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News from Wayne State University Press @WSUPresse


June 20, 2012

Upcoming Events!

Friday, June 22
Wayne State University Press will exhibit and sell books at the 2012 Upper Peninsula History Conference in Sault Ste. Marie, June 22-24. 
Wednesday, June 27

As part of the 2012 Michigan Notable Book tour, Keith Taylor (author and contributor to the award-winning Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them) will read at the Indian River Area Library (3465 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI) from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Contact Cindy Lou Poquette at for details.

Saturday, June 30
Join us for the inaugural
 Midtown Literary Walk--a strolling afternoon of literature at several venues in our Midtown neighborhood. A range of authors--from poets to rock 'n roll historians--will read from their latest work and books will be available for purchase  and signing. More information at

Monday, July 9

Mary Jane Doerr, author of Bay View: An American Idea, will offer a walking tour at the Roscommon Methodist Church (149 West Robinson Lake Rd., Roscommon, MI) 10:00 a.m.   

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Thursday, July 12

Mary Jane Doerr will give a presentation on Bay View: An American Idea at the Crooked Lake Yacht Club.

Monday, July 23

Mary Jane Doerr, author of Bay View: An American Idea, will host a walking tour for the Lake Superior State University Seniors in Bay View, Michigan at 11:00 a.m. The tour begins at the Terrace Inn, located at 1549 Glendale Avenue  Petoskey, MI.

Wednesday, August 1

 Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them contributors Anne-Marie Oomen, Elizabeth Schmuhl, Keith Taylor will read from their book as part of the Grand Rapids Great Reads event, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 9

Joe Grimm and Katherine Yung, authors of Coney Detroit, will speak about their book and sign copies at the Northville Disrict Library (212 West Cady Street) at 7:00 p.m.




Saturday, August 11 

Jean Alicia Elster, author of Who's Jim Hines?, with sell and sign copies of her book at the 4 th  Annual Reading Rocks in Rockford Festival located in downtown Rockford, Michigan in the Garden Park Authors' Row at the picturesque Rogue River Dam, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sponsored by Rockford Rotary, Rockford Area Schools, Krause Memorial Library, and The Rockford Education Foundation.

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In this issue:
The Glory Years of the Detroit Tigers: 1920-1950
The Buildings of Detroit: A History
Save the Date: 8th Annual Fall Benefit Event on October 10, 2012

The Glory Years of the Detroit Tigers: 1920-1950
With the baseball season in full swing, check out some Tigers history in The Glory Years of the Detroit Tigers: 1920-1950 by William M. Anderson. In the three decades between 1920 and 1950, the Tigers won four American League pennants, the first world championship in team history in 1935, and a second world crown ten years later. Stars of this era--including Ty Cobb, Harry Heilmann, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Mickey Cochrane, George Kell, and Hal Newhouser--represent the majority of Tigers players inducted into the Hall of Fame. Sports writers followed the team feverishly, and fans packed Navin Field (later Briggs Stadium) to cheer on the high-flying Tigers.

For this lively history, author William M. Anderson has selected over 300 images (mostly culled from the remarkable Detroit News archive) that showcase players' personalities as well as their exploits on the field. As Anderson writers in the preface: "This was a time when players willingly cooperated with photographers as these photographic artists used great imagination in creating and preserving intriguing and interesting moments. . . . Before long lenses and photographers had to get close to the action, sometimes in harms way and in the way."

Anderson also shares colorful Tigers reporting from the three daily Detroit newspapers of the era (the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, and Detroit Times) and the Sporting News, which was known then as the "Baseball Bible." Anderson presents sketches of players who have been overlooked in other histories and visits characters who often acted in strange ways: Dizzy Trout, Gee Walker, Elwood "Boots" "The Baron" Poffenbeger, and Louis "Bobo" "Buck" Newsom. Tigers fans and anyone interested in local sports culture will enjoy this comprehensive look into the glory years of Tigers history.tigers1

The Buildings of Detroit: A History
ferry You may have heard that the definitive book on Detroit architecture is coming back into print! First published in 1968, The Buildings of Detroit: A History by W. Hawkins Ferry has been out-of-print and difficult to find for many years. We're excited to bring it back! The 500-plus page book combines 475 images with compelling narrative to tell the history of the architecture of Detroit and its adjacent communities, from pioneering times to the end of the twentieth century. Ferry based the volume on thirteen years of meticulous research, interviews with many prominent architects, and hundreds of photos commissioned specifically for the book. Ferry revised The Buildings of Detroit in 1980, adding the Renaissance Center and other modern works, and this re-released version presents the revised edition with a new foreword by John Gallagher.

The Buildings of Detroit spans from the early 1700s, when the city was a fur-trading post in the wilderness, to its more contemporary position as the capital of the automotive industry and a major industrial city. Along the way, Ferry offers readers glimpses of the log cabins of early explorers and soldiers, the Victorian mansions of lumber barons, and the Grosse Pointe and Bloomfield Hills residences of motor magnates. He traces the development of new building techniques that gave rise to the American skyscraper and the modern factory. Ferry details all of downtown's landmark buildings, including many that are no longer standing, and visits fascinating neighborhood structures like movie theaters, hotels, shopping centers, and apartment buildings. In each chapter, readers will meet the visionary architects and clients whose foresight and initiative helped shape the fabric of one of America's great cities. This re-released volume will be treasured by Detroit history buffs and architectural historians.

Save the Date: 8th Annual Fall Benefit Event on October 10, 2012

st paulThe Glory Years of the Detroit Tigers: 1920-1950 and The Buildings of Detroit will be among the featured titles at our 8th Annual Fall Benefit Event on Thursday, October 10 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. The authors of Detroit's Historic Places of Worship (another featured title) will lead tours of the church. Stay tuned for more details!  


It's not too late for YOU to join the host committee for this event! For only $100 by June 29, we'll list your name as a supporter in the invitation. For local businesses, we're also offering a free partnership: help us publicize the event and we'll publicize you!  

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