May News & Events

Book Beat will be closed on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day. We will reopen at 10am, Tuesday, May 27. Happy Holiday!

Patty Duke at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Thurs., May 8!

patty-duke_lead_t614Academy Award winning actress and author Patty Duke will be appearing at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, (27375 Bell Road, Southfield, MI) on Thursday, May 8 at 7pm as part of the Healthy Body Healthy Mind program sponsored by Kadima. An afterglow and book signing will immediately follow at 7:30pm. Tickets are $50. Early reservations are recommended. You can register online here. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event courtesy of Book Beat.

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

GPLF-BOTL-Logo_medJoin 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

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.

Author Sharon Flake, May 13 & 14 at Detroit Public Library!

1081f3d2b009ade7f092cb450404466bTwo-time Coretta Scott King Honor Book winner Sharon Flake will be appearing at the Detroit Public Library- Main Branch (5201 Woodward Ave., Downtown Detroit) on Tuesday, May 13 at 10am and 12pm for two separate programs where she will speak and sign copies of her many beloved books. If you cannot make either event, she will also be presenting at the Main Branch on Wednesday, May 14 at 10am. These events are free and open to the public. If you are with a school or classroom and would like to make arrangements to attend either of the programs, contact Lurene Carter at the Main Branch (313) 481-1360. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event courtesy of Book Beat.

Musician & Author Josh Malerman at New Way Bar, Tues.,May 13!

18498558Join us at the New Way Bar (23130 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220) on Tuesday, May 13 at 7pm to celebrate the release of musician Josh Malerman’s debut novel, Bird Box. Josh is a Detroit native and frontman for the band The High Strung, who will also be performing at this unique book signing/ reading/ concert. This event is free and open to the public. As it is limited capacity, we recommend arriving promptly to ensure entrance. Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Book Beat. To reserve a copy or for more information, please call us at (248) 968-1190.

Indies First Storytime Day is Sat., May 17th!

storytimeWWOn Saturday May 17th from 11:00am-5:00 PM, Book Beat will be participating in a nation-wide event sponsored by the American Booksellers Association – Indies First Storytime Day.” The Book Beat is located at 26010 Greenfield in Oak Park. Please call 248-968-1190 for more information. 

This event is the inspiration of children’s author, Kate DiCamillo, who is the current National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature for the United States. She’s also a two-time Newbery winner for The Tale of Desperaux and 2014?s Flora & Ulysses.  

In celebration of Children’s Book Week, authors have been asked to visit local independent bookstores and read from their favorite children’s books.

Newberry Award winnerChristopher Paul Curtis, Kathryn Madeline Allen, Wong Herbert Yee, Matt Faulkner, Jean Alicia Elster, Jenny Risher, Rick Lieder, Terry Blackhawk, Renee Prewitt, Barbara A. Kellom, M.L. Liebler, Gloria Whelan, Susan Whitall, and Michael Zadoorian.Additional authors and reading times will  be announced later.

We will also have the guest authors’ books available for purchase and autographing. We hope you will join us in promoting this festive occasion of books and authors. This event is free and open to the public. Spread the word. Let the reading begin!

Annie’s Ghosts author Steve Luxenberg, Thurs., May 22 at Rust Belt Market!

coverJoin the Michigan Humanities Council and Ferndale Public Library for the final Great Michigan Read author event! This celebration will be held Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m., at the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale (22801 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI 48220). This event will feature Annie’s Ghosts author Steve Luxenberg and complimentary food and drinks. There is no cost to attend but we are requesting advance RSVP for catering purposes. Click here to RSVP. Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Book Beat.

Author Matt Bell at Baldwin Library, Tues., May 27!

in-the-house-upon-the-dirtJoin us at The Baldwin Public Library (300 W. Merrill, Birmingham, MI) on Tuesday, May 27 from 7:00-8:45pm to meet and greet author Matt Bell, who will be speaking and signing copies of his novels, including his latest In The House Upon The Dirt Between The Lake And The Woods. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Book Beat.

Author Doug Wilson at Ewald Library, Sat., May 31!

the-bird-mark-fidrych-life-and-legacy-doug-wilsonJoin us at the Ewald Branch Public Library (15175 East Jefferson Ave. Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230) on Saturday, May 31 from 1:00-3:00pm to welcome Doug Wilson, author of the Michigan Notable Book Award-winner The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych. He will be speaking as well as signing copies of his book, which will be available courtesy of Book Beat. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required here. If you have any further questions, please contact Danis Houser at (313) 343-2074.

The Sights’ Eddie Baraneck at Royal Oak Library, Sat., May 31!

Digital External_Cover_Layout.xlsThe Sights front-man turned author Eddie Baraneck will be performing and signing copies of his newly-released book, Taken Alive: The Sight’s Rock and Roll Tour Diary at the Royal Oak Public Library (222 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067) on Saturday, May 31 from 2:00-3:00pm. Eddie will play guitar, sing, and read from the diary, and bring stories from the road. Join us for a fun and engaging afternoon, as we hear what life’s like on the road for a Detroit rock and roller.


May Reading Group Selection: Iraqi Nights

iraqiBook Beat’s Reading Group selection for May is The Iraqi Nights by Dunya Mikhail. The Reading Group will be joined by poet Dunya Mikhail on Wednesday, May 28th at 6pm in Book Beat (26010 Greenfield Rd. Oak Park, MI 48237). Join us at 7pm for a special open-to-the-public reading and discussion with Dunya. Reading group books are discounted 15% at Book Beat. All are welcome!


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