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Join us for a celebration of books, art, and bratwurst. Booktoberfest will feature industry experts from around the country, offering advice and insight for authors, as well as fun and educational activities for the whole family. Authors can even pitch their books to a panel of experts for a chance to win a publishing package from Thomson-Shore!* Enjoy a day of music, food, and fun, while learning about the ever-changing world of publishing and bookmaking. A portion of proceeds will benefit 826 Michigan. (Kids 2 and under get in free.)

*You must sign up in advance to pitch your book. Details and registration available on

Q&A with industry experts
Live art production by David Zinn
Book signings with local authors
Factory tours
Books available from Literati Bookstore and Watchtower Comics (Noon - 4:00PM)
Food, beer, and elephant ears
Jumbo community coloring  Book Color In
One-page Story Book Making for kids
Yoga for writers and readers
Book crafting presentations
Exclusive Booktoberfest Journal for early registrants

1. JUDITH BRILES, The Book Shepherd, is an author, publisher, consultant and professional speaker, and authors rights advocate focused in the fields of finance and book publishing. She is best known for being the founder of Author U, the co-founder of Mile High Press, and was CW2 Denvers financial expert in the mid-2000s.

2. MICAH SPRINGER  is the author of "Keepers of the Story," a memoir about her journey backpacking through Africa with her best friend and falling in love with a nomadic pastoral warrior. After twenty-five years of pondering and eight years of writing, she published her book with 100% sustainable, earth-friendly, beautifully-crafted materials to tribute her love for traditional peoples and their hand-earned universal wisdom.

3. ANDY HUGHES is the SVP Production & Design, Knopf Doubleday Group at Penguin Random House. With over 38 years of experience in the publishing world, Andy Hughes offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.

4. DAVID ZINN has been creating original artwork in and around Ann Arbor since 1987, serving all manner of commercial clients from small shops to major municipalities while simultaneously sneaking pointless art into the world at large. His professional commissions have included theatrical posters, business logos, educational cartoons, landfill murals, environmental superheroes, corporate allegories and hand-painted dump trucks. His less practical creations have involved bar coasters, restaurant placemats, cake icing, and snow.

5. 826 MICHIGAN inspires school-aged students to write confidently and skillfully with the help of adult volunteers in their communities. They opened their doors in June of 2005. Since then, thousands of students have enriched the literary landscape with their powerful voices, boundless creativity, and infectious enthusiasm.



Thomson-Shore (View)
7300 West Joy Rd
Dexter, MI 48130
United States

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Arts > Literary
Education > Workshops
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Thomson-Shore
On BPT Since: Aug 21, 2017

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