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Meet Some Returning Exhibitors

Last week we told you about some of the exciting new exhibitors making their first appearance at the Kerrytown BookFest on September 11. This week we would like to introduce you to some returning exhibitors who will be at the over 120 exhibitor booths at BookFest this year. We asked these exhibitors to describe the process they use to produce their products, and about some of the things they are most excited for BookFest visitors to see at their booths. We also asked them to let us know what new things visitors might expect, because most of our returning exhibitors take pride in changing things up a bit each year.

Jen Talley from website if no response

Jen Talley

Jen Talley (5th BookFest): I do original drawings based on current events, pop culture & comics. I do most of my drawings using my Microsoft Surface tablet and various drawing apps, which enables me to get more done more quickly! I turn these drawings into prints, cards, magnets, and buttons using my home office equipment. Everything I produce is printed and made at my kitchen table or desk! New for 2016: Like many people I became a little (a lot) obsessed with the Broadway musical “Hamilton” this year and I have a new series of drawings based on the cast & costuming of the show. There is a full set of 16 magnets available, as well as prints, buttons, greeting cards, and individual magnets. What to look for: The Hamilton series is my favorite right now, and I also have a brand new series I’m calling “G is for Girl Power” that features real-world historical and contemporary women who have done remarkable things. It’s an alphabet series — G is for Grace Hopper; R is for Ruth Bader Ginsburg; S is for Sojourner Truth, etc. I’m nearly finished with all 26 designs and hope to have the completed poster available at BookFest.


Chicaloo Kate


Chicaloo Kate

ChicalooKate (8th BookFest): I do most of my design work in Photoshop. All the making, from magnets to notebooks to coffee mugs, is done in my Ann Arbor studio. With the notebooks I print and cut the cover image, then punch and coil the notebook. The coffee mugs are made using a process called sublimation, which is where a gel based ink is added to a surface using heat. New for 2016: I am always adding new things to my booth. One of the biggest additions to my lineup is coffee mugs.  I am also going to have a bunch of new pulp/comic cover notepads. What to look for: My favorite item to make right now is the coffee mugs. I have a lot of different designs including snarky humor, book cover designs and quotes.


Moon Moth

Moon Moth Press

Moon Moth Press (12th BookFest): Uses up-cycled books, a variety of art papers, collage materials, and glue. We deconstruct a book, taking it apart and replacing the text block with new paper creating a blank journal. They are primarily concertina and soft spine case books. Our cards usually begin with a discarded book page. We then collage imagery over the text allowing various words to remain readable. New for 2016: We have expanded our line to include mid-century covers and we are making some journals with lined paper. We added sympathy cards this year.

Petoskey Stones print Treehouse Block Prints

Treehouse Block Prints

Treehouse Block Prints (2nd BookFest): I am a linocut printmaker.  I carve my designs (based from my original photographs) into linoleum blocks and I hand-print each of my linocut prints.  Printmaking brings peacefulness and calm to my life, and I hope that feeling shines through my work. New for 2016: I have several new handmade prints since last year’s Kerrytown BookFest:  Petoskey Stones, Wooden Sled, Bicycle, and Backyard Beehives.


Jeanne Adwani

Jeanne Adwani (13th BookFest): This particular project is based around ‘vintage’ Michigan postcards I have collected, and a poem I wrote called Mitten.   I have lots of vintage Michigan postcards.  Since I’m a bit attached to my old postcards, I photocopied the images as ‘originals’ and they are the inspiration for my collection of little books. I set the poem up and then printed it.  I have used thick types of papers to make the covers, various paper to print my poem, photo paper to print my poem.  I cut and arrange all the makings for my little book and sew it with waxed linen thread.  Did I tell you that I purchase most of my lovely paper from Hollanders? I hope people find a certain charm in my little books, and feel the ‘invitation’ to appreciate the wonder of Michigan. New for 2016: This is an entirely different project than before.  Much for intimately crafted.

Joyce Nass (12th BookFest):  I design the item, hand marble the paper, cut the board and paper, glue and put them together. What to look for: Journals and boxes made with my hand marbled papers. New for 2016: New sizes of handmade journals and a few new box sizes.

You can find a full list of all of the 2016 Kerrytown BookFest exhibitors in the exhibitors tab on our website. The 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. And check back here and on our Facebook page in the weeks ahead for information about more exciting exhibitors.

Ann Arbor Public Library hosts reception for exhibit on the Book Jacket competition

