There are a number of book-related happenings going on around the state in the next few weeks, where you can find some of your favorite authors and creative types. In case you hadn't heard of these upcoming events, I'm passing on word.
(I've listed names of authors/artists participating, but prior to attending anything be sure to check the linked pages for additions, cancellations, and further info.)
If you know of other big book-related events in Michigan in June and July, feel free to chime in in the comments section.
The U.P. Book Tour features nearly 50 authors traveling to various Upper Peninsula locations, beginning this weekend and continuing through mid-July: Marty Achatz; Ellen Airgood; Robert Alexander; Helen Cho Anthos; Julie Brooks Barbour; Nancy Barr; Karl Bohnak; Travis Brown; Sally Brunk; Jennifer Burd; Grace Chaillier; Chad Faries; Steve Feffer; Linda Nemec Foster; Randall Freisinger; Eric Gadzinski; John Gubbins; Donald Hall; Steve Hamilton; Sue Harrison; Gordon Henry; Caitlin Horrocks; Jonathan Johnson; Laura Kasischke; L.E. Kimball; ; April Lindala; Beverly Matherne; Cris Mazza; Mary McMyne; Ander Monson; Jane Piirto; Eileen Pollack; Janeen Rastall; Martin Reinhardt; Janice Repka; Vincent Reusch; Ron Riekki; Catie Rosemurgy; Andrea Scarpino; M. Bartley Seigel; John Smolens; Laszlo Slomovits; Keith Taylor; Russell Thorburn; Eric Torgersen; Emily Van Kley; B. David Warner; Cameron Witbeck; Zoe Zolbrod.
The Made In Michigan Literary Walk on June 30 in Detroit features readings and signings with numerous Wayne State University Press authors: Terry Blackhawk; Melba Joyce Boyd; Brett Callwood; Jim Daniels; Maria Maziotti Gillan; Bill Harris; francine harris; Kevin John; Robert Jones; M. L. Liebler; Dorene O'Brien; Anne Marie Oomen; Teresa Scollon; Phillip Sterling; Susan Whitall
Kids Read Comics Convention July 7-8 in Ann Arbor is a free event that connects kids, teens, parents, teachers and librarians with professional artists and writers from the comics and animation fields. It includes workshops, panels, and portfolio reviews. In person artists and writers: Shawn Amberger; James Anderson, ; Jono Balliett; Ruth McNally Barshaw; Matt Bosh; Jack Briglio; Joshua Buchanan; Sally Carson; Justin Castaneda; Scott Chantler; Lee Cherolis; Michelangelo Cicerone; Gary Cohn; Olivia Comai; Kevin Coppa; Paul Cox; Matt Dye; Tom Eaton; Josh Elder; Jennifer Evans; Matt Feazell; Joe Foo ; Jim Frankenstin; Rodney Fyke; Jeff Gibbons; Courtney Hahn; Jannie Ho; Chris Houghton; Lauren Houser; Jesse Hughes; Arvell Jones; Dani Jones; Neil Kaplan; KJ Kolka; Samantha Kyle; Chris and Ginger Ludden; Jim McClain; William Messner-Loebs; Joe Mochove; Sanaa Naeem; Diana Nock; Sean O’Neil; Jim Ottaviani; Rachel Polk; Paul Reaume ; Dave Rocha ; Mike Roll; Dave Roman; Randy Rowley; Chad Sell; Gregory Snader; Jalen Sparrow; Rob Stenzinger; Richard Stevens; Tom Stillwell; Paul Storrie; Lori Taylor; Raina Telgemeier; J Torres; Denver Wagner; Gale Williams; Shawn Williams; D.J. Woodward; Rob Worley - plus additional guests via Skype.