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Thank you for joining us for the 2023 Lit Walk!

Midwest Literary Walk is thrilled to announce that New York Times Best-selling author Jamie Ford, Pulitzer-prize winning poet Tyehimba Jess, and acclaimed writer and musician Kristin Hersh will join us for the 2023 Lit Walk. Join us for author talks and Q&As from these three acclaimed writers.

Tyehimba Jess

Saturday, Apr. 22 |1pm | Main St Church | 320 N. Main St.
Tyehimba Jess is a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004–2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.  He is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. (more…)

Kristin Hersh

Saturday, Apr. 22 | 2:30pm | Chelsea First Congregational Church | 121 E. Middle St.
Nationally recognized author Kristin Hersh has had a storied career. As a solo artist and a member of bands Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE. Her breakthrough memoir, Rat Girl, chronicles her time with the alt-rock group Throwing Muses as well as her manic depression diagnosis, and the birth of her first born child. Named number 8 in Rolling Stones’ list of 25 Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time, Rat Girl delves into Hersh’s songwriting process, her musical inspirations, and the Throwing Muses rise to fame. 


Jamie Ford

Saturday, Apr. 22 | 4pm | Chelsea First United Methodist Church | 128 Park St.
Jamie Ford is the great grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Hoiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. Jamie’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list and won the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. (more…)

Hometown Book Club 

Wednesday, Apr. 19 | 7-8pm | Serendipity Books  Registration required

Gear up for the 2023 Lit Walk with CDL librarians and Michelle Tuplin, owner of Serendipity Books, by discussing The Many Daughters of Afong Moy the newest book by Jamie Ford.

After Glow at Ugly Dog
218 S. Main St. | 5:30–7pm
Join us after the Walk to share your thoughts and enjoy live music and a food truck in charming downtown Chelsea!

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.

2023 Official Book Sellers

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

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.

Our 2023 Partners

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