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Posted on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 10:39 a.m.

Help former booksellers at the Sips & Songs event at Woodruff's

By Ann Dwyer

Books, those things with pictures on the outside and bound paper on the inside, are thankfully not a thing of the past here in Ann Arbor. Sadly, though, we've had some major bookstore losses. That's why the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation will hold a Sips & Songs show at Woodruff's to benefit bookstore employees in times of personal financial crisis.


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The lineup for the show includes Bill Edwards, Joel Palmer, Sigrid Christiansen, Dave Boutette, Dan Hazlett, Bob Skon, Jeff Scott, Lisa Pappas, Angela Predhomme, Dave Rossiter (of Hoodang), Jennifer Smith, Mark Jewett and Jamie-Sue Seal. The event will be hosted by "Tree Town Sound"'s Matthew Altruda.

Tickets include a drink ticket, snacks and a silent auction. There are a limited number of $100 VIP tickets available. The VIP tickets include a pre-concert dinner at Frenchie’s where local Ann Arbor author Steve Amick will be the featured speaker. After dinner, VIP guests will get preferred seating at the concert.

Tickets can be purchased in person at Literati Bookstore or at Nicola’s Books or online from the Binc Foundation at

Saturday, June 8, 2013. 5 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. concert. $40 regular. $100 VIP. Woodruff's is located at 36 East Cross St., Ypsilanti.



Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 10:33 p.m.

I think the way the article is written is contributing to the nature of the comments. It doesn't really explain what the organization is or does, and by bringing in the Borders reference you're bound to get us locals all riled up. Then you list the VIP ticket price only, without mentioning the regular ticket price. This article probably should have been a little longer with a little more detail. No offense intended.


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 9:22 p.m.

well that escalated quickly.


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 1:12 p.m.

@dsponini: "Employees too lazy to get out before the ship sank"? Unbelievable! Aren't you a genius for "[seeing] the ship sinking and [leaving] 1.5 years before they went belly up"? Believe me, NO ONE was in the dark on Borders' financial position during its last years. Some of us stayed because we loved Borders. Some of us stayed because we're passionate about books, knowledge, and entertainment. Some of us stayed because we adored our colleagues. Some of us stayed because we believed that we could turn things around. Some of us stayed because we WANTED to be there until the very end to do whatever we could to take care of fellow employees and walk out of 100 Phoenix Drive knowing that we did everything we could. Sure, some of us stayed because we couldn't find jobs in the depressed Michigan economy. Calling your Borders employees lazy is cruel and simply untrue.


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 12:33 p.m.

Really mention. BINC WAS a Borders acronym, so yeah it does involve Borders former employees who were too lazy to get out before the ship sank


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 2:05 a.m.

I'm sorry, I should have said the Borders reference was implied, " Sadly, though, we've had some major bookstore losses." While the Ann Arbor area has lost some wonderful Independent book stores, perhaps the most infamous is Borders and would be the first store a good portion of us would think of.


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 12:43 a.m.

None taken. Actually, though, there is no mention of Borders in the article. And both regular and VIP ticket prices are mentioned in the information line of the article. Could be clearer, and I can understand some confusion. But it was kind and generous of to run the piece in support of these folks trying to do good things for those less fortunate.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 9:09 p.m.

This is NOT about former Borders employees having their hands out. This is to aid current booksellers across the country going through financial distress. For instance, people affected by Hurricane Sandy, and the tornados in OK. There are lots of similar situations. And the Foundation provides scholarships as well. Please find out what the organization does before making assumptions. 6500 people have been helped since 1996, to the tune of $5 million. These are book people helping book people. All you have to do is click on the link in the article to find out about it, before posting negatively here. A lot of people are giving generously of their time, talent and energy. They deserve some respect, please.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:57 p.m.

I hope there is a cover played of "Somebody loan me a dime" that night by one of the bands.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:09 p.m.

The cost for tickets is actually $40 according to their website: Also, the support is for current booksellers and former border booksellers (not including their job loss). The charity helps with expenses for medical illness, disaster and other expenses. Let's stay positive here and remember the organization is trying to help support folks in our community and they are supporting local Ypsilanti businesses.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 9:10 p.m.

Why not click on the link and find out? :)


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:25 p.m.

Why would current booksellers need charity? If they are current sellers..they are employed somewhere...correct?


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:07 p.m.

How about we support our local booksellers by, oh I don't know, buying books?


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 10:29 p.m.

Yes, I understand they support book sellers across the country. But, I'll support my local booksellers buy purchasing from them.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 9:11 p.m.

This is an organization that supports booksellers across the country. If you're interested, you can learn more here at


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 3:58 p.m.

$100?! To donate to former book employees? Yeah, I don't think so...but good luck with your charity event.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 3:35 p.m.

wait. what? are you serious?


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 3:21 p.m.

Ridiculous. I worked at Borders corporate office for 10+ years, saw the ship sinking and left 1.5 years before they went belly up. Everyone there knew it was going to happen. No sympathy for these former employees who have their hand out for donations. Really? Go get a job!

Rebecca Dunkle

Sat, Jun 8, 2013 : 6:16 p.m.

just to be clear, lots of industries have foundations to support their own, with scholarships to employees and their children, or medical assistance to surviving spouses, or support when there is a catastrophe (like businesses damaged by tornadoes.) But for responders here who want their support to go directly to local booksellers, you can support and honor four of our own existing local book sellers at the Ann Arbor Book Festival this year, June 20-22. Nicola's is part of the westside Moonlight Book Crawl Thursday night, Literati is on the Book Crawl Saturday night, Crazy Wisdom is sponsoring the Leader in Literary Arts (LILA) awards presentation, and Aunt Agatha's is being awarded a LILA.


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 12:51 a.m.

dsponini, it's not at all about former Borders employees. It's in support of current book people who are facing financial difficulty. Like people affected by Hurricane Sandy and the OK tornados. The folks putting this on are mostly volunteers. They're trying to help people less fortunate. So, no, it's really not ridiculous. Thanks.