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


We are also graciously assisted by:

Jason Ratcliffe          DJ Zig-Zag the Funk Maestro

Rachel Quinlan         Creative Director

Larry Francis             Minister of Bookmarks

DFB/DBF                    Communications


Detroit Festival of Books








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