Summer Series: Writers and Readers

This monthly book series will inspire writers and readers alike.

Grow your writing skills in workshops led by local authors. Hear the stories behind the books written by internationally bestselling authors. Meet area booksellers and book lovers. Enjoy delicious eats from area food trucks. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsors

This event series is supported by The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, August 25 | Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Kayla Chenault


5:30 pm,
 Main Library Auditorium – 111 Library St NE
Writing Workshop led by Kayla Chenault, a practitioner of Black Girl Magic and author of These BonesRegistration required.

6:30 pm, Fountain Street Church – 24 Fountain NE
An Evening with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, the author of Mexican Gothic. A book signing will follow the presentation. Fountain Street Church requires the use of masks while in the building. 

5:30 – 8:30 pm, Outside the Main Library – 111 Library St NE
Food, Games, Book Vendors, Community Resources 

The first 100 meals at each food truck are free! The free meal is delivered on a first-come, first-served basis and is available for purchase after the first 100 meals have been distributed.

Past Events

Thursday, June 23 | James McBride and Mursalata Muhammad


5:30 pm, Main Library Auditorium – 111 Library St NE
Writing Workshop led by Mursalata Muhammad, a creative writer and GRCC English professor.
Registration required. This writing workshop is SOLD OUT. Register today to be put on our waitlist. 

6:30 pm, Fountain Street Church – 24 Fountain NE
An Evening with James McBride, author of Deacon King Kong. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Fountain Street Church requires the use of masks while in the building. 

5:30 – 8:30 pm, Outside the Main Library – 111 Library St NE
Food, Games, Book Vendors, Community Resources 

The first 100 meals at each food truck are free! The free meal is delivered on a first-come, first-served basis and is available for purchase after the first 100 meals have been distributed.

Thursday, July 28 | Cleve Jones and Meryl Wilsner


5:30 pm,
 Main Library Auditorium – 111 Library St NE
Writing Workshop led by Meryl Wilsner, author of Something To Talk About and Mistakes Were Made (launching Fall 2022). Registration required. This writing workshop is SOLD OUT. Register today to be put on our waitlist. 

6:30 pm, Zoom, Link to join An Evening with Cleve Joneshttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/83088972359 
An Evening with Cleve Jones, LGBTQIA+ activist and author of When We Rise

Important Announcement | Venue Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances, An Evening with Cleve Jones will take place virtually.
On July 28 beginning at 6:30 pm, use the link below to join us for this virtual event or drop by the Main Library (111 Library St NE) to experience this interactive author talk on screen. A Q&A with event attendees will follow the discussion.

Link to join An Evening with Cleve Joneshttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/83088972359 

5:30 – 8:30 pm, Outside the Main Library – 111 Library St NE
Food, Games, Book Vendors, Community Resources 

The first 100 meals at each food truck are free! The free meal is delivered on a first-come, first-served basis and is available for purchase after the first 100 meals have been distributed.