Thursday, February 25, 2016

Romance Slam Jam 2016 Registration is OPEN! #michlit #amreading #Detroit Apr28-30th #RSJ2016

April 28 - 30, 2016
Detroit, Michigan 

Keynote Beverly Jenkins

Host Authors
Elaine Overton
Karen White Owens

For more information:

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Local Radio Host Launches New Book Trailer at Launch Party via @royalpublicity


Local Radio Host Launches New Book Trailer at Launch Party

Detroit, MI (February 24, 2016)-Metro Detroit author will raise her glass to make a collective toast to the fool, a play on words but also the title to her fourth book, Toast To The Fool. The entertaining book release party will take place at The Northwest Activities Center on March 18 from 7:00pm-11:00pm

Toast To The Fool  chronicles the experiences of five friends as they try to recover from their personal bouts with their inner 'fool.' Their missteps guide them through a series of tragedies, betrayals and lies. Their recovery depends on the solidness of their friendship and faith beyond their own insecurities.  "The book is likened to an Urban 'Crash,' says Christian.  'It will intertwine the characters to the point where all their actions will culminate with a surprising ending." 

Guests of the book  launch will be treated to the viewing of 'Toast To The Fool' Book Trailer and a Q & A with the author. Dawn "WisdomThePsalmist" Crooks will recite the poem also entitled Toast To The Fool inspired by the book's debut. Crooks is a well known and sought after Ohio-based poet who has hosted several open mic events in and around Cincinnati. 

Tracie also known as 'T Elice the Motor City Sis' is CEO of B Cyde of Multi Media an entertainment resource company dedicated to producing an array of mature, eclectic, creative artistic events & products. Currently B Cyde Multi Media produces The Back on the B Cyde radio show and  is launching the B Cyde Books imprint dedicated to debut  indie authors through consultation guiding them through the critical first steps of self-publishing  co-owner and station manager of 7 Mile Radio, LLC. Christian  hosts  the highly popular Back on the B Cyde radio show that airs every Saturday at 11am on

For media interviews contact Cheryl Pope at or by calling 313-412-9053

Calling All Independent Authors! 2016 @GreyWolfe_Pub Summer Book Festival July16th #MichLit

Calling All Independent Authors!
If you would like an opportunity to showcase your book to Detroit Area
readers, this is the day!

Date: July 16, 2016
Location: Troy Community Center  3179 Livernois Road, Room #304 Troy, MI

Cost: $75; Includes one six foot table, white table cloth, two chairs.
RSVP BY: June 25, 2016

Do you know an author who would like to share a table with you?  We'll let
you split the cost to save expenses!  Or, if you're an author who only
anticipates needing a half table space, we can accommodate you, too.
Please make the proper table selection at the payment screen.

Please make sure you have an attractive table display.  Floor banners or
signs that need to be attached to walls are not permitted.  Your entire
display should fit on your table space.  Be sure to have a sign at your
table that lets readers know what types of payment you will be accepting.
Remember to include Michigan Sales Tax when pricing your books.  Authors
are responsible for collecting all monies for book sales. (Don't forget to
bring change for cash sales.)

There are a limited number of tables available, so reservations are on a
first-come, first-served basis.  Fees are non-refundable, unless the event
is canceled by Grey Wolfe Publishing.  Please send all inquiries to

Light refreshments will be on hand for authors and guests.

Here is the table reservation link:

I've also attached a graphic, should you have space for it.

Thank you for all you do to promote Michigan authors!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#Detroit Feb28 1pm StoryTime w/@CharlieLeDuff at Little @313Libraries Originals exhibition #michlit #motownwriters #motownlit

Friends of the Detroit Little Libraries campaign:

It's possible you may not have heard of him, but Mike Kelley was one of Detroit's seminal sons, widely regarded as one of the most influential, visionary and prolific artists of our time. He created installations, sculptures, paintings, photographs, video, performance art and more beginning in the 1970s until his 2012 death in Los Angeles. His work is in museum collections around the world.

