Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hockey great Gordie Howe to release book in October #motownlit #michlit

New York — Hockey great Gordie Howe has a book deal.

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Authors & Book Bloggers on Instagram via @jfBookman

Kate Tilton presents Authors on Instagram (Master List) posted at Kate Tilton’s Blog, saying, “We all know social media is a powerful way to market your work. But with all the social media platforms it can be overwhelming. Now authors can easily connect with other authors on Instagram with this master list, making things a little easier.”

Kate Tilton presents Book Bloggers on Instagram (Master List) posted at Kate Tilton’s Blog, saying, “Social media is a powerful way to market your book. When starting out on a new platform it can be difficult to know who to follow and connect with. Now with this master list of book bloggers, authors have the perfect place to start on Instagram.”

Thursday, March 27, 2014

April 7 - Self-Publishing Panel Royal Oak Library - RSVP required via

April 7 - Self-Publishing Panel

Self-publishing has come a long way since the days of vanity publishing. Today, authors can publish e- books, print-on-demand books, or both. Many services provide easy routes to get your book to the public. Authors can be involved throughout the entire creative process, or they may decide to focus on the writing and hand over the whole project. Learn your options in this beginner’s workshop on self-publishing.


Dora Badger, a Detroit writer and editor, has self-published on Amazon.com, as well as other major online booksellers.

Sylvia Hubbard, founder of Motown Writers’ Network, has independently published over 30 books.

Michael Dwyer, freelance travel journalist, content provider and founder of the Rochester Writers’ Conference, will moderate the panel.

Registration is required. Call the Adult Reference desk at 248-246-3727 or visit ropl.org.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library. 

Source: Cindy La Ferle


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Download Your Next eBook from the @DetroitLibrary

Detroit Public Library


Detroit Public Library

                   March/April 2014


In This Issue

Forbes Article

Comerica Java & Jazz

2014 African American Booklist

Download eBooks and Audiobooks

2014 Comerica Java & Jazz

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World

Money Smart Week

Main Library - Cass Entrance





How Public Libraries Are Solving America's Reading Problem


We have a reading problem in the United States.  It's not that people aren't reading: in fact the Pew Research Center reports that 76% of adults have read a book in the past year.  Even kids are reading - and some studies suggest that millennials are more likely to read literature than previous generations.  The problem is choice.  Readers are drowning in books.


Too Many Books,  

Not Enough Time


11,022 books were published in 1950.  That number may sound quaint today, but it's still a large number.  Read one book a week for sixty years, and you'll still leave two-thirds of those titles untouched.  Consider then, the jaw-dropping 978,701 titles Bowker told me were published or self-published in 2012.   There's some double counting in that number (print and eBook copies of the same title have separate ISBNs) but it is terrifying, nonetheless.


 The influence of bookstores has changed appreciably since Borders bankruptcy: just 20% of frequent readers say they found their last book from a bookstore in 2012, down dramatically from 32% in 2010 according to Peter Hildick-Smith at the Codex Group. (Contrary to popular belief, bookstores are not disappearing en masse.  Publisher's Weekly reports 12,703 bookstores in 2013 versus census data counting 12,751 bookstores and news dealers in 2002).


Online retailers like Amazon have not filled this gap.  Just 7% of readers found their last book at an online retailer: a number that has barely budged in the last three years.  Read More 











Detroit Reads


Why you should read ...

Reading equals self-confidence, empowerment,better health and economic growth.




Adult Literacy Services @ the Detroit Public Library

  • Literacy skills assessment
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • GED and TABE preparation
  • Computer skills training
  • Tutor training and certification
  • Learner practice kits
  • Resources for literacy service providers
  • Books to improve your reading, writing and comprehension skills

Learn to Read/Improve 
Your Reading Skills

Do you want to learn to read, or become a better reader?


Our tutoring is free. The books are free.



At the Detroit Public Library  

we can help you:

  • To become a better reader
  • Learn to read
  • Have a tutor meet with you for two hours, one day per week
  • You choose the time and day the tutoring takes place

For more information or to become a tutor click here.



2014 African American Booklist is Now Available at A Detroit Public Library Location Near You ... Get Yours Today!





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The Detroit Public Library subscribes to OverDrive Digital Media, which provides access to eBooks and audiobooks on a wide variety of portable devices and e-readers.   


