Kalamazoo: An Evening with Notables


Date, Location

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
  • 7 pm - 9 pm
  • Central Library
  • NOTE: Central Library will be closing at 5 pm on this evening in order to host this very special event
  • Hors d’oeuvres and other delicious refreshments will be served
  • Space is limited; registration required

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Michigan Notable Book Authors

Every year, the Library of Michigan selects up to twenty of the most notable books, either written by a Michigan resident or about Michigan or the Great Lakes. Each selected title speaks to our state’s rich cultural, historical, and literary heritage and proves without a doubt that some of the greatest stories are found in the Great Lakes State. Join KPL along with the Library of Michigan Foundation for a celebration of the Michigan Notable Books program.

Many current and past Notable Book authors will be in attendance to personally autograph their books while talking with guests about their work. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet these award-winning authors.



Bonnie Jo Campbell, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories 
(W.W. Norton & Company)

Bonnie Jo Campbell, a previous Michigan Notable Book author, grew up on a small Michigan farm and went on to earn a philosophy degree at the University of Chicago. Her collection Women and Other Animals details the lives of extraordinary females in rural and small town Michigan, and it won the AWP prize for short fiction; her story The Smallest Man in the World has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. Her novel Q Road investigates the lives of a rural community where development pressures are bringing unwelcome change in the character of the land. Her critically-acclaimed short fiction collection American Salvage, which consists of fourteen lush and rowdy stories of folks who are struggling to make sense of the twenty-first century, was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction. She has received her M.A. in mathematics and her M.F.A. in writing from Western Michigan University.




Wade Rouse writing as Viola Shipman, The Charm Bracelet: A Novel 
(Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press)

Wade Rouse is the internationally bestselling author of six books. His work has been selected multiple times as s Must-Read by NBC’s Today Show, featured in the New York Times as well as on the Chelsea Lately on E!, and has been chosen three times by the nation’s independent booksellers as an Indie Next Pick. Having written for numerous magazines, he is a regular contributor to All Things Considered. Wade earned his bachelors of arts in communications from Drury University and his master’s of science in journalism from Northwestern University. He divides his time between the coast of Michigan and Palm Springs.





Karen Dionne, The Marsh King’s Daughter 
(G.P. Putman’s Sons)

Karen Dionne is the author of the international bestseller The Marsh King’s Daughter, a psychological suspense novel set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the U.S. and 25 other languages. She is cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, and organizes the Salt Cay Writers Retreat held every other year on a private island in the Bahamas. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology. She enjoys nature photography and lives with her husband in Detroit’s northern suburbs.





William Rapai, Brewed in Michigan: The New Golden Age of Brewing in the Great Beer State 
(Wayne State University Press, Painted Turtle Book)

William Rapai is an amateur naturalist and former newspaper journalist. He is the author of the 2017 Michigan Notable Book, Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes. He has traveled across North America and to Cuba, Iceland, and Thailand to view and research wildlife. He was an award-winning reporter and editor for the Grand Forks Herald, the Detroit Free Press, and the Boston Globe before focusing on writing. He is the president of Grosse Pointe Audubon and a member of Detroit, and National Audubon.





Stephen Mack Jones, August Snow 
(SOHO Press)

Stephen Mack Jones is a published poet, an award-winning playwright, and a recipient of the prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in Farmington Hills, outside of Detroit. He worked in advertising and marketing communications for a number of years before turning to fiction. August Snow is his first novel. “Jones brings the city, its environs, and its eateries to vital life in a mystery coiled around the contemporary crime du jour of cyber-finance meddling.” —The Boston Globe





Joel Stone, Editor, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies 
(Wayne State University Press, Painted Turtle Book)

Joel Stone is the senior curator at the Detroit Historical Society, which oversees the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. A native Detroiter, he has written and edited works spanning the city’s history. Stone’s most recent book is Floating Palaces of the Great Lakes, and he is coeditor of Border Crossings: The Detroit River Region in the War of 1812. With Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies, it is Stone’s intention to draw memories, facts, and analysis together to create a broader context for discussions about the events that took place during the summer of 1967. Stone holds a Masters of History from Wayne State University and a B.A. from University of Detroit Mercy.




Michael G. Smith, Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture 
(Wayne State University Press)

Michael G. Smith is a Detroit-area architecture historian with an interest in early 20th Century building and construction. His lifelong enthusiasm for the fine arts led to an early career as a graphic artist and, more recently, his photography work has been published internationally. In Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture, Smith begins with a brief overview of Rowland’s early life and career, then goes on to analyze Rowland’s achievements in building design and as a leader of Detroit’s architectural community throughout both World Wars and the Great Depression. Smith resides in Bloomfield Hills.




Amy Emberling, Zingerman’s Bakehouse 
(Chronicle Books)

Amy Emberling is a native of Nova Scotia, she gained her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University then continued her culinary education in Paris. In 1999, she received her MBA from Columbia University. Amy has been working in the food world for over 20 years and is passionate about hands on baking, teaching about baking and business, developing businesses and people. Amy joined Zingerman’s Bakehouse when it opened in 1992 as one of the original bakers on the staff of eight. She soon became the first manager of the bread bakery, then the manager of the pastry kitchen and in 2000 she became a partner. As well as teaching at BAKE! Amy presents for ZingTrain on Zingerman’s business practices.




Frank Carollo, Zingerman’s Bakehouse 
(Chronicle Books)

Frank Carollo was born in Detroit and has made Ann Arbor his home since 1972. With an engineering degree from U of M, Frank didn’t necessarily set out to become one of the premier bread makers in the country. After growing up in a Sicilian-Austrian household, in which food was held sacred, it’s no surprise that he ended up making food for a living. Frank met Zingerman’s Delicatessen co-founders, Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig when they all worked together in a restaurant in 1978. After partnering with Paul at Monahan’s Seafood Market for seven years, he became the managing partner of the Bakehouse when it opened in 1992. He holds a degree in engineering from the University of Michigan.



Cindy Hunter Morgan, Harborless 
(Wayne State University Press)

Cindy Hunter Morgan teaches creative writing and book arts at Michigan State University. She is also the author of two chapbooks: The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker, which won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition, and Apple Season, which won the Midwest Writing Center’s 2012 Chapbook Contest. The poems in Harborless confront the mysteries surrounding the objects that cover the floor of the Great Lakes by both deepening our understanding of the unknown and teaching great empathy for a life most of us will never know. Cindy lives in East Lansing, having studied at Albion College.




Daniel Wolff, Grown-up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913 
(HarperCollins Publishers)

Daniel Wolff is the author of The Fight for Home, How Lincoln Learned to Read, 4th of July/Asbury Park, and You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke. He has been nominated for a Grammy, published three collections of poetry, and collaborated with songwriters, filmmakers, photographers, and choreographer Marta Renzi, his wife. In a magnificent cultural study, Grown-Up Anger chronicles the struggles between the haves and have-nots, the impact changing labor relations had on industrial America, and the way two musicians used their fury to illuminate economic injustice and inspire change. Wolff lives in Nyack, New York.