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Thank you to the Kerrytown BookFest Volunteers!

Each year the Kerrytown BookFest relies on a loyal group of volunteers and the 14th annual BookFest on September 11 was no exception. On the day of the event our volunteers do a wide variety of tasks to make certain that visitors, authors, and exhibitors have the best day possible. Our volunteers – the ones you spotted wearing the Kerrytown BookFest t-shirts – answered your questions, helped make the author panels run smoothly, set up and took down all of the equipment with amazing speed, and did so much more. And they did it all with a smile and joy.

The Kerrytown BookFest would not exist without our volunteers, and we would like to thank all of them who worked on the day of the event to make BookFest such a success:


Setup: They arrived at 6:30 a.m. and moved tables, chairs, and boxes, and put up signs to help direct visitors.

  • Will Lovick, supervisor of setup in the morning and throughout the day!
  • Kati Shanks
  • Megan Gilson
  • Peyton Carroll
  • Gillian Tibbets
  • Saskia Van Nieuwstadt
  • Erich Brubaker
  • Tom Bianchi
  • Tom McMurtry
  • Gary Service
  • Kirsten Ritchie

Volunteer/Information Booth: They checked in and provided on-the-spot training as other volunteers arrived, and helped staff the main information table.

  • Marionette Cano
  • Emily Matthews

Exhibitor Check-In: She checked in exhibitors, directed them when lost, and triaged a whole host of problems.

  • Rebecca Bizonet


Parking Supervisors: They made certain that only approved people entered the lot, and turned away others who tried with grace and a smile.

  • Tom McMurtry
  • Gary Service
  • Isobell Holcomb
  • Mira Shetly
  • Tina Galia
  • Kent Joque

Exhibitor Parking Supervisors: They had the difficult task of reminding exhibitors to move their cars out of the Market area before BookFest officially began.

  • Genia Service
  • Martina Vaccaro

Book I Love Table: They staffed our new booth – The Book I Love – and described the activity to visitors and collected the names of many visitors’ best loved books.

  • Rachel Fender
  • Susan Cronin

Satellite Information Booths: Throughout the day they sat at our satellite information booths and answered a myriad of questions from visitors.

  • Robert Fouser
  • Bohan Huang
  • Mary Ivers
  • Katie Jones
  • Loey Jones-Perpich
  • Debbi Schaubman
  • Linda Tubbs

MHC Survey Forms Coordinator: As part of our grant from the Michigan Humanities Council we collect questionnaires at each panel sponsored by the MHC. She made certain that the distribution and collection of the questionnaires went smoothly throughout the day.

  • Tammy Rhoades

Main Tent: They monitored all panel activities in the Main Tent making certain that events started and ended on time and that any problems were resolved quickly.

  • Erich Brubaker
  • Fritz McDonald
  • Juli Pinsak
  • June Williams

Kerrytown Concert House: They monitored all panel activities in the Concert House making certain that events started and ended on time and that any problems were resolved quickly.

  • Linda Lakshminarayanan
  • Arah Joque
  • Genia Service
  • Martina Vaccaro
  • Mary Ivers
  • Tammy Rhoades

Children’s Tent: They monitored all events in the Children’s Tent, helped rearrange the setup between events, and resolved problems as they occurred.

  • Jill Zimmerman
  • Cinda Hocking
  • Linda Ram
  • Elicia Rong

Water/Apple/Cookie Distribution: In the heat of the afternoon she helped Board member John Hilton distribute cookies, water, and apples to our exhibitors, along with a gracious reminder that teardown would begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.

  • Katrina Rayment

Teardown: With amazing speed this group of volunteers began taking down every piece of equipment promptly at 5:00 p.m., and had a lot accomplished when the rental company arrived unexpectedly at 5:15 p.m. (nearly 45 minutes early). They picked up abandoned garbage and refuse and carefully took down all of the signs put up less than 12 hours earlier.

