Brilliant Detroit will operate “reading lounge” during Detroit Bookfest featuring live readings of children’s stories

Brilliant Detroit will operate “reading lounge” during Detroit Bookfest featuring live readings of children’s stories

 

Brilliant Detroit at Detroit Bookfest

 

The Detroit Festival of Books continues to offer more and more programming for children, thanks in part to the presence of Brilliant Detroit, a local non-profit organization focused on boosting children’s literacy, which returns to Bookfest for the third straight year this July.

Brilliant Detroit operates 15 open family hubs in communities throughout Detroit. Its neighborhood-based approach ensures programs and services meet the needs of neighbors and support the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of their young children.

 

Brilliant Detroit at Detroit Bookfest

 

Brilliant Detroit will operate a “reading lounge” at Detroit Bookfest that will offer:

  • Live readings of children’s stories throughout the day
  • Opportunities for children to play (and learn how to play) Book Bingo
  • Information about Detroit Reads!, its summer citywide reading initiative. Attendees can grab a schedule to learn about Detroit Reads!’ weekly activities, programming, pop-up author visits, and storytelling, and Brilliant Detroit’s high-dosage tutoring
  • Information on enrolling in Brilliant Detroit’s year-round programming
  • Information on volunteer and fundraising opportunities with the organization

 

“We are overjoyed that Brilliant Detroit is returning to Bookfest this year,” said Ryan M. Place, Bookfest’s founder and chairman. “Literacy is of paramount importance, and organizations such as Brilliant Detroit enrich children’s lives and help them build a bright future.”

“Annually the Detroit Festival of Books continues to exemplify how our city is full of readers, and this year we are so excited to be one of the many youth-focused literacy partners, who together will create a truly special experience for Detroit’s budding book lovers,” said Cindy Eggleton, CEO and co-founder of Brilliant Detroit. “The heart of our mission is the concept that communities can help every child be successful in life through literacy… Our hope is everyone will join us at Eastern Market to celebrate reading and learn how Detroit can become a city where every child reads at grade level!”

 

Homepage

https://brilliantdetroit.org/

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/BrilliantDetroit/

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/brilliantdetroit/

 

Detroit Bookfest 2023 Festival Guide

Detroit Bookfest 2023 Festival Guide

Detroit Bookfest 2019 (photo by Ryan M. Place)

 

The Detroit Festival of Books, aka: Detroit Bookfest, is a FREE annual in-person event at Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan.

Eastern Market

Shed 5

2934 Russell Street

Detroit, MI 48207

 

Sunday, July 16, 2023

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Facebook event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/540874824674576/

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/DetroitBookfest

 

We are also hosting Virtual Detroit Bookfest on our website from July 15-17, 2022

https://detroitbookfest.com/vendor-application-2022/

 

Eastern Market Detroit map

 

The phrase “Eastern Market” refers to both the large district/neighborhood and also the series of Sheds owned by the city of Detroit and run by the Eastern Market Partnership non-profit organization.

Opened in 1891, Eastern Market is the largest historic public market in the United States.

Featuring 43 acres of space, Eastern Market is comprised of a series of indoor and outdoor sheds which function as thriving year-round consumer markets.

This year, Detroit Bookfest will be located inside Shed 5 where vendors will be selling all sorts of books (ie: used, rare, antiquarian, authors, children’s, new, unusual, ephemera, etc), comic books, vinyl LP records, creative arts, and more.

Detroit Festival of Books (photo by Debography)

 

DJ Seven Whales will be providing the vibes.

 

Debbie Maciolek will be documenting the experience with her keen and perceptive eye.

 

Two food trucks, Sonny’s Hamburgers and Treat Dreams will be on the south side of Shed 5 on Alfred Street (east of Russell Street)

 

 

Char’latte Coffee Company: Two Metro Detroit sisters are bringing their Mobile Coffee Cart to Detroit Bookfest

 

Brilliant Detroit will be in the DTE Plaza on the westside of Shed 5, along Russell Street

 

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau’s D-Rover van will be outside Shed 5.

 

Pong Detroit, the ping-pong social club, will be wheeling some ping-pong tables over to Bookfest!

 

Deon Forrest (aka: Greektown Hotbox) Detroit’s own world-famous street performer will be live on Russell Street (at Alfred Street) outside Detroit Bookfest.

