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Children’s book-related events are always popular at the BookFest

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

I just checked the weather and Sunday September 9 is predicted to be in the low 70s and sunny. It’s a perfect day to get the kids out of the house and the 10th Kerrytown BookFest is a wonderful way to celebrate the literary arts. The BookFest has seven workshops that were designed with children in mind. There will a drawing workshop by children’s author and illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw. It will be based on her popular Ellie McDoodle series. Barshaw is shown above.

Deborah Diesen, award-winning children’s author of “The Pout Pout Fish” will lead a reading and sing-a-long for children.

Here’s a complete schedule:

Children’s Workshops
12 p.m – 2 p.m.
Join Fly Art Center’s staff with some fun book related craft activities.
2 p.m.
Author and illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw leads a drawing workshop based on her series of books featuring Ellie McDoodle.
3 p.m.
Join the always exciting David Erik Nelson for a craft activity.
Children’s Storybook Corner
12 p.m.
Deborah Diesen, award winning author of THE POUT POUT FISH, leads a reading and sing along for children.
12:30 p.m.
Deborah Diesen, award winning author of THE POUT POUT FISH IN THE BIG BIG DARK, leads a reading and sing along for children.
1:00 p.m.
Heather O’Neal tells true and fictional tales from Nepal.
2 p.m.
Join Mother Goose for some classic storytelling.
3 p.m.
Join Laura Pershin Raynor, from the Ann Arbor District Library, for “Stories about Stories”, funny tales, rhymes and songs celebrating books and storytelling. Create your own stories with colorful cut-outs, stickers, markers and more.

Three authors on Kerrytown BookFest get some high profile coverage

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Three authors appearing at the Kerrytown Bookfest have recently garnered some major attention. Kristina Riggle’s second book “The Life You Imagined”; William Kent Krueger’s “Vermillion Drift” and Deborah Diesen’s “The Pout Pout Fish in the Big Deep” drew some attention this past week.

Riggle’s book arrived in the mail from Avon with the notation it was an Indie Pick for September 2010. In her book, three high school characters arrive in their home town unexpectedly and must weigh in on their high school dreams. Riggle will be on the panel “Michigan Lit” along with National Book Award finalist Bonnie Jo Campbell, Wendy Webb, and Michael Zandoorian. They will be interviewed by Eric Olsen.

Deborah Diesen, who will conduct a session at the 8th Annual Bookfest called “sing and read along”, had her newest book “The Pout Pout Fish in the Big Deep” reviewed in Publishers Weekly. They called her book “a spirited tale with light doses of humor”.  Indeed it is. Her most recent book  the  “Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade” was reviewed by this blog. Diesen is from Grand Ledge Michigan and her newest book is a sequel to the “Pout Pout Fish”.

William Kent Krueger will join other mystery authors Steve Hamilton, and Bryan Gruley on a panel moderated by Craig McDonald. The panel will focus on what is being called “Northern Noir”. Krueger’s most recent book “Vermillion Drift” is the 10th novel featuring Minnesota PI Cork O’Connor and the discovery of six bodies in an old mine sets Cork on a course of a complex case. Publishers Weekly called the book “a thrilling read” and said the book “succeeds on every level” (no mine pun intended”.

All three of these authors will certainly be heard at the Kerrytown Bookfest which takes place in Ann Arbor Michigan on Sunday September 12. The Bookfest is one of the most successful single day book festivals in the country and this year the free event feature authors with a “bent” for Michigan. The event is free. A complete schedule of authors and events is available at the Kerrytown website.