On Friday, January 27 from 7-8 pm, join us for an evening of readings from four incredible local authors Jean Alicia Elster, A.H. Kim, Janet Gilsdorf, and Laura Morrison!

The theme for the night: Facts and Fiction.

This is a FREE event, but your Eventbrite RSVP is very helpful to our planning.

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About the authors

Jean Alicia Elster
A 2017 Kresge Artist Fellow and a former attorney, Jean Alicia Elster is a professional writer of fiction for children and young adults. She is the great-granddaughter of Addie Jackson, whose family story is the basis of her young adult novel How It Happens (Wayne State University Press, September 2021). How It Happens was honored as a 2021 Foreword INDIES Silver Winner for Young Adult Fiction and as a 2022 Midwest Book Award Silver Winner in Young Adult Fiction. It was also awarded the 2022 Bronze Medal in Young Adult Fiction by the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Elster is also the author of Who’s Jim Hines? and The Colored Car, which were also based on her family history and published by Wayne State University Press in 2008 and 2013, respectively; both were selected as Michigan Notable Books. Other awards include the Midwest Book Award in Children’s Fiction, Paterson Prize Honor Book – Books for Young People, and the Governors’ Emerging Artist Award – Art Serve Michigan. She is also the author of the “Joe Joe in the City” series, published by Judson Press: Just Call Me Joe Joe, I Have a Dream, Too!, I’ll Fly My Own Plane and I’ll Do the Right Thing. In recognition of outstanding work, Elster was honored with a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts, a program of The Kresge Foundation. She has been awarded three residencies at the internationally acclaimed Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois. In addition, Elster’s essays have appeared in national publications including Ms., World Vision, Black Child, and Christian Science Sentinel magazines.

A.H. Kim
A.H. Kim (Ann) was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. as a young child. Ann was educated at Harvard College and Berkeley Law School, where she was an editor of the California Law Review. Ann practiced corporate law for many years and served as chief of staff to the CEO and as head of investor relations at a Fortune 200 company. Ann is the proud mother of two sons, a longtime cancer survivor, and community volunteer. After raising her family in the Bay Area, Ann and her husband now call Ann Arbor home. A Good Family is Ann’s first novel and is inspired by her personal experience supporting her brother and nieces while her sister-in-law was serving time in Alderson Women’s Prison Camp. Ann’s second novel, Well Matched, is a contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility and is expected to be published on July 25, 2023 by Graydon House.

Janet Gilsdorf
Janet is the Robert P. Kelch Research Professor Emerita in the Departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the University of Michigan and an infectious diseases physician at C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she participates in the diagnosis and management of pediatric patients with complex infectious diseases and in the clinical training of medical students, pediatric residents, and pediatric infectious diseases fellows. She is also the author of four books: Fever: A Novel (Beaufort Books, 2022); Continual Raving: A History of Meningitis and the People Who Conquered It (Oxford University Press, 2019); Ten Days: A Novel (Kensington, 2012); and Inside Outside: A Physician’s Journey With Breast Cancer (University of Michigan Press, 2006). As a scientist, she pursues the secrets of nature, and in her field of infectious diseases, those secrets are microscopic in size yet powerful in impact. As a pediatrician, she counsels young patients and their families during their finest, as well as their worst possible, moments. As a teacher, she guides young physicians and scientists through their journeys toward successful lives and careers. As a literary writer, she integrates the scientific, medical, and personal truths she witnesses and strives to makes emotional sense of their meaning. For this event, Gilsdorf will be reading from Fever, a novel about a young doctor’s quest to uncover the cause of a mysterious disease killing young children, and the race to find a cure.

Laura Morrison
With a degree in applied ecology and environmental science from Michigan Technological University, Laura Morrison made the transition from battling invasive species and researching turtles to writing scifi and speculative fiction. She is the author of two novels — Come Back to the Swamp (Black Spot Books, 2018) and How to Break an Evil Curse (Black Spot Books, 2021) — and a number of published short stories.