Celebration of writers on the river returns to Monroe after COVID break

Writers on the River is back.

Once an annual celebration of writers, illustrators, readers and books, Writers on the River was last held in 2019 at the Ellis Library & Reference Center. After a pandemic hiatus, the popular event returns this year and is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. this Sunday at Ellis, 3700 S. Custer Rd. Admission is free.

New this year is a chance to win a Kindle Paperwrite.

“We are thrilled to be able to welcome him back after two long years,” said Jaclyn Young, librarian at Ellis and one of the organizers of this year’s event.

Writers on the River has been held for about 20 years and since 2013 has been organized by the late Bill Reiser, director of Ellis.

Writers on the River 2022 will feature 22 authors from Michigan and Northwest Ohio who work in genres such as poetry, romance, science fiction and more. Seven authors write adult fiction; five are adult nonfiction authors; four are children’s authors and two are poets.

In this file photo, the authors prepare for the Writers on the River event at Ellis Library & Reference Center.  This year, Writers on the River is Sunday.

The Monroe County Genealogical Society and Rick Grassley will also have a table. Other local authors scheduled to attend are Shawna Lynn Mazur, Keith Julius and Jim Abb.

“We welcome a diverse group of writers eager to meet readers of all ages,” Young said.

As in the past, attendees can speak with authors at their table and purchase personalized autographed copies of their books.

Prize winners will be selected at random.

“Each customer who enters will be given a ticket to write down their name and phone number. After the event, we will raffle prizes,” Young said. “We will draw two names and each will win a free Kindle Paperwhite. They are courtesy of groups of friends from different branches.

The writers on the river are usually well attended.

“We had 19 writers and about 100 people came to the event (in 2019),” Young said.

For more information, call (734) 241-5277 or visit https://mymcls.com/events/writers-on-the-river/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/425769633047774/? ref=newsfeed .

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