84th Luncheon

May 19th, 2014

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.

Note that road construction is scheduled for the I-96 freeway.
For more information visit MDOT's website on this: www.96 fix.com


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 online here, by phone at 586-685-5750, or by mail at: Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society, 44750 Delco Blvd, Sterling Heights MI 48313. 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

Authors Scheduled to Speak

Photograph of Richard Paul Evans.Photograph of the book The Christmas Box Richard Paul Evans

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The author of the number one best-seller, “The Christmas Box", Evans' new novel, “Walking on Water,” the fifth entry in his bestselling Walk series, tells the story of a man who must say painful goodbyes and learn an important lesson as he ends his cross-country walk to Key West.

Photograph of John Searles.Photograph of the book Boy Still Missing John Searles

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John Searles is the author of the best-selling novels ´”Boy Still Missing” and “Strange But True," and he appears regularly as a book critic and commentator on NBC's Today Show. His new novel, “Help for the Haunted,” is the tale of a most unusual family, deep secrets, a harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery.

Photograph of Daniel Jones.Photograph of the book Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject Daniel Jones

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Daniel Jones has edited the Modern Love column in the Sunday New York Times since its inception in 2004. His books include two essay anthologies, “Modern Love” and “The Bastard on the Couch,” and a novel, “After Lucy.” His new book, based on lively and funny letters to his newspaper column, is “Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers).”

Photograph of Author Mardi Jo Link.Photograph of the book Bootstrapper. Mardi Jo Link

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A single Michigan mother of three, Link tells the true story of a year in the life on her family’s small farm in her new book “Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm.” It is a tale of people finding strength in community and in themselves to survive hard times.

Photograph of Author Greg Isles.Photograph of the book Natchez Burning. Greg Iles

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Greg Iles is the author of 13 bestselling novels. His new book, "Natchez Burning", is his first in five years and features Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage. Iles' books have been translated into more than 25 languages and published in more than 35 countries. Iles is also a member of the literary musical group The Rock Bottom Remainders, which includes authors Dave Barry, Stephen King, and Scott Turow.

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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