Bookfest!

The time has finally come! Bookfest is drawing near!

On June two, Teens are invited to an afternoon of comics, poetry slams, and music!


at 12:15 Romeo Ray will perform “Some Unspoken Words” a blissful collection of poetry aimed to touch the mind, heart, and spirit. Born Ray Valentino Yentzer on February 14, 1984, in Longbeach California, Romeo was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He discovered his love and passion for writing at a young age and has written over 600 poems.


at 1 pm Autobiographical cartoonist John Porcellino will walk participants through making a four-page comic about their own lives. Open to all ages. John Porcellino was born in Chicago, in 1968, and has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels for over twenty-five years. His celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of cartoonists.


at 2 pm Ribbons of Song will play. They are a contemporary folk-pop group from Grand Rapids, Michigan led by intuitive folk songwriter Ben Scott-Brandt. The current group is exploring folk-pop structures and sounds within Ben’s original songs, combining strong lyrical imagery, diverse instrumentation, and a broad choral vocal approach. The Ribbons released a full-length studio album, Pocket Dream, in 2010, and are presently completing two more concurrent studio albums.


at 3 pm Bestselling humorist and memoirist Wade Rouse will discuss why humor is often overlooked — especially in literature — as an artform and how writing funny is a truly refined skill and medium. Wade will analyze the “funny art” of his work.


and at 4 pm Finish off the day with a performance by Toppermost, Michigan’s most popular Beatles tribute. Toppermost you will be taken on a musical journey spanning the early days of the Beatles live performances from 1963 to their last studio album in 1970. The music is perfect for all ages, puts a smile on everyone’s face and always manages to get people dancing.

Check out grpl.org/bookfest for more information on this day-long festival!

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