Detroit Festival of Books (aka: Detroit Bookfest) is dedicated to promoting the joy of reading and the rich culture surrounding it.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


The creation of Bookfest was partly inspired by:

Countless hours wandering John K. King Used & Rare Books

Exercises & shenanigans in Larry Francis‘ Room 219

Frank Raines amazing Funk Night parties in Detroit

Collectively banishing the Nain Rouge every year at the Marche du Nain Rouge 

and Detroit’s uncrushable fighting spirit 


Detroit Bookfest Committee

Ryan M. Place             Founder & Event Chairman

Lonni Thomas            Eastern Market Manager

Lauren Rautiola         Event Cartographer, Project Manager, Bookkeeper

Louie Meizlish            Director of Public Relations & Media

George Hagenauer    Art & Comic Broker, Assorted Logistics

Francis Grunow         Urban Planner

J.R. Junior                    Eastern Market Security

Jim Charbonneau      Website Creator & Tech Wizard

Ed Clark                      Volunteer Coordinator

DFB/DBF                     Communications

Matthew Lewis         Advisor


We are also graciously assisted by:

DJ Seven Whales      Official Bookfest DJ

Rachel Quinlan         Creative Director

Larry Francis             Minister of Bookmarks

DFB/DBF                    Communications


Detroit Festival of Books