In the News Updates

Tiya Miles on NPR

Author and Historian Tiya Miles was on NPR’s Fresh Air podcast on September 7, 2021 to briefly talk about her new book: ‘All That She Carried

Tiya Miles was hosted by the Book and Author Society at a past luncheon in the spring of 2018 where she talked about her book, “The Dawn of Detroit.” We’re sure this new book will be equally as engaging and well-researched.

Events Updates

Amber Garza

Monday, September 20, 2021 at 7pm EDT on Zoom

Event information for Amber Garza on Sept. 20, 2021 at 7pm EDT
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About Amber Garza

Amber Garza has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing. Coffee and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they’re real people. She lives with her husband and two kids in Folsom, California, which is—no joke—home to another Amber Garza.

About “Where I Left Her”

Whitney had some misgivings when she dropped her increasingly moody teenage daughter, Amelia, off at Lauren’s house. She’d never met the parents, and usually she’d go in, but Amelia clearly wasn’t going to let something so humiliating happen, so instead Whitney waved to her daughter before pulling away from the little house with the roses in front.
But when she goes back the next day, an elderly couple answers the door—Amelia and Lauren aren’t there, and this couple swears they never were, that she’s at the wrong house. As Whitney searches for Amelia, she uncovers a trail of lies her daughter has told her—from the Finsta account to rumors of a secret relationship. Does she really even know this girl she’s raised? And Amelia’s not the only one with secrets. Could Whitney’s own demons have something to do with her daughter’s disappearance, and can Whitney find her before it’s too late?

“In this high-tension domestic drama, nothing is as it seems. Don’t look away, you won’t want to miss a thing!” —J.T. Ellison, USA TODAY bestselling author of Her Dark LiesREGISTER FOR AMBER GARZA’S EVENT


A Chat with Mary Norris

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.

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Authors for Fall Luncheon Announced

Tickets go on sale September 3rd!

The Luncheon will be held at Burton Manor
27777 Schoolcraft, Livonia, MI 48150

Deborah Blum is the director of the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of two best-selling books, “The Poisoner’s Handbook” and her newest, “The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.” The latter is the dramatic true story of food safety in the United States and the heroes who fought for change at the end of the 19th century, when food was often dangerous to eat and even lethal. Deborah has also been a columnist for The New York Times and a blogger for Wired.

Bridgett Davis is the author of “The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers,” an unusual memoir of how low-stakes gambling helped fuel – and fund – racial justice in Detroit. While it tells how her mother ran a successful illegal numbers operation when Bridgett was young, it is also about the African American strivers of Detroit, the evolution of her family, a tale of female empowerment, and a love letter to her mother. Born and raised in Detroit, Bridgett is also the author of two novels, “Into the Go-Slow” and “Shifting Through Neutral.”

Susan Isaacs is the best-selling author of 14 novels, including “Compromising Positions” and “Shining Through.” Her new novel, “Takes One to Know One,” is a twisty mystery thriller featuring a retired FBI agent turned Long Island housewife who taps into her investigative past when she begins to suspect that her neighbor is harboring criminal secrets. Susan is a former editor of Seventeen, a freelance political speechwriter, chairman of the board of Poets & Writers, and a past president of Mystery Writers of America.

James Poniewozik is the chief television critic for the New York Times. His new book is “Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television and the Fracturing of America.” This fascinating, eye-opening book traces the history of TV and mass media from simpler times in the 1980’s to its powerful worldwide presence today. He also tells the almost unbelievable story of how a billionaire merged with the medium to become our 45th president. Originally from Monroe, James attended the University of Michigan. He went on to write about television for Time magazine for sixteen years, and has contributed to publications like Fortune, Salon and Rolling Stone.


Spring Luncheon Authors Announced

The authors for our Spring 2019 luncheon on May 20th has been finalized!

Elizabeth George was born in Ohio but has intrigued millions with her hugely popular Inspector Lynley mystery novels set in Great Britain. Many of her books were adapted for television by the BBC network as episodes of the series “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.” Her new Lynley novel, the 20th, is titled “The Punishment She Deserves.” Lynley is on the case when the cozy, bucolic town of Ludlow is stunned after one of its most respected citizens, the local deacon, is accused of a serious crime — then found dead in police custody.

Joe Grimm is the author of “The Faygo Book,” the story of the iconic soft drink and the family that has produced it in Detroit since two Russian immigrant brothers founded Faygo in 1907. Grimm, who was a Detroit Free Press editor for many years and now teaches journalism at Michigan State University, has long been interested in distinctly Michigan stories. He has written or edited several other books including “Coney Detroit,” the story behind what is arguably Detroit’s favorite food, and “Windjammers: Songs of the Great Lakes Sailors.”

Cecile Richards, author of “Make Trouble: Stand Up, Speak Out and Find the Courage to Lead,” has long been one of America’s most outspoken fighters for women’s rights. She served as the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund from 2006 to 2018. Cecile’s activism started early: Her mother, Ann Richards, was governor of Texas and the teenage Cecile stuffed political mailers and hosted political dinners. She moved on to help garment workers, hotel workers, and nursing home aides fight for better wages and working conditions. In her new book, Cecile reveals how she learned to lead.

Elaine Weiss is said to have handed in the manuscript of her dramatic history of suffrage, “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” the day before the 2016 presidential election. The first woman would be elected President of the United States – or so Elaine thought. But her book and the story it tells couldn’t be more timely: the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote is March 2020. Unfolding over six weeks in the summer of 1920, Elaine’s book brings to life the female leaders who, in the face of towering economic, racial, and political opposition, fought for and won American women’s right to vote.