Three award-winning authors will speak at the 2019 Books on the Lake May 3 and 4. The authors are Desiree Cooper, Lillian Li and Maria Semple.
“We’ve modified the format this year to accommodate more people,” said Jessica Keyser, Library Director. “On Friday, May 3 we’re having a panel discussion with all three authors at the Pierce Middle School Auditorium.” The traditional luncheon with the authors will be held on Saturday, May 4 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. The cost of the Friday night event will be $10 and the Saturday luncheon tickets will be $40

Tickets for the Friday Panel will be available online through the Grosse Pointe Public Library website.
Tickets for the Saturday Luncheon are only available for purchase in person at Central Library starting on April 6th.

Desiree Cooper

Local author, Desiree Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, former attorney, Pulitzer-Prize nominated journalist and community activist. A sought-after creative writing instructor, she conducts readings from her flash fiction collection, Know the Mother. This award-winning collection was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2016.

Lillian Li

Lillian Li, author of Number One Chinese Restaurant: A Novel, is a resident of Ann Arbor, MI. This debut novel was inspired by her waitressing experience centered on the complicated lives and loves of people working at the fictional Beijing Duck House. Described as a, “striking new literary talent,” her book was featured in Best-of-the-Season lists of The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Time, The Millions and Bookbub.

Maria Semple

This year’s national bestselling author is Maria Semple. Semple’s novels include This One is Mine; Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Today Will Be Different. Where’d You Go, Bernadette was translated into 18 languages, spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list, won the American Library Association’s Alex Award, was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and will be a major motion picture, starring Cate Blanchett, in March 2019.

2019 Sponsors

We thank the following sponsors for making the Books on the Lake program possible