  • Will Lovick, supervisor of teardown (yes, he did it all!)
  • Debbi Schaubman
  • Tammy Rhoades
  • Katrina Rayment
  • Kati Shanks
  • Robert Teicher
  • Amritha Anupindi
  • Elicia Rong
  • Robert Klingler
  • Drew Sangers
  • Deb Norbotten


All of our volunteers did a fantastic job. If you know any of them, please let them know they’re appreciated. And next year at BookFest (on September 10, 2017), make certain to give a big thanks to each of our volunteers wearing a Kerrytown BookFest t-shirt. And when our call for volunteers goes out next summer, we hope you will consider being part of our team!



The Book I Love

This year at the Kerrytown BookFest we’ll have a special booth — #113 – devoted to The Book I Love where visitors can let us know about their favorite book. Earlier we asked the 2016 BookFest speakers to let us know about their favorites, and this time we’ve asked the BookFest Board members and some of our 2016 exhibitors to tell us about the book they love.

Raintree CountyJamie Agnew (exhibitor as co-owner of Aunt Agatha’s): Raintree County by Ross Lockridge: “It’s the great American novel, but nobody knows it.”

DeathofaPeerRobin Agnew (President of the Kerrytown BookFest Board and exhibitor as co-owner of Aunt Agatha’s): Death of a Peer, by Ngaio Marsh. “I love this book because every time I read it, the characters come back off the page, into my head, and back to life.  The story is ingenious, of course, but I also love this portrait of a family, of wartime London, and I love Marsh’s great ability to humorously and swiftly set a scene and describe a character.  It still makes me tear up to read about the young New Zealand woman finding herself in the hurly burly of London for the first time.  It’s a murder story, but also an awakening story.  A perfect book, as far as I’m concerned.  I’ve read it 10 times at a minimum.”

Constellation Vital PhenomMegan Blackshear (exhibitor as co-owner of BookBound): A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. “This unforgettable novel takes place around the turn of the 21st century in Chechnya. It has verything – well-developed, sympathetic characters, an intricate and satisfying plot, and stunning prose that begs to be read over and over.”

Phantom TollBothPeter Blackshear (Kerrytown BookFest Board member and exhibitor as co-owner of BookBound): The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster. “I was already a bibliophile when one of my elementary school teachers read this to the class.   However, that was when I first consciously realized that words can be playground and started reading not only for plot and characters (or information), but also for the language itself.”

WhereTheRedFernGrowsShannon Campbell (Kerrytown BookFest Board member): Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. “I read this as a child and can still recall how this story impacted my young psyche with it’s lessons in responsibility, independence, empathy and grief. It is likely the first book that affected me emotionally, so it stands out!”

Into The ForestE.A. Comiskey (exhibitor): “There are dozens of books I love, but the one that stands out above the rest is Into the Forest, by Jean Hegland. It is beautifully written and engaging, but what gives it a special place in my heart is that it is the first book that opened my eyes to the reality of how fragile our modern society is, and how powerfully resilient and resourceful humans are. It changed the way I see the world and my place in it. The experience of having my worldview shifted by a book kindled a fire in my heart to be a writer.”

Medicine WalkSharon Gambin (Vice President of the Kerrytown BookFest Board): Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. “I discovered Medicine Walk earlier this year and I was captivated immediately by the powerful storylines rendered in some of the most beautifully descriptive language I’ve read in years. I am now working my way through this gifted wordsmith’s earlier works.”


TooLoudSolitudeHilary Gustafson (exhibitor as co-owner of Literati):  Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal:  “…the message and memory of the book lives on in the mind and in the thoughts and ideas they produce.  A must-read for any bibliophile.”

Rocanan's WorldJohn Hilton (Secretary of the Kerrytown BookFest Board): Rocannon’s World, by Ursula K. LeGuin. “It humbly shared a fifty-cent “Ace Double” bought more or less at random from a small-town newsstand when I was fourteen. Setting generously imagined characters in worlds crafted with an anthropologist’s intelligence, it made me a lifelong LeGuin fan.”

griffin-and-sabineKate Kehoe (Treasurer of the Kerrytown BookFest Board and exhibitor as ChicalooKate): Griffin and Sabine Trilogy by Nick Bantock. “I can’t begin to say how much I love these books. The artwork is as beautiful and bizarre as the story. I just wanted to fall in to the pages. I loved the interactive nature of the correspondence, physically taking out the letters to read made me ridiculously happy.   It helped me to see you didn’t have to follow the normal pattern with art or writing. This series has survived many many book purges and have a place front and center in my library.”

