2013 Community Reads Book Announcement & Author Visit
Presented byThe Neighborhood Library Association
August 15, 2013- The Neighborhood Library Association (NLA) is pleased to announce their fourth annual Community Reads book selection. Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis by Mark Binelli, is a compelling biography of a city as well as a profound commentary on postindustrial America. Binelli was born and raised in the Detroit area, and is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. Five neighboring libraries are hosting book discussions and programs related to the book, culminating in a visit by the author at Novi Public Library on November 14.
Detroit City Is the Place To Be is a nuanced portrait of a once-great American industrial city that fell into decay decades ago, but which recently is experiencing a ray of hope despite the current financial situation. Binelli provides an easily-read tour through Detroit, from Henry Ford’s auto and steel boom and the race riots of the 1960s and early ’70s, to the dark ages of widespread crack addiction and the current resurgence led by enterprising idealists, urban farmers, and do-it-yourself go-getters.
“We are very excited about this year’s selection, which we feel is particularly timely given the city’s historic bankruptcy filing,” said Julie Farkas, Novi Public Library Director. “In light of all the national and international news swirling around about Detroit, this book should prove to be a very thought-provoking read and an intriguing book discussion.”
The goal of the NLA’s Community Reads is to bring communities together to read and discuss the same book. The NLA is comprised of Lyon Township Public Library, Northville District Library, Novi Public Library, Salem-South Lyon District Library and Wixom Public Library. Copies of the book are now available for checkout at each library. Book discussions and related programs begin September 4.
Author Elmore Leonard comments, “I like Mark Binelli’s book a lot. He covers the shrinking of Detroit, its downfall from the lofty peak as Arsenal of Democracy, with clear, expository prose and no axe to grind. A firefighter asks the author, ‘You going fiction or non-fiction?’ Binelli answers, ‘Non.’ And the reply comes back, ‘No one’s going to believe it.”
Mark Binelli will be available for a “Meet the Author” event on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at Novi Public Library. Please contact the library to register at 248-349-0720.
Everyone is welcome to attend these Community Reads events at the five area NLA libraries: Detroit Underworld Diary on Wednesday, September 4 at Salem-South Lyon District Library; History of Fred Sanders’ Confectionary on September 26 at Novi Public Library; A Current Look at the Pre-Depression Architecture of Detroit on Thursday, October 3 at Salem- South Lyon District Library; Detroit’s Historical Woodmere Cemetery on October 8 at Lyon Township Public Library; Detroit: Where We’ve Been & Where We Are Headed with Jack Lessenberry on October 15 at Northville District Library; Unique Street Names of Detroit on Wednesday, October 23 at Wixom Public Library, and Meet the Author: Mark Binelli on Thursday, November 14 at Novi Public Library. Programs begin at either 6:30 or 7:00 pm, please check with each library for event start times. Registration is required for the author visit and may be required for the other events. Contact each library for details.
To learn more about the book and for a complete schedule of 2013 Community Reads events, dates and times, please visit: http://mynla.info.