[Michlib-l] 8th Annual Midwest Literary Walk - Don't MIss it!

Patty Roberts proberts at chelseadistrictlibrary.org
Mon Mar 28 17:56:55 EDT 2016

*2016 Midwest Literary Walk Showcases Stellar Lineup*

*March 28, 2016 | Chelsea, MI*

The Chelsea District Library is excited to announce the return of their
popular event - the Midwest Literary Walk. Back for its 8th year, this
year's walk will showcase nationally-lauded authors and poets at various
venues throughout downtown Chelsea. The event will be held on Saturday,
April 30 from 1-5pm and is free to the public. It is made possible in part
by this year's sponsors: Friends of Chelsea District Library, Literati
Bookstore, Detroit Public TV, WDET, Astral Road Media, ChelseaMich.com,
Chelsea Alehouse, and McKinely Properties.

This year’s exceptional lineup opens with Christopher Sorrentino (*The
Fugitives*), former National Book Award Finalist for Fiction at 1pm at the
Chelsea Depot (125 Jackson St.) Set in Michigan, *The Fugitives* blends the
literary fiction and crime thriller genres. LA Times describes it as a
“stunning new novel… with exceptional interior monologues animated by
deception, double-dealing and a doomed affair…”

At 2pm National Book Award “5 Under 35” Honoree Claire Vaye Watkins (*Gold
Fame Citrus*) will also read at the Chelsea Depot.  The hauntingly
beautiful *Gold Fame Citrus* takes place in a future American West ravaged
by drought and follows a young couple and mysterious child as they try to
make their way to a better life.

The Midwest Literary Walk then moves to the Clocktower Commons (320 N. Main
St.) for Robin Coste Lewis (*Voyage of the Sable Venus*) winner of the 2015
National Book Award for Poetry and Jamaal May (*The Big Book of Exit
Strategies) American* Library Association Notable Book Honoree.  At 3pm,
the two poets will discuss poetry, interspersed with readings of their

At 4pm, bestselling novelist Paula McLain (*Circling the Sun*, *The Paris
Wife*) will take the stage at the Clocktower Commons.  McLain’s latest
the Sun* brings to life the fearless and captivating Beryl Markham, a
record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari
hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the
classic memoir *Out of Africa*.

At each reading location, the authors’ books will be available for purchase
from Literati Bookstore, and time for signing is incorporated into all
sessions.  Additionally, many downtown Chelsea Businesses are offering
discounts to attendees of the Lit Walk on the day of the event. Following
the final reading, participants are invited to the Chelsea Alehouse (420 N.
Main St.) for a casual afterglow.

For more information on the 2016 Midwest Literary Walk, the authors, and
their works, visit midwestliterarywalk.org.

About Us: Chelsea District Library is nonprofit organization whose mission
is to provide equal access to quality resources that serve the lifelong
cultural, educational and informational needs and interests of all people.
The Library currently serves 14,000 residents in the Chelsea district –
City of Chelsea plus Dexter, Lima, Lyndon and Sylvan townships and more
than 20,000 individuals visit the Library each month.  For more information
visit chelseadistrictlibrary.org.


Patty Roberts | Marketing Coordinator
Chelsea District Library | 221 S. Main St. Chelsea, MI 48118
734.475.8732 ext. 216 | proberts at chelseadistrictlibrary.org
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