 

Detroit’s own Arts & Scraps is bringing the ScrapMobile to Bookfest! Kids will be able to build their own books here!

 

Birdie’s Bookmobile will be in the DTE Plaza outside Shed 5.

The Detroit Writing Room will be in the DTE Plaza outside Shed 5.

 

826michigan will be in the DTE Plaza outside Shed 5.

 

Detroit artist Rachel Quinlan created an exclusive painting for Detroit Bookfest

 

And more!

Health and safety is our #1 concern.

Whatever safety protocols are in place on Bookfest Day, we will be following them 100%.

We ultimately have no idea what to expect this year but we will do our absolute best to make it fun and safe.

JR Jones and Lonni Thomas, two of Eastern Market’s finest and also members of the Detroit Bookfest Committee (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

 

Our festival footprint has grown to include:

 

The Official Bookfest Afterparty down the street at Eastern Market Brewing Company (runs 10am-8pm)

https://detroitbookfest.com/bookfest-afterparty-embc/

 

Please explore the Detroit Bookfest Festival Guide below.

We also encourage you to make a day of it and explore the entire Eastern Market district, which is packed with hundreds of fun shops, restaurants, and experiences.

 

Eastern Market’s Shed 5 Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

 

 

Here’s our totally professional graphic designer-approved not flawed in any way screenshot MAP of the Bookfest Festival Footprint 

Detroit Bookfest festival map

 

Eastern Market Brewing Company

2515 Riopelle Street

 

Located three blocks southeast of Shed 5, Eastern Market Brewing Company (EMBC) is one of the most popular destinations in Eastern Market.

Currently, the street they’re on, Riopelle, is closed to vehicle traffic. It is pedestrian-only and they have tables in the street, food tent, live DJ Sam Morykwas, and of course beer, glorious beer.

Some of their most popular beers are:

Elephant Juice, Market Day IPA, Mae Blanc, Wonderboy, and White Coffee Stout

 

Bookfest Afterparty

https://detroitbookfest.com/bookfest-afterparty-embc/

 

Beer list

https://easternmarket.beer/beers/

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/easternmarketbrewing/

 

Special thanks to Dayne Bartscht (owner) and his team

Eastern Market Brewing Company Detroit (photo courtesy of EMBC)

EMBC Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

EMBC Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

 

 

 

Pong Detroit

This afterhours ping-pong social club is located inside Bert’s Warehouse (2739 Russell Street)

Pong Detroit

 

The brainchild of former Honolulu-based radio DJ and pong enthusiast Mal Lang, their slogan is “unplug and play.”

Mal says, “Soccer is # 1 and table tennis is the # 2 participant sport in world. Table tennis is huge in China, India, Europe (especially Sweden & Germany).”

Bert’s Warehouse also features a comedy club, kitchen, and bar, so you can drink and pong all night long.

Lessons are available and they will be doing wheelchair table tennis soon.

Their other slogan is “Food, drinks, music and pong.”

Hours

Tuesday-Thursday

5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Cost

$10/hr from 5-7pm, then $15/hr 7pm-11pm

 

Homepage

http://pongdetroit.com/

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pongdetroit/

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/pongdetroit/

 

Thanks to Mal Lang (owner)

 

Pong Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Pong Detroit

Pong Detroit inside Bert’s Warehouse (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Michigan shaped ping pong paddle (courtesy of Pong Detroit)

Bert’s Warehouse Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

 

 

 

The Dequindre Cut

Closest entrance located at 3017 Orleans Street.

 

The Cut,” as it’s called is a lovely greenway/urban recreational pathway for walking, biking, jogging.

It is 2-miles long and runs from the Detroit Riverfront to the northern tip of Eastern Market.

Near the Wilkins/Orleans entrance, you can find the Freight Yard Bar, this is an outdoor bar made out of shipping containers.

To get to the bar:

Enter at Orleans St & Wilkins St, walk down to the Cut, make a right, then it’s down on your left.

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/DequindreCutFreightYard

Dequindre Cut (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Dequindre Cut (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Dequindre Cut Map

Dequindre Cut (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Dequindre Cut (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Dequindre Cut Freight Yard bar (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Dequindre Cut (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert @ Dequindre Cut Freightyard Bar (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

 

 

 

Detroit City Distillery

2462 Riopelle Street

 

The Riopelle taproom of DCD is down the street from Eastern Market Brewing Company.

