Books on the Lake, May 9-10, with Dennis Lehane & Gloria Whelan!

The GGPLF-BOTL-Logo_medrosse Pointe Library Foundation & Wayne County Community College Presents

Books on the Lake

Book & Author Luncheon

Friday, May 9, 2014 & Saturday, May 10, 2014

The weekend begins with a private reception and book signing with Dennis Lehane and Gloria Whelan at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (788 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236) on Friday, May 9. Then on Saturday, May 10, Dennis Lehane, Rhoda Janzen, and Gloria Whelan will share the stage as they discuss their books during a luncheon at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial (32 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pte Farms, MI 48236). Please join us for this exciting two-day community event!

May 9- Author Reception

Join us for an intimate gathering with authors Dennis Lehane and Gloria Whelan at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club on Friday, May 9 from 7:00-9:00pm. Authors and guests will mingle while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The authors will be available for book signing while dessert is served.

You are welcome to bring your own books for signing; books will also be available for purchase courtesy of Book Beat.

Dress is business or cocktail attire, denim is not permitted. Complimentary valet parking is provided.

Author Reception Tickets are $100 and available at Central Library


May 10- Author Luncheon

On Saturday, May 10, Dennis Lehane, Gloria Whelan, and Rhoda Janzen will share the stage from 11:30am-3:00pm to discuss their respective work at the author luncheon at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The authors will conduct a reading, answer questions, and there will be a book signing at the conclusion of the afternoon.

You are welcome to bring your own books for signing; books will also be available for purchase courtesy of Book Beat. Tickets are $35.


Great Lakes VIP has generously donated a weekend trip for two to Chicago! The trip will be customized to suit the winner and includes: transportation for two on a semi-private jet, black car service, two nights in a luxury hotel, dinner for two at one of Chicago’s top restaurants, and two tickets to the event of your choice.  The drawing will be held May 10 and the winner need not be present. This is truly an amazing opportunity to experience Chicago in style!

Raffle Tickets are $100. Only 200 will be sold. Available at Central Library

Beginning March 23, any remaining tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Foundation office at 313.640.4683



Dennis Lehane

From Gone, Baby, Gone to Mystic River to Shutter Island (all made into movies) to The Given Day, the phenomenal Dennis Lehane has proven himself to be one of the most versatile and exciting novelists working in America today—whether he’s breaking new ground with uniquely inventive psychological suspense, redefining the detective story, or bringing a bygone era to life with sweeping and masterful historical fiction. He has written for HBO’s The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, and occasionally makes guest appearances as himself in the ABC comedy/drama TV series Castle.

Rhoda Janzen
At the end of her bestselling memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family roots, though her future felt uncertain. In Mennonite Meets Mr. Right, this overeducated professor starts dating the most unlikely of men—a weight-liftin’, church-goin’, truck-drivin’ rocker named Mitch—and begins a surprising journey to faith and love. Convinced that his bedrock character has something to do with his Pentecostal church, Rhoda suits up for a brave new world of sparkler pom-poms and hand-clappin’ hallelujahs. Equal parts hilarious, witty, and moving, Ms. Janzen’s books are perfect for anyone who has taken an unexpected detour only to find that new roads lead to rich destinations.
Gloria Whelan 
An accomplished poet, short story writer, and novelist best known for her award-winning children’s and young-adult fiction, Gloria Whelan won the annual National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for her novel Homeless Bird. in 2014, she won the IPPY silver medal for her short story collection, Living Together. In nearly thirty-five years, Ms. Whelan has written fifty-two books, many of which are historical fiction novels, including a trilogy set on Mackinac Island and a quartet series set in communist Russia. Her short stories have appeared in in The Ontario Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, and other literary quarterlies, as well as in several anthologies, and in Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards.

This event is made possible by the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation, through our partnership with Wayne County Community College District and with generous sponsorship by Great Lakes VIP.

Great Lakes VIP has donated a luxury trip for two to Chicago! 100% of the proceeds from the raffle will be reinvested in the Library! Click on the RAFFLE page for more information.

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