89th Luncheon

October 17, 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 buy your books at the luncheon, but
be aware that the number of books available for purchase may be limited.
**Program and speakers are subject to change.

Cost is $40 per ticket.

• Tickets for this luncheon will be available on September 6, 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, order your tickets or send your checks together. Tables seat ten.

Grants to be Presented

Dick Johnston Award

This award is presented at the annual fall luncheon to a public library for the purpose of establishing or improving a library collection.

The award was established to honor the late Dick Johnston, who was a member of the Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society and served as its president in 1980 and 1981. Mr. Johnston was president of the Michigan Library Association and Director of the Birmingham and Bloomfield Township Libraries.

Elaine R. Irvin Friends Award

This award is presented at the annual fall luncheon to a Friends of the Library group. The grant is awarded to support a program or project which fills a significant need that impacts the library's patrons and the community. The award was established to honor the late Elaine R. Irvin, who was a devoted member of the Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society Board for many years. Elaine worked for the Friends of the Detroit Public Library and was dedicated to the principle that "good libraries need good Friends".

More about Grants  /  Past Grant Awardees

Luncheon Authors

Photo of Stacy SchiffPhotograph of the book The Witches Salem 1692Stacy Schiff

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Stacy Schiff is a prize-winning historian who writes books that turn history into literature. Her nonfiction work “Cleopatra: A Life” was a number one New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 30 languages. Her books “Véra” (about the wife of Vladimir Nabokov), won the Pulitzer Prize, and “Saint-Exupéry” was a Pulitzer finalist. “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America,” won numerous honors. Her new book, “The Witches: Salem, 1692,” the story of the infamous witch trials, is also a number one best-seller and has been hailed as "an almost novelistic, thriller-like narrative." Schiff, who has also written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe, lives in New York City.

Photograph of Ann HoodPhotograph of the book The Book That Matters MostAnn Hood

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Ann Hood is the award-winning author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the best-selling novels “The Red Thread,” “The Obituary Writer” and “The Knitting Circle.” She’s won two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, Best American Spiritual Writing and Travel Writing Awards, and a Boston Public Library Literary Light Award. She has also published in The New York Times, The Paris Review, O, Bon Appetit, Tin House, The Atlantic Monthly, and Real Simple magazines. Her new novel, “The Book That Matters Most,” is a tale of love, loss and the power of words.

Photograph of Marisa SilverPhotograph of the book Little NothingMarisa Silver

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Marisa Silver is a best-selling writer who made her fiction debut in The New Yorker. Her 2001 collection of short stories, “Babe in Paradise,” was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She went on to write the acclaimed novels “No Direction Home” and “The God of War.” Winner of the O. Henry Prize, her fiction has been included in “The Best American Short Stories” and other anthologies. The New York Times has called her “one of California’s most celebrated contemporary writers.” Her 2013 novel “Mary Coin” was a New York Times best-seller and is a book club favorite. Her new novel, “Little Nothing,” is the tale of a special child who transforms her world.

Photograph of Randy Wayne WhitePhotograph of the book SeducedRandy Wayne White

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Randy Wayne White is a best-selling thriller/mystery writer. He is the author of twenty-three Doc Ford novels, most recently “Deep Blue,” four collections of nonfiction; and the Hannah Smith novels “Haunted”, “Gone,” “Deceived,” and his new Hannah novel, “Seduced.” In it, Hannah, a fishing guide and part-time investigator, must solve an ancient and deadly mystery. White has been awarded the Conch Republic Prize for Literature, as well as the John D. Macdonald Award for Literary Excellency. In 2011, White was named a Florida Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Society.

Photograph of Patricia AnstettPhotograph of the book Breast Cancer Surgery & Reconstruction: What’s Right for YouPatricia Anstett

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Patricia Anstett has spent 40 years in journalism, including 22 years as a medical writer for the Detroit Free Press, where breast cancer was a dominant focus of her work. She wrote award-winning stories exposing poor quality at mammography centers, and chronicled advances in lumpectomy, radiation treatment, and breast reconstruction. Her new book, “Breast Cancer Surgery & Reconstruction: What’s Right for You,” reframes the important discussion about lumpectomy, mastectomy and breast reconstruction around women who have had these operations, with stories and photos that provide a realistic and compelling look at what the procedures entail and the impact they have on women’s lives.

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The book and author luncheon is presented in partnership with:

The Library Network                    Brodart Corporation
The Suburban Library Cooperative