy-Reader series, Max Spaniel, inspired by the life and stories of a dear family pet. He created the visual development for the 20th Century Fox feature Horton Hears a Who (2008). Throughout his career David has written or illustrated over seventy many notable and best-selling books and has twice been honored by the New York Times with the Best Illustrated Book of the Year award. In 2009, David was presented the Isaac Scott Hathaway Award in recognition of his body of work. The award is named for Isaac Scott Hathaway, an early 20th century African American artist whose work reflected the emerging influences of African Americans on the fabric of the American experience. In a past life, David was a nine-time winner of the Cox Award for editorial cartooning and his work has been syndicated to more than 900 newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife Deborah and their dogs Beetle, Blu and Tubbs. Coming Fall 2012: Monster Mash- Scholastic, Have Fun Molly Lou Melon - Putnam Penguin, and The Fly Flew In- Holiday House. Visit him online at www.catrow.com
Author Shutta Crum is also an educator, a librarian and an award-winning poet. She speaks nationally- and internationally - about books and writing. Currently, she has thirteen books out (picture books and novels), and three more are forthcoming. Additionally, she writes articles for professional teaching and writing journals, as well as numerous poems for adult readers. Along with several book awards, she received the Michigan Lib. Association, Children's Services Division Award of Merit in 2002 as Michigan's Youth Librarian of the Year. In 2005 she was invited to read at the White House, and in 2010 she presented to audiences across Japan. Her book, THUNDER-BOOMER! was listed as an American Library Association and a Smithsonian Magazine notable book of the year. The New York Times said of her Crystal Kite award-winning book, MINE! "...a delightful example of the drama and emotion that a nearly wordless book can convey.” Her latest book, DOZENS OF COUSINS, illustrated by David Catrow, will be published in July. For more information about Shutta: www.shutta.com.
I grew up in Midland, Michigan, and I developed an interest in writing early on. My parents encouraged my interest; in fact, I remember the first poem I ever wrote, because when I showed it to my Mom, not only did she tell me it was 'Wonderful!" she also told me I should put a date on it, because "real writers always date their work." That bit of encouragement helped me develop a good writing habit and also provided me with a lifelong belief in myself as a Real Writer. I had wonderful English teachers throughout my primary education, including an entertaining writing teacher whose voice I still hear in my head when I employ colons, semi-colons, and other punctuation challenges. I wrote creatively throughout those years, and well into college. During college, writing began to take a backseat as I explored a number of potential career paths and interests. I took courses in telecommunications, psychology, political science, acting, philosophy, anthropology, and more, but I never found a field of study that fit quite right. After I graduated, with a multidisciplinary social science degree, I worked for many years at an independent bookstore. I loved being in the constant presence of books as well as in the company of wonderful co-workers. During that time, I took a few classes in accounting, with the thought that I might some day work for the GAO, ferreting out government waste and corruption; but though my accounting coursework introduced me to the fascinating world of numbers, the accountant career possibility didn't fit quite right either. Finally, I decided on librarianship, and I returned to school to earn my MILS. After graduation, I began work as a librarian. My husband and I started a family, and our children were enthusiastic about books from a very early age. I found myself immersed in children's literature on a day-to-day basis, and the experience reawakened my interest in writing. I began to write stories for my boys and discovered I enjoyed it more than I had any other genre of writing. I joined SCBWI and then became a member of an extraordinary critique group, through which I've learned immeasurably about the craft of writing. Writing in rhyme is especially appealing to me, as it combines my love of words with my more analytical love of form and rhythm. My current day-job is as the financial manager of a small nonprofit organization, and I enjoy the work tremendously. But my true joy comes from writing for children. Writing for children has allowed me to combine all the various paths I’ve traveled and explored into one pursuit that -- at last -- fits just right.
V.V. (Sugi) Ganeshananthan is the Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. Her debut novel, LOVE MARRIAGE, which is set in Sri Lanka and its diasporas, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, named one of Washington Post Book World's Best of 2008, and translated into several other languages. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Unstuck, and The American Prospect, among others. The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and Phillips Exeter, she is at work on a second novel.
