The Midwest Literary Walk is the annual Spring afternoon event in downtown Chelsea, MI celebrating the power of books, authors, literature and poetry in everyday life. This year’s event is TODAY , Saturday, April 29, from 1-5 p.m. in Chelsea, MI.
The Midwest Literacy Walk is hosted by the Chelsea District Library and sponsored in part by Detroit Public TV and PBS’ The Great American Read, PBS’s upcoming series designed to spark a national conversation about reading, literacy and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us. The Midwest Literary Walk is completely free to the public. Learn more: http://midwestliterarywalk.org.
For book lovers throughout the region, the Midwest Literary Walk offers a full day of literary tourism, blending an incredible roster of renowned writing voices with Chelsea’s quaint downtown, home to the iconic Purple Rose Theater and Common Grill.
In addition to an inspiring day of author talks, DPTV will be on-site to share information about a new upcoming PBS series The Great American Read. They will also be conducting short interviews with willing MLW attendees, inviting them to talk about their favorite book for use online or as part of one of the eight episodes.
Hosted by Meredith Vieira and launching nationwide on May 22, The Great American Read series is designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. The eight-part broadcast and online series also features celebrities, athletes, experts, authors, and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite book. It will premiere on DPTV and other PBS stations Tuesday, May 22 at 8pm. For more about this exciting new series, attendees can visit The Great American Read table at each MLW venue or go online at pbs.org/the-great-american-read.
This year’s Midwest Literary Walk features an impressive and diverse lineup, including:
Will Schwalbe, the author of The End of Your Life Book Club, which spent twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His latest work, Books for Living, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle Awards, and illustrates the ways in which books affect us, honor our loved ones, and add meaning and fullness to our lives.
Ada Limón is an acclaimed poet, author of four books of poetry, 2015 National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry. Limón’s most recent book of poetry, Bright Dead Things, was one of the New York Times Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year, as well as a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry.
Michael Eric Dyson is an acclaimed author of nearly 20 books, including his latest work, the New York Times bestseller, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, a non-fiction work that examines racial divide and calls for change. He is the recipient of two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work in Non-Fiction, and winner of the American Book Award. Essence declared him one of 40 most inspiring African Americans, and he was named among the 100 most influential black Americans by the website Ebony.
This year’s Midwest Literary Walk begins with Will Schwalbe at 1pm at Chelsea First Congregational Church located at 121 E. Middle Street. Poet Ada Limón will appear at 2:30 at the Chelsea Depot, located at 125 Jackson St, and Michael Eric Dyson will appear at 4 pm at the Main Street Church, 320 N Main Stb. In Chelsea.,
Learn more about the April 28 Midwest Literary Walk, including times, directions and other details, at http://midwestliterarywalk.org
PBS Books, produced for a national audience by Detroit Public TV, is a national, multi-platform, public media-driven presentation of books, authors, storytelling and the power of literacy. In partnership with major book festivals, libraries, and literary organizations, PBS Books showcases the books, authors and ideas that drive national conversations and shape global perspectives.