National Book Award Finalist (â€œAmerican Salvageâ€)Â Bonnie Jo Campbell is one of the highlights of â€œA Rally of Writersâ€ set for April 2 at the Lansing Community College Conference Center West Campus. Jef Mallett, the creator of â€œFrazzâ€, will speak atÂ the opening session keynote. Rally registration is $70; studentâ€™s $50; luncheon speaker only is $15 (includes lunch).
Campbell has a novel coming out this summer that will shake-up any preconceptions you may have about river life. The novel, â€œOnce Upon a Riverâ€ is set in Michigan and features anÂ unusual coming of age story with a protagonist whoâ€™s a cross between Huck Finn and a sharpshooting Lolita. Follow Campbell here.
Authors making presentations or serving on panels include Marcia Aldrich (creative writing teacher MSU), Andrea King Collier (memoirist, essays and journalist), Deborah Diesen (New York Times Best Selling Childrens author), Beverly Jenkins (author of 21 novels highlighting African American life in the 19th century), Lev Raphael (author of 19 books) and Jim Hines (fantasy author).
For more information on presenters and registration check here.
A rally warmup will be hosted at Schuler Books and Music in the Eastwood Towne Center, 7 p.m., Friday, April 1 featuring a panel discussion on â€œWords of the Civil War- Kinds of Truthâ€. Daneen Wardrop, a Western Michigan University Professor and poet, Paul Taylor, author of â€œOrlando M.Â Poeâ€ and storyteller Shirley Bradley will bring an entirely new dimension to writing and story tellingÂ about the Civil War.
The program is funded in part by Gibsonâ€™s Bookstore and the Michigan Humanities Council.