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Celebrating Michigan: State of the Book

Our state is full of creative minds, and after years of a down economy and negative attention toward the auto industry, it’s about time we did something to celebrate Michigan’s literary strength.

On Oct. 6, Fiction Writers Review and the University of Michigan’s MFA program in Creative Writing will do just that through a day-long series of public events celebrating our state’s great writers and enduring literary traditions. “The State of the Book” will be held at Rackham Auditorium on the campus of University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and showcase the state’s leading literary stars as well as the next generation of Michigan writers.

The day will start at 10 a.m. and include a number of various events continuing into the early evening. A family-friendly event will begin at 10:15 a.m. with 826Michigan's OMNIBUS Anthology Release and Reading by author Dave Eggers. Additional events include youth and collegiate poetry performances, book signings and letterpress demonstrations, an author’s panel and book fair. For a full schedule, click here.

Charles BaxterThe celebration will conclude with a keynote conversation with Charles Baxter, an award-winning fiction writer and novelist; and Philip Levine, a former Poet Laureate of the United States and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for poetry. The keynote will be held from 7-8:15 p.m.

All events are FREE and open to the public, so don’t miss this great opportunity! The Saturday celebration is made possible in part by funding from the Michigan Humanities Council.

Prior to the Saturday event, Fiction Writers Review and its partner organizations (826michigan, InsideOut Literary Arts Project, The Neutral Zone, The National Writers Series, and Dzanc Books) will compete in “The Great Write Off,” a write-a-thon event from Oct. 3-5. This friendly fundraising competition will encourage each of the six organizations to bring together the most writers, to write the most pages, and to raise the most money. With partnering organizations from across the state, this event will bring writers from all areas and foster a sense of fellowship while nurturing collaborations between the organizations.

For more information, visit www.stateofthebook.com or call (734) 277-0208.

 

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