Leon & Lulu hosts annual Books & Authors event in Clawson

How wonderful would it be to pick up a book you are interested in and have the author pop up in person to tell you all about it?

That is the idea behind the “Books and Authors” event at Leon & Lulu in Clawson.

More than 50 authors will be available to chat about the 125 book titles represented April 30, at Leon & Lulu. The books range in genre from self-help, children’s, poetry, romance, autobiographies, and fiction. This spring the store had its largest number of applicants.

“Clearly, people love to read. We always have a big crowd and a really fun day,” says Mary Liz Curtin, who along with Stephen Scannell owns this wildly amusing one-of-a kind shop.

The fun day begins when you walk into the converted historic Ambassador roller skating rink, and are greeted by a person on roller skates carrying a tray of warm chocolate chip cookies. In the food café you can treat yourself to complimentary hotdogs, popcorn and coffee during this event.

As you walk around the store looking at the stunning custom made furniture, zany accessories, women’s items and made-in-Michigan products, you might just be joined by one of the owners’ rescue animals. The store is named after the owners’ beloved cat and dog.

Throughout the 20,000-square-foot building, guest authors are set up at their tables, where customers can meet them and ask questions. As a bonus, Leon & Lulu will donate 10 percent of sales that day to the Oakland Literacy Council.

“This program has been a great way to give back to the community as well as spread our reach and meet new customers,” Curtin says. “We do love a party here at Leon & Lulu.”

It’s also a way to support your favorite authors and discovery new ones.

• Books & Authors is 11-5 p.m. April 30 at Leon & Lulu, 96 W. 14 Mile Road, Clawson. The event and parking are free.

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