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2022 Kerrytown BookFest.:
This bustling, lively festival—the largest 1-day book festival in Michigan—celebrates books and bookmaking with a huge variety of demonstrations, talks, panel discussions, signings, displays, and sale tables by local bookstores, booksellers, and publishers. 10:30 a.m.: Storytimes for preschoolers (Ann Arbor District Library). Writers’ workshop (AADL). Also, writing for self-discovery and healing (Azenphony Press).
Noon: Wade Rouse discusses Magic Season: A Son’s Story, his memoir of reconciling with his father. Also, poetry readings by Peter Markus, Christina Kallery, and Jeff Kass.
12:30 p.m.: Writers of The Ones Who Remember: Second Generation Voices of the Holocaust discuss growing up with inherited trauma.
1:30 p.m.: Lev Raphael discusses writing mysteries set in Michigan and his latest book, Assault with a Deadly Lie.
2 p.m.: Local writers discuss their experiences having books published by the AADL 5th Avenue Press. Also, have an old book evaluated by local experts at an Antique Book Roadshow (preregistration required at ktbookfest.org/2022-bookfest).
3 p.m.: Screening of The Bookstour (Mason Engel, 2021), a 25-minute documentary film about independent bookstores across the U.S. Also, zine-making (supplies provided, bring your own photos, etc.) for anyone age 10 & up (preregistration requested at ktbookfest.org/2022-bookfest).
Times TBA (check ktbookfest.org/2022-bookfest): Romance writer Beverly Jenkins discusses her work and her latest novel, To Catch a Raven. Comic book artist Izzy Roberts discusses her graphic story, Into the Darkness. Book making craft with the U-M Book Arts Studio (preregistration requested at ktbookfest.org/2022-bookfest). Story times for age 5 and up. Writers’ meetup and mini-workshop by the AADL emerging writers group. Banned books book club about the most challenged book in the U.S. in 2021, Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer. An English contra dance mini lesson followed by dancing in the style Jane Austen would have been familiar with. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., WCC Morris J. Lawrence Building. Free admission. ktbookfest.org/2022-bookfest., . . . . . .