Love Books? Head to Chelsea for the 2019 Midwest Literary Walk. A Springtime Saturday afternoon book festival, the festival presents some of America’s finest writers, poets and thinkers. The Midwest Literary Walk takes place Saturday, April 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown Chelsea.
Presented by the Chelsea District Library and sponsored, in part, by Detroit Public TV and PBS Books.
Learn more at midwestliterarywalk.org.
The Midwest Literary Walk is an annual Spring event in downtown Chelsea, MI celebrating the power of books, authors, literature and poetry in everyday life. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 27, from 1–5 pm in Chelsea, MI. The Midwest Literary Walk is presented by the Chelsea District Library and sponsored in part by Detroit Public TV and PBS Books, PBS’s channel dedicated to reading, literacy, and the books that inspire, move, and shape us. The Midwest Literary Walk is open to the public and free of charge.
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 Theatre.
This year’s Midwest Literary Walk features an impressive lineup, including:
Min Jin Lee, the author of the incredible New York Times bestseller, PACHINKO. Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. A finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, Pachinko was also a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was listed on over 75 best books of the year lists, including NPR, PBS, CNN, and the New York Public Library and has been published in over 27 languages.
Luis J. Rodriguez is an award-winning poet, children’s book author, memoirist, youth & arts advocate, community activist, and 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate. He was one of 50 leaders worldwide awarded the title “Unsung Heroes of Compassion,” presented by the Dalai Lama. Rodriguez’s bestselling memoir, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. is a New York Times notable book and recipient of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. The memoir explores gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that haunts its participants.
Anissa Gray is an Emmy and duPont-Columbia award-winning journalist, currently working as a Senior Editor for CNN Worldwide in Atlanta. Gray’s novel, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, is a gripping family saga told through the alternating voices of three sisters struggling with familial loyalty and love during a criminal trial that will decide the fate of the oldest sister. The Washington Post called Gray’s debut novel “an absorbing commentary on love, family, and forgiveness.” Born and raised in Michigan, Gray is also a graduate of Western Michigan University.
This year’s Midwest Literary Walk begins with Min Jin Lee at 1 pm at Main Street Church, 320 N. Main St., Chelsea. Luis Rodriguez will appear at 2:30 pm at Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Anissa Gray will appear at 4 pm at First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle Street, Chelsea, MI.
Learn more about the 11th Annual Midwest Literary Walk, including times, directions, and other details at 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. Learn more at PBSBooks.org.
Chelsea District Library is a not for profit organization whose mission is engage, inspire, and equip through evolving services and resources. The Library currently serves 15,010 residents in the Chelsea area including the City of Chelsea plus Dexter, Lima, Lyndon and Sylvan townships. More than 16,000 individuals visit the Library each month. For more information visit chelseadistrictlibrary.org.