91st Luncheon

Monday, October 16, 2017

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 buy your books at the luncheon, but
be aware that the number of books available for purchase may be limited.
**Program and speakers are subject to change.

Tickets will be available on September 5, 2017

Cost is $40 per ticket.

• Tickets for this luncheon will be available on September 5, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. online here, by phone at 586-685-5750, or by mail using the attached order form HERE. Ticket sales end at 11:00 a.m. on October 13th.
• Please print, complete and mail the form to:
Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society, 44750 Delco Blvd, Sterling Heights MI 48313
If you wish to sit together, order your tickets or send your checks together. 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

Luncheon Authors

Author/actress Jane Alexander will be unable to attend the luncheon, as she is scheduled to appear in a new Broadway play.

Photo of Chris BohjalianPhotograph of the book The Sleepwalker”Chris Bohjalian

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Chris Bohjalian is the critically acclaimed author of nineteen books, including “The Sandcastle Girls” and “Midwives,” which was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of the Oprah Book Club. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and three of his novels have been adapted into movies. His new novel “The Sleepwalker” is a spooky thriller about sex, secrets and the mysteries of sleep.

Photograph of Heather Ann ThompsonPhotograph of the book Blood in the WaterHeather Ann Thompson

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Heather Ann Thompson is a University of Michigan historian who won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for her nonfiction book, “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy,” the story of the infamous 1971 Attica Prison uprising in New York State and the state’s cover-up that followed the death of thirty-nine men. She has written extensively on mass incarceration and its impact on the nation.

Photograph of Claire MessudPhotograph of the book The Burning GirlClaire Messud

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Claire Messud is the award-winning author of six novels, including “The Woman Upstairs” and “The Emperor’s Children,” which was a highly praised New York Times best-seller. Her critically acclaimed new book is “The Burning Girl,” a coming-of-age story that is being called a hypnotic portrait of the complexities of female friendship.

Photograph of Drew PhilpPhotograph of the book A $500 House in DetroitDrew Philp

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Drew Philp is the author of the memoir “A $500 House in Detroit,” the true story of a recent college graduate who wandered into Detroit and bought a ruined hulk of a once-grand house in an attempt at urban homesteading. The Michigan native’s story is part coming-of-age tale, part history lesson and part social commentary about a city battling back.

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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