Check back here next week for even more favorite books by exhibitors and Board members. When you’re at BookFest please stop by booth 113 to tell us about the book that you love. We’ll also be collecting your favorite books online and will be using them throughout the year. If you’d like to tell us about the book you love now you can use the online form found here. Thanks, and see you at the Kerrytown BookFest on September 11!


The Lineup of Great Exhibitors Continues

We hope you’re as excited as we are that in just over two weeks the 14th Annual Kerrytown BookFest will finally be here! In addition to reviewing the fantastic lineup of panels before you attend, we’d like to introduce you to still more of the fantastic array of exhibitors who will be in attendance on September 11 from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The exhibitors at BookFest represent the full range of the book world, from book-related artists to authors to publishers to book sellers to non-profit organizations. Following are just a few of the more than 120 exhibitors you can see at BookFest.

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Ann Arbor Independent Booksellers Association

Ann Arbor Independent Booksellers Association (new exhibitor): The mission of the Ann Arbor Independent Booksellers Association (A2IBA) is to celebrate the diversity of Ann Arbor’s independent bookstores and to make Ann Arbor a destination for book lovers to visit. We work to connect readers with books through our website ( and maps distributed at the independent bookstores. We are dedicated to becoming the go-to place for book lovers to participate in the dynamic book culture of Ann Arbor. What to look for: A2IBA will be distributing maps of Ann Arbor’s independent bookstores and will have a display featuring the independent bookstores.

Earthenwood Studio

Earthenwood Studio

Earthenwood Studio (returning exhibitor): I make ceramic jewelry, ornaments, and tiles with  earthenware and porcelain clays, using a variety of clay forming techniques such as slab forming and plaster molding, and decoration techniques including custom rubber stamps and iron transfer decals. What to look for: This year, I am excited to bring more of my ceramic quote tiles and magnets, which I debuted at BookFest last year! I have added more new quotes to the series for this year. And I am excited to be working on some new tiles and pottery, also with famous quotes, which feature detailed sepia-toned portraits and vintage illustrations using a new iron transfer printing technique.

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Prankster Press

Prankster Press (new exhibitor): My printmaking process focuses mainly on carving linoleum or woodblock reliefs, which I print on a variety of archival Western and Japanese papers using a large etching press. My bookbinding practice uses a lot of old books that I collect from thrift stores that are in disrepair, and use the pages to decorate the covers of the journals that I make. I also print with magnesium die cuts, wood engravings on the letterpress. My relief prints are made by using a U-gouge or V-gouge carving knife to carve out an image on a flat piece of linoleum or wood. That block is then covered in ink with a rubber brayer, and the paper that I print on is laid on top of that inked relief block. I put that block and paper through the press, where it is pressed between a rotating cylinder and the press bed which it sits on, and the ink transfers onto the paper, creating the print. Most of the prints that I make have faces hidden in them somewhere, as people and human interaction are where I draw much of my artistic inspiration. My letterpressed work is printed mainly with my platen presses. I have two tabletop platen presses, one larger 8×12 Chandler & Price letterpress for printing smaller compositions, and a Potter Proofing press, which I am restoring to use more often for poster printing. Currently, I print mainly with old wood engravings and magnesium die cuts from old advertisements, which I used to decorate the handbound journals that I make. Sometimes I create posters, or combine my letterpress printed work into a larger, fine art relief print. My bookbinding practice consists mainly of perfect bound, Japanese stab bound, and coptic stitch journals, which I decorate using my own prints or pages from books in disrepair that I purchase second hand. Perfect bound books use glue to hold the text block (the blank pages) together, while the Japanese Stab Binding and Coptic Stitch journals are sewn. Bookbinding had taken a backseat to my printmaking practice, and I got back into it this year, so I’m excited to show off all the books I’ve made! What to look for: This is my first year at the Kerrytown BookFest as a vendor, so I’m excited to show how my own relief prints have been used to accent and decorate the journals that I’ve made, and the interaction between my personal relief carving style and the old engravings that I enjoy working with so much.