Debra Golden loves books and making art, so book making just had to happen. She teaches watercolor, acrylic painting, collage, and book making at WCC, A2 Rec & Ed and Ypsilanti Twp. Parks and Recreation. She received her BFA from U of M, and an MFA from EMU in addition to a teaching certificates in art and theatre. Her art books blend bits of her paintings with stories, collage: they draw on her work as a scenic artist, illustrator, and set designer. www.debragoldenart.weebly.com
Jennifer is a reporter for a new project at Michigan Radio that looks at improving economic opportunities for low-income children. Previously, she was the station's arts and culture reporter, and the local host for Weekend Edition. Before joining Michigan Radio, Jennifer worked as a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in New York. Her stories have won numerous awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award for her series on NYC's subway system. She was named Young Journalist of the Year by the Detroit chapter of Society of Professional Journalists in 2007. Jennifer graduated from the University of Michigan and received her M.A. from Fordham University in New York. When she's not on the radio, she's reading, practicing her dance moves (tap and ballet), playing tennis with her husband, or attempting to solve a NY Times crossword puzzle.
Before straying serendipitously into crime fiction, Erin Hart trained to become a theater director, and has been variously employed as a stage manager, propmaster, editor and copywriter, writing teacher, journalist and theater critic. Born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and raised in Rochester, Minnesota, she was educated at Saint Olaf College and the University of Minnesota. After college she also promoted the work of traditional musician friends and helped co-found a local Irish Music & Dance Association. Erin met her husband, Irish accordion player Paddy O'Brien, just after returning from a trip to Ireland—when he asked her onstage to sing. Erin came to writing quite late, and by way of her first love, theater. Starting graduate school in the mid-1980s, the available choices were business administration or creative writing—she chose writing almost by default, and embarked on a second career as a freelance arts journalist and theater critic. Throughout the 1990s, her work appeared in print in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, and Skyway News, and for several years she was the regular theater critic for Minnesota Public Radio. She also began to write memoir, essays, and short fiction. When her short story, "Waterborne," won the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers in 1996, she began to receive inquiries from literary agents. While visiting friends in Ireland one summer, Erin heard an intriguing tale about a beautiful red-haired girl whose perfectly preserved severed head was discovered in a desolate Irish bog. That true story was the inspiration for her debut novel, HAUNTED GROUND, the first in a planned series of crime novels set mostly in Ireland, revolving around archaeology, forensics, history, traditional music and folklore. HAUNTED GROUND has been translated into ten foreign languages, as was the second novel in the series, LAKE OF SORROWS, published in October 2004. The long-awaited third novel in the series, FALSE MERMAID, was published in March 2010, and was named one of the Top Ten Crime Novels of 2010 by ALA/Booklist. The fourth novel in the series, THE BOOK OF KILLOWEN, is due in March 2013. Erin lives in Minnesota with her husband, Irish button accordion player Paddy O'Brien. They make frequent visits to Ireland, going to music sessions, and carrying out essential research in bogs and cow pastures and castles and pubs.
Libby Fischer Hellman
Libby Fischer Hellmann, an award-winning crime fiction and thriller author, released her 9th novel, A BITTER VEIL, in April 2012. A stand-alone literary thriller and love story, it's set in revolutionary Iran during the late '70s. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE (2010), a stand-alone thriller, goes back, in part, to the late Sixties in Chicago. She also writes two crime fiction series. EASY INNOCENCE (2008) and DOUBLEBACK (2009), which was selected as a Great Lakes Booksellers' Association "2009 Great Read," and TOXICITY (2011), a police procedural ebook thriller, feature Chicago P.I. Georgia Davis. In addition, there are four novels in the Ellie Foreman series, which Libby describes as a cross between "Desperate Housewives" and "24." Libby has also published over 15 short stories in NICE GIRL DOES NOIR and edited the acclaimed crime fiction anthology CHICAGO BLUES. Originally from Washington D.C., she has lived in Chicago for 30 years and claims they'll take her out of there feet first.
Born and raised in Detroit, Lolita Hernandez is the author of Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant (Coffee House Press), winner of a 2005 PEN Beyond Margins Award. She also is the author of two chapbook collections of poems: Quiet Battles (Wayne State University Writers Forum) and snakecrossing (Ridgeway Press). She is a 2012 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow. Her poetry and fiction, which appears in a wide variety of literary publications, draw from the rhythms and language of her Trinidad and St. Vincent heritage and are tempered by over 33 years as a UAW worker, 21 of them at the Cadillac Plant in Detroit. She currently is a Lecturer in the Creative Writing Department of the University of Michigan, Residential College, which includes teaching in the university’s Semester in Detroit program. Her collection of short fiction, Making Callaloo in Detroit, is forthcoming from Wayne State University Press in spring 2014.
