Kerrytown BookFest to highlight 'Michigan Voices'
The festival will return for its ninth year on Sunday, Sept. 11. This year’s theme is “Michigan Voices” and “will highlight various individuals and groups, past and present, which make Michigan history, literature and publishing unique,” according the the festival website.
A number of discussions are scheduled throughout the day, including one titled “Counterculture Voices” at 4 p.m. in the Main Tent. Brett Callwood, who has written books on the MC5 and the Stooges, will join Susan Whitall, former editor of Creem Magazine and Detroit News writer, and Ken Wachsberger, founder of the Azenphony Press, in a discussion of Detroit counterculture.
Other discussions will include science fiction, the working class, the art of the thriller and more. Authors include Bonnie Jo Campbell, Laura Kasischke, Alvey Jones, and many others.
The BookFest is divided into various areas in Kerrytown. The Main Tent is along N. Fourth Ave. The Kerrytown Concert House and Hollander’s School and Kitchen will also hold events.
A Children’s Tent will also be available to keep the young ones entertained. Author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead will do a reading from their Caldecott-award winning book, “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” there at 1 p.m.
To kick off the festival, the Ann Arbor District Library will host a reception on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The event will feature UM Professor, poet and 2011 BookFest Community Book Award winner Margaret Noori. She will read Native American poetry and discuss the BookFest exhibit, "Michigan Voices." The exhibit will feature Native American items and will stay in the library’s lower level display cases until October 13.
BookFest events begin at 11 a.m. There is no admission fee. For a complete schedule and further details, visit www.kerrytownbookfest.org.