Sean Madigan Hoen, Michigan Notable Author, at Baldwin Library May 17

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(press release, May 1, 2015)

The Baldwin Public Library is proud to announce that the Library of Michigan has awarded the Library a grant to host Sean Madigan Hoen, the author of one of the 2015 Michigan Notable Books. Sean Madigan Hoen, author of Songs Only You Know, will be speaking at Baldwin on Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m.

In Songs Only You Know, Hoen tells the story of his life in the Detroit punk rock scene. While DDAnew01pursuing his private dream, Hoen discovers that his father has a secret, too: he is addicted to crack. Hoen searches for solace amongst the eccentrics of the punk rock world, and while he moves towards his musical dream, he discovers that he is drifting further from his family and himself.

BOMB Magazine, the American Literary Review, and Paste Magazine have all published Hoen’s short stories or prose. In fact, BOMB Magazine awarded Hoen their 2011 Fiction Award. Hoen received a teaching fellowship from Columbia University in 2010, and found additional support from the Anderson Center and the Jerome Foundation. Previously Hoen taught at Columbia University and Western Michigan University. He currently teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.steele lindbloom ad

Maria Williams, Head of Adult Services, said, “Baldwin has a great tradition of hosting both established and up-and-coming authors, and we are excited for Mr. Hoen’s visit. His memoir is both bitingly funny and heart wrenching in places. We know our community will find his true story compelling. We congratulate him on being recognized as a Michigan Notable Author in 2015, and we are honored to have him as our guest.”

The Library of Michigan has proudly sponsored the Michigan Notable Books program for more than ten years. Each year twenty books are chosen that celebrate Michigan people, places, and events. Baldwin has hosted Michigan Notable Authors several times in the past, including seed_dc_016_howard_israel_june2015author Matt Bell, author of In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, in 2014. Other 2015 Michigan Notable Books available at Baldwin include:

The Arsenal of Democracy, by A.J. Baime

Bernida: A Michigan Sailing Legend, by Al Declercq

Bird Box, by Josh Malerman

Bright Shards of Someplace Else, by Monica McFawn

The Contract, by Derek Jeter

A Detroit Anthology, edited by Anna Clarkchazzano game ad

Eight Mile High, by Jim Ray Daniels

The Fish and the Not Fish, by Peter Markus

Making Callaloo in Detroit: Stories, by Lolita Hernandez

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, by W. Bruce Cameron

Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past, by Sally Howell

Reid_Sally_115A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother’s Memories of Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade, by Barbara Rylko-Bauer

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Strange Love: Stories, by Lisa Lenzo

Strings Attached: Poems, by Diane Decillis

Hoen’s memoir is available at Baldwin in print, as an e-book, and as an e-audiobook. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, and the author will do a signing after his talk. For more information about Sean Madigan Hoen, please visit his website at

The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street and can be reached at 248-647-1700 or through the Library’s website at

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