86th Luncheon

May 18th, 2015

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.


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 April 1, 2015 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

James C. Dance

This award is presented at the annual spring luncheon to a public or academic library. The award is for establishing or improving an arts book collection, or for establishing and/or expanding a program which advances or celebrates any of the arts. The award was established to honor the late James C. Dance, who was one of the founders of the Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society, and who served as its Master of Ceremonies for 19 luncheons. Mr. Dance was the public relations coordinator of the Detroit Public Library.

Mary J. Ritter Literacy Award

This award is presented at the annual spring luncheon to assist in the support of an organization that promotes literacy. The award was established to honor the late Mary J. Ritter. Mrs. Ritter was a founder of the Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society and an organizer of the first luncheon in 1972. She was an unwavering supporter of the Society for 40 years and a past president.
More about Grants  /  Past Grant Awardees

Luncheon Authors

Photograph of C.J. Box.Photograph of the book EndangeredC.J. Box

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C.J. Box is the award-winning, Wyoming-based bestselling author of 18 novels, including 15 Joe Pickett mystery novels, 5 stand-alone novels and a story collection. Over six million copies of his books have sold in the U.S. alone and his books have been translated into 27 languages. His thrilling new Joe Pickett mystery is “Endangered”.

Photograph of Laura Lippman.Photograph of the book Hush HushLaura Lippman

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Laura Lippman has won virtually every major award given to crime writers since her first novel of mystery and psychological suspense was published in 1997. Her new novel, “Hush Hush”, is the 12th installment in her bestselling series featuring Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan.

Photograph of Gerald PosnerPhotograph of the book God's BankersGerald Posner

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Gerald Posner is one of America’s foremost investigative journalists. He is the author of several books, including “Case Closed’, about the John F. Kennedy assassination, and “Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.” His new book, “God’s Bankers”, is an in-depth examination of the deep and mysterious history of the Vatican’s finances.

Photograph of Lily King.Photograph of the book EuphoriaLily King

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Lily King is the award-winning author of several novels, including “The English Teacher”. Her new novel, “Euphoria” has been named one of the best books of 2014 by both the New York Times and Time Magazine. It’s a tale of passion and exploration set between the world wars, and is inspired by the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead.

Photograph of Lev Raphael.Photograph of the book Assault with a Deadly LieLev Raphael

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Lev Raphael is a prolific award-winning author and speaker who teaches creative writing at Michigan State University. He is the author of 25 books in genres from mystery to memoir, including “The Edith Wharton Murders”, “Burning Down the House”, and “The German Money”. His new novel of suspense is “Assault with a Deadly Lie.”

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The book and author luncheon is presented in partnership with:

The Library Network                    Brodart Corporation
The Suburban Library Cooperative