August News and Events

The Book Beat will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 3rd. If you need books for your summer reading assignments please stop by soon!

On Sunday, August 19th from 12-5 PM, the Book Beat will be celebrating it’s 30th anniversary and is planning a party for its patrons and the community. The Book Beat is located at 26010 Greenfield, in Oak Park, Michigan. A large group of guest authors and artists will be in attendance to sign and meet guests including; Amy AckleyKathryn Madeline Allen,

Dan AustinGlenn Barr, Tracy Bilen Denise Brennan-Nelson, Brynne Barnes,  John “Detroit Blogger” Carlisle, Christopher Paul Curtis, Denise Crittendon Shutta Crum, Kelly DiPucchio, Jean Alicia Elster, Dan Ewald, Howard Fridson, Jim Gallert, Tracy Gallup, Gary & Laura Grimshaw, Barbara Kellom, Kathe Koja, Amy Goldman Koss M.L. Liebler, Rick LiederJohn Martin, Margaret Mason, Cyd Moore, Bill Rauhauser, Nancy Shaw, John Sinclair, Leni SinclairDavid Small, David TarverPaul Vachon, and Susan Whitall.

There will be live music, artists, authors, discount prices, refreshments, prizes, a Mexican taco truck and an outdoor tent to help contain the celebration. The party is free and open to the public – come celebrate with your locally-owned, independent bookstore. A more complete listing and schedule with author signing times will be issued shortly. Check the author and artist signing schedule here.

Music will be provided by Jazz vocalist Shahida Nurullah,  poet M.L. Liebler backed by the Coyote Monk Band and folk-jazz songwriter Sarah June.

In 2012, at Book Expo in New York, the Book Beat was recognized by the National Women’s Book Association and awarded the Pannell Prize, for being one of the best general bookstores in the country specializing in children’s books.

announcement artwork (pictured at left) by Tracy Gallup

Book Beat Reading Group August Selection

Book Beat’s Reading Group Selection for August is Ray Bradbury‘s dystopian masterpiece Fahrenheit 451. The Reading Group will meet on Wednesday, August 29th at 7pm in the Goldfish Teahouse (117 West 4th St #101, in downtown Royal Oak, MI). Reading Group Titles are discounted 15% at the Book Beat. All are welcome!

Fahrenheit 451 presents a future American society in which books are outlawed and firemen burn down any houses containing them. A prescient commentary about the effect of television on the literary mind and a foretelling of the digital age, Fahrenheit 451 stands among the greatest works of English Literature in the 20th century.

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3 comments on “August News and Events
  1. Hello,

    My name is Ashley Adkins and my husband, Nicholas Adkins, recently illustrated and self-published a children’s book, “The Great Big Scary Monster”. I recently “liked” your facebook page and I learned about your upcoming celebration on August 19th. I wanted to see if there was a possibility that my husband would be able to attend this event as a guest illustrator.

    Nick will also be doing an event in Okemos, MI at Schuler’s Books in September and I thought this may also be a great opportunity for Nick. Please let me know if this may work on or if there is someone I should contact.

    Thank you so much for your time and support,

    Ashley Adkins

  2. Please apply the above website address to the “David Tarver” link in your description of your 30th anniversary celebration. The link you are currently using is incorrect. Thank you. David Tarver

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