Detroit Festival of Books 

Festival Committee


Ryan M. Place           Creator & Event Chairman

Lonni Thomas           Eastern Market Manager

Jim Charbonneau     Website Creator & Tech Wizard

Lauren Rautiola        Event Cartographer, Project Manager, Bookkeeper

Ed Clark                     Instagram & Twitter, Volunteer Coordinator

Louie Meizlish            Director of Public Relations & Media

Larry Francis             Minister of Bookmarks

Rachel Quinlan         Creative Director

George Hagenauer  Art & Comic Broker, Assorted Logistics

Jason Ratcliffe          DJ Zig-Zag the Funk Maestro

J.R. Junior                 Eastern Market Security

DFB/DBF                    Communications



Countless hours wandering John K. King Used & Rare Books

Francis Grunow’s Marche du Nain Rouge Parade

DJ Frank Raines Funk Night parties in Detroit

Mr. Francis’ ‘Tao in Thought‘ class @ PCEP

The uncrushable fighting spirit of Detroit

The beauty of Michigan

The rich, undulating tapestry of the United States of America

Book lovers and brain-food gobblers everywhere

The world of books, vinyl records, delicious food and drinks.



The Book Club of Detroit was instrumental in allowing us to use their treasury to get this event started. 

We also receive generous assistance from Eastern Market, the City of Detroit, KDZ Consulting, Margrave Pictures, and several community leaders.