Bryce G. Hoffman is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience covering politics, business, technology and manufacturing. Since 2005, he has covered the automobile industry for The Detroit News - not only in the United States, but also in South America, Europe and Asia. His coverage has won numerous awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Associated Press (AP). He is also a three-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious honor in business journalism. Hoffman is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company — a book the New York Times said "reads more like a thriller than a business book." American Icon draws on Hoffman's years of experience covering the Dearborn automaker for The News and more than one hundred interviews with current and former executives, Ford employees, union leaders, dealers, suppliers and government officials. He was given unprecedented access by the company to senior leaders, internal documents and company archives. The result is the definitive account of what is already being heralded as one of the greatest turnarounds in business history. A native Californian, Hoffman attended San Francisco State University, where he majored in Philosophy and Anthropology. He later completed a fellowship in Economics at the California State University, Hayward. Hoffman now resides in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Rob Hoffman is a former professional journalist for the Ann Arbor News who obtained his master's from the University of Michigan's School of Information in 2011. He has worked at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, where he organized the papers of the hall's primary voting committees, and at the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library, where he put together an Ann Arbor subject guide. In addition, his scholarly paper on the success of the Library of Congress' Flickr photo stream has been presented at SAA (Society of American Archivists) conferences nationwide.
Hart Johnson lives in Ann Arbor and wears many names, depending on what she's writing. By day she is a social science researcher at the University of Michigan. As Alyse Carlson, she writes the Garden Society Mysteries, a cozy series for Berkley Prime Crime, the first of which The Azalea Assault, was named one of 2012's best cozy mysteries by Suspense Magazine. The Begonia Bribe was released in May. Hart also writes adult and YA suspense and blogs as The Watery Tart.
William Kent Krueger
Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at free-lance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time author. He's been married for over 35 years to a marvelous woman who is an attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves. Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O'Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. Northwest Angle (2011) and Trickster's Point (2012) were New York Times bestsellers. A stand-alone novel, Ordinary Grace, will be released in March 2013. The thirteenth book in the Cork O'Connor series, Tamarack County, is scheduled for release in August 2013.
Attorney Steve Lehto's book THE LEMON LAW BIBLE was published in 1999. His most recent book is CHRYSLER'S TURBINE CAR:THE RISE AND FALL OF DETROIT'S COOLEST CREATION which has a foreword by Tonight Show host Jay Leno. Two of his previous books were named Michigan Notable books by the Library of Michigan: DEATH'S DOOR: THE TRUTH BEHIND MICHIGAN'S LARGEST MASS MURDER and MICHIGAN'S COLUMBUS: THE LIFE OF DOUGLAS HOUGHTON. He has also written numerous articles for magazines and newspapers, on Consumer Protection and Lemon Law, and other diverse topics such as automobile test drives and treasure hunting. He is also the author of Drawn to Injustice: The Wrongful Conviction of Timothy Masters (2012), and The Great American Jet Pack: The Quest for the Ultimate Individual Lift Device (2013). The latter will be published in out in May.
Mr. Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman of General Motors Corporation, retired from the global automotive industry following 47 years working with GM, BMW, Ford and Chrysler. During this time, Lutz held a variety of senior leadership and board positions in the fields of product development, global sales and marketing, and international operations. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive of Exide Technologies. Lutz currently holds board positions at The New Common School Foundation, U.S. Marine Corps University Foundation, Marine Military Academy, Transonic combustion, Inc., VIA Motors, Nanosteel, and EnerG2. Lutz is also co-owner of VL Automotive, a manufacturer of low-volume, high-performance automobiles. He received the 2006 Manufacturing Leadership Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers Foundation, which recognizes individuals who have made meaningful contributions to the development of the automotive industry. He has written three highly popular books about his time in the auto industry, and is an active speaker on the lecture circuit.
Edward McClelland was born in Lansing, Mich., in 1967. Like so many Michiganders of his generation, he now lives in Chicago, Ill. His upcoming book, Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland, which will be released in May 2013 by Bloomsbury Press, was inspired by seeing the Fisher Body plant across the street from his old high school torn down. After getting his start in journalism at the Lansing State Journal, he later worked as a staff writer for the Chicago Reader. His book The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes won the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award in General Nonfiction. Ted's writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Salon, Slate, and The Nation.
Steve Miller is a Lansing, Michigan-based musician, journalist and Edgar Award-nominated author. Miller has worked as a metro reporter for the Dallas Morning News and as a national reporter for the Washington Times, as well as writing for People Magazine and U.S. News & World Report. He covered the auto industry for Brandweek Magazine and is currently an award-winning investigative reporter with Texas Watchdog.org. He has written and edited books on crime and music, including "Girl, Wanted; The Chase for Sarah Pender," "Nobody's Women: The Crimes and Victims of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Serial Killer," "Commando: The Johnny Ramone Autobiography" and "Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83". His book "Detroit Rock City" will be published in May of 2013.
