90th Luncheon

May 15, 2017

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 3, 2017

Cost is $40 per ticket.

• Tickets for this luncheon will be available on April 3, 2017 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

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

Photo of Chris HayesPhotograph of the book A Colony in a NationChris Hayes

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Chris Hayes is the wonky but always provocative Emmy-winning host of MSNBC’s news and opinion talk show “All in With Chris Hayes”. His first book, the 2012 bestseller “Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy,” argued that there has been an erosion of trust in the ability of elite institutions to rule wisely. In his new book, “A Colony in a Nation,” he contends that our country, founded on justice, now looks like something uncomfortably close to a police state.

Photograph of Stephen HunterPhotograph of the book G-ManStephen Hunter

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Stephen Hunter is the author of eighteen novels and two collections of film criticism. He is the retired chief film critic for The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. His novels include “Sniper’s Honor,” “I, Sniper”, and “Point of Impact,” which was adapted for film and TV as “Shooter,” featuring tough-as-nails Bobby Lee Swagger. Stephen’s new Swagger novel is titled “G-Man.”

Photograph of Megan MirandaPhotograph of the book The Perfect StrangerMegan Miranda

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Megan Miranda is the author of the runaway hit thriller “All the Missing Girls.” She has also written several popular novels for young adults including “Fracture,” “Hysteria,” “Soulprint,” “Vengeance” and “The Safest Lies.” Her new thriller for adults, “The Perfect Stranger,” is the story of a troubled journalist who seeks to start a new life, but finds that she can’t escape from her past.

Photograph of Elisabeth RosenthalPhotograph of the book An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It BackElisabeth Rosenthal

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Elisabeth Rosenthal is a medical doctor and an award-winning former New York Times senior writer who unmasks the dangerous, expensive, and dysfunctional American healthcare system in her new book “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back.” Just as important, she writes about the myriad reasons many of us become sick, and offers some solutions. Rosenthal is the 2014 winner of the Victor Cohn Prize for Medical Science Reporting.

Photograph of Dan EganPhotograph of the book The Death and Life of the Great LakesDan Egan

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Dan Egan is a prize-winning reporter for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel who has turned his investigative skills to one of our most threatened national treasures in his new book, “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.” From invasive fish species to man-made pollution to threats to our drinking water supply, he lays out stark facts about the ecological catastrophe unfolding right before our eyes.

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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