Metro Detroit Book and Author Society

93rd Luncheon

Monday, October 15, 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 September 4, 2018

Cost is $40 per ticket.

• Tickets for this luncheon will be available on Tuesday, September 4, 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, October 12th.
• 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

Photograph of Lisa UngerUnder My SkinLisa Unger

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Lisa Unger is the award-winning New York Times and international bestselling author of sixteen novels, including her newest, Under My Skin, a twisting, spellbinding thriller. Her books are published in 26 languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies, and have been named “Best of the Year” or top picks by The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, and Goodreads, to name a few. Combining knowledge of the human psyche and an understanding of fear, readers and critics alike call her one of the top writers of psychological thrillers today.

Photograph of Mark LeibovichBig Game: The NFL in Dangerous TimesMark Leibovich

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Mark Leibovich is the New York Times Magazine’s chief national correspondent and is a lifelong New England Patriot’s fan. He tried for years to profile quarterback Tom Brady, and in 2014, Brady finally agreed. Then came the infamous “deflategate” controversy. Now, when pro football is being attacked on many fronts, Leibovich has taken a fascinating in-depth look at where the sport is going in his new book Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times. He is also the author of the scathing 2013 bestselling Washington expose, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America’s Guilded Capital.

Photograph of Anne FordThe Stigmatized Child: Helping Parents Overcome the Stigma Attached to Learning Disabilities, ADHD and Lack of Social SkillsAnne Ford

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Anne Ford, great-granddaughter of Henry Ford and daughter of Henry Ford II, became a well-known writer and advocate for people with learning disabilities after her daughter Allegra was diagnosed with learning problems. She has written several books on the subject, including her latest, The Stigmatized Child: Helping Parents Overcome the Stigma Attached to Learning Disabilities, ADHD and Lack of Social Skills. Ford served as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities from 1989 to 2001. She has received many honors for her work, and has lectured widely on LD and ADHD issues.

Photograph of Dr. Rana AwdishIn Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of HopeDr. Rana Awdish

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Dr, Rana Awdish was a young critical care physician near the end of her medical training at Wayne State University in Detroit when she suddenly became a patient fighting for her own life. In her critically acclaimed bestselling book, In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope, she reveals how her troubling experiences exposed her to flaws in today’s care standard and how to better embrace the emotional bond between doctor and patient. Today she serves as Medical Director of Care Experience for the entire Henry Ford Medical Group.

Photograph of Anna ClarkThe Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban TragedyAnna Clark

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Anna Clark is an award-winning Michigan journalist whose work has appeared in Elle Magazine, the New York Times, Politico, and others. Like many people, she began to take notice when the residents of Flint began to complain that something was very wrong with the water coming out of their taps. Clark, who has covered the story from the beginning, has written the first full account of the Flint water scandal and its broader implications for pollution and America’s communities in her new book The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy. An excerpt from her book appeared in the Detroit Sunday Free Press in July.

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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