10th Annual Kerrytown BookFest.
This bustling, lively festival--the largest 1-day book festival in Michigan--celebrates books and bookmaking with a huge variety of demonstrations, talks, panel discussions, signings, displays, and sale tables by local bookstores, booksellers, and publishers.
In the main tent: Presentation of the Community Book Award to Hollander’s owners Tom and Cindy Hollander (11 a.m.). Local poet Keith Taylor moderates “Poetry as It Lives & Breathes” (noon), a panel discussion, with poetry readings, with Grand Valley State University poet-in-residence Patricia Clark, Detroit-born Pittsburgh-based poet Jim Daniels, Grand Rapids poet Todd Kaneko, and Kalamazoo College writer-in-residence Diane Seuss. Noted baseball historian Peter Morris leads the panel discussion “Tigermania!” (1 p.m.), with baseball writers Dan Ewald, William Anderson, Kerrie Ferrel, and Tim Wendel. “Mentorship” (2 p.m.), a panel discussion with writers Doug Allen, D.E. Johnson, Larry Sweazy, and Loren Estleman on the ways Estleman’s mentorship of the other writers helped them get published. Wayne State editor Annie Martin discusses “How Wayne State Chooses & Acquires Manuscripts” (3 p.m.). Award-winning sci-fi writer Sarah Zettel moderates “The Path to Publication” (4 p.m.), a panel discussion with children’s and young adult writers, including Jennifer Allison, Ruth McNally Barshaw, Deborah Diesen, and Amy Huntley.
In Kerrytown Concert House: Announcement of 2012 Book Cover Contest winners (11 a.m.). New York-born Michigan-based actor, photographer, film director, and Iraq vet Benjamin Busch, author of the memoir Dust to Dust, and U-M English professor Nicholas Delbanco, author of Lastingness: The Art of Old Age discuss their work (noon). Writer Bryan Gruley moderates “Three Awesome Mystery Babes & One Mysterious Dude” (1 p.m.), a panel discussion with award-winning mystery writers Kelly Nichols, Julie Kramer, and Hank Phillippi Ryan. Writer Bonnie Jo Campbell moderates “New Voices in Women’s Fiction” (2 p.m.), a panel discussion with local poet Natalie Bakopoulos, Caribbean poet Lorna Goodison, Michigan-based fiction writer and essayist Caitlin Horrocks, and U-M creative writing professor Eileen Pollack. “An Editor & a Writer” (3 p.m.): Fiction Writers Review critic Jeremiah Chamberlin interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist Julia Keller. Detroit Free Press reporter Katherine Yung and MSU journalism professor Joe Grimm discuss their new book, Coney Detroit (4 p.m.).
In Hollander’s: Deep Wood Press owner Chad Pastotnik, who won the 2010 Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design for his work on an illustrated edition of Heart of Darkness, discusses his Northern Michigan press and his production of hand-crafted books (noon). Best-selling writer Ann Pearlman moderates “The Expanding Role of the Digital Toolset in Book Arts” (1 p.m.), a panel discussion with U-M art & design professor Stephanie Rowden, METAL owner and poet Claudette Jocelyn Stern, writer and music critic Marianne White, and U-M art & design lecturer Howard White. Internationally known medieval style book artist Randy Asplund discusses “Making a 15th-Century-Style Illuminated Manuscript Book” (2 p.m.). Several local book artists discuss Hollander’s Open Studio, and Meghan Forbes discusses her literary journal Harlequin Creature, which was a product of the open studio sessions (3 p.m.). Bessenberg Bindery founder Jon Buller, Sheridan Books president Mike Seagram, Edwards Brothers Malloy operations vice president Bill Upton, and Thompson Shore president Kevin Spall discuss the local book manufacturing industry (4 p.m.).
In the Children’s Storybook Corner: Award-winning children’s writer Deborah Diesen leads a sing-along and reads from The Pout Pout Fish (noon) and The Pout Pout Fish in the Big Big Dark (12:30 p.m.). Heather O’Neal, co-owner of the Himalayan Bazaar on Main, tells true and fictional stories from Nepal (1 p.m.). “Make a Book with Mother Goose” (2 p.m.), a 30-minute program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose. Ann Arbor District Library storyteller Laura Pershin Raynor tells “Stories about Stories” (3 p.m.) and leads a craft activity.
Outdoors in the Farmers Market: Book-related craft activities for kids (noon-2 p.m. & 3 p.m.), a kids drawing workshop (2 p.m.) with Ellie McDoodle books author and illustrator Ruth McNally, and book-making workshops (noon and 1 & 2 p.m.).
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Farmers’ Market, Kerrytown Concert House, and Hollander’s in Kerrytown. Free admission. 669-0451. [map]