On Monday, May 20, 2019, at 11:00 am, the 94th edition of the bi-annual Metro Detroit Book & Author Society Luncheon expects to welcome over 1,000 people to Burton Manor (27777 Schoolcraft Livonia, MI 48150). Book Sales begin at 11:00 am; lunch will be served at Noon.
The main program begins at 1 pm with the Society’s grant presentations followed by the event’s four authors sharing stories about writing and their latest books. Authors will sign their newest work for all interested guests.
2019 Featured Society Luncheon Keynote Speakers
• Cecile Richards, author of “Make Trouble: Stand Up, Speak Out and Find the Courage to Lead,” a story based on her fight for women’s rights and social justice from the daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards and former Planned Parenthood President.
• Elizabeth George, author of “The Punishment She Deserves,” the 20th title in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries novel series that was adapted for TV and aired on the BBC and PBS.
• Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” a timely book focused on the female leaders who won American women the right to vote. Steven Speilberg’s Amblin TV plans to adapt it as either a TV movie or a limited series with former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton set to be its Executive Producer.
• Joe Grimm, author of “The Faygo Book,” a historical look at the people and company behind one of Detroit’s most iconic beverages from a former Detroit Free Press editor, Oakland University professor and awarded historian.
2019 Metro Detroit Book & Author Society Grants James C. Dance Awards for the Arts – Presented to a public or academic library in metro Detroit that’s establishing, improving or expanding book collections and/or programs that advance or celebrate the arts.
Mary J. Ritter Literacy Award – Established to honor one of the Metro Detroit Book and Author Society founders who helped organize the Society’s inaugural luncheon in 1972.
The award is presented to a metro Detroit organization that promotes literacy. Over $75,000 has been awarded to local literary projects and programs – two grants are awarded at each luncheon.
Luncheon Tickets are $40 and go on sale Monday, April 1, 2019 Call (586) 685-5750 or go to www.bookandauthor.org.