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


***NOT FOR CHILDREN!!***

There may be PROFANITY, WRY HUMOR, AND PSEUDO-INTELLECTUAL BANTER!

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!


Please note: Open Mic & Share Poetry Series is on hiatus in August.
Save the date for its return on September 14 at 7pm.



 PAST EVENTS

2017

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.



 OFFSITE EVENT
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


ABOUT THE WRITERS:

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
Citizen

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.



2016


Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
featuring Saleem Peeradina

Our featured poet, Saleem Peeradina, is Professor Emeritus at Siena Heights University. His poetry is represented in major anthologies including The Oxford India Anthology of Poetry and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poetry. He has authored several poetry collections including his latest, Final Cut, along with a memoir, The Ocean in My Yard (Penguin, 2005). Signing to follow.

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 poetry series held on the second Thursday of most months at 7pm.

(NOTE: There will not be an Open Mic event in January 2017. )


Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
featuring the Ann Arbor launch of
The Remembrance Project

Join us for the Ann Arbor launch of The Remembrance Project, a centennial print, digital, and musical tribute to the Harlem Hellfighters. Told through letters, poetry, music, legends and historical documents, REMEMBRANCE reveals the hearts and minds of people from different walks of life drawn into the 'War to End All Wars'. It's also a rare glimpse into the souls of black soldiers who fought for a higher ideal: Equality.

Writer and multimedia producer H. Buchanan will be accompanied by award-winning musician and composer Tracy Kash. Signing to follow.

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 a monthly poetry series held on the second Thursday of most months at 7pm in partnership with Les Go Social Media Marketing and Training.

"[The Remembrance Project] is vital to African American letters - the literary imagining of unspoken history about black lives that mattered but have not been visualized." -- Reginald Flood

Learn more at The Remembrance Project website.




Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
Featuring Dawn Richberg

Dawn Richberg was born in Philadelphia but as an Army brat lived all across the United States. Her favorite tours of duty were Ft. Wainwright, Alaska and Ft. Ord, California. Dawn loves the power of the written word in changing lives. She is in the midst of living out the portion of the Holstee Manifesto that says “This is your life. Do what you love and do it often" and is currently working on a new chapbook of poems about teaching and transformation.

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 a monthly poetry series held on the second Thursday of most months at 7pm.




Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
featuring RHINO Reads!


We're kicking off our fall Open Mic series by celebrating RHINO's 40th birthday as part of their #RHINO40Readings40Cities project. We begin with an open mic session followed by several poets who have appeared in the RHINO poetry journal including Matthew Landrum and Simon Mermelstein, along with Monica Rico, Jennifer Metsker, Julie Babcock, John Buckley, and Ashwini Bhasi.


Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 pm
Author Event: The Linotype Operator with Michael Robert Wolf


Set in present day Brooklyn and Manhattan - with historic monuments and institutions as background characters - The Linotype Operator is the story of Orthodox Jewish former Linotype operator David Kaplan and his two daughters. Sprinkled with wry humor, and including a cast of unusual supporting characters, The Linotype Operator gives the reader a deeply poignant look into parallel New York worlds and lives.

Michael Robert Wolf is an author and filmmaker currently living in Cincinnati. Signing to follow.

“...this unassuming story of a devout Brooklyn Jew and his not-so-wayward daughter enchanted me.. When I finished it, I wanted to read it all over again.” – Jacquelyn Mitchard


Monday, August 1 at 7:00 pm
Book Launch: Midair with Kodi Scheer
at the Taproom at Arbor Brewing Company

Join us at the Taproom at Arbor Brewing Company (114 E Washington St, Ann Arbor) to celebrate the release of Kodi Scheer's new novel Midair!

“I had a secret: I wanted to leave the earth in a spectacular fashion. Specifically, by leaping from the Eiffel Tower.” So begins this provocative coming-of-age novel about a teenage girl bent on self-destruction and revenge, set in the City of Light. A suspenseful psychological drama, Midair is the story of a young girl’s descent into darkness and the secrets we keep, even from ourselves.