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826Michigan (returning exhibitor): 826michigan inspires school-aged students to write confidently and skillfully with the help of adult volunteers in their communities. Our writing and tutoring programs uphold a culture of creativity and imagination and support students in establishing strong habits of mind. Through publication and community engagement, we provide students with an authentic and enthusiastic audience for their writing. Our programs provide an energizing creative outlet for students and meaningful volunteer opportunities for community members. We believe that with one-on-one attention from caring adults, students improve their academic performance, develop a sense of belonging, and discover the unique value of their voices. 826michigan’s publishing program is designed to help students experience, appreciate, practice, and recognize great writing. Our  publications are written by students and professionally designed and bound, resulting in a polished product that honors students’ writing. To keep up with the incredible stories being produced constantly in each  of our programs, we maintain a robust publishing schedule that includes two major professionally-bound publications, dozens of informal chapbooks, and quarterly issues of two digital journals each year. The culmination of this program is OMNIBUS, an annual compilation of the best writing produced in 826michigan’s numerous free, volunteer-driven creative writing programs.  What to look for: This BookFest, we are proud to present a variety of titles from our publishing program. From our Young Author’s Book Project series, we have two main offerings:

  • A Lantern of Fireflies: An Illustrated Treasury of Tales of Adventure, Discovery, and Magic written by ninth-grade students from Ann Arbor’s Huron High and accompanied by the artistry of twenty-five of the most talented illustrators around, including Dan Santat, Erin and Phil Stead, Jon Klassen and more.
  • Rare Air/Aire raro is our latest YABP release from thirty fourth-grade students at Roberto Clemente Learning Academy in Detroit, and the first bilingual 826michigan publication ever. Renowned poet Richard Blanco penned the foreword and kept in touch with our thirty newest published authors as they wrote their collection of poems throughout the year.

In addition, we have earlier releases from our YABP series, copies of our annual best-of anthology, OMNIBUS, which features the work of students in each of our programs across Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit; chapbooks that highlight the fantastic work our students produce in individual programs; and a fun series of postcards that enable book lovers everywhere to send a snapshot of 826michigan’s students’ imaginations anywhere in the world.

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Michigan State University Press

Michigan State University Press (returning exhibitor): We do regional histories, ethnic studies, environmental studies, Native American studies, African studies, literary studies and more. What to look for:  We will be bringing our Discovering the Peoples of Michigan series that contains over 30 different ethnic groups in Michigan, some of our best-selling literary titles including Wolf’s Mouth by John Smolens one of your presenters, and our environmental books that focus on the Great Lakes state.

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Out of Hand Papermaking Studio

Out of Hand Papermaking Studio (returning exhibitor): I produce paper handmade from plants. The fibers I use are ones I can easily gather, such as cattail, milkweed, pampas grass, corn husks, as well as cotton rag. Paper can be made from any plant materials by chopping the fiber, cooking to get rid of the non-cellulose material, and beating the fiber to a pulp. The pulp is then forced into sheets, pressed, and dried. What to look for: Picture frames, journals, memo pads, photo albums made with handmade paper will be for sale. Individual sheets of paper made from various plant fibers, including some invasive species, will be available. If you are interested you can sign up for instructions and make your own handmade paper.

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Wayne State University Press

Wayne State University Press (returning exhibitor): Wayne State University Press is a leading publisher of regional interest titles as well as Judaicafilm and media studiesfairy-tale studies, and a wide range of other scholarly and general interest titles. What to look for: This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Press and we are beyond excited to showcase at Kerrytown two of the series that helped get us here: our Great Lakes Books Series (celebrating its own 35-year anniversary!) specializes in books of regional interest that are of importance to Michigan and the entire Great Lakes region, and our Made in Michigan Writers Series (10 years!), which is devoted to highlighting the works of distinguished statewide writers and celebrating Michigan’s diverse voices. Come visit us to see this year’s newest books!

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




The Parade of Great Exhibitors Continues!

The Kerrytown BookFest is known for having an exciting set of panels each year featuring a wide range of authors, and this year is no exception. But another notable feature of the BookFest is the large number of exhibitors present throughout the day from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. This year our exhibitors represent the entire range of the book world, from book-related artists to authors to publishers to book sellers to non-profit organizations. Today we’d like to introduce you to more of our exhibitors who are eager to tell you a bit about themselves, and about the things they are most excited for BookFest visitors to see and learn about at their booths.