Here you will find a lively outdoor vibe, including music, cocktails and food from Midnight Temple, the Indian gastropub located above DCD. (hint: try the tandoori wings and gobi rollup).

 

Homepage

https://www.detroitcitydistillery.com/

 

Midnight Temple

https://www.midnighttemple.com/

 

Special thanks to JP Jerome (co-founder), Mike Forsyth (co-founder), Akash Sudhakara (Midnight Temple)

Detroit City Distillery (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Midnight Temple Indian food Detroit (photo courtesy of Yelp)

 

Detroit Hustles Harder shop

1353 Division Street

 

Detroit Hustles Harder is a globally recognized clothing store.

https://divisionstreetboutique.com/

 

Special thanks to Brendan Blumentritt (Detroit Hustles Harder)

 

 

The Eastern (event venue)

3434 Russell Street

The Eastern is a lovely 5,000-square foot industrial space you can rent out for special events.

Built in 1888, this is the old Hook and Ladder # 5 fire station. The Eastern has capacity for 300 seated or 600+ strolling and a 3,000 square foot outdoor patio.

Note: The entrance is not directly on Russell St, rather the main entrance is located on the north side of the building next to Wasserman Art Gallery.

Homepage

http://www.theeasterndetroit.com/

Virtual Tour

http://www.theeasterndetroit.com/virtual-tour

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/theeastern

Special thank you to Scott Rutterbush (owner).

The Eastern event space Detroit (courtesy The Eastern)

The Eastern event space Detroit (courtesy The Eastern)

The Eastern event space Detroit (courtesy The Eastern)

The Eastern event space Detroit (courtesy The Eastern)

 

 

Elsewhere in the Eastern Market district….

 

Eastern Market sculpture at Orleans and Erskine (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Eastern Market graffiti on Orleans Street, north of Erskine (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Eastern Market graffiti on Orleans Street, north of Erskine (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Eastern Market graffiti on Orleans Street, north of Winder (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Eastern Market graffiti on Orleans Street, north of Winder (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Eastern Market graffiti on Orleans Street, north of Winder (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Eastern Market graffiti on Orleans Street, north of Alfred (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

 

 

J’adore Loft 

2501 Russell Street, ste. 400

This fun event space is 2,000 square feet and has capacity for 50 seated or 125 strolling.

Great for meetings, weddings, photo shoots, events of all sorts.

Homepage

https://www.jadore-detroit.com/the-loft-1

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/jadoredetroit

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/jadoredetroit/

Special thanks to Candice Simons (owner).

J’adore Loft in Eastern Market (photo courtesy of J’adore Loft Detroit)

J’adore Loft in Eastern Market (photo courtesy of J’adore Loft Detroit)

J’adore Loft in Eastern Market (photo courtesy of J’adore Loft Detroit)

J’adore Loft in Eastern Market (photo courtesy of J’adore Loft Detroit)

 

 

Dyno Indoor Climbing Gym

3500 Orleans Street

 

This place is really cool! Inside you will find 12-15 foot tall boulders and a 49 foot tall rope section.

You can get a day pass, punch pass, or membership.

Climbers must be over 4 years old and you have to be over 16 years old to belay.

 

Homepage

https://www.dynodetroit.com/

 

Special thanks to Dino Ruggeri (owner)

Dyno indoor climbing gym (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Dyno indoor climbing gym (photo courtesy of Dyno)

 

 

Dorais Park Velodrome

601 Mack Avenue

Located on the NW edge of the Eastern Market district, this is also another really cool place!

Inside the 64,000 square foot dome you will find an indoor wooden bicycle track.

Bicyclists beware, you can actually go up to 50mph on your bicycle inside here!

 

Homepage

https://lexusvelodrome.com/

 

Special thanks to Dale Hughes (owner)

Dorais Park Velodrome (photo courtesy of the Velodrome)

Dorais Park Velodrome (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

 

That’s not everything in Eastern Market.

Merely a small sampling of some of the fun and exciting things you can do.

Be sure to explore the entire district and enjoy your experience in Detroit!

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s new early literacy program ‘Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront’ runs July 6 to August 11

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s new early literacy program ‘Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront’ runs July 6 to August 11

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s new early literacy program ‘Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront’

 

The Detroit Festival of Books, set to return to Detroit’s Eastern Market this July, is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy in its efforts to boost literacy in the city.  The Conservancy will host a table at this year’s Bookfest.

