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Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
featuring Tracey Morris

Bookbound is pleased to welcome Tracey Morris as our featured poet for October. Tracey is a Detroit-based poet and writer whose work has been featured in A Detroit Anthology (Belt Publishing), Michigan Poet Anthology, and on the Motor City Muckraker website. She is the author of You Said You Wanted to See Me Naked: An Autobiographical Poetry Cycle and is a member of Detroit's Springfed Arts.

The event begins with an Open Mic session when area poets can read their own work or share a favorite poem by another author in a welcoming atmosphere. Signing to follow.

This event is part of a monthly series on the 2nd Thursday of most months in partnership with Les Go Social Media Marketing and Training.

Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
Thursday, November 9 at 7pm
Details TBA


Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 pm
Grown Folks Story Time!
featuring Patti Smith, Ken MacGregor & David Pratt



Remember being cozy under a blanket or cuddled up in your favorite library corner, listening while your teacher or librarian or parent read a book to you? We never really outgrow our love of hearing a good story read aloud. Some local authors want to bring that feeling back with GROWN FOLKS STORY TIME!

Local authors will read from books they enjoyed as kids (or whatever other books they feel like reading from) while you hunker down in your blanket (we'll keep the A/C humming!) and enjoy some snacks.

Patti Smith, Ken MacGregor and David Pratt will choose books based on the theme of CHILDHOOD. And since this is Ann Arbor, maybe we will have a discussion too. Come join us and see what happens – your guess is as good as ours!

Thursday, July 13 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
featuring Clayton Eshleman
We are pleased to welcome featured poet Clayton Eshleman. He currently lives in Ypsilanti and is Professor Emeritus in English at EMU. He has published approximately 100 books of poetry, translations, and nonfiction works and has won many major awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Book Award for Translation. He was also a founder and editor of ground-breaking poetry journals Caterpillarand Sulfur. His poetry has been featured in both editions of Postmodern American Poetry: A
Norton Anthology. He will be reading from his recently released poetry collection,Penetralia (Black Widow Press).The event begins with an Open Mic session when area poets can read their own work or share a favorite poem by another author in a welcoming atmosphere. Signing to follow. 

Nobody is like him in his struggle. With ornery stubbornness he has kept visiting the dark occasions, and brought back for us poems unlike anybody else’s. At times he makes the wildness of most poetry seem merely effete. Because he has gone down and done so with a language fit for his researches: clotted, angry, surprised, full of grunts as a cartoon, full of magical gleams like sunlight striking through chinks of rock, hard as tourmaline, streets of mica peeled away. I know of no poet who has fed so richly from the thingliness of the world beneath his feet, none who so resists the glamour of beliefs. He is a shaman without a single superstition.”—Robert Kelly

Sunday, July 9 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Live Music with Dan & Dad

An Ann Arbor father and his son are teaming up to play some of their favorite tunes, ranging from traditional folks songs to acoustic takes on pop and country. Navigating in and around the bluegrass style, Dad and Dad specialize in vocal harmonies, smooth instrumentation, and a fun atmosphere sown in years of performing in their own separate acts. Charlie Roehrig is well known to the Ann Arbor music community. A founding member of the RFD Boys, he's delighted audiences for years playing bluegrass in a way that is truly unique, yet deferential to the traditions of the genre. His son, Dan Roehrig, has spent most of his musical life playing rock and pop in southeastern Michigan, but has come back around and embraced his roots. Please join us - we're very excited to debut this long overdue collaboration! 

Thursday, June 15
Ann Arbor Book Festival
Northside Book Crawl

At 6pm, we will hear from Ellen Stone & Jill Halpern at Cardamom Restaurant.

At 7pm, we will move across the courtyard to Bookbound Bookstore where David Pratt & Monica Rico will share their work.

Ann Arbor author David Pratt will be reading from his recent coming-of-age novel Wallaçonia. Previous works include Lambda Award winner Bob the Book, Looking After Joey and My Movie, a short story collection.

Monica Rico is a second generation Mexican American feminist and poet who will read from her upcoming chapbook Twisted Mouth of the Tulip. Sample her work at slowdownandeat.com.

This event is part of the Ann Arbor Book Festival which features a variety of book-related events from June 15 to June 17. Bookbound Bookstore will also have a booth at the Street Fair from 12pm - 5pm on June 17 (Washington Street between 4th Ave. and 5th Ave). Click here for more information about the festival.

Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
featuring Edward Morin & Eric Torgersen

Ann Arbor poet Edward Morin is a writer, editor, translator, teacher and co-host of the Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series. He has taught writing at various universities including WSU and UofM. He has published several books of poetry and will be sharing work from his latest collection, Housing for Wrens. In this third collection of Edward Morin’s poems, “housing” represents shelter, home, and acts of caring for the inhabitants. The motif infuses poems featuring birds and animals whom the poet takes as seriously as they take themselves. Some poems dramatize personal experience, others explore social themes... These poems seek ways of being in touch with oneself and others, knowing kinesthetically what takes place in the world.
“The language is to be savored and the hard-won wisdom taken to heart.” --Laurence Goldstein
“Morin evinces winged sensibilities and deep-rooted compassion." --Lyn Coffin

Eric Torgersen lives in Mt Pleasant and taught writing for 38 years at CMU. He has published many books of poetry and fiction along with a full-length study of Rainer Maria Rilke and Paula Modersohn-Becker. His latest book is In Which We See Our Selves: American Ghazals. With this book, he begins with the formal structure of the ghazal as popularized by Agha Shahid Ali and unapologetically makes a more American thing of it... Fluently metrical and effortlessly rhymed, at times in short, hard-hitting lines with refrains as brief as a single word, these poems leap off the page...
“Irony and tenderness—along with wisdom and humor—also move playfully in each other’s company... What joy these poems give and what a pleasure they offer to anyone lucky enough to be drawn into their orbit.” – Jim Moore
The event begins with an Open Mic session when area poets can read their own work or share a favorite poem by another author in a welcoming atmosphere. Signing to follow.

Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
featuring Lew Klatt

 Our featured poet is Lew Klatt, the current Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids and teacher of literature and creative writing at Calvin College. His work has appeared widely, including The Best American Poetry 2011, Harvard Review, Denver Quarterly, and The Common. His poetry collections have won the Juniper Prize and the Iowa Poetry Prize. His latest book is The Wilderness After Which (Otis Press, 2017).

The event begins with an Open Mic session when area poets can read their own work or share a favorite poem by another author in a welcoming atmosphere. This is part of a monthly series on the 2nd Thursday of most months at 7pm in partnership with Les Go Social Media & Marketing.

Signing to follow.

 Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 pm
Book Launch:  On The Shore with Ann S. Epstein

 Join us to celebrate the launch of Ann S. Epstein's new novel, On the Shore. Set in 1917-1925, it follows the upheaval in an immigrant Jewish family when a son lies about his name and age to fight in WWI. It offers a poignant look at the strained relationships that trouble the multi-generation immigrant families of today as well as yesteryear. There will be a reading and discussion about the book.
Ann is also the author of A Brain. A Heart. The Nerve. and her stories appear in Sewanee Review, PRISM International, William and Mary Review, The Normal School and many other journals. Light refreshments.  Signing to follow.

Click here to learn more about Ann and her books.

Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 pm 
Poetry Reading:
Community High School Poetry Class


We are pleased to host Community High's poetry class for their 3rd annual reading at Bookbound! Join us to celebrate Ann Arbor's young talent as students from the class share their original work.

Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 pm 
Poetry with Zilka Joseph & M.L. Liebler

 Join us in celebration of National Poetry Month with award-winning Michigan poets Zilka Joseph and M.L Liebler!

Ann Arbor author Zilka Joseph has an MFA in Poetry from University of Michigan, and she currently teaches workshops, works as a manuscript coach and editor, and mentors writers in the Ann Arbor community. She has written several books of poetry including her most recent, Sharp Blue Search of Flame (Wayne State University Press, 2016).

M. L. Liebler is an internationally-known Detroit poet, Wayne State University professor and literary arts activist who founded The National Writer's Voice Project in Detroit and the Springfed Arts: Metro Detroit Writers Literary Arts Organization. He has authored and edited numerous books including I Want to Be Once (Wayne State University Press, 2016).

Signing to follow.

Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 pm 
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series

April is National Poetry Month!

We're celebrating with a full hour of Open Mic when area poets can read their own work or share a favorite poem by another author in a friendly atmosphere. Everyone is welcome, from first-timers to pros. This event is part of a poetry series held on the second Thursday of most months at 7pm in partnership with Les Go Social Media & Marketing. Light refreshments.

Monday, March 20 from 7:00-8:30 pm
Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America
with Amy Arnold & Brian Conway
at the Downtown Library Multi-Resource Room

Since 2008 the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has been researching Michigan’s modern architecture and design heritage as part of the award-winning Michigan Modern® project. It is an incredible story of international importance, yet one that has been woefully under-documented.

Amy Arnold, preservation planner for the Michigan State Historic Preservation, and Brian Conway, Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Officer, visit AADL to discuss Michigan’s contribution to modernism and their book, recipient of the 2017 Michigan Notable Books Award, Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America.

This fascinating anthology of essays shines well-deserved light on Michigan's role in the development of Modernism, not only in America, but worldwide. Essays and interviews by an impressive array of contributors including Donald Albrecht, Gunnar Birkerts, Alan Hess, Jayne Merkel, Mira Nakashima, Todd Oldham, and Ruth Adler Schnee tell the story of how Michigan shaped Modern America by creating the ideas and products that became synonymous with the American Dream.

This book is based is on presentations by nationally-recognized scholars at two symposiums held in conjunction with the 2013-2014 exhibition "Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America." The Michigan Modern® project received the Government Institution Award from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network in 2014. It received the DOCOMOMO-US Award of Excellence in Advocacy in 2016

This event is cosponsored by A2Modern and will include a book signing. Copies of the book will be available for sale courtesy of Bookbound Bookstore.

Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 pm
311 Reading
Join us for a salon-style reading featuring writers Juliet Escoria, C.M. Keehl, Shannon McLeod, Elle Nash, Gwen Werner, and Ryan Werner.
Click here for more info


Elizabeth Ellen is the author of the brand new novel Person/a, available now through SF/LD Books, and the forthcoming story collection Saul Stories (SF/LD, 2017) and the forthcoming poetry collection Elizabeth Ellen (SF/LD, 2017). http://elizabethellenfastmachine.tumblr.com/

Juliet Escoria wrote BLACK CLOUD (CCM/Emily Books 2014) and WITCH HUNT (Lazy Fascist 2016). She was born in Australia, raised in California, and currently lives in West Virginia.

C.M. Keehl is part dreamer/ part destroyer but all alien. She is managing-editor at Dirty Chai & has a microchap out with Ghost City Press. Check Public Pool, Heavy Feather Review, Fog Machine for some more work. She lives with her dog Carver. Find more @cmkeehl

Shannon McLeod is the author of the essay chapbook PATHETIC (Etchings Press). Her writing has appeared in Necessary Fiction, Hobart, The Billfold, Cheap Pop, and Word Riot, among other publications. She teaches high school English in Southeast Michigan. Find more on shannon-mcleod.com.

Elle Nash is the author of the forthcoming novel Animals Eat Each Other (Dzanc Books, 2017), and the poetry chapbook i can remember the meaning of every tarot card but i can’t remember what i texted you last night (Nostrovia Press, 2016). She is a founding editor at Witch Craft Magazine and a fiction editor at Hobart Pulp.

Gwen Werner is a sorority dropout from Iowa. You can find her here: www.gwenwerner.com

Ryan Werner is a cook at a preschool in the Midwest. He plays guitar in a loud instrumental rock band called Young Indian. You can find him at @YeahWerner on Instagram.


Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
This month we are hosting a full hour of open mic in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. In honor of Women's History Month, we would love to feature work that is written by or inspired by women.

Please join us to hear some fantastic local poets, and feel free to share your own work (or that of a favorite author). This is part of a monthly series on the 2nd Thursday of most months at 7pm in partnership with Les Go Social Media & Marketing.

 Tuesday, March 7 at 3:30 pm
Fit4Mom Story Time with Linda Zimmer
 Note: This is a closed event for Fit4Mom members
Click here to learn more about Fit4Mom!

Friday, March 3 at 7:00 pm
Book Launch: The Mountain Goddess
with Shelley Schanfield

Bookbound is pleased to welcome back local author Shelley Schanfield for the launch of the second book in her fantasy trilogy. By inclination a voracious reader and by profession a librarian, Shelley looked for a good novel about the Buddha . When she didn’t find one that satisfied her, she had the notion to write her own based on the spiritual struggles of women in the Buddha’s time, set in the fascinating world that gave birth to yoga and Buddhism. Steeped in India’s myths and legends, this novel is fresh territory for Western readers of fantasy and historical epics. Through its strong female characters, it will appeal to readers of historical fiction with a woman’s perspective. Signing to follow.
A beautiful warrior princess. A tormented prince. A terrible choice between love, duty, and spiritual freedom.

When beautiful warrior Dhara masters yoga’s supernatural powers she captures the heart of Siddhartha, the prince prophesied to rule the world or become the greatest sage of all time. But her lust for earthly power clashes with his quest for inner peace. If he leaves his kingdom to seek enlightenment, he risks destroying his people. Only Dhara can convince him to stay. But will she?
Learn more at shelleyschanfield.com    

Thursday, February 9
at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Series
featuring Cole Lavalais

Our featured author is Cole Lavalais whose short stories can be found in Obsidian, Apogee, Warpland, Tidal Basin Review, Aquarius Press, and more. She is a fellow of the Kimbilio Center for Black Fiction, VONA and the Callaloo Writing Workshops. She's been awarded writing residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and The Noepe Center for the Literary Arts. She holds an M.F.A. from Chicago State University, and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from University of Illinois at Chicago. 

As a born and raised Chicagoan, she believes in encouraging, fostering, and championing writing by writers of color across genres. Cole has taught writing for over ten years and currently teaches community-based writing workshops on the south side of Chicago. Summer of the Cicadas is her debut novel.

The event begins with an Open Mic session when area poets can read their own work or share a favorite poem by another author in a welcoming atmosphere. This event is part of a series held on the second Thursday of most months at 7pm in partnership with Les Go Social Media Marketing & Training.

Monday, January 16 at 4:00 pm
Claudia Rankine: On

at Rackham Auditorium

The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) presents award-winning poet and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine on January 16 at 4 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Rankine will speak about her bestselling book Citizen: An American Lyric.

In Citizen, Rankine uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism and visual images to explore what it means to be a black American in a “post-racial” society. Citizen was the winner of the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the NAACP Image Award for poetry, the PEN Open Book Award and the LA Times Book Award for poetry. It also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times best seller in the nonfiction category.

The talk will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase from Bookbound Bookstore. The event is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities.

Click here to learn more about this event.

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