Please join us and the Women’s National Book Association Detroit Chapter for an author panel discussion celebrating National Reading Group Month with four talented writers on Wednesday, October 9, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Novi Public Library (45255 10 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48275). The panel will feature: Larry Watson, Marjorie Celona, Ray Robertson, and Michael Harvey. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Book Beat. Please call (248) 968–1190 fro more information.
Larry Watson is the author of the novels IN A DARK TIME; MONTANA 1948; WHITE CROSSES; LAURA; ORCHARD; SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON; and AMERICAN BOY; the fiction collection JUSTICE; and the chapbook of poetry LEAVING DAKOTA. Watson’s fiction has been published in ten foreign editions, and has received prizes and awards from Milkweed Press, Friends of American Writers, Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association, New York Public Library, Wisconsin Library Association, Critics’ Choice, and The High Plains Book Award. MONTANA 1948 was nominated for the first IMPAC Dublin international literary prize. Larry’s latest novel is LET HIM GO.
Marjorie Celona is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and recipient of the John C. Schupes fellowship. Y is her first novel. Set on Vancouver Island, Celona’s compelling first novel opens with a desperate young mother abandoning her newborn girl on the front steps of the Victoria YMCA. Passed back and forth, cradled in one set of arms then another, the child is first granted the name Shandi, then Samantha, and later, Shannon. One foster mother rewards Shannon with a cube of cheese if she manages to sit still, but the restless three-year-old is more often met by abuse and eventually banished to live with another family. At age five, Shannon is adopted by Miranda, a single mother whose only expectations of her daughter are fairness, kindness, and respect. While Shannon thrives living in this caring household, she struggles to reconcile the pain of her unknown past. Humorously self-deprecating (I’m not hideous, but I’m definitely a cross between Shirley Temple and a pug), teenage Shannon embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery. This is at once a moving coming-of-age story full of fresh starts, a haunting family story full of heavy disappointments, and an extraordinarily quiet story full of hope
“[A] heartfelt first novel . . . . Ms. Celona adroitly confounds many of our expectations . . . . It’s refreshing to read a novel in which questions are not so much answered as extended, and Shannon is an appealing narrator… Celona is compassionate toward even her most wayward characters, figuring wisely that the consequences of their actions will be punishment enough.” (The New York Times)
Ray Robertson is the author of the novels Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, and Gently Down the Stream, the latter two of which were both voted Best Books of The Year by the Globe and Mail, as well as Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing.His latest novel is David. He graduated from the University of Toronto with High Distinction in philosophy, and later gained an M.F.A. in creative writing from Southwest Texas State University. He is a Contributing Reviewer to the Globe and Mail and appears frequently on TVO’s Imprint and CBC’s Talking Books. He lives in Toronto.
Michael Harvey is the author of several acclaimed crime novels: The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, The Third Rail. His latest novel is The Innocence Game, a stand alone thriller set in Chicago. Michael is also a journalist and documentary producer. His work has won numerous national and international awards, including multiple CableACE and Emmy awards, as well as an Academy Award nomination. He is also the co-creator, producer and executive producer of Cold Case Files on the A&E television network. For more information, check out Michael’s web site at www.michaelharveybooks.com or his Fan Page on Facebook.