Karl Pohrt


Karl Weidner Pohrt was perhaps best known as the owner of the Shaman Drum, an independent bookstore that served readers in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1981-2009. Shaman Drum was recognized by authors, publishers, and book lovers as one of the country's finest independent bookstores. This national recognition led to Pohrt serving several terms as president of the American Booksellers Association. He helped establish the first Ann Arbor Book Festival in 2003, and co-founded an initiative known as "Reading the World" in 2005, inviting independent booksellers and publishers nationwide to display foreign literature published in translation.

Festival Years: 2010