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Emerging Writers Presents: Local Writers Live


Wednesday February 15, 2023: 6:30pm to 7:45pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar


Westgate Branch: West Side Room


Emerging Writers Presents: Local Writers Live

Join us for an evening with local authors doing short readings from their four published works.  Have a chat with an author or buy a copy of their book during the event!

We'll kick off the evening with readings from two books published by the library's Fifth Avenue Press publishing imprint.

Erin Wakeland will read from her book What are you Looking At?, which details four social experiments: mending/returning red solo cups from a fraternity’s yard, hanging a banner hand-stitched with “You Have Everything You Need” in places of commerce, placing postcards in public places, and en plein air painting in the Meijer Superstore.

Amy Hepp will read from her book Northern Woods. School’s out and first grade teacher Emma Richards is desperate for a vacation. Two weeks in a gorgeous lodge in northern Minnesota is a perfect way to escape the congested city and the reality of her failed marriage. Much to her surprise, a registration error lands her in the middle of a ten day canoe camping adventure through the rugged wilderness of the Boundary Waters with an eclectic group of campers. Her cute new hiking boots don’t hide the fact she’s clueless about camping and she accepts help from a handsome teammate with stellar skills. They face miles of open water, storms, bears, and steep portages in the Boundary Waters. But the biggest challenge might be opening their hearts.

Meet the other authors:

Laura Wolfe will be reading from her newest psychological thriller, The In-Laws. After a disastrous first meeting between a bride-to-be's parents and her future in-laws, she plans a wilderness outing with her fiance and both sets of parents in the hopes of having them all get along. But as tensions rise during the journey, it soon becomes clear that everyone is hiding secrets ... and someone won't make it out of the forest alive.  Laura Wolfe is an Amazon Charts Bestselling author who writes twisty, fast-paced psychological thrillers and suspense novels published by Bookouture. Multiple of her titles have reached Amazon’s Top 50 Kindle Books in the U.S. and Australia. Laura holds a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. When she is not writing, she can be found hanging out with her husband and two kids, growing vegetables in her garden, playing tennis, or spoiling her rescue dog. She enjoys living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Learn more at

Molly Spencer with her poetry collection, Hinge. Through this work, readers enter “a stunted world,” where landmarks—a river, a house, a woman’s own body—have become unrecognizable in a place as distorted and dangerous as any of the old tales the poet remasters in this elegant, mournful collection. Though loss and grief persist, in these poems as in our lives, Hinge explores the grace of a begrudging acceptance and gives us a hypothesis for all seasons: there is suffering and there is mercy; they are not separate but are for and of one another.

Molly Spencer is a poet, critic, and editor. Her debut collection, If the House (2019), won the Brittingham Prize judged by Carl Phillips. A second collection, Hinge (2020) won the Crab Orchard Open Competition judged by Allison Joseph. Molly’s poetry has appeared in Blackbird, FIELD, New England Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. Her critical writing has appeared at The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Literary Hub, The Writer's Chronicle, and The Rumpus, where she is a senior poetry editor. Spencer’s work has been awarded the Lucile Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, and an Institute for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where she teaches writing at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint Fifth Avenue Press.



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