Detroit Book Fest: Out and About with the Quill

I recently had the very great pleasure of participating in the inaugural Detroit Festival of Books. Organized by the Book Club of Detroit, the event was set for July 16 at the famous Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect for the event. It was the festival’s very first year. It was a Sunday, when the market is well known for its Saturday crowds. Plus, the weather forecast threatened rain, which isn’t exactly prime book-buying weather.

But all of those worries were for naught. There were reportedly over 10,000 attendees who made their way through the vendor tables, and the weather was mild and breezy. All in all, I was quite simply blown away by the fantastic response and the motivated crowd of book lovers who came and bought up all our books. I definitely can’t wait until next year!

If you’re curious about this event, scroll down for some photos.

Let’s start with the all-important display. We started out with a full table of books in the morning … and left with only a few copies at the end!

We weren’t the only ones setting up–there were a wide variety of bookish vendors who attended the festival.

The view from the PQL table…

Now things are starting to heat up! Good thing we had a cool breeze drifting in.

There were quite a few authors in attendance to sign their books.

Everyone who stopped by was a book lover pleased as bunch to be among so many kindred spirits.


This is just a taste of the event before I got too busy to take pictures. For a true sense of the sheer number of people who enjoyed this event, check out the photo gallery on the Detroit Book Fest website–and see if you can spot yours truly!

Cheers, and thanks to all who stopped by!

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The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.