We invite you to browse the library's website for your favorite title, check out with a valid library card, and download to your PC, Mac®, or mobile devices.


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Next Concert

Ed Stone

Tuesday, April 15, 6:00 p.m.

Jazz guitarist Ed Stone has released his third CD "King Of Hearts."  This CD continues to demonstrate Stone's strong skills in song writing, arranging and producing.  Ed says,  "my songs are written to excite thinking patterns and personal reflection about life's possibilities."







Straight Ahead Concert Recap      

















Next Discussion Event:

Islam and the Blues with Dr. Sylviane Diouf
Saturday, April 12, 2014
1:00 PM 














Forwarded by Midtown Alliance

And by 3rd Precinct Police/Community Relations Council

Per Leslie Malcolmson



for lmalcolmson@voyager.net                


"The question is not 'Can you make a difference?'  You already do make a difference.

It's just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make during your life on this planet."

– Julia Butterfly Hill 


Hill is best known for living in a 180-foot (55 m)-tall, 1,000-year-old California Redwood tree for 738 days between December 10, 1997 to December 18, 1999. Hill lived in the tree, affectionately known as "Luna," to prevent loggers of the Pacific Lumber Company from cutting it down.  


I will remember Troy Davis…..

I will remember Trayvon Martin…..

I will remember Rachel Corrie…..


Friday, March 21, 2014

.@CityTalkMag Announcement: Casting Call by @HIDPfilms March29 Metro #Detroit

City Talk Magazine Announcement
Casting Call

US vs. THEM' is an American political drama series created and written by author Derek Vitatoe. The series is set and produced in and around Detroit, Michigan.


The show focuses on the fictional union, The United Brotherhood Coalition (UBC), and follows head union officials Catherine McAfee and Kenny Washington, and their staff, as they battle to improve working conditions of hard-working citizens in and around the city of Detroit.

In addition to the main storylines in each episode, subplots explore the private lives of its characters. For example, in season one Catherine McAfee struggles to find the internal balance of being strong and confident in her professional life with being a submissive partner in her personal life.

Each episode of 'US vs. THEM' will introduce a different conflict between UBC, an employer and its employees. The show is "really about organized labor in America and about how the relationship with a company affects the many lives of those who live in the major urban city

For additional information and breakdown of roles visit our website @ www.hidproductions.com or send email to info@hidproductions.com.



City Talk Magazine
3000 E. Grand Blvd
Detroit, Michigan 48212

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

TWO GENERATIONS OF POETIC COOL CD RELEASE MARCH 29, 2014 3pm via @onesinglerose #MotownLit

Shaun Moore-Bey and Detroit Bleu--TWO GENERATIONS OF POETIC COOL CD RELEASE MARCH 29, 2014 from 3-6pm at Truth Bookstore inside Northland Mall. It's ONLY FREE but cop that double cd while you're there for ONLY $15!!!
 — at Truth Bookstore.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Help local #MotownLit Author, Yusef Bunchy Shakur (@Z8YBS) on his new endeavor! Plz donate &share w/others #michlit

Yusef would like you to support "Restoring the Neighbor back to the hood" 

Will you show your support?
Yes! Take me to this page >> 


Yusef says...
In 2013, a house was donated
to me for the purpose of using it to do community work. Subsequently, the Urban
Network bookstore i owned & operated was forced to close because the owner
sold the building. Instead of giving up or getting down on myself i have
decided to dedicate my time, effort & energy to raising money to rehab the

The Impact

In an effort to extend the
work of the Urban Network, i am on a mission of transforming the house into the
Restoring the Neighbor Back to the Hood Training Center. This facility will operate as a multipurpose,
community-oriented virtual business house. Our programming will educate, serve
and empower community members by providing literacy classes, digital training,
food, and clothing. This facility, rooted in the Zone 8 community of Detroit,
will be the concrete application of being rooted with the people and providing
practical programs which will meet the needs of the people. 

How You Can Help

i am humbly asking for your
support by donating money to rehab this house. All money raised will go towards paying past
due taxes, purchasing building supplies, electrical work, hot water tank,
furnace & plumbing supplies. "Whatever good comes out of our neighborhood
will be a result of the good we invest into them." 
Thank you in advance for
your support. i appreciate you all. Visit www.yusefshakur.org to learn more.

Please spread the word
throughout YOUR communities. Email,
tweet, Facebook this campaign using #RestoretheNeighborContinue Reading >> 

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