National Novel Writing Month

Ready to Write a Novel? That’s great, because November is National Novel Writing Month!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel. Learn more at:


Remembering Karl Pohrt

The Ann Arbor Book Festival mourns the loss of one of its founders and long-time champions, Karl Pohrt. Karl was a passionate advocate for books, reading and literacy, and we will miss him dearly. The Ann Arbor Chronicle has written a lovely farewell to Karl, and you can read more about him on his blog, There is No Gap.

Visit our friends at Kids Read Comics

A guest post from Kids Read Comics:

Generations of kids have grown up reading and loving comics. And it’s not hard to see why comics have captured the imagination of kids and teens — with their unique blend of words and pictures, even the most everyday comics stories open up worlds of wonder.

And beyond the sheer joy of comics is the fact that they can help turn kids into more active and engaged readers. They also provide a model for young readers to explore and develop their own creativity.

But comics are no longer the mass medium they once were. Far fewer kids are exposed to them today, and many of the comics they find are intended for older readers. That’s where Kids Read Comics comes in!

Our Kids Read Comics Celebration is a totally free event that unites kids, teens, parents, teachers and librarians with professional artists and writers from the comics and animation fields. Our goal is to introduce kids to worlds of imagination while unlocking their creative impulses, and to serve that goal, the convention features:

  • hands-on workshops
  • panels and presentations for kids, families, and educators
  • a chance for kids to meet and chat with comics and animation professionals
  • the opportunity for kids to have their own art portfolios reviewed

KRC also works throughout the year to promote comics and creativity for kids and teens. We’re building a recommended reading list; gathering resources for parents, teachers and librarians; and organizing artists and writers who can bring presentations and workshops to libraries around the state of Michigan and beyond.

Kids Read Comics was founded by youth and teen librarian Edith Burney of Chelsea, cartoonist and educator Jerzy Drozd of Ann Arbor, comic shop owner Dan Merritt of Dearborn, and comic book writer Dan Mishkin of East Lansing. You can reach us at

Our fifth annual celebration will be held on June 22 & 23, 2013 at the Ann Arbor District Library in downtown Ann Arbor, and we hope to see you there!

For more information go to our Programming page, which will be updated soon with this year’s events.

We hope to see you in Ann Arbor on June 22 & 23!

Thanks to our Sponsors!

The Ann Arbor Book Festival extends sincere appreciation to its sponsors:

Ann Arbor District Library

Ann Arbor State Bank

Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room

Nicola’s Books

The University of Michigan Library