Book Jacket contest entry

Book Jacket contest entry

Join the Ann Arbor Public Library for a pre-BookFest reception for the upcoming 12th annual Kerrytown BookFest, 7 P.M.-8 P.m., Friday, September 5 at the downtown branch library, 3rd floor. The event includes elegant refreshments and exquisite music by harpist Deborah Gabrion. The reception marks the grand opening of The Art Of The Book, Kerrytown BookFest Exhibit at the Library which showcases entries from the BookFest’s 7th annual Book Cover Design contest for high school students. The exhibit and will be on display on the 3rd Floor of the Downtown Library through October 12. The contest, which was open to all Michigan High School students and was sponsored in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, asked the students to re-imagine a cover for a chosen book and give a visual interpretation of the written word. This year’s book was “Paddle-to-the-Sea, a Caldecott medal winning book by Holling C. Holling who was raised in Leslie Michigan.  This year’s BookFest features three modern-day Caldecott winners: Chris Raschka, Brian Floca and Eric Stead. Read more about the Book Cover contest here and here. Check out the covers of all the entries here. The program includes remarks by John Hilton, editor of the Ann Arbor Observer, who will discuss the 12th annual Kerrytown BookFest and provide an overview of the exhibit and the book design contest.  Robin Agnew, co-owner of Aunt Agatha’s and president of the Kerrytown BookFest will announce the contest winners. She will be joined by Nancy Shaw, local children’s author, and contest judge. The 12th annual Kerrytown BookFest, (, which will be held on Sunday, September 7,is an event celebrating those who create books and those who read them. The primary goal is to highlight the area’s rich heritage in the book and printing arts while showcasing local and regional individuals, businesses, and organizations. Since 2003, the BookFest has been growing, sharing, and discovering more and more about the rich book culture in this region. For more information on this event, call the Library at 734-327-4555 or visit our website at

12 reasons to attend the 12th annual Kerrytown BookFest

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1. One “Baddass” writer from Traverse City (Mardi Jo Link, “From Broke to Badass”)

2. Free parking and free admission

3. Three Caldecott winners talk about illustrating children’s books

4. Four Graphic novelists make words jump from the page

5. Five Historical Romantic Suspense writers to keep you up at night

6. 100 vendors in the literary marketplace

7. Hands-on book making, drawing workshops and letterpress printing demos

8. Eight writers explore the deadly art of mystery

9. Four unusual memoir writers

10. Biographers, short story writers and an architect join Mother Goose in telling great stories

11. Eleven panels of authors and illustrators

12. Lots of free stuff


Mystery writers will shine at this year’s Kerrytown BookFest

estlemanestlemanThe Kerrytown BookFest is like a magnet and each year, mystery writers from all over the country visit the BookFest to speak on panels, meet fans, and sign books.   This year the Bookfest is hosting two mystery panels with suspense and thriller writers and one with authors who write romantic suspense.

The suspense panel features Michigan treasure Loren D. Estleman.  The creator of the long-lived Amos Walker private eye series set in mostly in Detroit,  Estleman also is an award winning writer of Westerns, stand alone historical mysteries, and many other novels, more than 70 in all.

Estleman will be joined by Michael Harvey, whose private eye novels featuring Michael Kelley (The Chicago Way) are set in Chicago; and another Chicago based-author, Theresa Schwegel, who won the Edgar award for her first novel, Officer Down.  Her latest novel is The Good Boy.  Rounding out the panel is Michigan newcomer Elizabeth Heiter, whose first novel, Hunted, was published this winter.

The panel will be moderated by Detroit Noir editor E.J. Olsen.

The Romantic Suspense panel features New York Times Bestselling authors Tasha Alexander, who writes the Lady Emily Victorian mysteries (Behind the Shattered Glass) and Lauren Willig, whose series beginning with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation is a fan favorite.

Joining these two veterans are newcomers  New Yorker Susan Elia MacNeal and Toronto based Simone St. James.  Ms. MacNeal writes the Maggie Hope series set during WWII (The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent) and St. James writes historical ghost stories (Silence of the Dead). Both writers have been nominated or have won several major mystery industry awards, including the Edgar for Ms. MacNeal and the Arthur Ellis for Ms. St. James.

The panel is moderated by historical mystery writer Anna Lee Huber (A Grave Matter) whose novels are set in 19th century Scotland.

Also if you get the opportunity extend congratulations to Jamie and Robin Agnew, proprietors of Aunt Agatha’s mystery bookstore. This past spring the Agnew’s were awarded The Raven by the Mystery Writers of America. The award is annually given to a non-writer who contributes the most to the genre.

Three Caldecott winners to be feted at Kerrytown BookFest breakfast

aliceIt looks like everyone who’s is interested in or collects children’s picture books is making their way to the Kerrytown BookFest which has an amazing opportunity to have breakfast with three Caldecott-Award-Winning authors on Sunday September 7 at 9.a.m. when the BookFest celebrates the three Caldecott Medalists attending the BookFest this year.  The Caldecott Medal, given annually since 1937 by the American Library Association (ALA) to the “most distinguished American picture book for children”, was awarded to BookFest participants Brian Floca (Locomotive, 2014); Christopher Rashka (The Hello, Goodbye Window, 2006, and A Ball for Daisy, 2012); and Erin Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee, 2011).  Past winners of the award include Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), Maurice Sendak, and Chris Van Allsburg.
The breakfast takes place at Zingerman’s Events on 4th, 410 North 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor.  Starting at 9 a.m., the ticketed breakfast will be hosted by children’s author and illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw, and table hosts/hostesses include Deborah L. Diesen, Brian Floca, Matt Faulkner, Matthew Phelan, Christopher Rashka, Kris Remnar, Nancy Shaw, and Erin & Philip Stead.
This is a ticketed event benefitting the bookfest.  The $30.00 tickets (limited to 60 guests) are available on Event Brite
Questions about the event can be directed to Robin Agnew, or 734-769-1114.  
The Kerrytown BookFest takes place at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, Sunday, September 7, from 11-5 and features more than 40 authors and illustrators along with a literary marketplace of 100 vendors. For more information visit