Book Beat July news & events

The Elmore Leonard event at the Bloomfield Township Library has been rescheduled for Friday, July 27h at 7 PM (due to a power failure.)

Save the Date: Sunday, August 19th: Book Beat’s 30th Anniversary Party!

Author/Illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw at Harper Woods Library, July 11th!

Join us at the Harper Woods Public Library (19601 Harper Rd., Harper Woods, MI 48225) on Wednesday, July 11th at 2pm to welcome local author and illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw, creator of the popular children’s series Ellie McDoodle. Ruth will be signing copies of her books as well as teaching kids how to make their own doodles and drawings of funny animals! You can learn how to keep your own sketch journal just like Ellie McDoodle! Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event courtesy of Book Beat. This event will take place in the Community Room. Please visit the event page for more info or call the Harper Woods Library at (313) 343-2575. Visit our blog for more info.

Greetings From Michigan, Four Michigan Young Adult Authors @ Baldwin Library, July 24th!

Book Beat and the Baldwin Public Library present Greetings from Michigan, an afternoon with four Michigan authors of young adult literature.  Amy Ackley, Tracey Bilen, Beth Neff and Lara Zielin will be at the Baldwin Public Library (300 W. Merrill Street, Birmingham, MI 48009.There is additional parking on the NW corner of Chester St. ) from 1:30 to 3:30 pm  on Tuesday, July 24.  Combat any summer doldrums with an opportunity to meet four fresh new faces in the world of young adult fiction.

The authors have all recently released realistic fiction about tough situations faced by teenagers, with stories dealing with problems such as illness, death and abuse.  Some of the books take place in Michigan and all of the authors live in Michigan.  Come support our states’ talent and take home exciting books sure to spark thought and conversation.  We welcome teachers, parents, media specialists and young adults to the event as these titles would be excellent discussion starters.  Book Beat will be having a drawing at the event to win a grab bag prize of four signed books, one from each author!

For more info on this event and the authors, visit our blog here.

Elmore & Peter Leonard at Bloomfield Library, July 26th! – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN rescheduled for July 27th (due to a power failure.)

Book Beat is pleased to welcome legendary author, screenwriter, and beloved Detroiter Elmore Leonard, along with his son, author Peter Leonard, to the Bloomfield Township Library (1099 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Township, MI 48302) on Thursday, July 26th at 7pm – NOW RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JULY 27th at 7 PM. Elmore and Peter will be discussing their adventures in Hollywood, working on such critically-acclaimed series as Justified. Join us for this rare opportunity to hear the inside story on some of the classic productions based on Elmore’s novels and stories (Hombre, 3:10 to Yuma, Mr. Majestyk, Get Shorty, Out of Sight).  The event is free and open to the public, but you must register to ensure seating. To register, contact the Library at (248) 642-5800 ext. 171. Books by both authors will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190 for more info or to reserve copies of these titles.

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Book Beat Reading Group July Selection

Book Beat’s Reading Group selection for July is Honore De Balzac’s novella, The Unknown Masterpiece. The Reading Group will meet on Monday, July 30 at 7pm in the Goldfish Teahouse (117 West 4th St # 101, Downtown Royal Oak). Books are discounted 15% at Book Beat. All are welcome!

One of Balzac’s most celebrated tales, The Unknown Masterpiece is the story of a painter who, depending on one’s perspective, is either an abject failure or a transcendental genius—or both. The story, which has served as an inspiration to artists as various as Cézanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette, is, in critic Dore Ashton’s words, a “fable of modern art.” Published in a new translation by poet Richard Howard, The Unknown Masterpiece appears, as Balzac intended, with Gambara, a grotesque and tragic novella about a musician undone by his dreams.

Book Beat honored with the Pannell Award in NYC

The Book Beat was one of two stores to receive the national Pannell Award at the Book Expo children’s breakfast in NYC, given by the Women’s National Book Association to; bookstores in the United States that excel at inspiring kids’ interest in reading, as well as creatively bringing books and young people together. for more information: Click Here

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