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List of events including author visits to schools, libraries, book clubs, and…

This is your go-to-source for Jean Alicia Elster’s list of events including author visits to schools, libraries, book clubs, writing groups, conferences and book fairs.


Available now: Jean Alicia Elster’s young adult novel HOW IT HAPPENS.
To order your copy
click here.
To view the virtual launch event via YouTube, CLICK HERE

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Friday, January 27, 7p – 8p
Jean Alicia Elster Reading – Local Author Night
Booksweet (indie bookstore)
1729 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
Jean Alicia Elster will join three other local Michigan authors for a night of readings at Booksweet’s Local Author Night. The theme for the night is Facts and Fiction, and Elster will read from her most recent book, How It Happens. The event is free, but an RSVP is requested. For more info and to RSVP, click here.
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Wednesday, February 1, 7p – 8p
Jean Alicia Elster – Black History Month Event
Grosse Pointe Public Library, Ewald Branch
15175 E Jefferson
Grosse Pointe, Michigan 48230
Jean Alicia Elster will be the guest author for a Black History Month event at the Ewald Branch of the Grosse Pointe Public Library. Her presentation will be based upon her historical fiction book The Colored Car. A book signing will follow. Register here for this free event!
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How It Happens – Community Read for Black History Month 
Sterling Heights Public Library
40255 Dodge Park Road
Sterling Heights, Michigan 48213
Celebrate Black History Month by participating in a Community Read of How It Happens, sponsored by the Sterling Heights Public Library.
Sterling Heights residents can receive a free copy via the library while supplies last.  Details here.
Author presentation on February 15: details directly below.
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Wednesday, February 15, 7p
Jean Alicia Elster – Author Reading & Discussion
Sterling Heights Public Library
40255 Dodge Park Road
Sterling Heights, Michigan 48313
As the author of the Sterling Heights Public Library’s Black History Month Community Read How It Happens, Jean Alicia Elster will read from the novel and discuss the book’s themes as well as the research process used in writing it. A Q&A session and book signing will follow. Register for this free event here.

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2023 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference & Bookfair
Jean Alicia Elster – Panelist re Black Trauma, Black Joy: Telling Hard Stories to Young Readers, Session F113
Friday, March 10, 9a – 10:15a
Room 337, Summit Building, Level 3
Seattle Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
Jean Alicia Elster will join authors Desiree Cooper and Denise Patrick, with moderator Dr. Nichelle Robinson on a panel titled: Black Trauma, Black Joy: Telling Hard Stories to Young Readers. Session F113. More conference schedule info here.


Please continue to #SupportIndieBookstores.
Detroit-area independent bookstore links are posted below–
The Book Beat: click here
Source Booksellers:  click here
Booksweet: click here
Pages Bookshop: click here