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Authors @ KPL


Meet Leading Authors and Illustrators

KPL welcomes leading and up-and-coming authors and illustrators for discussions, lectures and book signings. Enjoy noted children's authors and illustrators, poets, memoir writers, novelists, local and regional historical writers, award-winning teen authors, and more.

Listen & Learn

Hear authors describe their research and writing process, what inspires them, who influences them, and how they develop their personal style. Enjoy their stories and gain valuable insight into what it takes to write compelling prose.


Writers’ Block

Are you a local author or writer with a recent publication? If so, please tell us. Your work could be featured in a KPL Writers’ Block video, a forum where independently published local writers tell the community about their work. Visit Writers’ Block »


Upcoming Events »


Thursday, November 8, 7 pm - 9 pm, Central Library

Michigan, My Michigan: A History of This State - Mining, Manufacturing, Agriculture

The history of Michigan is interesting, fascinating and filled with twists and turns. Join author and local historian Lynn Houghton for a multi-session journey looking at all aspects of Michigan’s growth and development from its early beginnings to recent years looking at events, topics, trends, themes and people, all of which have shaped this State. 


Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 pm - 8 pm, Central Library

Author Drew Philp: A $500 House in Detroit

n 2009, journalist and screenwriter Drew Philp bought a ruined house in Detroit for $500. In the years that followed, as he gutted the interior and removed the heaps of garbage crowding the rooms, he didn’t just learn how to repair a house—he learned how to build a community. more...


Wednesday, November 14, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Central Library

5th Annual - Can Poetry Be Funny?

Can poetry be funny? Mildly amusing? Worth a smile? Join Friends of Poetry at this fun annual event to explore this question and hear great funny poems.




View Past Programs »

Visit our Webcasts page to view past presentations from KPL’s visiting authors.