93rd Luncheon

Monday, October 15, 2018

Burton Manor Banquet and Conference Center
27777 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia MI 48150
[ Detailed Directions ]
(734) 427-9110

From Points East: I-96 West to Inkster exit. Follow service drive west past Inkster Road (Schoolcraft) to Cardwell, turn left. The parking lot is straight ahead across the bridge.

From Points West: I-96 East to Middlebelt exit. Follow the service drive (Schoolcraft) east. Burton Manor will be on the right, just east of Middlebelt Road.

 Guest Authors 

Lisa Unger is the award-winning New York Times and international bestselling author of sixteen novels, including her newest, “Under My Skin,” a twisting, spellbinding thriller. Her books are published in 26 languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies, and have been named “Best of the Year” or top picks by The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, and Goodreads, to name a few. Combining knowledge of the human psyche and an understanding of fear, readers and critics alike call her one of the top writers of psychological thrillers today.

Mark Leibovich is the New York Times Magazine’s chief national correspondent and is a lifelong New England Patriot’s fan. He tried for years to profile quarterback Tom Brady, and in 2014, Brady finally agreed. Then came the infamous “deflategate” controversy. Now, when pro football is being attacked on many fronts, Leibovich has taken a fascinating in-depth look at where the sport is going in his new book “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times.” He is also the author of the scathing 2013 best-selling Washington expose “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America’s Gilded Capital.”

Anne Ford, great-granddaughter of Henry Ford and daughter of Henry Ford II, became a well-known writer and advocate for people with learning disabilities after her daughter Allegra was diagnosed with learning problems. She has written several books on the subject, including her latest, “The Stigmatized Child: Helping Parents Overcome the Stigma Attached to Learning Disabilities, ADHD and Lack of Social Skills.” Ford served as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Learning  Disabilities from 1989 to 2001 and has received many honors for her work and has lectured widely on LD and ADHD issues.

Dr. Rana Awdish was a young critical care physician near the end of her medical training at Wayne State University in Detroit when she suddenly became a patient fighting for her own life. In her critically acclaimed best-selling book, “In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope,” she reveals how her troubling experiences exposed her to flaws in today’s care standards and how to better embrace the emotional bond between doctor and patient. Today she serves as Medical Director of Care Experience for the entire Henry Ford Medical Group.

Anna Clark is an award-winning Michigan journalist whose work has appeared in Elle Magazine, the New York Times, Politico, and others. Like many people, she began to take notice when the residents of Flint began to complain that something was very wrong with the water coming out of their taps. Clark, who has covered the story from the beginning, has written the first full account of the Flint water scandal and its broader implications for pollution and America’s communities in her new book “The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy.” An excerpt from her book appeared in the Detroit Sunday Free Press in July.

Tickets will be available
on September 4, 2018


11:00 am – Book Sale Room Opens
12:00 pm – Lunch is Served
1:00 pm – Authors Begin to Speak
Grant Awards Being Presented: Dick Johnston Award and Elaine R. Irvin Friends Award
Authors will be available to sign purchased books after luncheon.
Book sales support grants. Please buy your books at the luncheon, but be aware that  the number of books available for purchase may be limited.
Cash, Check, and Credit/Debit cards accepted.

Program and speakers are subject to change.