Ann Arbor Book Festival: A Celebration of Reading, Writer and Literacy

A Celebration of Reading, Writer and Literacy

Calling all bookworms! The Ann Arbor Book Festival is back in town for its annual homage to reading, writing and literacy.

We at Suburban Fiat are looking forward to this year’s event, which promises to be better than ever. The community-wide celebration includes the 2013 Writer’s Conference, a brand-new comic’s workshop and — back by popular demand — the Midnight Book Crawl.

The main event

The annual Writer’s Conference takes place on Sat., June 22, at the University of Michigan’s Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. The conference is broken into three sessions, each featuring three guest authors.

Session One offers poets Jeff Kass and Kevin Coval, as well as Ann Arbor native Angel Nafis.

Session Two features Shira Erlichman, short-fiction-writer Merrie Haskell and multitalented poet/playwright/publisher/activist/rock star/actor Jessica Care Moore.

Session Three wraps up the conference with wordsmith Patricia Smith, crime writer Bruce DeSilva and poet Scott Beal.

Can’t wait for the big event?

Kick off the celebration early with Comics, Collections and the Common Core. New to the lineup this year, this pre-conference workshop is scheduled for June 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with a meet-and-greet to follow).

Writers and comic artists are sure to benefit, but the panels and hands-on workshops are aimed at educators and librarians, as well. The former will learn how to use comics in the classroom, and the latter will gain resources for building and maintaining their comic collections.

This awesome event is free to attend, but registration is required — so don’t forget to get signed up!

After the workshop, unwind at Dominick’s on Monroe Street to hang out, swap stories and leave your mark on the giant draw wall.

Don’t miss the Book Crawl

Of course, the celebration wouldn’t be complete without the Midnight Book Crawl, which made its debut at last year’s Ann Arbor Book Festival. This night-owl event takes place downtown on Fri., June 21, and Sat., June 22. A new Westside edition has been added for Thurs., June 20.

It’s a great opportunity to get together with fellow book-lovers, whether your heart belongs to poetry, prose, comics or some combination of the three.