2022 Kerrytown BookFest

The 2022 Kerrytown BookFest will take place on September 18, 2022 in the Morris J. Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College.

Confirmed speakers and activities for the 2022 Kerrytown BookFest include:


Acclaimed romance writer Beverly Jenkins will discuss her work with us. Her newest novel, To Catch a Raven (part of the Women Who Dare series) will be available at the festival. Jenkins received the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has led  the charge for multicultural romance since the publication of her novel, Nightsong, in 1994. Jenkins has received accolades for her work from The Wall Street JournalPeople Magazine, and NPR.

Wade Rouse in conversation with Craig Calcaterra. Rouse will discuss Magic Season, his memoir of reconciling with his father through a shared love of baseball. In addition to his memoirs, Rouse writes novels under the name Viola Shipman, a pen name he took to honor his grandmother, whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his fiction. The novels include The Charm Bracelet, The Hope Chest; and The Recipe Box. Dorothea Benton Frank says “Every now and then a new voice in fiction arrives to completely charm, entertain and remind us what matters. Viola Shipman is that voice."  His newest novel, The Edge of Summer, was released in July. Craig Calceterra is the writer and editor of the daily baseball, news, and culture newsletter, Cup of Coffee. His new book is Rethinking Fandom: How to Beat the Sports-Industrial Complex at Its Own Game.


Lev Raphael will talk about Writing Michigan Mysteries: A Love Story. Lev's latest mystery is Assault with a Deadly Lie. Set at The State University of Michigan with a professor as sleuth, this series made the New York Times Book Review say, "The Borgias would not be bored at [Raphael's] State University of Michigan"!


Poetry Readings by:

  • Peter Markus: Author of four books published by Dzanc Books: Bob, or Man on Boat (2008); We Make Mud (2011); The Fish and the Not Fish (2014); and Inside My Pencil: Teaching Poetry in Detroit Public Schools (2017). His most recent book is When Our Fathers Return to Us as Birds, a book of poems published by Wayne State University Press (2021).

  • Christina Kallery: Kallery’s poetry has appeared in Failbetter, Rattle, The Collagist, Gargoyle, and Mudlark, among other publications, and has been included in several anthologies, including Best of the Web and Respect: The Poetry of Detroit Music. She has served as submissions editor for Absinthe: A Journal of World Literature in Translation and poetry editor for Failbetter. She grew up near the woods in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula before living in the Detroit area and then New York City. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • Jeff Kass: Founder of the Literary Arts Program at Ann Arbor's teen center, The Neutral Zone, where he was program director for twenty years. He is also the author of the award-winning short story collection Knuckleheads, the poetry collection My Beautiful Hook-Nosed Beauty Queen Strut Wave, and the thriller Takedown. He lives in Ann Arbor with the author Karen Smyte and their children, Sam and Julius.

The Bookstour: A short film by Mason Engel.  A road trip documentary visiting dozens of independent book shops across the U.S. reveals the special people and communities that grow up around independent bookstores. Sponsored by The Book Industry Charitable Foundation. Popcorn provided.


The Ones Who Remember—Second Generation Voices of the Holocaust: Authors will discuss the gifts and challenges of growing to adulthood in the aftermath of their parents’ inconceivable experiences during the Holocaust. Though each family's story is different, together these recollections follow a path from suffering to resilience. This book offers a vision of a shared humanity against the background of inherited trauma.


Becoming an Author—5th Avenue Press Panel: Local authors published through Ann Arbor District Library's innovative publishing program will share their experiences and advice. 5th Avenue Press organizers will discuss the steps and choices on the path to authorship and how you can make the most of them.


Writing Your Legacy—Ken Azenphony of Azenphony Press shares the importance of writing our stories to preserve family memories and cultural history. He'll also tell you how to get started.


Hands-on Maker Crafts with the Book Arts Studio at the University of Michigan Library (for adults and teens)—Learn about the art and craft that goes into books and make a special project you can take home with you. Online registration requested.


Writers' Meetup and Mini-workshop—Join the Emerging Writers Group of the Ann Arbor District Library for a chance to meet your local writing community. Mini critiques/advice available for those who bring work with them.


Antique Book Roadshow—Have an old book evaluated by some of Ann Arbor's Antique Book Experts. Online registration required.


Dance Like Darcy, Boogie Like Bridgerton—Join us for a dance Jane Austen would have adored. Mini lesson followed by  English country dances. No partner? No problem. All ages welcome—as long as they can keep up. Lady Whistledown would approve!


Story Times for Preschoolers—Provided by the Ann Arbor District Library


Story Times for Grades K and Up—Provided by The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Michigan Chapter.

Make and Take a Zine—A craft for 4th grade and up. Zines are small booklets made of simple materials and contain text, art, or anything you can put in a book. Supplies are provided - bring photos, magazine clippings, or other materials if you want to personalize your project! Sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library. Pre-registration requested.


Illustrator and comic book artist Izzy Roberts will talk about how they became an illustrator and what that life is like. Roberts has been most recently praised for her graphic story, Into the Darkness, part of the new collection Woman in the Woods: North American Stories. This anthology presents folktales and myths from indigenous cultures all over North America. Into the Darkness is a tense, cautionary tale set on Navajo land. Roberts is a member of the Navajo Nation.

Times and locations of all events will be confirmed soon.

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