One of his last pieces was a replica of his childhood home in Westland. Known as the "Mobile Homestead," the structure is located behind the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and used in accordance with Kelley's last wishes: to exhibit art with a social mission. 

We are honored and beyond thrilled to announce that the Little Library Originals exhibition will be on display at the Mobile Homestead for three months starting from Jan. 15- April 24

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit's Mobile Homestead
The exhibit aims to highlight our efforts to address Detroit neighborhoods that are book deserts -- meaning that many children and adults have few, if any, books in their home. Book deserts in Detroit will be the topic of a panel discussion in April, along with other programs including an artist talk, four story times for kids and book giveaways.

Some of you may recall that the Little Library Originals show was created last summer when 13 artists accepted an invitation to help promote literacy and community in Detroit through the take a book, leave a book movement known as the Little Free Library.  We gave the artists plain little libraries, and they transformed them with their artwork. A one-night exhibition, colliding art, literacy and community, was held in August at the 4731 Gallery in the Grand River Creative Corridor.

Since then, we have worked to make the Little Library Originals a traveling exhibit, per the vision of Eno Laget, one of the participating artists. First on display at the Detroit Public Library, and now at the Mobile Homestead.

During the Mobile Homestead show, we will highlight the campaign of Detroit Little Libraries - to expand residents'  access to books through the installation of more Little Free Libraries in neighborhoods. Since our launch in September 2014, we have created numerous partners, installed nearly 150 Little Free Libraries in Detroit and distributed thousands of books.

The show will be open every weekend through April 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday throughSunday

Additionally, programs have been planned, including:

*** Feb. 28, 1 p.m.Storytime with Charlie LeDuffPulitzer Prize–winning reporter, formerly at The New York Times and The Detroit News, now with Fox TV's The Americans with Charlie LeDuff.

*** March 30, 1 p.m.Live taping of Alex Trajano's podcast, The Beginning of the End, which explores universal themes of humanity through the lens of when things begin to end.

*** April 16, 11 a.m.Book Deserts in Detroit, a panel discussion, featuring Nell Duke, University of Michigan professor of literacy, language and culture; Satori Shakoor, executive director of the Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling, and Ethriam Cash Brammer, associate dean of the Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies at Wayne State University. 
Moderated by Mary-Catherine Harrison, University of Detroit-Mercy English associate professor.

*** April 24, 1 p.m.826Michigan presents, A Lantern of FirefliesAn Illustrated Treasury of Tales of Adventure, Discovery, and Magic. This publication features twenty Huron High School ninth-graders and a class of second-grade students from Mitchell Elementary, in Ann Arbor. Volunteers from 826Michigan will be reading for this Sunday storytime.

Thanks so much to the artists who have used their art to promote reading in Detroit, and further our and Mike Kelley's vision: Barbara Barefield, Loretta Bradfield, Mary Fortuna, Debora Grace, Jesse Kassel, Eno Laget, Kelly O’Hara, Ndubisi Okoye, Rashaun Rucker, John Sauve, Mitchell Schorr, Pam Shapiro, and Fatima Sow.

Please share this invitation with your friends, and we look forward to seeing you during this very special exhibition. 

Kim Kozlowski
Detroit Little Libraries

Detroit Little Libraries launched a campaign in September 2014 to promote reading and community in the city and there are now nearly 150 Little Free Libraries in front of homes, faith-based organizations, schools, community gardens, small businesses, parks, health care centers and more. 

