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Midwest Literary Walk is thrilled to announce that Memoirist & New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast, American Book Award Author and Poet Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, and 2023 Michigan Notable Book Award Author Wade Rouse (Viola Shipman) will join us for the 2024 Lit Walk. Join us for author talks and Q&As from these three acclaimed writers.

This event is open to the public. No tickets are required. 

Roz Chast

Saturday, Apr. 20 | 1pm | Main St. Church | 320 N. Main St.

Roz Chast is perhaps most well known for her work for The New Yorker, including covers and cartoons published consistently from 1978 to today. She is also the author of more than a dozen books, including Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? and her latest, I Must Be Dreaming. Chast is a New York Times bestselling author, a National Books Critic Circle Award winner, a National Book Award finalist, and a recipient of a Reuben Award and a Heinz Award among many others. (more…)

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Saturday, Apr. 20 | 2:30pm | via Zoom at Chelsea First Congregational Church | 121 E. Middle St. 

(4/18) Due to unforeseen circumstances, Divakaruni is unable to travel and will join us live virtually. We will still have an engaging interview, books available for purchase, and live opportunities for Q&A at the Chelsea First Congregational Church. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Dr. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of more than 20 books, including Mistress of Spices, Oleander Girl,  Before We Visit the Goddess, The Last Queen, and her most recent novel, Independence. With her novels and her poetry, Divakaruni captures contemporary life in America and India as well as history, and mythology. She has received an American Book Award, a PEN Josephine Miles award, a Premio Scanno (also known as the Italian Nobel) award, a Light of India award, and an Allen Ginsberg poetry among many others. Two of her novels, The Mistress of Spices and Ammar Maa, have been made into films.  (more…)

Wade Rouse (Viola Shipman)

Saturday, Apr. 20 | 4pm | Chelsea First United Methodist Church | 128 Park St.

Wade Rouse, internationally bestselling author of fiction and memoir, writes under both his given name, and under Viola Shipman, a pen name inspired by his grandmother and meant to honor poor Ozarks seamstress whose sacrifices changed his family’s life and inspire his fiction. Rouse’s books have been NBC’s Today Show Must-Reads, Michigan Notable Books of the Year, featured in the Washington Post and USA Today, chosen three times as Indie Next Picks by the nation’s independent booksellers. And selected as part of the American Library Association’s inaugural “Rainbow List.”  (more…)

Hometown Book Club 

Wednesday, Apr. 17 | 7-8pm | Serendipity Books | Registration required

Gear up for the 2024 Lit Walk with CDL librarians and Michelle Tuplin, owner of Serendipity Books, by discussing Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

Directions to Chelsea 

From Detroit : take I-94W to the Chelsea/Manchester exit (#159). At end of exit ramp, turn left onto northbound M-52/Main St. Continue approximately 1.6 miles to the Chelsea downtown area.

From Jackson : take I-94E to the Chelsea/Manchester exit (#159). At end of exit ramp, turn right onto northbound M-52/Main St. Continue approximately 1.8 miles to the Chelsea downtown area.

From Lansing : take I-96E to M-52 S, continue  approximately 28 miles to the Chelsea downtown area.

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.

2024 Official Book Seller

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

Our 2024 Partners

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