The Book Beat in Oak Park welcomes authors Kathryn Madeline Allen, Debbie Aronson, Josef Bastian, Jean Alicia Elster, Patrick Flores-Scott, Rhonda Gowler GreeneJodi McKay and Wendy BooydeGraaff.

kathryn-madeline-allen-photoKathryn Madeline Allen- Saturday, December 17, 1pm-3pm

Kathryn Madeline Allen has written interactive books that help babies and young children learn about communication, diversity, families, and love. She also teaches writing and children’s literature at Oakland Community College near Detroit. She’s the author of I Am a Baby, Show Me Happy, and A Kiss Means I Love You.


Deborah Aronson-Sunday, December 18, 1pm-3pm

Deborah lives in Bloomfield Township, MI with her husband. She is retired from a career in social work. For many years she enjoyed writing song parodies and this led to an interest in writing stories in rhyme. She is the author of Where’s My Tushy? and Dragons From Mars.

Josef Bastian-Saturday, December 3, 1pm-3pm

Josef Bastian is Midwest author and poet whose sense of humor, depth of spirit and reflective josef-bastian-2016-copy-2imagination resonate within his poetry and prose. Josef currently has more than a dozen books in print that focus on the power of storytelling for people of all ages. His current project includes the Nain Rouge Trilogy – A Crimson Three, that resurrects a 300-year folk legend from Detroit.

author-jean-alicia-elster Jean Alicia ElsterSaturday, December 10, 1pm-3pm

Formerly an attorney, Jean Alicia Elster is the author of the novel The Colored Car, which was selected as a 2014 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan and Who’s Jim Hines? one of the Library of Michigan’s 2009 Michigan Notable Books. She also wrote the Joe Joe in the City Series: Just Call Me Joe Joe, I Have A Dream, Too! I’ll Do the Right Thing, and I’ll Fly My Own Plane. In 2002 she was awarded the Governors’ Emerging Artist Award by ArtServe Michigan in recognition of the series.

Patrick Flores-Scott-Sunday, December 11, 1pm-3pm

patrickphotoPatrick Flores-Scott is a Seattle native and recent Ann Arbor transplant. Patrick’s first novel, Jumped In, was a 2015 Walden Award Finalist, a 2016 Great Lakes/Great Books finalist, a Bank Street College Best Books of 2014 selection, a 2014 Best Fiction For Young Adults selection, and the 2015 Washington State Book Award winner for YA. His short story, “The Good Brother”, was included in the collection, I See Reality, released in January of 2016.

rhondaRhonda Gowler Greene-Saturday, December 17, 1pm-3pm

Rhonda Gowler Greene is the author of 24 picture books. Her No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou was recently nominated for four state awards. Barnyard Song was the first-ever ‘Michigan Reads, One State, One Children’s Book’ award winner.  Santa’s Stuck always sparks lots of holiday giggles.  Her newest book is Push! Dig! Scoop! A Construction Counting Rhyme. You can visit her here.




Wendy BooydeGraaff-Sunday, December 18, 1pm-3pm

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of the picture book Salad Pie which has inspired several children to go outside, pick up shiny gum wrappers at the park and add them to a pretend pie. You can find out more at her website, and you can read about many other picture book authors and illustrators at On the Scene in 2016, a picture book debut blog.

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