ANN ARBOR - The Kerrytown Bookfest begins on Sept. 9 and will feature many authors, panels and activities for all to enjoy. We thought it might be fun to narrow the list of authors down, ever so slightly, and focus on those who reside in Ann Arbor and the metro Detroit area. In the spirit of having fun with the list itself, we've decided to split it in two, focusing on five authors this week and another set of five next week to help prepare you for all your book-loving needs.
Without further delay: Here. We. Go!
Ruth Behar, author of "Lucky Broken Girl"
Behar is an acclaimed author of fiction and nonfiction and received the 2018 Pura Belpré Author Award for "Lucky Broken Girl," her first book for young readers. She was born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in New York City, and has also lived in Spain and Mexico. An anthropology professor at the University of Michigan, she is the author of "The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart," "An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba," and "Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between Journeys" and other books about her travels, as well as a bilingual book of poetry, "Everything I Kept/Todo lo que guardé." Her honors include a MacArthur Fellows "Genius" Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. She lives in Ann Arbor and travels frequently to Miami and Havana.