85th Luncheon

October 20th, 2014

Burton Manor Banquet and Conference Center
27777 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia MI 48150
[ Detailed Directions ]   -  (734) 427-9110

From Points East:  I-96 West to Inkster exit. Follow service drive west past Inkster Road (Schoolcraft) to Cardwell, turn left. The parking lot is straight ahead across the bridge.

From Points West:  I-96 East to Middlebelt exit. Follow the service drive (Schoolcraft) east. Burton Manor will be on the right, just east of Middlebelt Road.

Note that road construction is scheduled for the I-96 freeway.
For more information visit MDOT's website on this: www.96fix.com


11:00 am - Book Sale Room Opens
12:00 pm - Lunch is Served
1:00 pm - Authors Begin to Speak
Authors will be available to sign purchased books after luncheon.
Book sales support grants. Please purchase your books at the luncheon!

**Program and speakers are subject to change.

Cost is $40 per ticket.

• Tickets for this luncheon will be available ON SEPTEMBER 2 online here, by phone at 586-685-5750, or by mail at: Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society, 44750 Delco Blvd, Sterling Heights MI 48313. Tables seat ten.

Grants to be Presented

Dick Johnston Award

This award is presented at the annual fall luncheon to a public library for the purpose of establishing or improving a library collection.

The award was established to honor the late Dick Johnston, who was a member of the Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society and served as its president in 1980 and 1981. Mr. Johnston was president of the Michigan Library Association and Director of the Birmingham and Bloomfield Township Libraries.

Elaine R. Irvin Friends Award

This award is presented at the annual fall luncheon to a Friends of the Library group. The grant is awarded to support a program or project which fills a significant need that impacts the library's patrons and the community. The award was established to honor the late Elaine R. Irvin, who was a devoted member of the Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society Board for many years. Elaine worked for the Friends of the Detroit Public Library and was dedicated to the principle that "good libraries need good Friends".

More about Grants  /  Past Grant Awardees

Authors Scheduled to Speak

Photograph of Kathy Reichs.Photograph of the book Bones Never LieKathy Reichs

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Kathy Riechs is a forensic anthropologist who has turned her knowledge and experiences with criminal cases into 16 bestselling novels featuring anthropologist Temperance Brennan. She is also a producer for the hit Fox TV series “Bones”, based on her books. Her new novel is titled “Bones Never Lie.”

Photograph of Lisa Jackson.Photograph of the book Close To HomeLisa Jackson

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Lisa Jackson is the best-selling author of more than 85 novels of romantic suspense in several series, including the “Montana”, “New Orleans” and “Savannah” series. There are over 20 million copies of her books in print in 20 languages. Her new novel, titled “Close to Home”, is a story of buried secrets that come back to haunt.

Photograph of Gary ShteyngartPhotograph of the book Little FailureGary Shteyngart

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Gary Shteyngart is a Russian-born writer who has lived most of his life in New York. His experiences in the two nations are the basis for three acclaimed novels, “The Russian Debutante’s Handbook”, “Absurdistan”, and “Super Sad True Love Story”. His new book, “Little Failure”, is a bestselling memoir about the immigrant experience.

Photograph of Craig Johnson.Photograph of the book Wait for SignsCraig Johnson

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Wyoming author Craig Johnson has written eight bestselling novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series. His books are the basis for the A&E television series “Longmire”. His new novel, a collection of short stories, is titled “Wait for Signs”.

Photograph of Hampton Sides.Photograph of the book In the Kingdom of IceHampton Sides

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Hampton Sides is a bestselling historian and journalist whose works of narrative history and literary non-fiction include “Hellhound on His Trail”, “Ghost Soldiers”, and “Blood and Thunder”. His new book, “In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette” is a white-knuckled tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age.

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Learn more about The Book and Author Society

The book and author luncheon is presented in partnership with:

The Library Network                    Brodart Corporation
The Suburban Library Cooperative