Battle Creek Reads 2017: Allen Eskens and Jennifer Chiaverini

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens and Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini are the 2017 Battle Creek Reads. The authors will visit Battle Creek and spend an evening discussing their books, writing processes, and answering questions from the audience. Their books will be for sale, and the authors will be signing their books. 

During the summer of 2016 community members were able to read five nominated books and then vote for their favorites. These two books received the most votes. Willard Library hopes to encourage discussion among residents who have read the same books.

Allen Eskens, author of The Life We Bury,

7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28,

Holiday Inn, 12812 Harper Village Drive,


Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker,

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18,

Kool Family Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave.,

For more details, click here.

DIY Book Page Bunny

Anyone who enjoys Pinterest will love Willard Library's latest book art project. This class will teach participants the basics of decoupage using old books pages. The end result is a decorative springtime bunny figurine. Decoupage looks a little intimidating, but it's really quite simple! The book page bunny is a great project for beginners and is a perfect addition to spring decor. Supplies are limited; please register. This class is for adults, teens, and tweens (ages 9-14). Supplies are limited; please register.

Monday, April 3,

6-7 p.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room,

Click here to register for April 3.

Saturday, April 8

2-3 p.m.,

Helen Warner Branch,

Click here to register for April 8.

An Afternoon with Author Amy Clipston

Meet Amy Clipston, whose novels regularly appear on the Christian fiction best-seller lists. She will discuss how her plots come straight from her heart and all involve family issues intertwined with faith. Her newest book, The Cherished Quilt, is part of the Amish Heirloom Novels. Her other series include Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel and the Kauffman Amish Bakery. She has written one memoir, A Gift of Love, which details her kidney donation so her husband could receive a matched kidney.

Saturday, May 6,

2-3:30 p.m.,

Helen Warner Branch

Click here to read about Amy's books.