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Save the Date for the 2023 Midwest Literary Walk on Saturday, April 22, 2023!

2022 Lineup

Midwest Literary Walk is thrilled to announce that former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, and New York Times Best-selling authors Ashley Ford and Don Winslow will join us for the 2022 Lit Walk. Join us for author talks and Q&As from these three acclaimed writers.

Billy Collins

Saturday, Apr. 23 | 4pm | Washington Street Education Center Auditorium | 500 Washington St

Appearing in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar, Billy Collins is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion.” He was the United States Poet Laureate from 2001–2003. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. The poems themselves best explain this phenomenon. The typical Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note but soon takes an unexpected turn; poems that begin in irony may end in a moment of lyric surprise. No wonder Collins sees his poetry as “a form of travel writing” and considers humor “a door into the serious.”

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Don Winslow

Saturday, Apr. 23 | 1pm | Main Street Church | 320 N. Main St 

International bestselling author Don Winslow has written over twenty novels, including The Border, The Force, The Kings of Cool, Savages, The Winter of Frankie Machine and the highly acclaimed series The Power of the Dog. His latest novel, City on Fire, hits shelves in April 2022.

The son of a sailor and a librarian, Winslow grew up with a love of books and storytelling in a small coastal Rhode Island town. He left at age seventeen to study journalism at the University of Nebraska, and traveled extensively. He moved to New York City to become a writer, making his living as a movie theater manager and later a private investigator in Times Square. He left to get a master’s degree in Military History and intended to go into the Foreign Service but instead joined a friend’s photographic safari firm in Kenya.  He led trips there as well as hiking expeditions in southwestern China, and later directed Shakespeare productions during summers in Oxford, England. (more…)

Ashley C. Ford

Saturday, Apr. 23 | 2:30pm | Chelsea First United Methodist Church | 128 Park St. 

Ashley C. Ford (photo credit Heather Sten) is a writer, host, and educator who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, poet and fiction writer Kelly Stacy, and their chocolate lab Astro Renegade Ford-Stacy. Ford is the former host of The Chronicles of Now podcast, co-host of The HBO companion podcast Lovecraft Country Radio, seasons one & three of MasterCard’s Fortune Favors The Bold, as well as the video interview series PROFILE by BuzzFeed News, and Brooklyn-based news & culture TV show, 112BK. While working as an executive for Matter Studios, Ford focused on developing web series and documentaries.

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After Hours Book Club 

Wednesday, Apr. 20 | 7-8:30pm | Serendipity Books | Registration required

Gear up for the 2022 Lit Walk with Michelle Tuplin, owner of Serendipity Books, by discussing Somebody’s Daughter. This powerful and highly regarded novel by Lit Walk author Ashley C. Ford will put you in the spirit for this year’s Walk!

Grab a copy!

Print, ebook, and audiobook copies of works by Lit Walk authors can be borrowed from the Chelsea District Library using a valid library card. Call 734-475-8732 ext 219 or email ref@chelseadistrictlibrary.org for assistance. Place a hold on a print copies, eBooks, and/or audiobooks using the buttons below.

Ashley C. Ford in Print and eBooks
Billy Collins Books in Print
Billy Collins eBooks on Overdrive/Libby
Don Winslow Books in Print
Don Winslow eBooks & Audiobooks on Overdrive/Libby

2022 Official Book Sellers

Looking to purchase a copy of a Lit Walk book? Literati Bookstore, the 2019 PW Independent Bookstore of the Year, is located in downtown Ann Arbor, Literati is an indie bookstore like no other. Visit literatibookstore.com to purchase copies.

Copies may also be purchased through local independent bookstore Serendipity Books. Located in downtown Chelsea, Serendipity Books is a hidden gem. Stop by this small town bookstore or visit serendipity-books.com to purchase copies.

Shop Local!

Throughout the years, many local businesses have helped make the Midwest Literary Walk a success. In 2022, Lit Walk attendees will receive a special coupon for discounts to a variety of our local businesses. Check back for a complete list closer to the event. 

Our 2022 Partners

The Midwest Literary Walk is thrilled to again partner with Literati Bookstore and Serendipity Books as the official on-site booksellers for the event.

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