Book lovers never go to bed alone — they fall asleep with heroes from another time and creatures from other worlds. Here’s to always having a companion at the ready.
This independent bookstore carries new books and locally sourced gifts — from the artwork on the walls to mugs, journals and greeting cards. This is where you can find all the must-read selections, books from local authors and plenty of regional, Michigan-themed books on hiking, camping and critters. There’s an adorable kids’ area featuring storytime dates. Bonus: the bookstore is dog-friendly.
10 E. Bridge St., Rockford
Leaving the library can be hard. Grab your books but stay for the Taste of Soul Sunday event. This annual celebration of African American history and culture includes live music, topical discussions, children’s activities and food from local restaurants.
Taste of Soul Sunday
Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids
Feb. 17, 1 p.m.
Harry and The Potters are an American rock band known for spawning the “wizard rock” genre. Guys, the band plays songs about books! They perform at the Yule Ball, a school dance from Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, where students come together for “well-mannered frivolity.” Local band Desmond Jones will be there, and the event hosts a V.I.P. dinner and tons of book-related entertainment.
Yule Ball featuring Harry and The Potters
20 Monroe Live
Dec. 8, 8:30 p.m.
DRINK What’s your favorite book from childhood? If you liked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a Snozzberry Tea from Lake Michigan Nutrition is in order. Ingredients include orange liftoff, peach tea and strawberry syrup. We’re not sure if the smoothie and juice bar have the book’s lickable wallpaper — you’ll have to stop in and investigate.
Lake Michigan Nutrition
3868 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids
Book lovers are known to stay up all night to finish a book and can be ravenous in the morning. Something hearty and heavy gives our reader plenty of fuel to hit the books again. The Ring of Fire Pancake ($8.99) at Lucy’s Café is the size of a full plate, and is fried in bacon fat, then covered in peanut butter, syrup and peanuts.
1747 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
When your favorite book comes to life onstage, you get tickets. Based on the best-selling novel and winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time invites you into the life of Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with an extraordinary brain who tries to uncover a fascinating mystery.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Farmers Alley Theatre
221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo
March 15-31, $32-$27