87th Luncheon

October 19, 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 September 8, 2015 online here, by phone at 586-685-5750, or by mail using the attached order form HERE
• 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, 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

Photo of David MaranissPhotograph of the book Once a Great CityDavid Maraniss

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David Maraniss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and Associate Editor at the Washington Post who grew up in the Detroit area and, in some ways, never left. In his new book, “Once In a Great City: A Detroit Story,” he draws a vivid portrait of the Motor City in the 1960s when it was in the midst of a Golden Age, but beset by crime and racism, “dying and thriving at the same time.” It is a classic American story of promise and loss.

Photograph of John Katzenbach.Photograph of the book The Dead StudentJohn Katzenbach

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John Katzenbach, a master of the modern psychological thriller, is an international bestselling author whose books include “The Traveler” and “Red 1-2-3.” Three of his novels have been turned into films. His tense, penetrating 14th novel, “The Dead Student,” follows a young man set on avenging the uncle who saved his life, no matter the consequences.

Photograph of Lily TuckPhotograph of the book The Double Life of LilianeLily Tuck

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Lily Tuck is the author of five novels, including “Siam,” a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, and “The News from Paraguay,” winner of the 2004 National Book Award. Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages. Her new novel, “The Double Life of Liliane,” is an intimate, rollicking portrait of a writer’s coming of age.

Photograph of Jason Gay.Photograph of the book Little VictoriesJason Gay

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Jason Gay is a Wall Street Journal reporter and columnist who writes about everything from sports (which he loves but doesn’t take too seriously) to his “Rules” columns that provide untraditional (but useful) advice for everyday life. His new book “Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living” is a hilarious and heartfelt guide to modern life.

Photograph of Bonnie Jo CampbellPhotograph of the book Mothers Tell Your DaughtersBonnie Jo Campbell

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Bonnie Jo Campbell is the Michigan author of the bestselling novel “Once Upon a River”. Her critically-acclaimed collection “American Salvage,” stories of people struggling to make sense of the 21stcentury, was a 2009 National Book Award fiction finalist. Her new collection of stories is titled “Mothers Tell Your Daughters.”

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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