Ann Arbor Book Festival-2014 Moonlight Book Crawl

The 2014 Book Crawl readers are confirmed! Read below for more details.

For more information, please email We will be happy to answer your questions!

Thursday, June 19

7pm : Nicola’s Books – Westgate Shopping Center, 2513 Jackson Avenue
Featuring: Douglas Trevor, Bethany Neal, and Jason Porter

8pm : Seva Restaurant – Westgate Shopping Center, 2541 Jackson Ave
Featuring: John Knott, Peter Ho Davies, and Darci Hannah

9pm :  The Quarter Bistro and Tavern – Westgate Shopping Center, 300 S. Maple Rd
FeaturingMichael Byers, Sharon Pomerantz, and Andy Mozina

Friday, June 20

6pm : Bill’s Beer Garden – 218 S. Ashley St. * 21 and over only
: Mike Zadoorian, Craig Bernier, and Adam Schuitema

7pm : Vault of Midnight – 219 S. Main St.
Featuring: Pete Sickman-Garner and Jane Irwin

8pm : Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom – 114 South Main Street
FeaturingDawn Richberg, Jill Halpern, and Mardi Jo Link

9pm : Babo Market – 403 E.Washington Street
FeaturingScott Beal, Garret Potter, and Gabriel Green

Saturday, June 21

2pm : Aunt Agatha’s – 213 South Fourth Avenue
FeaturingKaren Dionne–and cake!

3pm : Blue Nile – 221 E. Washington St.
Featuring: LaRon Williams

5pm : The Blue Tractor – 207 E. Washington St.
FeaturingD.E. Johnson, Liz Crowe, and Jeff Kass

6pm : Literati Bookstore – 124 E. Washington St.
Featuring: Jeanne Sirotkin and Dorene O’Brien

7-7:50pm: BREAK

8pm : Aventura – 216 E. Washington St.
Featuring: Carlina Duan, Jasmine An, and Haley Patail

9pm :  Arbor Brewing Company – 114 E. Washington Street
Featuring: Kevin Coval, Shira Erlichman, and Aaron McCollough

Thank you to all of the local businesses for hosting the Ann Arbor Book Festival!

Mardi Jo Link

Mardi Jo Link is the author of Bootstrapper, a memoir of her family and their rural home in northern Michigan, which won the 2013 Bookseller’s Choice Award from the Great Lakes Booksellers Association and has been optioned for film by Academy Award-winning actress, Rachel Weisz. When Mardi finds herself a newly single mother after twenty years of marriage, she makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to stay in her century-old farmhouse and continue raising her three boys on well-water, chopping wood, and dirt. Armed with an unflagging sense of humor and relentless optimism that would put Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm to shame, Link and her resolute accomplices struggle through one long hard year of blizzards, foxes, bargain cooking, rampaging poultry, and a zucchini-growing contest to keep the life they love. “A heroic-comic saga of single motherhood and pure stubbornness.” -Garrion Keillor.

A former reporter, Mardi has also written two true crime books,Isadore’s Secret and When Evil Came to Good Hart, both chronicling historic but unsolved Michigan crimes. She is a two-time recipient of the Michigan Notable Book Award, a Pushcart nominee, and a past Creative Nonfiction Scholar for Antioch Writers Workshop. She studied journalism at Michigan State University and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte.

In the early 1990s, Mardi helped found ForeWord Reviews, a trade book review journal that gives critical attention to books published by independent publishers. Her personal essays have been published in Bear River Review, Bellingham Review, Detroit Free Press, Dunes Review, Publishers Weekly, Terrain, and Traverse. In 2012 she wonCreative Nonfiction’s “Anger and Revenge” essay contest. She’s currently working on a book about women’s friendship and lives with her husband and son on The Big Valley, the home featured in her memoir

Karen Dionne

Karen Dionne will join us to launch her original novel based on the AMC series The Killing. The Killing: Uncommon Denominator is set 10 months before the series begins, and features Detective Sarah Linden and King County narcotics officer Stephen Holder. Ms. Dionne will talk about the difficulties & pleasures of writing an original novel using already formulated characters.

Karen is the internationally published author of Freezing Point, a science thriller nominated by RT Book Reviews as Best First Mystery of 2008. A second environmental thriller, Boiling Point, about an erupting volcano, a missing researcher, and a radical scheme to end global warming published from Berkley in January 2011. Karen is cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, and organizes the Salt Cay Writers Retreat held every year on a private island in the Bahamas. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology. Karen has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a Humanities Scholar for her body of work as an author, writer, and as co-founder of Backspace.

Craig Bernier

Craig Bernier was an Instructor of Writing at Duquesne University from 2008-2013. He was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh from 2002-2005 where he earned his MFA. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous national journals and literary magazines, and his recent collection of short stories Your Life Idyllic won the St. Lawrence Book Award.

