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News from Wayne State University Press #michlit

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August 18, 2011 

Upcoming Events!


Friday, August 26 - Monday, August 29

Wayne State University Press will  display and sell books at the International Association of Yiddish Clubs conference, which takes place in Novi, MI at the Sheraton Detroit.


Wednesday, August 31

Judith Brin Ingber will speak about her new book, Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance, at 7:00 p.m. This book signing takes place in the beautiful Berkshire mountains at Hevreh (270 State Rd, Great Barrington, MA).

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Thursday, September 8

Park Shelton Rooftop Reading with Christopher T. Leland and Bill Harris


Sunday, September 11

Many Wayne State University Press authors will take part in the Kerrytown BookFest. Wayne State University Press will have a table at the event and sell books and host author signings.


Thursday, September 15

Judith Brin Ingber, author of Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance, will speak about her book and signing copies at Birchbark Books in Minneapolis, MN (2115 W 21st Street) at 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, September 17

Tyree Guyton will sign copies of Connecting the Dots: Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project at Elegance by Design in Ferndale during the Ferndale Funky Art Festival.


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Wednesday, September 21

Mary Jane Doerr, author of Bay View: An American Idea, will speak about her book at the Rotary Club of Northern Michigan, in Bay View Inn, MI at 12:00 p.m.


Thursday, September 22 

A Celebration of Books, 5:30 to 9:00 pm at Studio dg at the Display Group (1700 West Fort, Detroit).


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Saturday, September 24

Laura Hulthen Thomas, a contributor to Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, will read and sign copies of the book at Log Mark Books (334 N Main St.) in Cheboygan, MI at 11:00 a.m.


Saturday, September 24

Laura Hulthen Thomas, a contributor to Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, will read and sign copies of the book at Insel Haus Bed and Breakfast (HCR 1, Box 157) on Bois Blanc Island, MI at 3:00 p.m.


Wednesday, September 28

Keith Taylor, Laura Kasischke, Elizabeth Schmuhl, Steve Amick, and Laura Thomas from Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them will read from their book at the Residential College Benzinger Library in East Quad on UM's Central Campus at 7:30 p.m.



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In this issue:
Rooftop Reading, Signing, and Reception
Arab Detroit 9/11
The Stooges
Rooftop Reading, Signing, and Reception
parksheltonWayne State University Press is partnering with Leopold's Books for to celebrate Christopher T. Leland, author of Love/Imperfect, and Bill Harris, author of Birth of a Notion; Or, The Half Ain't Never Been Told.

Join us at 6:00 pm at Leopold's Books (15 East Kirby Street #114, Detroit). Register online and print your free ticket for access to the rooftop party, where you will enjoy refreshments and amazing views of Midtown Detroit. Books will be for sale throughout the evening, and the authors will sign copies before and after the readings.

Secure parking is available for $5 in the Park Shelton structure, accesible from Woodward, just south of E. Ferry Street.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to space limitations, this event is free but requires an RSVP. You can let us know you're coming by following this link:

Arab Detroit 9/11
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Coming in September! Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Detroit's large and nationally prominent Arab and Muslim communities have experienced political and social marginalization, but also unexpected empowerment. In Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade, editors Nabeel Abraham, Sally Howell, and Andrew Shryock present diverse accounts of how life in post-9/11 Detroit has changed over the last ten years. This follow-up to their earlier volume Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream illustrates the complex demands of life in the Terror Decade and creates a vivid portrait of a community that has fought back successfully against attempts to deny its national identity and diminish its civil rights.


Essays included range from the scholarly to the artistic and include voices that are Palestinian, Iraqi, Yemeni, and Lebanese; Muslim and Christian; American born and immigrant. Contributors share wide-angle views of Arab Detroit, looking first at how the community fits within greater Detroit as a whole, then presenting closer portraits of Arab Detroit's key ethnonational and religious subgroups. More personal, everyday accounts of life in the Terror Decade follow as focus shifts to practical matters such as family life, neighborhood interactions, going to school, traveling domestically, and visiting home countries. Finally, contributors consider the interface between Arab Detroit and the larger society, how this relationship is maintained, how the War on Terror has distorted it, and what lessons might be drawn about citizenship, inclusion, and exclusion by situating Arab Detroit in broader and deeper historical contexts.


Readers interested in Arab studies, Detroit culture and history, and the changing dynamics of race and ethnicity in America will enjoy the personal reflection and analytical insight of Arab Detroit 9/11.

bak cover Available in September! Welcome to Detroitland, where award-winning journalist Richard Bak brings to life episodes from roughly a century of Detroit's colorful history. Bak tackles not only the familiar names like Frank Murphy, the Purple Gang, the Lone Ranger, "Potato Patch" Pingree, and Charles Lindbergh, but also introduces little-known Detroit characters like the Black Legion, Detroit's own version of the Ku Klux Klan; Johnny Miler, the man who walloped Joe Louis in the Brown Bomber's first-ever amateur fight; patrolman Ben Turpin, the terror of Black Bottom criminals; Sophie Lyons, legendary "Queen of the Underworld" and Detroit philanthropist; and Shorty Long, Brenda Holloway, the Velvelettes, and other forgotten Motown artists of the '60s.

For this new collection, Bak has assembled many of his award-winning historical features, all originally written for such periodicals as Hour Detroit, Detroit Monthly, and Michigan History and updated and expanded them. In twenty-seven chapters that cover roughly a century of Detroit's rich and colorful history, Bak relives the scandals, mysteries, catastrophes, triumphs, and celebrations that have rocked Detroit. He also introduces readers to the heroes, criminals, stars, and regular people who lived through them, or in some cases, set them in motion.

Told in Bak's conversational and eminently readable style, the historical essays in Detroitland will prove hard to put down for anyone interested in Detroit's history.

Richard Bak will tell stories and share images from Detroitland at A Celebration of Books, our annual fundraiser, on Thursday, Sept. 22. More information about the event is available on our website!


The Stooges
callwood coverComing in September! While conventional wisdom said they could barely play their instruments, the Stooges left an indelible mark on the world of punk rock, and the band's initial three albums--The Stooges, Fun House, and Raw Power--are bona fide classics. The Stooges: Head On goes behind the scenes to trace the band's story from its beginnings in Ann Arbor, MI to Iggy's breakout as a solo artist and the post-Stooges fates of the other band members.

Author Brett Callwood interviewed all of the central and sometimes Stooges members, including Iggy Pop, Ron and Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Mike Watt, Steve Mackay, and Scott Thurston, and largely lets the band tell its own story. The Stooges: Head On visits the band's legendary party houses in the 1960s and the recording of the three original Stooges albums. It follows the addition of James Williamson to the band on Raw Power and examines how it changed the Stooges' sound and dynamic, along with the band's fateful meeting with David Bowie on its first British tour. Callwood charts Iggy's career as a solo artist during the 1970s and 1980s and also follows the Asheton brothers' post-Stooges experiences, with Ron's turns in The New Order, Destroy All Monsters, and Dark Carnival, and Scott Asheton's time with the Farleys and Sonic's Rendezvous Band. Originally published in the U.K. in 2007, The Stooges: Head On has been revised to expand on the original story and also to consider Ron Asheton's untimely death in 2009 and his musical legacy, the recently reunited band's fate without Ron, and the Stooges' long-overdue introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

The Stooges: Head On treats the band's story not just as an early chapter in the career of its famous front man, Iggy Pop, but from the Stooges' beginnings to its reunion in 2003 through the present. Fans of the Stooges and all readers interested in the roots of punk music will want this book.

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