The Detroit Festival of Books is the largest book festival in the state of Michigan, featuring vendors from all over the United States and Canada. Bookfest is a goodwill effort to generate a deeper love and appreciation of books and culture, and to promote literacy. The free event takes place annually at Detroit’s Eastern Market.

Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront (R3) is the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s unique, interactive early literacy program. With support from General Motors, R3 stretches six weeks throughout the summer (July 6 – August 11, 2023).

The program takes place at Gabriel Richard Park (7130 East Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI) and features readings by local celebrities, as well as business and community leaders.

The program also boasts live and interactive family entertainment, a healthy snack provided by the YMCA and free books provided by General Motors in partnership with the Detroit Public Library’s “Library on Wheels.”

 

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’

 

“We are excited to have a presence at this year’s Bookfest,” said Renee Rodriguez, program manager for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.  “Literacy is something that is very important to us at the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, so we are supportive of any efforts that promote books and the joy of reading to people throughout the community, especially children.”

“As Bookfest expands its offerings and sees ever greater attendance, we want to do everything possible to boost the organizations devoted to fostering a love of reading,” said Ryan M. Place, Bookfest’s founder and chairman. “So with thousands upon thousands of individuals streaming through Bookfest, why not encourage those book lovers to volunteer their time and funds to support the worthiest of causes?”

The Detroit Festival of Books takes place Sunday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shed 5 in Detroit’s Eastern Market. The event is free. Photos of the 2022 Bookfest are available for download and use via this link.

 

Detroit Riverwalk (photo by Detroit Riverfront Conservancy)

Thank you CBS Detroit for running a segment on Detroit Bookfest

Thank you CBS Detroit for running a segment on Detroit Bookfest

 

 

 

(CBS DETROIT) – The Detroit Festival of Books is the largest book festival in Michigan, and it is returning in July for the sixth year at Detroit’s Eastern Market.

Ryan M. Place, founder and chairman of Detroit Bookfest, and Lonni Thomas, director of markets at Eastern Market Partnership, sat down with anchor Jeff Skversky inside the studios of CBS News Detroit on Wednesday, June 21st, 2023 to talk about the upcoming event that is scheduled for Sunday, July 16.

The event will include various books (including authors selling & signing their own books), other items, and a ton of fun activities.

Entry to the event is FREE.

Watch the full conversation with Place and Thomas in the video above.

 

CBS Detroit covers Detroit Bookfest

https://www.cbsnews.com/detroit/news/detroit-festival-of-books-returns-for-6th-year-in-eastern-market/

 

 

Donate your children’s books to Birdie’s Bookmobile at Detroit Bookfest

Donate your children’s books to Birdie’s Bookmobile at Detroit Bookfest

Birdie’s Bookmobile Detroit

Are you looking for a way to support children in Detroit? Bring your gently used children’s books to Bookfest 2023.

 

Birdie’s Bookmobile wants your books and is accepting donations!

Birdie’s Bookmobile is dedicated to eliminating book deserts and making books more accessible. Their mission is to help families build print-rich home environments, improve literacy outcomes, and grow lifelong readers.

 

Birdie’s Bookmobile Detroit

 

Since launching in June 2022, Birdie’s Bookmobile has gifted more than 5,000 books to 1,200 children in Detroit. Your book donations will help build home libraries, promote shared reading experiences between parent and child, and impact generations.

Birdie’s is run by Detroit’s own Alyce Hartman. She is the Founder and CEO of Nesting Birds Publishing, the director of collective learning at 313Reads, and the former Director of Education at MACC Development.

 

Book Needs:

  • Board Books
  • Picture Books
  • Early Readers
  • Chapter Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Middle Grade
  • YA

 

Where will Birdie’s Bookmobile be located during Bookfest?

 

Birdie’s Bookmobile will be located outside Eastern Market’s Shed 5 in the DTE Plaza.

This is the main plaza on the west side of the building facing Russell Street at Alfred Street.

 

DTE Plaza outside Eastern Market’s Shed 5 (Detroit, Michigan) located at Russell Street and Alfred Street

 

Homepage

https://www.birdiesbookmobile.org/

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/birdiesbookmobile

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/birdiesbookmobile/

 

Birdie’s Bookmobile Detroit