Our partners have included Rx for Reading Detroit, Detroit Rotary, Detroit Kiwanis, Detroit SOUP, Detroit Bikes, Detroit Public Library, Community United for Progress, General Motors, Chrysler, the Detroit News and Free Press, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Toys for Tots, the Grand River Creative Corridor, First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Novi teachers, and several individuals, including many Eagle Scouts and two young people who make the libraries the centerpiece of their miztvah service project. And, of course, the Little Free Library.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Michigan Humanities Council Heritage Grants application deadline is March 21, 2016 @mihumanities

Michigan is a state with many stories.  Some have been told often, and others not at all. With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Michigan Humanities Council’s Heritage Grants Program supports projects that explore local histories of race, ethnicity, and cultural identity in Michigan. These competitive grants will be awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to support exhibits, digital projects, oral history programs, documentaries, cultural ceremonies, community conversations, and other activities that aim to share the history, experiences, vitality, and authentic voices of cultural identity groups in Michigan. By exploring history, projects should aim to examine connections between past inequities, present-day barriers to success, and opportunities for advancing racial equity today.
MHC Staff will offer feedback on draft proposals submitted between December 1, 2015 and January 25, 2016. The final application deadline is March 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm. Grants will be awarded in early June, 2016. The maximum grant request is $25,000. Detailed guidelines can be found here.  We welcome creativity and encourage applicants to think beyond the general ideas above. Organizations must be a 501c3 nonprofit or partner with an organization that is in order to be eligible. MHC may be able to help smaller organizations partner with a 501c3. Larger organizations such as colleges and universities will need to demonstrate evidence of meaningful, mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations in their final application to have a competitive proposal.  Individuals are not eligible.
When we hear, see, or remember only one story, we risk misunderstanding the cultural heritage of our state.  Heritage Grants are intended to promote a deeper understanding of our past by empowering groups whose stories are often not told or remain unseen to share the history of Michigan from their perspective. There is never only a single story about a group of people or a place. Heritage Grants support projects that bring the authentic voices of cultural identity groups to the foreground and help the people of our state understand cultural differences.
Questions and inquiries should be directed to Joe Cialdella (

Friday, February 19, 2016

Michigan Readers of all genres: @RustCityBookCon August12th - 14th 2016 Troy, MI #MichLit

Rust City Book Convention

Jackie Morgan

Friday, August 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

Rust City Book Convention

Ticket Information

Author RegistrationJul 1, 2016$75.00$5.12
Early Bird Registration   more infoMar 31, 2016$75.00$5.12
KidLit Registration (Early Bird)   more infoApr 1, 2016$30.00$2.64
Rust City Book Signing   more infoAug 13, 2016$5.00$1.27
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Event Details

Rust City Book Con is a super casual convention and book signing in Troy, MI, with the intent to introduce readers to new authors as well as the chance to interact with current favorites.
We'll be focusing on all GENRE fiction, so there's bound to be some interesting and diverse topics discussed at the daily panels. In the evenings we'll be partying and creating some fascinating mayhem with meet & greets, parties, and other activities.
For the young at heart, and at the request of my own young reader, Rust City will also feature a KidLit track specifically designed for young/early readers. More details to come.
Saturday's charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and to the public for $5/person. We'll have a fabulous lineup of authors, ranging from indie to NYT Bestsellers, that will be sure to tempt readers of all walks of life. Come celebrate the hidden (and not so hidden) joy of all genre fiction with us - Aug 12-14, 2016!
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I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there's nothing wrong with that; but you never know what you'll find, what you'll like, until you take a leap of faith. With that in mind, let me introduce you to the #RustCity16 attending authors, with more being added every week! For the most up to date additions, please visit:
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Shelly Bell
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Laura Bickle
(a/w/a Alayna Williams)
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Dawn Brower
Lorelie Brown
(a/w/a Katie Porter)
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Marissa Clarke
(a/w/a Mary Lindsey)
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Lauren Dane
DeLaney Particka
Seleste DeLaney
(a/w/a Julie Particka)
Saranna DeWylde
Saranna DeWylde
(a/w/a Sara Lunsford)
Colleen Gleason
Colleen Gleason
Aliza Mann
MK Schiller
Heather Novak
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Calandra Usher
Shiloh Walker
(a/w/a JC Daniels)

Have questions about Rust City Book Convention? Contact Jackie Morgan

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