Join us for a celebration of authors, books, art, and bratwurst on from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Booktoberfest will feature industry experts from around the country, offering advice and insight for authors, as well as fun and educational activities for the whole family. Authors can even pitch their books to a panel of experts for a chance to win a publishing package from Thomson-Shore!** Enjoy a day of music, food, and fun, while learning about the ever-changing world of publishing and bookmaking. A portion of proceeds will benefit 826 Michigan.
**Details and registration are provided at the bottom of this page. You must sign up in advance to pitch your book.Buy Tickets
Guest Speakers 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd, is an author, publisher, consultant and professional speaker, and authors’ rights advocate focused in the fields of finance and book publishing. She is best known for being the founder of Author U, the co-founder of Mile High Press, and was CW2 Denver’s financial expert in the mid-2000s.
Micah Springer is the author of "Keepers of the Story," a memoir about her journey backpacking through Africa with her best friend and falling in love with a nomadic pastoral warrior. After 16 years of pondering and eight years of writing, she published her book with 100% sustainable, earth-friendly, beautifully-crafted materials to tribute her love for traditional peoples and their hard-earned universal wisdom.
Andy Hughes is Senior Vice President of Production and Design at the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Andy has been an employee at Random House since 1978, starting as a production assistant. Prior to that, he worked two years at the New York Sales office for The Haddon Craftsmen. In 1988 he was named Vice President and Director of Manufacturing for Random House Audiobooks, a position he held for fifteen years, while also working at Knopf. In 1994, Andy was promoted to Knopf VP, responsible for production and design for Knopf, Pantheon, Vintage, Anchor and Everyman’s Library.
Andy is also on the board of USACF (US-Africa Children Fellowship) dedicated to shipping books to Africa, and for the past ten years, Andy has traveled to Zimbabwe training volunteers and assisting in the building of schools and school furniture in rural communities.
David Zinn has been creating original artwork in and around Ann Arbor since 1987, serving all manner of commercial clients from small shops to major municipalities while simultaneously sneaking “pointless” art into the world at large. His professional commissions have included theatrical posters, business logos, educational cartoons, landfill murals, environmental superheroes, corporate allegories and hand-painted dump trucks. His less practical creations have involved bar coasters, restaurant placemats, cake icing, and snow.
826 Michigan inspires school-aged students to write confidently and skillfully with the help of adult volunteers in their communities. They opened their doors in June of 2005. Since then, thousands of students have enriched the literary landscape with their powerful voices, boundless creativity, and infectious enthusiasm.
Fun for the Family!
Booktoberfest includes activities for booklovers of all ages. Kids can write and illustrate their own one-page stories that Thomson-Shore will print, bind, and deliver to each young author who participates. Listen to stories written and read by the students of 826 Michigan. Take a tour of Thomson-Shore to see how books are made. Color in jumbo-sized coloring books. Watch local artist/author, David Zinn, make a custom art installation. Enjoy food and beverages provided by Hotel Hickman. Get books signed by local authors, with books available for sale on-site from Literati Bookstore and Watchtower Comics from noon - 4:00PM. Register in advance to receive a free Booktoberfest journal, manufactured by Thomson-Shore.
Win an Exclusive Publishing Deal!
Authors, pitch your books to a panel of publishing experts for the chance to win a custom publishing and distribution deal from Thomson-Shore. Convince us that your book is a future bestseller. Include a description of the book, marketing plans, and proof of concept. Feel free to use visual aids, and be ready to speak in front of other eager authors. Sign up in advance to secure a spot. Spaces are limited. Rules and restrictions apply. See below for details.
Rules & Restrictions
- Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
- All pitches must be for completed manuscripts of unpublished and unprinted books.
- Participants will have a maximum of five minutes to pitch their book.
- Pitching order will be determined by the drawing of names.
- Our experts will select one winner for a publishing package valued up to $5000 at Thomson-Shore. (There is no guarantee of a prize being awarded.)
- All participants will receive a voucher for 10% or $100 off (whichever is lower) any services provided by Thomson-Shore.
- Prize vouchers will be valid for 60 days.