Benjamin Percy is the author of two novels, Red Moon (forthcoming from Grand Central/Hachette in May 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette, 2012; Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006). His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men's Journal, Outside, The Wall Street Journal and The Paris Review. His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers' Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. He is currently at work on the screenplay adaptation of The Wilding for filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga (21 Grams, Babel) and on a novel called The Dead Lands (forthcoming from Grand Central/Hachette). He is the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.
Laura Pershin Raynor
As a fourth generation storyteller from a family filled with wacky characters, Laura Pershin Raynor has been telling tales for thirty five years. Every week Laura shares stories with her favorite listeners at the Ann Arbor District Library. Laura received the Award of Merit for Michigan Children’s Librarian of the Year in 2006 and the Leader in the Literary Arts Award from the Ann Arbor Book Festival in 2011.
Jay Platt is the winner of the 2013 Community Book Award. He has been the proprietor of West Side Books in Ann Arbor since 1975. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Naval Architecture and Ship Design, but bookselling called to him. He also founded of the long running Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair in 1976, held each May in the Michigan Union Ballroom. The fair benefits the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. He says in the 1970s he was riding the crest of a wave of what he now calls the "slow book movement." He said since that time (pre-internet) he's seen the romance driven from the book business. Gene Alloway, former Kerrytown BookFest president and owner of Motte and Bailey Books, says "Jay goes beyond the call; especially for new booksellers. He is generous with his advice and is an excellent mentor to collectors." Most days of the week you can usually catch Jay Platt sitting behind his desk just inside the door of West Side Books where he’s either sorting and pricing books or working the daily New York Times crossword puzzle in ink.
Nancy Shaw is the author of the best-selling SHEEP IN A JEEP, six more sheep books, and RACCOON TUNE, which has been a Library of Michigan "Michigan Reads!" book and has been performed by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Her latest picture book is ELENA'S STORY, about a Guatemalan girl who's the first in her family to read. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood award for essay, and Harvard. Among her honors are: PARENTS magazine Best Kids' Books of the Year, Parents' Choice Awards, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Books of the Year, PARENTING magazine's Reading-Magic Award, and AMERICAN BOOKSELLER "Pick of the Lists." Her website is nancyshawbooks.com.
Hanna Stelman is a University of Michigan School of Information graduate who focused on Preservation of Information. Her B.A. is in Cultural Anthropology. She has worked in the University of Michigan's Map Library, New York's Paley Center for Media, the University of Michigan's Preservation and Conservation lab, repairing and rehousing atlases, and the Smithsonian Institution's Archive helping to safely store and record glass plate negatives. She has a passion for ephemera,such as old advertisements, and thinks preserving the past is great fun.
Since she was a child, Shanda was a geyser of words. From creative writing to journalism, she had a lot to say. When she isn't working, writing or busy with her 3 teenage girls, Shanda loves therapeutic thrift store shopping. "I search & rescue cool textiles & treasures to disassemble and upcycle into something new." Shanda will be reading her first book for children, FARMER'S MARKET DAY, in our story telling corner.
Domonique Washington-McNish is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, where she studied and trained in fine arts printmaking, Women's and African American studies. She has lived and worked in Ann Arbor for the past eight years, and finds inspiration for her art and design through the people, places, and experiences this locality provides. She will be one of the judges of our cover contest this year.
Wife-and-husband team Lynn (Ephemeral Books) and David (Laburnum Ladybug) Yates began their collaboration in 1999 when Lynn misread a design David had made for a piece of kitchen furniture, thinking it was supposed to be a picture of a book case. The kitchen was abandoned in favor of book storage, and they've been designing and building things together ever since. Their latest project is a Ferris wheel book. David employed his skills as a mechanical designer, wood- and metal-worker to create a hand-cranked Ferris wheel that has open books made by Lynn that serve as the wheel's "seats." Like many of their joint efforts, the inspiration came from a mistake on Lynn's part. Their most beloved collaborative work-in-progress is their daughter Isabella, co-author of "Mustachioed! A Layman's Guide to Man's Favorite Facial Garment." Lynn Yates is a board member of Kerrytown BookFest.
Gordon Young grew up in Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General Motors, where his accomplishments included learning to parallel park the family's massive Buick Electra 225. After reaching an uneasy truce with the nuns in the local Catholic school system, he went on to study journalism at the University of Missouri and English literature at the University of Nottingham. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Utne Reader, and numerous other publications. Since 2007, he has published Flint Expatriates, a blog for the long-lost residents of the Vehicle City. He is a senior lecturer in the Communication Department at Santa Clara University and lives in San Francisco. His book, TEARDOWN: MEMOIR OF A VANISHING CITY, will be published by The University of California Press in June of 2013.