Kodi Scheer teaches writing at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MFA. She was awarded the Dzanc Prize for Excellence in Literary Fiction and Community Service. Her stories have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, The Florida Review, Quarterly West, and Bellevue Literary Review. She has also served as writer-in-residence for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“In this gripping novel of both suspense and regret, revenge and sorrow, the dark hearts of teenage girls search for weakness but find more than they bargained for. Midair is the story of best laid plans and all the ways in which we misunderstand each other, sometimes to catastrophic effect.” -- Rebecca Scherm, author of Unbecoming   



Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 pm
Author Reading: Vagabond Song with Marc Beaudin
 

Marc Beaudin is traveling 100 highways to promote his poetic travel memoir, Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals. Called a “jazzy, freewheeling, rollicking road trip into the beating heart of the Eternal Now” byMontana Quarterly, Vagabond Song recounts 15 years of hitchhiking and road trip adventures in prose and poetry, taking the reader to the mountains of Colorado, the jungles of Central America, the woods and pubs of Britain and the stunning bleakness of the badlands and prairies of the West. Originally from Michigan, Beaudin now lives in Montana. Signing to follow


Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
featuring Denise Miller

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. Then we will hear from featured poet Denise Miller whose book, Core, is based on the true stories of African American sharecroppers of the Great Migration who journeyed North in search of the American Dream only to find hardships of a different kind. The poems chronicle the odyssey from a Mississippi plantation to an Ohio Valley coal mine to an iron foundry in Saginaw, Michigan. Denise Miller is a Kalamazoo Valley Community College instructor, artist, poet, and community activist.

This is a monthly poetry series held on the second Thursday of most months at 7 pm (note: there will not be an Open Mic in August – the series will resume on September 8).


Thursday, June 30 at 7:00 pm
Author Reading: A Girl Like You with Michelle Cox


Join us for a reading, discussion and signing of Michelle Cox's new romantic mystery A Girl Like You. In this first book in “The Henrietta and Inspector Howard” series, we meet taxi dancer Henrietta as she agrees to go undercover in order to help the aloof Inspector Howard investigate a murder in the dance hall where she works. Signing to follow.

“Flavored with 1930s slang and fashion, this first volume in what one hopes will be a long series is absorbing. Henrietta and Clive are a sexy, endearing, and downright fun pair of sleuths. Readers will not see the final twist coming.” - Library Journal (starred review).



Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Series featuring Shutta Crum


Shutta Crum writes picture books for children, novels for teens and poetry for adults. She is also a storyteller, a public speaker and a librarian. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals for adults for over 40 years, and her articles about teaching and writing have appeared in many professional journals.

"Shutta invites us to sit on the front porch, to listen to the crickets, to watch the fireflies sparkle and dance on a warm summer night, and to listen..." - Charles Van Heck

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 a monthly poetry series held on the second Thursday of most months at 7pm.


Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series


This month we will host an hour of 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 a monthly poetry series held on the second Thursday of most months at 7 pm.

For the first time, we have a theme - Purple Power - Passion & Peace...


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


Join us to celebrate Ann Arbor's young talent as students from Community High's poetry class share their original work at Bookbound. They brought some amazing work last year, so prepare to be impressed!


Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 pm
Author Event: Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine
with R.J. Fox

Bobby is over the moon after sharing a bike on the E.T. ride at Universal Studios with Katya. Join our “intrepid crusader” as he takes a leap of faith—traveling from comfortable “have-a-nice day … and have-a-warm-shower” suburban Detroit to the former center of Cold War Soviet missile production. And unbeknownst to anyone but himself, he’s bringing an engagement ring! Experience life in a city that, until the mid-1980s, was closed to foreign visitors. R.J. Fox’s humorous, poignant, and memorable expedition is punctuated by a colorful cast of characters, adventures, and cultural mishaps and misunderstandings—from irate babushka women to hard-drinking uncles. Lesser mortals might have “phoned home” to be rescued. Armchair travelers and romantics—you will find yourself both schooled in hard knocks and heartened to have shared in the unforgettable experience of Love & Vodka!

“If you've ever done something crazy in the name of love, R.J. Fox's adventures in Ukraine will strike a chord. This book is a delight!” (Davy Rothbart)

R.J. Fox is the award-winning writer of several short stories, plays, poems, and fifteen feature-length screenplays. He teaches English and Video Production in the Ann Arbor Public Schools where he uses his own dream of making movies to inspire his students to follow their own dreams.

Signing to follow.



Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
featuring Marilyn Churchill

Our featured poet, Marilyn Churchill, will be reading from her new book Memory Stones. “All of life is her material. She takes the everyday and shapes it into a mix of humor and quicksilver.” (Mary Koral) Marilyn has a BFA from U of M and a Masters in Creative Writing from EMU. She is a visual artist and poet, and part-owner of the West Side Book Shop in Ann Arbor. The event begins with an open mic session when area poets can share their own work or that of a favorite author. Signing to follow.

Friday, April 1 at 7:00 pm
Shelley Schanfield Book Launch:
The Tigress and the Yogi

Join us to celebrate the release of Book I in 'The Sadhana Trilogy'! Ann Arbor author Shelley Schanfield practices Buddhism and yoga. Her research sparked her curiosity about Yasodhara, the woman who became Siddhartha’s wife, and she became inspired by the personal and spiritual struggles of women who knew him.

The Tigress and the Yogi
takes you to a vivid mythical world with a talking tigress, a wandering yogi, and a young woman's journey through an ancient land where chaos threatens gods and mortals alike. It examines the longing for spiritual transformation and inner peace, and the ways in which the search for wisdom and compassion can go terribly wrong. Signing to follow
Learn more at ShelleySchanfield.com
 

Thursday, March 26 at 3:00 pm
Peter Linebaugh Book Launch:
The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day

“Ideas can be beautiful too, and the ideas Peter Linebaugh provokes and maps in this history of liberty are dazzling reminders of what we have been and who we could be.”
—Rebecca Solnit


Join us for the launch of celebrated historian Peter Linebaugh's new book - an essential compendium of reflections on the reviled, glorious, and voltaic occasion of May 1st. “May Day is about affirmation, the love of life, and the start of spring, so it has to be about the beginning of the end of the capitalist system of exploitation, oppression, war, and overall misery, toil, and moil.”

These reflections on the Red and the Green are populated by the likes of Native American anarcho-communist Lucy Parsons, the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, Karl Marx, José Martí, W.E.B. Du Bois, Rosa Luxemburg, SNCC, and countless others, both sentient and verdant.

Peter Linebaugh is a retired Professor of History at University of Toledo. His previous books include The Magna Carta Manifesto, Stop, Thief!, and The Many-Headed Hydra. Reading and discussion. Light refreshments. Signing to follow.


Thursday, March 17 at 7:00 pm
Simon Mermelstein Book Launch:
The Continuing Adventures of Orthomax: Now with Bombastic Pentameter!!!

Bookbound is pleased to welcome back the entertaining and surprisingly profound Simon Mermelstein to celebrate the launch of his latest chapbook, The Continuing Adventures of Orthomax: Now with Bombastic Pentameter! A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and Poetry Slam finalist, Simon's poems have been published in RHINO, Mobius, Hawai‘i Pacific Review and many other literary journals. He works in the Writing Center at WCC and studies at EMU. Special guests TBA. Signing to follow.
 

Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
This month we are hosting a full night of Open Mic poetry. Please join us to share and hear some great poetry in a welcoming atmosphere. This is a monthly series held on the second Thursday of each month.



Friday, March 4 at 7:00 pm
Talking Chapbooks with Zilka Joseph
 
Zilka Joseph will read from What Dread and Lands I Live In, which were nominated for a Pushcart and a PEN America award, respectively. She will illustrate how theme and sequence work in her chapbooks including her upcoming book Sharp Blue Search of Flame(Wayne State University Press), talk about her process, and offer suggestions to help you hone your own chapbook or book. Zilka Joseph has an MFA in Poetry from U of M, and she currently teaches workshops, works as a manuscript coach and editor, and mentors writers in the Ann Arbor community.

Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series

This month we will host a full hour of Open Mic when area poets can read their own work of share a favorite poem by another author. This is a monthly poetry series held on the second Thursday of each month. 


Friday, January 22 at 7:00 pm
Excerpts from a Natural History
with Holly Painter

When the 17th c. British philosophers founded modern natural history, they proposed finding a poet to compile a poetic account of everything that existed in nature. This witty, learned, and satirical collection follows a year’s worth of submissions by one such researcher-poet, along with revisions and comments written in the margins between the poet and the editor.  As their relationship unravels, Natural History becomes a tool of the heartbroken and obsessed.  

"Holly Painter is a trickster poet, you never know where she’s going next. Sometimes she wants to lick your ear. Over the page she might chew your leg off." — John Newton

Holly has an MFA from the University of Canterbury. She is originally from Michigan where she interned at 826Michigan and currently lives in Singapore with her wife and son.




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