The Midwest Literary Walk is nestled in the convenient and historic downtown of Chelsea, Michigan. Our events have been previously held in such places as the iconic Chelsea Clocktower Commons and the Chelsea Depot. All locations are within walking distance from parking to each venue. For your convenience, please refer to the maps and directions below to assist you with your visit to Chelsea.


1:00 pm | Chelsea First United Methodist Church
128 Park St, Chelsea, MI 48118
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

2:30pm | Chelsea First Congregational Church
121 E. Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118
Ross Gay, The Book of Delights


4:00 pm | Chelsea First United Methodist Church
128 Park  St., Chelsea, MI 48118
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita In Tehran


Chelsea First United Methodist Church (A and C)
: 128 Park Street | Chelsea | MI 48118
Phone: 734-475-8732

CHELSEA First Congregational Church (B)
: 121 E. Middle Street | Chelsea | MI 48118
Phone: 734-475-8732

2020 Brochure

2020 Midwest Literary Walk Brochure


Printable Directions

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Chelsea is located in Southeastern Michigan, about 40 minutes west of Detroit.

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.

Parking available just north of the Clock Tower.


The library’s lot is accessible from Orchard Street. Turn east  from Main Street onto Orchard and immediately turn left past the library building. Handicapped parking is located in this lot. Additional parking is available on Main Street or at public lots accessible from Park Street.  View printable version of these directions.


Midwest Literary Walk is hosted by Chelsea District Library, but this annual event would not be possible without our generous sponsors. 

Friends of Chelsea District Library

The Friends of the Chelsea District Library have been in existence since 1949, and in that time they have raised thousands of dollars for the library and its programs. Many friends also donate their time and energies serving on the organization’s board, attending community events and in the planning and assisting with many fundraising efforts, including the used book sales. To find out more, visit their webpage.


Midwest Literary Walk is made possible by volunteers and partners who help us attract nationally recognized authors, and organize and promote our events.

Astral Road Media

Astral Road Media produces marketing and content strategies for authors and their books, helps writers tell their stories to the world, and they tell stories of our own featuring the passionate universe of writers and the role of books in our lives. To find out more about Astral Road Media, visit their webpage.

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Chelsea, Michigan

Chelsea, Michigan is a thriving small city in southeastern Michigan with an abundance of shopping, dining, entertainment, and local activities. Over the years, Chelsea has evolved into a diverse community, embracing its agricultural heritage, maintaining an active manufacturing base, and cultivating a vibrant art scene. To find out more about visiting Chelsea, visit the website.

Literati Bookstore

Literati is an independent bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor, enhancing the vibrant downtown culture and arts scene. This welcoming bookstore hosts author readings, book clubs, poetry nights, open mic nights, and more. To find out more about Literati, visit their website.

Serendipity Books

Serendipity Books is an independent bookstore featuring new and used books in the heart of Chelsea’s historic district. To find out more about Serendipity, visit their webpage.

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Detroit Public Television

Detroit Public TV – WTVS is the viewer-supported PBS member station serving Southeast Michigan.


WDET is Detroit’s NPR station.