Sunday, May 3, 2009

May Events for Bonnie Jo Campbell

May 1 --- Friday, Chicago, Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark, Windy City Story Slam, May Day Celebration, honoring Studs Terkel, starting at 9:00 pm for more info:

May 2 --- Saturday, Third Coast literary magazine (Western Michigan University) Spring issue release party, Saturday, 6-8 pm at The Strutt in Kalamazoo, 773 West Michigan, at the corner of West Michigan Ave. and Academy Street. BJC will read from her story that appears in the issue, "Someplace Warm." Michael Hinken, another contributor to the issue, will also read from his work. For more information, contact Dan Toronto, Editor of Third Coast,

May 5 --- Tuesday 3:00 pm (2:00 Chicago time)phone interview with Pulitzer Prize winning writer Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune.

May 6 --- Wednesday 7:00 pm, Schuler's Books in Okemos, reading with Jeff Vande Zande, Discussion about Working Class writing with John Beck from MSU (Schuler Books is 1982 W. Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864 (517) 349-7326

May 9 --- Saturday, May 9, 1-4 pm, Parchment Community Library, 401 S. Riverview, Parchment, MI 49009-1200, 269-343-7747. Author Bonnie Jo Campbell will conduct a workshop for aspiring memoir writers entitled, “Writing Your Life: Collect Bits & Pieces. Copies of her newest book, American Salvage, will be available for purchase and signing. To register for this FREE workshop, visit or call 269-343-7747.

May 11 --- Monday, Cable Access Show, Monday Night Live with Keith Roe, 7:00 pm, The segment is "Gloria and Friends" with Gloria Tiller, owner of Kazoo Books, Kalamazoo. Local showing on Channel 19; for webcast, see

May 14 --- Thursday, May 14, 5:30 pm, Wayne State University Press, 4th Annual Made in Michigan Writers Celebration, held at the Historic Charles T. Fisher Residence, 670 West Boston Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan. RSVP event, open to the public, tickets $10. Contact: Kate Baker, 313-577-6130 Wayne State University Press celebrates the release of new works by authors Bonnie Jo Campbell. American Salvage, Mike Zadoorian, Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit, Keith Taylor, If the World Becomes So Bright, and By Cold Water, Poems by Chris Dombrowski

May 18 --- Monday, 2:00 pm, WMUK public radio station at Western Michigan University. Lorraine Coran will interview BJC about American Salvage and the Book Release Party in Kalamazoo.

May 19 --- Tuesday, Andy Mozina's student BBQ at his house on Grand Ave. (BJC will visit Mozina's class to discuss her works.)

May 21 --- Thursday, WSUP authors BJC and Michael Zadoorian, author of The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit, will read from their new books and sign copies at Schuler's Books and Music in Lansing, 2820 Towne Center Blvd. at 7:00 p.m.

May 22 --- Friday, WMUK public radio interview, according to Lorraine Coran, "will most likely air on Friday, May 22nd, during the 7am hour and again during the 5pm hour."

May 24 -- 9:00 am, WGN interview with Rick Kogan, host of WGN-AM's "Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan."

May 24 --- Kalamazoo Book Release Party at Bell's Brewery, 355 Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo Michigan, 2:00 - 8:00 pm. BJC will read at 3:00 pm in the beer garden. Readings, prizes, exhibits, Cake contest (prize for best), temporary tattoos, refrigerator magnets, beer. Books will be sold by Michigan News Agency.

May 29 --- 7:30 BJC will read and sign books at Women & Children First in Chicago, 5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640, Tel: 773.769.9299. All Welcome to come support this fabulous book store.


June 2 --- Tuesday, Visit Andy Mozina's class, Kalamazoo College

June 5 --- Friday, Kalamazoo Downtown Art Hop, Michigan News Agency, Kalamazoo Michigan, 4-7 pm. BJC will sign books alongside with Mary Whalen, the photographer who produced the cover art for American Salvage. Mary Whalen's photographs will be on display for sale. For more information, contact Michigan News (since 1947) 269-343-5958.

June 11--- Thursday, 7:00 pm, Shaman Drum Bookstore, 311-315 South State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734.662.7407. BJC will be reading with Mike Zadoorian, fellow WSUP "Made in Michigan" author.

June 18-28 ---Teaching at Pacific University's Low Residency MFA in Forest Grove, Oregon. For more information about this program,


July 11 - Chelsea Center for the Arts, "Writing Your Life" workshop, 1-4pm. (more info to follow)

July 13 - Paw Paw District Library 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Reading and Q & A.

July 18 - Controlled Burn Young Writers Seminar, MacMullan Conference Center, Higgins Lake, Michigan. This is an event sponsored by Kirtland Community College in Roscommon, Michigan. BJC will be keynote fiction writer, reading Saturday, 7:00pm. For more information, see website, or contact

July 20 -- Monday, 7pm, Forever Books in St. Joseph Michigan, Reading and signing.

July 31 - Aug 1 --- Island Writer's Retreat, Marblehead Bay, Ohio. For more information


Aug 5 -- 6:30 pm, Kalamazoo Public Library, VanDusen Room, 315 S Rose Street, Kalamazoo MI 49007, Phone 269-342-9837. BJC will read from and discuss American Salvage and the writing life.

Aug 13 --- 7:00 pm, Portage District Library, 300 Library Lane, Portage, MI 49002, (269) 329-4544. BJC will read poetry and other short works with Kalamazoo Poets Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Susan Ramsey, Lynn Pattison, Anne Hutchinson, Elaine Seaman, etc.


Sept. 17-19 Ludington Writers Conference

Sept. 22 Traverse Area District Library Reading

Sept. 23 Kirtland Community College, Reading 7pm. Also will visit Carol Fink's creative writing class. KCC is located at 10775 N. St. Helen Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653. Information: (989) 275-5000

Sept. 24 Interlochen Arts Academy, 4000 State Route 137, Interlochen, MI 49643 (231) 276-7472, BJC will visit a writing class, meet with student writers, and read from American Salvage.


Oct. 2-4 Great Lakes Booksellers Association, Cincinnati Ohio

Oct. 7, Wednesday, Center for Book Arts Chapbook Award, New York City, accept from Kim Addonizio award for poetry chapbook, "Love Letters to Sons of Bitches."

Oct. 15-18 Louisiana Book Fair, Baton Rouge ( BJC will read from her story that won the Eudora Welty award from Southern Review.


Nov. 11-12 Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL Reading and class visits.