88th Luncheon

May 16, 2016

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 4, 2016 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

James C. Dance Award for the Arts

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

Photo of Lesley StahlPhotograph of the book Becoming GrandmaLesley Stahl

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After four decades as one of America’s premier journalists, including more than 25 years reporting for “60 Minutes” on CBS, Lesley Stahl found the most transformative experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or reporting on scandals, it was becoming a grandmother. Using her reporting skills, she explores how grandmothering changes a woman’s life in her new book, “Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting.”

Photograph of Steve HamiltonPhotograph of the book The Second Life of Nick MasonSteve Hamilton

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Steve Hamilton is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including the popular Alex McKnight series. His debut novel, “A Cold Day in Paradise”, won both an Edgar and a Shamus Award for best first novel. His stand-alone novel, “The Lock Artist”, was a New York Times Notable Crime Book and won the Alex Award and the Edgar Award for Best Novel. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for Writing. His new book is “The Second Life of Nick Mason”.

Photograph of Mary NorrisPhotograph of the book Between You and MeMary Norris

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Mary Norris began working at The New Yorker in 1978, and has been a proofreader at the magazine since 1993. She has written for The Talk of the Town column and for newyorker.com on topics ranging from her cousin Dennis Kucinich to mud wrestling in Rockaway. She is best known for delightful and insightful pieces on pencils and punctuation, which led to her bestselling book, “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.”

Photograph of Dorothea Benton FrankPhotograph of the book All the Single LadiesDorothea Benton Frank

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Dorothea Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, including “Sullivan’s Island” and “Plantation”. She’s known for her charming, evocative books set in the Low Country of South Carolina, where she was born and raised on Sullivan’s Island. She is a nationally recognized volunteer fundraiser for the arts and education, and an advocate of literacy programs and women’s issues. Her new book is “All the Single Ladies.”

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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