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Holiday Extravaganza!

Holiday Extravaganza at The Bookman! We will have an *amazing* group of local authors (see list below) in the store signing and their books. You'll have to take advantage of this chance to speak with so many different local writers that have impacted and inspired our community. And as a bonus, the local adult literary nonprofit R.E.A.D will also be in the store providing a free gift wrapping service.

- Sarah Barnard
- Ammie Bouwman
- Maggie Black Tatum

Author Event: Anna Clark

Join Anna Clark in the store as she talks about her book "The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy". The book is a full account of the Flint water crisis, highlighting who is to blame, the effect they've had on the Michigan city, and what happens when infrastructure and the people are ignored.

The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250125149
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Metropolitan Books - July 10th, 2018

Holiday Storytime, Singalong & Craft

Before you meet Santa in Centertown, warm your hearts and vocal chords at our Tuba Christmas story-time and singalong! And let our elves help your kiddos make a holiday craft! This event is happening all day!

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ISBN: 9781585363841
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sleeping Bear Press - September 15th, 2018

The Big Read Lakeshore

2018 Book:

NEA Big Read Lakeshore creates and fosters a culture where reading matters.

It is to bring the community together around one book and use this shared experience of reading, discussing and exploring the themes of the book as a springboard to learn from and listen to each other. The programming draws diverse participation within the community, generating conversations and discussion groups across generational, cultural, racial and socioeconomic divides and experiences. These events take place in a variety of spaces and locations.

The main events are planned to approach a book and its topics from a variety of perspectives, experiences and angles, organizing events that include interesting lectures by great speakers as well as using film, food, music and art to explore and celebrate the topics under discussion.

This month-long community-wide reading program takes place every November.

Find out more about The Big Read Lakeshore and all the great events going on during this program at:

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Station Eleven Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804172448
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544336261
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 1st, 2014

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By John Rocco, John Rocco (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423121909
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 24th, 2011

Poetry Lives!

Poetry Lives at The Bookman! All are invited to bring an original or favorite poem and share with a group of gentle folks. You are also welcome to just sit and listen, or participate in the always lively discussion.

Bookman Book Clubs

Great American ReadJoin a NEW book club!

The Bookman is starting up 5 new book clubs in conjuction with PBS' The Great American Read program.

Make your 2018 a "Summer of Reading!"

  • Each book club will only exist for five months, ending around the same time The Great American Read broadcasts its final show announcing America's favorite book. 
  • Each book club will be designed for a specific age group.
  • Every month will focus on a different theme, but each group has the same theme.
  • Time of each club will be announced later this month.

We've got more detailed info about the groups listed below.  But if you have any questions, or would like to express your interest in joining one of the groups, call us at 616-846-3520 or e-mail at