A2 Print Studio

A2 Print Studio , owned and operated by artist, John Gutoskey (new exhibitor): As a printmaker, I work largely with ink and paper. I work primarily in print mixed media incorporating linocut, woodcut, silk screen, lithography, collage, mono print, stencil, rubber stamps, digital image transfers, and whatever else will help me get to where I want to go with a print. I also like to incorporate found images and vintage paper ephemera into the prints I make. Much of what I make implies a story, a line of thinking, a feeling, or some issue I am mulling over. I believe art can change people’s consciousness. Artists give audiences the courage to suspend disbelief and enter into a space that is out of ordinary time and place. A space that is “in between” and this “in between” space facilitates open-mindedness, which can lead to changes in consciousness. Artists have the ability to grant people access to this liminal space. What to look for: I am most excited about promoting the A2 Print Studio which I opened last fall. The A2 Print Studio (A2PS), located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is dedicated to relief, lithography, and the use of digital technology as a tool to make printmaking more accessible in the digital age. The studio is invested in experimenting, investigating, and pushing the printed image into the future. A2PS offers workshops with small class sizes of 2-3, hosts visiting artists, and offers open studio time for individual projects. The A2 Print Studio provides small, affordable classes to anyone who wants to learn printmaking, or wants to rent time in a print studio to produce their own work. I want to help create a community of printmakers from Ann Arbor to Detroit and beyond. (I will also have lots of my handmade prints for sale!)


Randy Asplund

Randy Asplund (returning exhibitor): I am a medieval book artist in the complete sense. I make books using the same methods and materials used in the middle ages. That means animal skin parchment, genuine gold leaf, colors made from natural ingredients and alchemy, carved wood book covers clad in tooled leather with handmade metal fittings. I have also been a science fiction and fantasy illustrator, so I also make art in more contemporary media such as acrylic, oil, and pencil. Most of my work for Baen Books is digital. The Process: It is all a slow, hand-made process. After years of studying authentic historical techniques, I write my books and individual page art with a goose quill dipped in ink, which I’ve made from wasp nests. I paint with colors made with egg white, tree gum, flowers, insects, precious minerals and more. When I need a medieval tool to create a medieval look, I make it from metal, wood, ceramic or bone. I cast fittings from bronze and fine silver, or cut them from brass. What to look for: This year, in addition to the educational displays, I will be demonstrating my techniques for making authentic medieval books. You can see the art of calligraphy and illumination, and I will have a new special cut away model book showing the stages of how a medieval book is put together. I will also have copies of my latest art book The Gathering, made in collaboration with my fellow first year Magic: The Gathering game artists. I’ll have some new art illustrating books and a couple of original pencil art renderings inside copies of The Gathering. But best of all will be a look at pages from two books completed within the last year, a Psalter and a special Art Nouveau version of T.S.Eliot’s “The Love Song OF J. Alfred Prufrock,” with commentaries.

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The Good Eggs

The Good Eggs (returning exhibitor): My most recently published book is the third one of The Good Eggs series, titled The Good Eggs In the Community.  The genre is children’s books that teach character education in the areas of Virtues, Diversity, and Service.  The Good Eggs books is a trilogy that follows a group of elementary school “Eggs” as they grow and learn about these important topics.  They learn to help each other and themselves through various situations.  My target audience is children aged 6-12. I will have all three books available for purchase, along with parent/teacher guides.  The books are: The Good Eggs (teaches virtues); The Good Eggs Travel the World (teaches diversity); and The Good Eggs In the Community (teaches service)


Happy Sparrow

Happy Sparrow (new exhibitor): All of our products are made from used and recycled materials, primarily books. We search for old pieces and give them new life by making them into our book clutches and safes, turning unwanted and unused books (sometimes even those destined for the landfill!) into beautiful works of art with functional purposes as a fashion accessory or as secret storage in a bookshelf or office space. We begin by finding the perfect used book with a unique look, feel, or title. Since every book is unique, we design each clutch or safe separately, choosing fabric and special pages from the book to decorate the interior of the clutch or safe. We then hollow out the book, secure the pages, and (if we are making a clutch) hand-stitch in every lining that we custom fit for each unique piece into the pages of the book. The tabs for our detachable chain straps are also hand-stitched as well as glued to make sure they are sturdy and durable. What to look for: We are most excited for customers to come and check out all of our unique book clutches– since each one is made from a different used book, they all have different “looks!” We are also excited to be selling a new item: the book safe. Our book safes feature a magnet enclosure and are the perfect hiding place for any home office or bookshelf!

