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, 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

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.




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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




"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 @ or send email to



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 to learn more.

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

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Live #Storytelling Event Showcase Social Justice Stories March 21st #Detroit



March 9, 2014


Live Storytelling Event Showcase Social Justice Stories


March 21st


DETROIT, MI –– The award winning Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers will bring stories of “Social Justice” to the stage at the Charles H. Wright Museum. The popular monthly event is one of the 56 winners of the Knight Arts Challenge which funds projects that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts. The event is also a recent recipient of the “Spirit of Detroit” Award.

"Events like the Secret Society's bring out the artist in all of us, helping us to think creatively about our lives and our communities and share the stories that bring people together," said Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts for Knight Foundation.

“Storytelling is a way for people to learn more about themselves and each other,” says Juanita Moore, president of the Charles H. Wright Museum, which hosts the events. “People coming to these shows experience a feeling of life, growth and excitement through connecting, and that deserves a place to be showcased.”

The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers’ next event “Social Justice” will take place at 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 21, 2014  at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 E. Warren Detroit, MI 48202. Commander Dale Brown of Threat Management Center, GODIS, Pastor Bill-Wylie Kellermann, Sam Riddle, Detroit Raw and Shorty, Ruth Ellis Center will tell true, personal stories on the theme. Musical guests include Edward Gooch, piano, Francine Dent, vocals, Tyra Johnson and Ronald Moore, Marygrove Dance Department perform!

 About The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers

The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect humanity, heal and transform community and provide an uplifting, thought-provoking, soul-cleansing entertainment experience through the art and craft of storytelling.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. Knight Foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

Tickets $15 online, $20 @door. For more info and to watch video performances or call 313-744-6037.



Satori Shakoor at 313-744-6037 or via email



The Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard

O/T: Motor City Connect: #313DLove event on March 13 frm @terrybean #networking

Motor City Connect

New Email Blast


Terry Bean wants you to know about the following
(View Terry Bean's profile)

Spent much of last night/early this morning finalizing the "run of show" for the #313DLove event on March 13. I'm not the only one who will tell you "It Was Awesome", I'm just the first. 


Seriously, if you're a lover of the Detroit area, Rocky movies or just enjoy connecting with a great group of supportive people, this is THEE ONE EVENT you will want to attend

You will walk away swimming in ideas with a heart full of pride, compassion and absolute gratitude. The talks will focus primarily on Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Creativity, Community and Forgiveness. Learn more about the speakers HERE.

As an added bonus, a significant portion of your ticket will be donated to one of four great LOCAL non-profits: Blightbusters, Project: Forgive, Suits for Soldiers and Operation: Kid Equip/  

We are still looking for sponsors at a $313.00, $1313.00 and $3130.00 level. Details.

Big thanks to our presenting sponsors Click Click Car and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as well as our community sponsors Airfoil. Somerset Lending, Doers and Makers, Detroit Respect and  Mi Tech News.

If you have any interest in this event at all, you should follow along with us on Facebook or check out the #, #313DLove on Twitter. IF you would like to support AND can't make it, feel free to share ANY of these #313DLove messages via your social messages. We will be sharing a donation page soon.

Oh yeah, speaking of events...

We have an MCC Live in Novi on Tuesday, March 11>>> Details HERE.

We look forward to seeing and or being of service to you very soon.

Be connected-

Terry Bean


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Meetup update: #MotownWriters Group Monthly topic: Selling/Promoting Yr Ebook March8th(today) 10am-Noon


I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

When: Saturday, March 8, 2014 10:00 AM

Where: Barnes and Noble
Warren & Cass in Detroit, MI 48202 
Detroit, MI 48202

This Meetup repeats on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

You can always get in touch with me through my group profile on Meetup.

(Please forward this to a friend and bring several friends with you.) 

See ya Sat and please bring a donation to help us out. 

Also bring your literary challenges, new books to announce and achievements.

I've been a bad host this month in the reminder department. I was suppose to post this a while ago but with my car down, struggling to get a house, phone and broke it has been a little challenging. 

With that being said, starting next month in April, we'll also be hosting monthly write ins for an hour across the street from Barnes and Nobles at the Coney Island, so be on the look out for that. 

For March, our discussion will be on selling and promoting your ebooks. From traditional to out of the box ideas that will definitely help you out.

Got an ebook? Want to promote it? Let others around Detroit know about it? Come to our meeting!

Networking is key to our survival as writers and authors! This is your chance to learn, network and connect!

Author and Fndr of Motown Writers, Sylvia Hubbard

The Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard

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