Jeanne Sirotkin

Jeanne Sirotkin’s most recent release:  2013 publication of a collection of short stories “Wrestling the Bear” awarded the SFA prize in fiction from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas.

Founder, Creative Writing Program at the Roeper School. Former San Francisco poet, former editor San Francisco Galley magazine, Poet as Teacher program, and performance poet.

She is mainly a fiction writer now with stories in various literary magazines such as Cimarron Review, Chattahoochee Review and others.  Currently working on her second novel in Traverse City where she lives with her husband and poodle, Gracie.

Shira Erlichman

Shira Erlichman is a nationally acclaimed poet, musician, & artist. A Pushcart Prize nominee who has toured the country with some of the nation’s leading performers & writers, her prolific & unique style has brought her acclaim as “one of the most original & compelling voices in performance poetry.” Her poetry has been featured in NARAL’s National Pro-Choice campaign Free.Will.Power, as well as set to motion by the dancers of the Sound Dance Company. Her award-winning music has appeared in multiple independent films, NPR & national TV. She has shared stages with TuNe-YaRds, Coco Rosie, Andrea Gibson & Mirah. Her work can be found in Buzzfeed, MUZZLE, the Massachusetts Review, Union Station, The Bakery, & The Reader, among others. Born in Israel, raised in Massachusetts, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY where she teaches poetry & writes music.

Kevin Coval

Kevin Coval is the poet the Chicago Tribune called “the voice of the new Chicago” and who the Boston Globe says is “the city’s unofficial poet laureate.” Author of Schtick, L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems, Everyday People, Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica, and More Shit Chief Keef Don’t Like, Coval is the founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, LTAB’s non-profit home. Coval teaches hip-hop aesthetics at The University of Illinois-Chicago, is a 4x HBO Def Poet, and has written for a wide variety of publications including, The Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate WBEZ, The Spoken Word Revolution Redux (Source), Handbook of Public Pedagogy (Routledge), 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History (Haymarket) & It Was Written: Reading Nas’s Illmatic, ed. by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic).  Coval won a New Voices/New Visions award from the Kennedy Center for a play co-authored with Idris Goodwin about graffiti writers called, This is Modern Art, that will premiere in the winter of 2015 at Steppenwolf Theater and is currently editing an anthology, The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket) due out February 2015. @kevincoval on all social media especially instagram. See also and

Dawn Richberg & Jill Halpern

Originally from Philadelphia, Dawn has lived on each coast and several stops in between as an Army brat. She earned a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a teaching certificate in English from Eastern Michigan University. As a poet, she loves collaborating with other poets to create a sense of community around writing. Dawn has been on the Board since the fall of 2012.

Adam Schuitema

Adam Schuitema is the author of the short-story collection Freshwater Boys, published by Delphinium Books and distributed by HarperCollins. The book was named a Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan.

His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, includingGlimmer TrainNorth American ReviewIndiana Review,TriQuarterlyBlack Warrior Review, and Crazyhorse. Adam earned his MFA and Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. He is an associate professor of English at Kendall College of Art and Design and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and daughter.

He recently completed the manuscript of his novel, Haymaker.

Michael Zadoorian

Michael Zadoorian was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He is the author of two novels, The Leisure Seeker and Second Hand, which won an ABA Booksense 76 selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Award finalist, and the winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. His story collection The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit features new work as well as short fiction that originally appeared in The Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Ararat, American Short Fiction, The North American Review and Detroit Noir. He lives with his wife in Ferndale, Michigan and drives a moderately-priced crossover vehicle.

Jason Porter

An Ann Arbor native, Jason Porter has been an English teacher, customer support representative, landlord, traveling musician, and the overnight editor for Yahoo! News and the New York Times. His first novel Why Are You So Sad? was shortlisted for the Paris Literary Prize and recently published by Plume. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his girlfriend and their two mutts.

Dorene O’Brien

Dorene O’Brien was born and raised in Detroit where she can still be seen taking photos of the UA Theater Building on Bagley or dining at Lafayette after researching her latest story. She has been a fiction writer for twenty years, and currently teaches creative writing at the College for Creative Studies and at Wayne State University, where she earned her MA in English.  O’Brien won the Red Rock Review Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction in 2000, was the 2002 winner of New Millennium’s Fiction Award and in 2003 won the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award. She won the prestigious Bridport Prize the following year and is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  She is currently working on a novel featuring fossil hunters in Ethiopia and a short story collection that explores the relationship between time, place and memory.

