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The Motor City Book Experience in REVIEW


As the official Media Correspondent for the event, my time spent was from a multi-faceted vantage point. I not only was present to see that magic that took place behind the scenes by the event coordinators to accommodate all attendees. I also had the opportunity to speak with several authors, representing various genres, to hear first-hand the first two words that came to mind when describing their time at the event. I heard words like; AWESOME, FUN, ENTERTAINING, NETWORKING and INSPIRING. Positivity and Ambition filled the room and a big room in Cobo Hall it was, happening in downtown Detroit, MI on August 20, 2016.

From the poets to the singers, to the vendors and volunteers, right down to all the talented authors and artists to attend, the Motor City Book Experience had something for EVERYONE, which is hard to achieve at any event, but extra difficult to do at a stuffy literary event. Well friends, AVOC Publishing and Kenerly Presents, the event organizers gave us a premier literary opportunity, event style that was anything but stuffy. This was a literary event where over 20 of the authors were from the Motor City. The poets and singers were also up and coming Detroit-area artists. This was a literary event taken seriously enough in its inaugural year to have Yona Deshommes, Director of Publicity at Atria Books and Simon/Schuster as the Keynote Speaker and several literary gurus to offer words of encouragement and assistance. Talent came from the likes of North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Virginia, and even Windsor, Ontario to sell books and make connections. Awards were even given out for BEST SELLER to Kenerly Presents Authoress, Terrie “Boss Lady” Branch, AVOC Publishing BEST SELLER, Latrece Fair, Motor City Book Experience BEST SELLERS, Author Dominque, Daisha Keglar, Erica T., Simplee Kish, Sparking Sparkle, Thomas Long, T.C. Littles, Shaun Sinclair and Miss Candice. You know it’s a good time when even book clubs are represented! Frankly stated, it was a great time in Detroit for the literary scene at large and the coolest part about the event was that next year’s festivities are already well in the planning phase!

Was the event well organized? The answer is yes, as well as it could be keeping in mind that human error is real and mostly unintentional. Were there some components about the event that can be improved upon? The answer is yes, as  any event planner worth their weight wants to come bigger and better each year. Lastly, was the event a good look for our region. The answer is no. It was a FANTASTIC look for the literary arts within, throughout and beyond our region! As a Media Correspondent, it was so much fun to be there in a capacity to give some shine to artists who are so rarely recognized here. As an Author, I learned an abundance of valuable information about the literary business and how I should want to maneuver in it as I grow in my writing and branding. The first two words that come to mind when I think about my time at the Motor City Book Experience are; CAN’T WAIT, to do it all over again EVEN BETTER next year! The Motor City Book Experience Gets a resounding WHOOP, WHOOP and 5 Thumbs Up on a job very well done on the event! To see all my photos from this event visit our 7mileradio Fan Page on Facebook. Plus, good times continues with author interviews, editorials and tips on the Motor City Book Experience Radio Show airing every Saturday 2pm – 3pm only on


Tracie Christian

August 27th, 2016

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