Farmington Author & Book Festival

Celebrating the Diversity of Michigan's Stories & Storytellers

The Farmington Author & Book Fest (FAB Fest) brings the community together to celebrate stories and storytellers from right here in Michigan! The Festival offers free admission to author readings, book signings, discussions, workshops, and more. Wander through the book marketplace offering publications by local authors and publishers - you'll be sure to find something that piques your interest. FAB Fest is a collaboration between KickstART Farmington and the Farmington Community Library.

FAB Fest 2024 will take place on June 1, 2024, in Downtown Farmington alongside Art on the Grand.

FAB Fest 2024
June 1, 10 AM - 7 PM
Memorial Park in Downtown Farmington
33430 Grand River Ave

10 AM - 5 PM | Book Marketplace

Confirmed authors for this year's marketplace include:

Tamikio Dooley Erik Bean, Ed.D.
Billy Kramer Aquarius Press
Carol Nickles Pria Dee
Kimberly Paulson Randy D Pearson
Gertrude Daly A. Kidd
S.W. Raine Martha Johnston
Isabella J. Mansfield Joseph Williams
Lori Klisman Ellis Making Spirits Bright
Holly Ash Molly David
Jeffrey Ford Lisa Stanton
Word in Due Season Publishing, LLC Tom Sawyer
Leyshaa Pasrija Donovan Neal
Don Hicks Greater Detroit Romance Writers
Tami Pruitt Darin Gaston
Sarah Sparkman Katherine Mitropoulos
826michigan 8N Publishing
Leslie Cieplechowicz Studio 42 Books
Juanita Vaughn Rochester Writers
My Precious Apple Publishing LLC Amber Williams
Jessica K. Foster Barbara Giatti
Charles G. Bird Nandi's Knowledge Cafe
Beth Gelman  

Schedule of Events

11-11:45 AM  |  Children’s Book Readings with authors Molly David (My Mischievous Wheelchair), Martha Johnston (Iki and his Mighty Friends), Jeffrey Roy Ford (Steadman Squirrel)

1-1:45 PM  |  The MacGuffin 40th Anniversary Reading

2-2:45 PM  |  A Conversation and Reading with Poets Joy Gaines-Friedler and Keith Taylor

3-3:45 pm  |  Romance Writers Roundtable, featuring D.A. Henneman, Isabelle Drake, and Natalie Dunbar, hosted by Rebecca Brown

4-4:45 PM  |  Author Reading with Award-Winning Writers Kathe Koja & Stephen Mack Jones

5-6:30 PM  |  Keynote Presentation/Reading and Conversation with Carolyn Forché

7-9 PM  |  Afterparty at KickstART Gallery

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s keynote presenter is award-winning poet, Carolyn Forché. Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1950, poet, teacher and activist Carolyn Forché has witnessed, thought about, and put into poetry some of the most devastating events of twentieth-century world history. Forché is perhaps best-known for coining the term “poetry of witness.” Her groundbreaking poems have been testimonies, inquiries, and wonderments. They daringly map a territory where poetry asserts our inexhaustible responsibility to one another.

Carolyn Forché is the author of five books of poetry, most recently In the Lateness of the World (Penguin Press, 2020), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and also Blue Hour (2004), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Angel of History (1995), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, The Country Between Us (1982), winner of the Lamont Prize of the Academy of American Poets, and Gathering the Tribes (1976), winner of the Yale Series of Young Poets Prize.

Forché will offer a poetry reading and talk followed by a book signing.


The 2024 FAB Fest is made possible by the support of our generous sponsors.