More Than 30 Local Authors Will Unite To Support the Detroit Free Press’ Gift of Reading Program
Book it to Leon & Lulu Sunday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the fourth-annual, award-winning Books & Authors event. Celebrate the written word and those who put pen to paper. Books & Authors is a free event, which benefits the Detroit Free Press’ Gift of Reading Program.
“You can expect a wide array of titles and subjects at this year’s event, including fiction, memoirs, travel books, children’s books, local interest and more, ” says Mary Liz Curtin, owner of Leon & Lulu. “This event gives authors a chance to meet their fans, mingle with the public and to sell their books while we raise money for the Gift of Reading program."
An expected 30 authors will sign books and read excerpts at Leon & Lulu this Sunday, including WJBK Fox 2 Anchor Alan Lee, author of Sandstorm, his thrilling debut novel about an ex–CIA agent and a covert operation designed to derail Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Fox 2 investigative reporter M.L. Elrick will also be on hand. Elrick is co-author of The Kwame Sutra, which provides a 3-D portrait of Detroit’s youngest elected mayor, from his stunning rise to power to the self-induced, cataclysmic crash that landed him in jail.
On the lighter side, Author Shutta Crum, whose Mine! was listed in the New York Times as one of the best board books of the year, will sign and sell her newest children’s book, Dozens Of Cousins. Acclaimed Photographer Jenny Risher will showcase her portrait book, Heart Soul Detroit, which was penned by Matt Lee, and many more. For a complete list of participating authors, please visit www.leonandlulu.com/books.
Books & Authors Timeline 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 27:
11-1 Alan Lee, WJBK Fox 2 Anchor, author of Sandstorm
1-2 Meet and greet with the Detroit Free Press Yak
2-3 Kids' story time with their favorite authors
As part of the Books & Authors effort, Leon & Lulu will also be accepting donations of new children’s books for the Gift of Reading program during store hours through November 1, 2013. Leon & Lulu recently won the Retailer Excellence Award for Store Events from Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine for the Books & Authors event.
About Leon & Lulu
Leon & Lulu is a destination lifestyle store featuring an eclectic mix of upscale furniture, unforgettable gifts, and accessories in an environment unlike any other. Located in the historic Ambassador Roller Rink in Clawson, Michigan, Leon & Lulu offers 15,000-square feet of fabulous shopping, with a new 7,800-square feet expansion into the neighboring Clawson Theatre. Locally owned and family run, Leon & Lulu prides itself in providing a fun, welcoming atmosphere, serving hot coffee, cookies and popcorn – often via roller skates – to visiting patrons. For more information, or to shop online, please visit www.leonandlulu.com.
About Detroit Free Press Gift of Reading
Gift of Reading strives to reach the underserved children in metro Detroit that are at risk of never learning how to read. The mission is to encourage a resilient, life-long reading habit. Since the creation of Gift of Reading in 1987, the Detroit Free Press has provided more than 735,000 books for at-risk Michigan children. Books are distributed during the holidays through Head Start programs, homeless shelters, clinics, and agencies serving Braille-reading youngsters. For several years the program has given a new book to every Detroit Public Schools student pre-k through 3rd grade. For more information please visit www.dfpcharities.org.