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Missed the 2013 Festival? The Author’s Forum Conversation Series lasts all year long!

Our Focus



Reading is a solitary act, but can lead to great connections to those around you. The Ann Arbor Book Festival provides a springboard to community discussions about reading and books through activities.


All books, poems, songs, plays begin with the exacting and thrilling art of writing. The Ann Arbor Book Festival is committed to encouraging folks to pick up their pens and write.



Literacy is an important commitment of the Ann Arbor Book Festival. For more information about literacy efforts in the Ann Arbor area, please visit the Washtenaw Literacy Website.

Recent News

Author’s Forum Presents: A Staged Reading of Kristina Lugn’s play “Ruth and Roger”

Chicago-based Akvavit Theatre performs a staged reading of a play by Swedish poet and dramatist Kristina Lugn, followed by discussion with Lugn and the actors. Lugn touches subjects of loneliness, death and middle-age crises with irony, cynicism and black humour. A beloved and appreciated playwright in Sweden, her plays have been staged at various prestigious […]

Author’s Forum Presents: Novelist Elias Khoury in conversation, in Arabic, with Anton Shammas

A discussion, in Arabic, of Elias Khoury’s fiction and writing, as well as his attitude toward classical and Arabic poetry. The Lebanese writer Elias Khoury was born in Beirut in 1948 and studied sociology and history at Lebanese University in Beirut and the University of Paris. He began his career as a literary critic with his […]

Author’s Forum Presents: Coming Out Swiss: In Search of Heidi, Chocolate and my Other Self: A Conversation with Anne Herrmann and Helmut Puff

Anne Herrmann is professor of English and women’s studies. She received her degree in Comparative Literature, with an emphasis in English and German literature and French feminist theory. Her primary interests lie in 20th-century literary and cultural productions. A particular focus has been questions of subjectivity as related to the performance of identities and issues […]

Louder than a Bomb Youth Poetry Slam!

On Saturday 3/1, our very own Jeff Kass helped plan and coordinate this year’s Louder Than a Bomb-Youth Poetry Slam. This all day event is the Ann Arbor version of an annual youth poetry slam that originated in Chicago. The goal of the slam is to get diverse youth from all around Southeast Michigan to not only share their stories, […]