2017 Midwest Literary Walk showcases nationally recognized authors and poets

The Chelsea District Library (CDL) is excited to announce the return of Midwest Literary Walk for its 9th year on Saturday, April 29 from 1-5pm. This event showcases nationally recognized authors and poets at venues throughout downtown Chelsea and is free and open to the public.

  • Peter Ho Davies | 1pm @ First Congregational Church

The 2017 lineup begins at 1pm at the Chelsea First Congregational Church (121 E. Middle St.) featuring a panel of two authors, both with stories regarding the immigrant experience. Peter Ho Davies novel The Fortunes, a New York Times Notable Book of 2016, is a story of four lives and explores the threads of what it means to be both Chinese and American. Meanwhile, Derek Palacio’s The Mortifications is the tale of a Cuban-American family challenged by culture and ideals. This multi-generational novel was a New York Times Best Book of 2016.

At 2:30pm Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, professor at the University of Michigan, will present her book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy at the Chelsea Depot (125 Jackson St.). Named a finalist for the National Book Award, it is the first definitive history of the Attica Uprising and the death of thirty-nine prisoners and hostage. A review in Publisher’s Weekly reports “…Thompson’s superb and thorough study serves as a powerful tale of the search for justice in the face of the abuses of institutional power.”

The final author session at 4pm at Chelsea Clocktower Commons (320 N. Main St.) features two talented poets. Kwame Alexander is the author of many books, including Crossover, winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal and the sequel Booked, longlisted for the National Book Award in 2016. These middle grade novels in verse feature characters with a love for sports who discover the power of words while dealing with life’s challenges.

Alexander will be interviewed by fellow poet Airea D. Matthews. Matthews first collection of poems, simulacra, is the winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets. Critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips selected Matthews as the winner of the competition and describes it as “rollicking, destabilizing, at once intellectually sly and piercing and finally poignant.” Both Alexander and Matthews will share selections from their work.

Books will be available for purchase from Literati Bookstore at each location and time will be reserved for book signings. Following the final reading participants are invited to the Chelsea Alehouse (420 N. Main St.) for a casual afterglow featuring the band The Hot Club of Ann Arbor bringing us swing and jazz from the 30s and 40s.

For more about the 2017 Midwest Literary Walk and for information on local businesses that will be offering discounts on the day of the event, visit midwestliterarywalk.org.

This event is sponsored by Friends of Chelsea District Library and in partnership with Literati Bookstore, Detroit Public TV, WDET, Astral Road Media, ChelseaMich.com, Chelsea Alehouse, and McKinley Properties.

About the Chelsea District Library

Chelsea District Library is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide equal access to quality resources that serve the lifelong cultural, educational and informational needs and interests of all people. The Library currently serves 15,100 residents in the Chelsea district – City of Chelsea plus Dexter, Lima, Lyndon and Sylvan townships. More than 20,000 individuals visit the Library each month. For more information visit chelseadistrictlibrary.org.


Make it a day, evening or weekend getaway

While you’re in town for the Midwest Literary Walk, here are some of the many things you can explore in Chelsea, Michigan:

  • Accommodations – Places to stay in Chelsea, including bed & breakfasts and hotels
  • Restaurants – Explore our food options in Chelsea, including fine dining to BBQ to pubs and cafes
  • Shopping – Discover our charming and unique stores in Chelsea, from books to gifts, clothing, garden treasures, jewelry and more.
  • More events and things to do in Chelsea can be found on Chelsea Community Calendar

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