9th Annual Midwest Literary Walk
Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 1:00-5:00 pm
DOWNTOWN CHELSEA, MI
1:00 pm | Chelsea First Congregational Church
Join Peter Ho Davies & Derek Palacio in a panel moderated by Rich Fahle followed by Q&A.
Peter Ho Davies, The Fortunes
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2016, NPR BEST BOOKS OF 2016, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOKS OF 2016, NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR’S CHOICE SELECTION
“Intense and dreamlike . . . filled with quiet resonances across time . . . The Fortunes is powerful as a chronicle of perpetual frustration, as each new generation grows aware of the arbitrary line between margin and mainstream . . . What makes The Fortunes so hopeful, the type of novel that could have only been written now, is its willingness to take liberties with that past—to rearrange its details and indulge in speculation, in order to help us imagine a different way forward.” —The New Yorker
Derek Palacio, The Mortifications
NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2016, NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR’S CHOICE SELECTION
“Some books are storms. Others are weather. Derek Palacio’s debut novel, The Mortifications, is very much the latter. It is hot sun and cool rain, morning fog and the hum of a fan in the window. It ranges and roams, this book. When it settles onto a moment, it does so with the weight of ten butterflies.” —NPR
Open Mic Night!
Thursday, April 20, 2017
113 W. Middle St.
Sign up for your 5 minutes slot to share poetry, prose, or other creative work by calling 734.475.8732 ext. 219.
Attendees receive 10% off at Serendipity!
2:30 pm | Chelsea Depot
Join Heather Ann Thompson as she presents on her book Blood in the Water followed by Q&A.
Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST, NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK FOR 2016, NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE BOSTON GLOBE, NEWSWEEK, KIRKUS, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, MORE
“The power of this superb work of history comes from its methodical mastery of interviews, transcripts, police reports and other documents, covering 35 years, many released only reluctantly by government agencies, and many of those “rendered nearly unreadable from all of the redactions.” –The New York Times
4:00 pm | Chelsea Clocktower Commons Complex
Join Airea D. Matthews (Dee) as she interviews Kwame Alexander. Includes readings by both Dee & Kwame.
Kwame Alexander, The Crossover and Booked
2015 NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER, CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR AWARD, 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST
“The poems dodge and weave with the speed of a point guard driving for the basket, mixing basketball action with vocabulary-themed poems, newspaper clippings, and Josh’s sincere first-person accounts that swing from moments of swagger-worth triumph to profound pain.” (The Crossover) —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Airea D. Matthews, simulacra
WINNER 2016 YALE SERIES OF YOUNGER POETS, WINNER 2016 RONA JAFFEE FOUNDATION WRITERS AWARD
“Rebellion is the first word that comes to mind, when reading simulacra, Airea Matthews’s rollicking, destabilizing, at once intellectually sly and piercing and finally poignant debut. — Yale Series judge Carle Phillips on simulacra
5:00 pm | Chelsea Alehouse Brewery
Keep the conversation going! Join fellow attendees and event organizers to talk about the day and enjoy some great food at the Chelsea Alehouse Brewery!