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Andy Lockwood

Andy Lockwood (returning exhibitor): My most recently published book is actually a series of works called At Calendar’s End. I endeavored in 2016 to release a 12-part serial. At Calendar’s End is a story in 12 episodes, each part ranging between 10,000 and 15,000 words approximately 60 pages) and released on the first of each month of the year. The story follows The Intercalary, a group of demigods that control the cycle of time. As the year draws to a close, a mysterious figure arrives, assaulting the Intercalary and killing them off one by one. My books are mainly of the supernatural genre, but I play with other genres from book to book. Empty Hallways is contemporary supernatural horror. House of Thirteen is supernatural urban fantasy. At Calendar’s End is a modern supernatural thriller. Themes I commonly return to in my stories are the subject of identity – both the concept of who we are and who we become when thrust into a new situation – and the subject of mortality – what it means to be mortal, and what we might be capable of without such constraints. What to look for at BookFest: I will have copies of Empty Hallways, House of Thirteen, and At Calendar’s End: January (Part One) on hand for sale and signing.


Women Writers of Ann Arbor/Ypsi

Women Writers of Ann Arbor/Ypsi (new exhibitor): WWAAY) is a caring community of writers organized to support and encourage women in their authoring and publishing endeavors. Our vision is to promote and support women writers by sponsoring readings of all genres, workshops, conferences, and to join members together through a website and social media. We invite women writers of all genres within a thirty mile radius of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti to join us for future events.  They can sign up for our email newsletter.  The WWAAY Fall Conference will take place October 15, 2016.  Our membership signup form and conference information may be found at our website at What to look for at BookFest: WWAAY postcards and flyers, Flyers/ postcards/book marks of our member authors, The World Famous Literary Quiz distributed and prizes given for best answers, candy bowl.


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Urban Fairy Operations

Jonathan B Wright / Urban Fairy Operations (returning exhibitor): I am trained as an illustrator, graphic designer and printmaker. I also have a background in architecture and have done a lot of construction work (human size 🙂 ). For illustrations, I love the speed and immediacy of simple pencils (often mechanical pencils, bypass sharpening). I also use uni-ball® Rollerball pens in several sizes. I have been using these to inscribe and dedicate my books. I buy them by the box. I have a technique that I call “lichenschmere” and these are well suited to that. Unfortunately, pen companies tend to think smudging is a bad thing and try and “improve” their ink formulas!! For color work, I often use water colors and water soluble color pencils. As a kid I spent a LOT of time drawing animals at the University of Michigan Natural History Museum. I still collect specimens (dead bugs, feathers, bones…). While attending the University of Michigan I took Life Drawing every semester (and then beyond graduation). I utilize these experiences (and add to them) such that, when drawing from my imagination. I can bring a bit of “authenticity” to my images. Because we are in a digital age, I scan in originals (for reproduction) and I am not averse to amending or augmenting with technology. With my design training and experience, I not only did the illustrations in my book (and future books), but also the typography and book layout, before sending to a traditional printer. I am happy to say that I was able to use local printers — The first edition was printed by Thomson-Shore in Dexter, and to mix things up, the revised edition was printed by Cushing-Malloy in Ann Arbor. Future color projects might have to go further beyond our borders. What to look for: I have the “revised edition” of “Who’s Behind the Fairy Doors?”. Though that is not “new”. I will have new postcards and prints of some of my watercolors. I also hope to give some sneak peeks at new book projects that are in the works. (MAYBE a limited number of advance copies)

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



Meet Some Booksellers and Publishers Exhibiting at BookFest

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

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.

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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

Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room

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

Grey Wolfe Publishing

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.

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Literati Bookstore

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

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.

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ML’s Books & Antiques

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.

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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.