Detroit Writing Room Author Series ft. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

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Detroit Writing Room Author Series ft. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

Enjoy an intimate conversation and book signing with the author of “Just Watch Me."

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The Whitney 4421 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The Detroit Writing Author Series is excited to feature Judge Rosemarie Aquilina for our May event!

Join us Wednesday, May 31, 2023 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. for an intimate book talk and signing at the historic Whitney mansion in Detroit.

Andy Kroll is an investigative reporter for ProPublica and a native of Portage, Michigan. “A Death on W Street: The Murder of Seth Rich and the Age of Conspiracy (PublicAffairs, 2022) is his first book. A true-crime story for the post-truth era, the book has been featured on Good Morning America and in New York Magazine.

Guests will enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres during a meet-and-greet with the author in the Whitney’s garden (weather permitting). The event will include an author talk, opportunity to ask questions during Q&A and book signing. There will also be signed book giveaways and other raffle prizes!


7 - 7:20 p.m. - Meet-and-Greet, Drinks & Appetizers

7:20 - 7:45 p.m. - Book Talk

7:45 - 8:05 p.m. - Q&A

8:05 - 8:30 p.m. - Book Signing

Buy the Book:

We have partnered with the independent bookstore 27th Letter Books in Detroit. Guests can purchase the book onsite or online and have it shipped before the event. Order a copy here.


Single admission is $60. Includes passed appetizers and one glass of wine, Champagne or beer. There will also be a cash bar.

Tickets may be purchased as gifts. Please provide the recipient’s name and email so we can include them on our guest list.

Purchase a Detroit Writing Room Author Series Pass to receive admission to each monthly event January through June 2023. Pass holders get one event free! They will also receive a 15% discount on books. Buy a pass here.

Tickets are nonrefundable. Due to limited space, tickets cannot be purchased at the door and must be bought online in advance. Registration closes at 6 p.m. EST the day of the event.


The Whitney offers valet parking in their main lot for $10 per car. Guests may self-park in the lot located across the street at Woodward and Canfield. There is also street parking along Canfield Street.

Covid-19 Policy:

We will follow all CDC guidelines at the time of each event.

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About the Author

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1984 after earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University in 1979. She began her legal career working in the Michigan Senate as an Administrative Assistant after which, she opened Aquilina Law Firm, PLC. Judge Aquilina became part of Michigan’s history as the first female JAG Officer in the Michigan Army National Guard where she served honorably for twenty years. Judge Aquilina also made history when she allowed 156 Sister-Survivors and other victims for a total of 169 victims to speak over seven days in the People v Nassar case. She again made history as the first female professor to speak at the MSU College of Law Commencement in the Spring of 2018.

Judge Aquilina has served as a civilian judge for sixteen years. During her first four, she served as Chief Judge and Sobriety Court Judge in the 55th District Court, during which time she founded the Ingham County Sobriety Court Foundation to assist those in recovery. Judge Aquilina was then elected to the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County, where she has served for twelve years. Judge Aquilina also serves as an Adjunct Professor and has received exceptional teaching awards at both Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School and at Michigan State University College of Law. Additionally, Judge Aquilina is a published fiction author.

Her novel, “Feel No Evil,” made its debut in 2003. “Triple Cross Killer” debuted in December 2017 and is now in its second edition. It is the first in a detective series, and was named in Michigan’s top ten fiction bestsellers in 2018. “All Rise,” a cozy mystery, was released May 2020. Her life story, “Just Watch Me,” was first released with Audible, as part of the First Originals from Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine. The memoir was released in 2022 paperback. She has five children and three grandchildren and resides in East Lansing, Michigan.

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About the Book

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina made headlines with her unprecedented judicial decisions during the Nassar sentencing hearing, but in a life filled with unconventional choices and bold decisions, this was only one of her many extraordinary moments. In this empowering memoir, Judge Aquilina finally shares her own deeply personal story.

Every time Rosemarie was told she couldn’t do something, her response was a resounding “Just watch me.” She lived these words, first, as a young woman when told she couldn’t pursue a career in the male-dominated legal field. Next, as a government staffer when told she couldn’t be a Judge Advocate General Officer in the Michigan National Guard and a mother. And finally, as a judge when told she should not allow every Sister Survivor to speak in the Nassar case.

Through it all, Judge Aquilina’s grit and perseverance resulted in a uniquely courageous life story. Now she’ll inspire you to make your own bold choices and stand strong in the face of life’s greatest challenges. Order here.

About The Detroit Writing Room

The Detroit Writing Room offers an inspirational community for writers, creatives and professionals. Whether you’re working on the next Great American novel or a resume, the DWR has 30 professional writing coaches to help with all your writing needs. We also host book talks, writing workshops, and literary events. Visit to sign up for coaching, memberships, events and more. Check out to see our New York-based coaching team.