Spring 2020 Luncheon Cancelled

After much thought, the Board of the Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society made the difficult decision to cancel the Spring 2020 Luncheon to help protect the health of our guests, Burton Manor staff, and our Board of volunteers who make the event a success.

Mary Norris Interview Available!

If staying at home is getting you down, how does an armchair trip to explore the sights and sounds of Greece with an author sound? Today, May 18, 2020, would have been our scheduled Spring Book & Author Luncheon. Alas, the Coronavirus pandemic means that we can’t get together in person right now, but we’re still finding new ways to connect with our authors and their books! Book & Author Society Board member Raya Samet (University of Michigan-Dearborn) sat down for a virtual interview with Mary Norris, author of Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen, which is now available in paperback! Tune in to hear the full chat about Norris’ travel memoir that weaves in her early career at The New Yorker, her (mostly solo) travels to Greece, and her odes to the Greek language and Greek mythology.

Want to get a hold of a copy? 

  • Don’t forget to check your public library–many are offering eBooks or may provide curbside pickup services.
  • Want to purchase a copy while supporting BOTH the Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society and your local independent bookstore? Use this link to make your purchase on Bookshop and have it shipped directly to your door!
  • Prefer to order using Amazon? Please go to smile.amazon.com and set Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society as your charity so that your purchase helps to send us a donation. Participating in the Amazon Smile program does NOT increase the cost of items you buy.


Grants will not be given out for the Spring. We will retain any applications received so far and consider them in the future.

Please Stay in Touch

This is an unprecedented time for the Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society; we’re working hard to see what, if anything, we can do to reschedule the authors we had planned for the event.

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If you’d like to support the MDBAS and local independent book stores, you can purchase books from Bookshop.org.

You can also support the MDBAS when shopping on Amazon by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com – Amazon gives a small percentage of eligible purchases as a donation and it does not increase the price of your items.


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