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The goal of the festival is to bring together students and faculty of the university, as well as writers and presses from all over the Midwest, in order to provide a perspective of this region and to showcase the magnificent work being produced here, the stories that need to be told…the voices that need to be heard.
Held on the campus of the University of Michigan, Voices of the Middle West will take place on Saturday, March 22. A bookfair will take place from 10 AM to 5 PM in the atrium (main level) of East Quad, with various panels held throughout the day that we encourage people to check out.
This all leads up our special keynote speaker at 6 PM: lifelong Midwesterner Curtis Sittenfeld, author of the bestselling novels Sisterland, American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams. Prep was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, and American Wife was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2008 by Time, People, and Entertainment Weekly; both were nominated for the UK’s Orange Prize. There will be a reception open to the public after the keynote, where Ms. Sittenfeld will be available to sign copies of her books, available to purchase by Literati Bookstore.
Check out the links below for more information, including directions and maps, a list of bookfair exhibitors and information on all of the panels. Additional information will be added in the coming weeks.
Also, please feel free to RSVP on our (open to the public) Facebook event.
There is no cost to attend the festival, and we invite you to stop by and see what we’re all about. Hope to see you there!