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 Ackley, Kathryn Madeline Allen,
Dan Austin, Glenn 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 Lieder, John Martin, Margaret Mason, Cyd Moore, Bill Rauhauser, Nancy Shaw, John Sinclair, Leni Sinclair, David Small, David Tarver, Paul 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.
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.