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Posted March 25, 2022

Books on the Lake Returns May 7

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Three outstanding authors will speak at the 2022 Books on the Lake May 7. The authors are Bethany Ball, Tayari Jones and Kelsey Ronan.

“We are thrilled to welcome back Books on the Lake this year after being unable to host the event since 2019,” said Jessica Keyser, Library Director. “Once again we have three authors, two of which have local roots.” The traditional luncheon with the authors will be held on Saturday, May 7 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. The Saturday luncheon tickets will be $35 each. Tickets go on sale online Thursday, April 7.

Grosse Pointe Park author, Kelsey Ronan’s debut novel, Chevy in the Hole, was just published March 15. Described as “a gorgeous, unflinching love letter to Flint, Michigan” Ronan’s novel follows several generations of two families who made their home in Flint. A Flint native, Ronan’s work has appeared in Lit Hub, Michigan Quarterly Review and The Kenyon Review. She teaches for InsideOut Literary Arts.

Metro Detroit native, Bethany Ball, is the author of What to Do About the Solomons and The Pessimists. Referring to her book The Pessimists she says she wrote it, “… because I had not seen anything out there that got to the heart of my anxiety as a mom, my struggles and difficulties fitting into mom culture…” A New York Times Editors’ Choice, The Pessimists was also named a New York Times 20 Books to Read for Fall. Born in Detroit and raised in Ferndale, Ball now lives in New York.

This year’s keynote speaker is New York Times bestselling author Tayari Jones. Her novels include Silver Sparrow, Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling and An American Marriage. An American Marriage was a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection and won the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction, Aspen Words Prize and an NAACP Image Award. It has been published in two dozen countries.

Jones, a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow, also received the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Her third novel, Silver Sparrow, was added to the NEA Big Read Library of classics in 2016.

A graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa and Arizona State University, she is an Andrew D. White Professor-At-Large at Cornell University and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.

Presenting sponsors are: Wayne County Community College District, Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library and the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation.

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