See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Don't miss the most star-studded reading in Hamtramck this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 6:50 AM

Of course, calling something "the most star-studded reading in Hamtramck this weekend" may not be the best way to qualify this weekend's Good-Tyme Writer's Buffet, but Saturday's bill has the biggest names yet for the unpretentious literary series.

If you're not familiar with the GTWB, it brings together several writers of fiction to read their work. They seldom read longer than 10 or 15 minutes. They also bring some delicious dish they've prepared for the guests to enjoy. The Public Pool gallery, which hosts the event, provides beer for a donation. It's been going on for four years now, and organizer-author Steve Hughes has done his level best to strip away the pretentiousness and tedium that usually attend a literary event. "Readers" have done everything from address the crowd half-naked to picking up an electric guitar and summoning blaring sounds.

But this weekend's event is notable for several reasons. First of all, 92-year-old National Book Award-winner Gloria Whelan will read, giving the local lit event a national name. The event also includes the return of Bonnie Jo Campbell, an outstate Michigan author who's both a gifted writer and a lively in-person speaker who needs no microphone. There will also be more out-of-town talent in the form of Jared Yates Sexton, the editor of BULL, a men's fiction magazine; he is driving up from Georgia just to appear. And, to top it off, the theme is "Normal Nudity." Given all this, who knows what could take place?

The event starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 12, at 3309 Caniff, Hamtramck;

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 28, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit