92nd Luncheon

Monday, May 21, 2018

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.

Tickets will be available on April 2, 2018

Cost is $40 per ticket.

• Tickets for this luncheon will be available on Monday, April 2, 2018, beginning at midnight online here, by phone starting at 9:00 a.m. at 586-685-5750, or by mail using the attached order form HERE. Ticket sales end at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18th.
• 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

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

Luncheon Authors

Photograph of Jessica KnollThe Favorite SisterJessica Knoll

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Jessica Knoll’s debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, was an instant New York Times bestseller and is slated to be turned into a movie produced by Reese Witherspoon. She has worked as an editor at Cosmopolitan and Self magazines. Her new book, her second novel, is a thriller, The Favorite Sister. It’s the tale of five very competitive women who agree to appear on a TV reality show that ends up with a very real murder.

Photograph of Dani ShapiroHourglassDani Shapiro

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Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Elle, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. She has been broadcast on “This American Life” and appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. Her new book, Hourglass, is a life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory and much more.

Photograph of Michael HodgesBuilding the Modern World: Albert Kahn in DetroitMichael Hodges

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Michael Hodges grew up in the Detroit suburb of Rochester, traveled the world, and now is a veteran reporter and fine arts writer for the Detroit News. His long interest in architecture led to his first book, Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations. His new book is a biography of genius architect Albert Kahn, whose buildings and automobile factories revolutionized the course of industry and architecture alike. It’s titled: Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit.

Photograph of Tiya MilesThe Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the StraitsTiya Miles

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Tiya Miles is an award-winning author, historian and professor of history at the University of Michigan whose research includes African American and Native American histories and women's literature. She has written commentary for The New York Times, CNN In America, and the Huffington Post. In 2011 she was selected for Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 and The Grio’s 100 lists of African American leaders, and she was a MacArthur Fellow. Her new book, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits, uncovers a little-known chapter in Michigan’s history.

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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