This list of Ann Arbor area authors is alphabetical by last name, and includes a brief description of some of the works that authors have produced.

The Ann Arbor District Library's book list include staff member manz's list Ann Arbor Authors and Children's Books by Ann Arbor Authors, from which this page is drawn in part.


  • Steve Amick is the author of the 2005 novel The Lake, the River & the Other Lake.
  • John U. Bacon wrote the 2011 book Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football.
  • Natalie Bakopoulos's debut novel is the 2012 The Green Shore.
  • Charles Baxter's 2000 novel The Feast of Love is set in Ann Arbor.
  • Danny Bee is the author of the 2012 local history Blinded Sight: Murder, Mayhem and Riot and Revolution - Ann Arbor in the 1960s
  • Brenda E. Bentley wrote the 2009 city guide  Riverwalks Ann Arbor: Walking Loops Along the Huron River.
  • Joan Blos is the author of the Newbery Medal winning 1979 historical novel, A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal.
  • T. Casey Brennan wrote for the 1970s black-and-white horror-comics anthologies Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella.
  • Dr. Alvan Chase was the author of the 1864 compendium Dr. Chase's Recipes, or Information for Everybody.
  • Juan Cole's most recent book is the 2009 Engaging the Muslim World.
  • Carol E. Anderson is an award winning author, having penned the autobiographical You Can't Buy Love Like That


  • Jeff Daniels wrote the play Escanaba in da Moonlight in 2000.
  • Peter Ho Davies is the author of the 2007 novel The Welsh Girl.
  • Cynthia Davis wrote and photographed the 2004 book Ann Arbor: Hand-Altered Polaroid Photographs.
  • Nicholas Delbanco is the author of 25 books of fiction and non-fiction, including the recent novels The Count of Concord and Spring and Fall.

  • Harry Dolan is the author of the 2010 mystery Bad Things Happen, which is set in Ann Arbor.
  • Michael Erlewine is the author of the 1996 All Music Guide to the Blues: The Experts' Guide to the Best Blues Recordings.
  • Loren D. Estleman is the author of nearly seventy novels, including the long-running Amos Walker, private detective series.
  • Robert Faber is the author of the 2012 book Another Wrinkle in Time: The Art of Aging.
  • Linda Diane Feldt is the author of the 2003 cookbook Spinach and Beyond: Loving Life and Dark Green Leafy Vegetables.
  • Dale Fisher is the author of the 2012 photography book Ann Arbor: Visions of the Eagle III.


  • John Gall wrote the 1975 Systemantics: how systems work and especially how they fail.
  • Tom Harmon wrote the 1944 autobiography Pilots Also Pray.
  • Harlan Hatcher wrote the 1949 history The Western Reserve;: The Story of New Connecticut in Ohio.
  • Robert Hayden published his first work of poetry in 1940, entitled Heart-Shape in the Dust.
  • Susan Holtzer is the author of seven mystery novels set at the University of Michigan, including the 1996 Bleeding Maize and Blue.


  • Wilfred Kaplan began writing his textbook Advanced Calculus in 1948.
  • Jan Kmenta is the author of the 1971 textbook Elements of Econometrics.
  • Margaret Leary is the author of the 2011 book  Giving It All Away: The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle.


  • Ross MacDonald was the author of the 1944 Nazi noir thriller The Dark Tunnel, set in the steam tunnels of the fictional town of Arbana.
  • James Mann is the the author of the 2002 book Ypsilanti: A History in Pictures.
  • Jonathan Marwil is the author of the 1991 work A History of Ann Arbor
  • Daniel Minock is the author of the 1997 book of essays Thistle Journal, about life in the country.
  • Tom Monaghan wrote the 1986 autobiography Pizza Tiger (with Robert Anderson)
  • Peter Morville is the co-author, with Lou Rosenfeld, of the 1998 work  Information Architecture for the World Wide Web.
  • Carol E. Mull wrote the 2010 book The Underground Railroad in Michigan.
  • Susan L. Nenadic, author of A Purse of her Own: Occupations of Women in the Nineteenth Century
  • Mark E. J. Newman is the author of the 2010 text Networks: An Introduction.
  • A. F. K. Organski wrote the 1980 political science work The War Ledger.


  • Robert Pasick is the author of the 2000 book Conversations with My Old Dog.
  • C. K. Prahalad was the author of the 2004 book The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profits.
  • Dan Romanchik is the author of the 2010 The No-Nonsense, Technician Class License Study Guide.
  • Davy Rothbart is the author of the 2004 book Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World.
  • John Sinclair is the author of the 1972 Guitar army; street writings/prison writing
  • Alfred Slote's 1971 book Jake tells the story of a young black baseball player in a fictional "Arborville".
  • Joseph Sobran wrote the 1997 work Alias Shakespeare: Solving the Greatest Literary Mystery of All Time.
  • Theophil Stanger was the author of the 1916 novel Mr. Pickett of Detroit.
  • Philip C. Stead is the author of the 2010 Caldecott Medal winning children's book A Sick Day for Amos McGee 
  • Wystan Stevens is the editor of the local history Northfield Harvest, published in 1999. 
  • John Swales is a co-author of the 1992 The Birds of Washtenaw County.



  • Susan Weinberg is the author of the 2004 pictorial history Lost Ann Arbor.
  • Ari Weinzweig wrote the 2003 book Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating. 
  • Sarah Zettel is the author of numerous science-fiction, fantasy and romance titles, including the Philip K. Dick Award-winning Bitter Angels.
  • Annie Zirkel is a therapist and author of the 1994 book Cheap Living In & Around Ann Arbor.