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2022 Kerrytown BookFest

The 2022 Kerrytown BookFest will take place on September 18, 2022 from 10:00am to 5:00pm in the Morris J. Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College.


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See the complete 2022 Kerrytown BookFest Schedule and pre-register now for select events and workshops.

Confirmed speakers and activities for the 2022 Kerrytown BookFest include:


Acclaimed romance writer Beverly Jenkins will discuss her work with novelist Aliza Mann. Jenkins' newest novel, To Catch a Raven (part of the Women Who Dare series) will be available at the festival. Beverly 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. Aliza Mann comes to us from Greater Detroit Romance Writers. Known for paranormal and contemporary romance, Mann's latest novel is Irresistible Intern. 3:30pm in the theater

Chalk art with David Zinn — Master of sidewalk chalk art David Zinn demonstrates his beloved artwork live and in person, with explanations and Q&A for adults and children (4th grade and up), along with guided chalk drawing opportunities. Chalk provided. Event will last about 2 hours. Registration requested – sign up here. 10:30am on the patio

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. 12:00pm in the Theater


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"! 1:30pm in Room 102


Poetry Readings by Distinguished Michigan Authors, 12:00pm in Room 120:

  • 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. 3:30pm in the Theater


The Ones Who Remember—Second Generation Voices of the Holocaust: Authors Rita Benn, Fran Lewy Berg, and Avishay Hayut will discuss the gifts and challenges of growing to adulthood in the aftermath of their parents’ inconceivable experiences during the Holocaust. Isaac Pickell, poet and author of Everything Saved Will Be Last, will moderate this talk. 12:30pm in Room 150


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. 2:00pm in the Theater


Writing Your Legacy—Ken Wachsberger 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. 10:30am in Room 120


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. 9/16: ALL WORKSHOP SPACES RESERVED

  • Book Making Lesson — Make Your Own Book. Learn how to make an accordion book with removable covering. This style of book can also be made into an artists’ book with hidden pockets or an album for photographs. This Book Making Workshop is led by Kyle Clark of the Book Arts Studio of the University of Michigan. 10:30am in Room 150

  • Block Printed Decorative Paper Workshop. Create sheets of decorative paper that you can use in book projects and more! We'll cover the basics of printing using carved wooden blocks and water based ink and then spend most of our time experimenting with the University of Michigan Library Book Arts Studio's collection of geometric wooden blocks to create patterns and designs. Led by Jamie Vander Broek. This workshop is for adults and teens. 2:00pm in Room 121


Writers' Meetup—Join the Emerging Writers Group of the Ann Arbor District Library for a chance to meet your local writing community. 10:30am in Room 105


Antique Book Roadshow—Have an old book evaluated by some of Michigan's Antique Book Experts. Bring your old or curious book to the festival and learn about its value, rarity, and history. Jeffrey Pickell of Kaleidoscope Books and Collectibles, Jay Platt of West Side Books in Ann Arbor, and Ray Walsh of Curious Book Shop and Archives Book Shop in East Lansing will tell you more about your heirloom or find. 2:30pm at booths 1, 2, and 3 in the Lobby


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! 4:00pm on the Patio


Story Times for Preschoolers—Join us for a special storytime with retired AADL librarian and professional storyteller Laura Raynor! Provided by the Ann Arbor District Library 10:30am in Room 121


Story Times for Grades K and Up—Provided by The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Michigan Chapter. All events in Room 121

  • Reading & Coloring with Catherine Collison, author of X-Treme Facts books 12:00pm

  • Reading & Craft with Carol Trembath 12:45pm

  • Storytime with picture book author Leah Kessler 3:00pm

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. 4:00pm in Room 120

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. 2:45pm in Room 120

Banned Books Book Club—Presented by Booksweet: Since March 2022, Local, Independent Bookstore Booksweet has been gathering interested readers together monthly for great conversations about banned books. Join in a participatory, book club style conversation for teens and adults about the #1 most challenged book of 2021: Gender Queer, by Maia Kobabe. Learn more on Booksweet's website here. 3:00pm in Room 105

Poetry workshop with Isaac PickellIsaac Pickell is a poet and PhD candidate in Detroit, where he studies and teaches the borderlands of African American literature. He is the author of the poetry collections everything saved will be last (Black Lawrence Press, 2021) and It’s not over once you figure it out, forthcoming from Black Ocean in 2023. Isaac’s taken a seat in all fifty states and has so much to look forward to. 2:00pm in Room 150

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