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The Michigan Books Project: April

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    With the weather finally transitioning from frigid and unpredictable to merely cool and turbulent, the Spring is doting upon us a mirth of great literary events throughout the state of Michigan. Here’s what the Spring has already offered and the important events coming over the next few weeks.

    Past Events

    The Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show took place on April 6th, and gave ample opportunity for every nostalgic book lover to dig through an tremendous array of rare books, comics, trade cards, and ephemera. The great part of this show is that the books vary in price, giving thrifty used book buyers the opportunity to fill the gaps in their libraries for as little as a dollar or two. For the more savvy collector, there are autographed first editions and literary gems that cost thousands of dollars and for broke nerds like me were just fun to ogle. Check it out next year ya’ll.

    Coming Events

    Night For Notables
    Saturday, April 26, 2014
    5:30-8:30 p.m.
    Library of Michigan
    702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing

    Night For Notables is a celebration of important Michigan books run by the Library of Michigan Foundation. The night honors twenty eclectic Michigan books that reflect the culture of the state and show off our literary community. The admission fee looks a bit hefty ($40) but the event includes book signings by the winning authors and hors d’oeuvres with a selection of local beers and wines, as well as a keynote address by Steve Hamilton. Several of this years winners have been past included in The Michigan Books Project. Specifically, Something that Feels like Truth, Bootstrapper, In The House Upon The Dirt Between The Lake And The Woods, and Poetry In Michigan/Michigan In Poetry.

    Lit in the Mitt

    Lit in the Mitt is a month long celebration of the litinthemittliterary arts in Detroit. Taking place in the month of May, this program is hosting a ton of events that exemplify Detroit’s fantastic connection with literature. Here’s a full list of events! I’m particularly excited for The History of Detroit Poetry and Literature (May 2nd), A Reading By Melba Joyce Boyd (May 14), and the Downtown Book Swap (May 16th).

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