Carlina Duan & Jasmine An

Carlina Duan is a poet and journalist from Ann Arbor. She is currently a senior studying Creative Writing and English at the University of Michigan, where she has won multiple Hopwood awards and writing prizes, and is the editor of The Statement, a weekly news publication by The Michigan Daily. She is the co-author of the poetry collection Electric Bite Women (2013) with poet Haley Patail. Her work has been featured on national digital platforms such as Angry Asian Man and the Badass Lady Creatives. She is one of the founding editors of Ann Arbor’s Red Beard Press, a youth-driven publishing company, and has been published in literary collections including Uncommon Core and Creative Composition. Carlina was a member of the 2011 Ann Arbor Youth Slam Team as well as the 2013 University of Michigan Slam Team, and she currently assistant coaches for the 2014 Ann Arbor Youth Slam team.

Jasmine An is a poet from Kalamazoo, MI.

D.E. Johnson

After spending his childhood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, D.E. (Dan) Johnson graduated from Central Michigan University and owned a business in Grand Rapids, Michigan for many years. He is married, has three daughters, and once again lives near Kalamazoo. He’s currently working on the second sequel to The Detroit Electric Scheme.

Pete Sickman-Garner

Pete Sickman-Garner was born into a closed religious community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He and his older sister were raised by missionary parents dedicated to bringing word of the one true G-D to the darkest corners of the globe. A brief affair with his animist nanny forced a family rift (they were later reconciled in a ceremony televised nationally on the 700 Club) and he spent his teenage years in Lusaka, Zambia waiting tables by day and soaking up the rich, cultural heritage in the bars and cafes at night. He made his way to Kuwait in 1991 and, hopping a ride with the 82nd Airborne, he returned to the States to begin a life of cartooning and scrimshaw just as the first Gulf War was coming to an end. While scrimshaw pays the bills, drawing comics will always be his first love.

Garret Potter

Garret Potter is cursed with a consideration he has learned to turn into gifts: poems–heart-pounding, mind-delving inquiries and observations on vulnerability, community, and sustainability. He likes moments with all friends, new movies and old books, new eateries and old growth forests.

He has come from nine states and Japan to find himself a familiar name in the international Poetry Slam community—competing in the individual World Poetry Slam in 2012 and in 2013, winning competitions in Portland, Detroit, Little Rock, Grand Rapids, and more. He is the current Ann Arbor Poetry Slam City Champion and one of its co-organizers.

Jane Irwin

Jane Irwin is the co-creator, author and illustrator of the graphic novel Vögelein: Clockwork Faerie, which has been favorably reviewed by VOYA, The Library Journal and was named as one of Booklist’s Top Ten Graphic Novels for Youth in 2003. She is currently working on new Vögelein stories and hopes to publish many more. Jane lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband, Paul Sizer, creator of the Moped Army and Little White Mouse graphic novels.

LaRon Williams

LaRon Williams is a nationally acclaimed, award-winning storyteller. His highly participatory, music-spiced performances present a dynamic blend of original and traditional tales crafted to help improve literacy, promote peaceful conflict resolution, foster cooperation, encourage community, build self esteem and deepen our historical understanding of the American Ideal of Democratic inclusion.

Liz Crowe

Microbrewery owner, best-selling author, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great Midwest, in a major college town.  Years of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse, plus making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry), has prepped her for life as erotic romance author.

When she isn’t sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications.

Her groundbreaking romance subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” has gained thousands of fans and followers who are interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”)

Jeff Kass

Jeff Kass teachers Creative Writing and English Literature at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor MI and is the Literary Arts Director at Ann Arbor’s Teen Center The Neutral Zone. He is the author of the award-winning poetry chapbook Invisible Staircase; the award-winning essay chapbook From the Front of the Room; the one-man performance poetry show Wrestle the Great Fear; co-author of the teaching guidebook Underneath: The Archaeological Approach to Teaching Creative Writing; and author of the short story collection Knuckleheads, which was awarded Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal as Best Short Fiction Collection of 2011.

Scott Beal

Scott Beal’s poems have recently appeared in Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Sonora Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and other journals. He won a Pushcart Prize for 2014. His first book of poems, Wait ‘Til You Have Real Problems, will be published by Dzanc Books in Fall 2014. He serves as writer-in-the-schools for Dzanc Books in Ann Arbor and teaches in the Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan.

Aaron McCollough

Aaron McCollough was raised in Tennessee. He was the Librarian for English Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan and now serves as the Assistant Director for Editorial Activities at the University of Michigan Press. His books include UNDERLIGHT (Ugly Duckling Press, 2012), NO GRAVE CAN HOLD MY BODY DOWN (Ahsahta Press, 2011), LITTLE EASE (Ahsahta Press, 2006), DOUBLE VENUS (Salt Publishing, 2003), and WELKIN (Ahsahta Press, 2002), winner of the first Sawtooth Poetry Prize. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Michigan and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.