Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fwd: Celebrate six new Detroit books - Thursday, Sept. 26



Celebrate six brand-new Detroit books


10th Anniversary

Celebration of Books

to benefit Wayne State University Press


Thursday, September 26, 2013



Detroit Institute of Arts

Great Hall & Rivera Court

5200 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, Michigan

Tickets $50*| includes strolling dinner and cash bar

*50% tax deductible

available at


Wayne State University Press and the 2013 Host Committee cordially invite you to a Celebration of Books to highlight our new titles, over 100 other new and favorite books, and dozens of authors.  The event features a strolling dinner, cash bar, book sale, trivia game, door prizes, and a short program featuring Bradford Frost, author and creator of Reveal Your Detroit.  This new book documents a community photography project led by the Detroit Institute of Arts featuring thousands of images of the city from the perspectives of hundreds of Detroit residents.




2013 Featured Book:

Reveal Your Detroit by Bradford Frost

Through a unique partnership model with forty-five community organizations, the Detroit Institute of Arts' 2012 community photography project Reveal Your Detroit offered Detroit residents the chance to respond to the Museum's contemporary photography exhibition Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010. Using disposable cameras, each participant captured people, places, and things that make their lives in Detroit distinctive, inspired by the questions "what does your Detroit look like?" and "how do you want others to see it?". In the final display, over 2,300 images rotated across 60 digital photo frames, from a selection of over 10,000 submitted. For this volume, author Bradford Frost selected 192 images from the exhibit to showcase the perspectives of hundreds of residents and the places they presented, from the gritty to the sublime.


From Left to Right: Author Bradford Frost | Reveal Your Detroit book cover | James Feagin and one of the young men he coaches from Imagine Detroit Together with their cameras at the historic Packard plant along with a Reveal Your Detroit documentary film crew


Other featured books at the event will include:



Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Reinvention by John Gallagher

Free Press writer John Gallagher's new book, Revolution Detroit, looks at what's currently working in urban reinvention.  John's last book, Reimagining Detroit, was named by the Huffington Post as among the best social and political books of 2010.


Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit by June Manning Thomas

Originally published in 1997, and given the Paul Davidoff Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in 1999, this re-released book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Detroit's urban planning, as it looks at what went wrong after WWII, demonstrating how and why government programs were ineffective and even destructive to community needs.


The Colored Car by Jean Alicia Elster

In her follow-up to the award-winning Who's Jim Hines?, youth lit author Jean Alicia Elster follows another member of the Ford family coming of age in Depression-era Detroit.


Old Slow Town: Detroit during the Civil War by Paul Taylor

Award-winning author Paul Taylor uses rarely seen military correspondence from the National Archives, soldier and civilian diaries and letters, period articles and editorials from Detroit's Civil War-era newspapers, and his fresh, judicious synthesis of secondary sources, resulting in a captivating depiction of Detroit's Civil War history.


Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II by Dr. Charles K. Hyde

Award-winning historian Charles K. Hyde details the transition of Detroit's automobile industry to a wartime production powerhouse and some of its notable achievements along the way.



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