October Book Beat News & Events Update

travelin_manThursday, October 22nd, Travelin’ Man: On the Road with Bob Seger at Book Beat

Please join us at the Book Beat on Thursday, October 22nd at 7 pm for the rock n’ roll presentation; Travelin’ Man: On the Road with Bob Seger with author’s Gary Graff and Tom Weschler.  This is one of very few published books on the reclusive rocker Bob Seger. Please call to reserve a signed copy if unable to attend.

“Weschler plied his trade as a rock photographer before, during and after his stint as Seger’s road manager from 1969 until ’73, and his access led to a wealth of photographs published in a book, “Travelin’ Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes with Bob Seger” (Wayne State University Press, $27.95), written with longtime Detroit music journalist Gary Graff.” — Source: Susan Whitehall, New Book ‘Travelin Man’ offers rare view of Seger, The Detroit News.


34383Author Michael Zadoorian Talks at Local Libraries October 21st, & October 28th

Michael Zadoorian will speak at the Farmington Hills Community Library Main Branch 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills on Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00 PM and at the Rochester Hills Public Library located at 500 Olde Towne, in Rochester Hills on Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00 PM.  Book Beat will supply books at both events.

Detroit author Michael Zadoorian will talk about his recent works THE LEISURE SEEKER and THE LOST TIKI PALACES OF DETROIT — both highly acclaimed works with strong Detroit area roots. If you haven’t read Zadoorian yet, we highly recommend you do!

His prose is chock-full of well-placed details and observations couched in language that makes them irresistible. He returns to themes of memory and loss, to free will and destiny, melancholy and romance with a deceptively easygoing, plain-spoken style. Just as he did in Second Hand, Zadoorian shows us that it’s often the overlooked, the forgotten and the marginal in life where you often find the most fascinating stories.Metro Times, review of The Leisure Seeker.


Friday, October 23rd: Poet Mark Nowak & John Jeffire at Book Beat

Friday, October 23rd from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, poets Mark Nowak and John Jeffire will read and talk about their latest works at Book Beat, 26010 Greenfield in Oak Park. This evening event has been curated by Detroit poet ML Liebler.

Mark Nowak is the author of the critically acclaimed debut book of poems Revenants, the editor of Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, and the co-editor of Visit Teepee Town: Native Writings After the Detours. He has received two Jerome Foundation grants and a McKnight Foundation grant for his journal, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, as well as a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. He grew up in Buffalo, New York and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he teaches at the College of St. Catherine and is active in the labor movement.

“Nowak is a highly gifted and conscious artist, carrying, like the oldest bards, a group narrative which must be told if his listeners are to understand who they are and on what their lives depend —and this, in our time, means all of us.”

—Adrienne Rich
John Jeffire is a Detroit born writer of Armenian descent and is author of the acclaimed novel Motown Burning and a collection of urbane poetry:  Stone + Fist + Brick + Bone. Jeffire has been taught writing at the college level and to prisoners at the Allen Correctional Institute. He is also editor of the online literary site Renaissance City.

“John Jeffire is one of Detroit ‘s finest working class fiction writers with his excellent novel Motown Burning.  In this new collection of poems he burns the earth down to the ground with his raw, gritty images that take his readers deep into the sublime regions of urban understanding and blue collar reality.”  –ML Liebler


Sunday October 25th: Susan Messer at Book Beat

Join us Sunday afternoon at Book Beat from 2-3:30 PM for a discussion and reading by Susan Messer from her first novel GRAND RIVER AND JOY, a book that reflects on the racial tensions between Blacks and Jews set in 1967 Detroit.

Susan Messer grew up in the Detroit area and now lives in Chicago.

“About four years ago, I began to think that one of my unpublished stories had novelistic potential, so I upped my time commitment to writing. I had two residencies at Ragdale, an artists’ colony, and at home, I began working on the novel every evening. That novel, called Grand River and Joy, is about a Jewish man whose small business ends up in the path of the Detroit riots of 1967, and it will soon be published by University of Michigan Press as part of their Sweetwater Fiction Series. Meanwhile, I have written over 300 pages of a second novel.”  — from the author’s website

Listen to an interview with Susan Messer recorded on WDET’s Detroit Today show.

In the backroom gallery we will have a small selection of Detroit images by photographer Bill Rauhauser, whose photograph of Detroit graces the cover of GRAND RIVER AND JOY.

Monday, October 26th: Baldwin Library Presents Writers Live with Laura Kasischke

Meet noted Michigan author Laura Kasischke at the Baldwin Public Library, 300 W. Merrill St. in Birmingham on Monday, October 26th at 7:00 PM. She will speak on “What Doesn’t Kill You: Notes on the Novel-Writing Process”. There is limited seating for this event and advanced registration is required. The Book Beat will supply books at this event. Please call 248-554-4650 for more information or visit The Baldwin Public Library.

Laura Kasischke is the author of seven novels and seven volumes of poetry. She currently teaches English at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and lives in Chelsea, Michigan with her husband and son.


oscar-wao-thumb-300x453Wednesday, October  28th: Book Beat Reading Group Meeting

The Book Beat Reading Group will meet at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 28th, at the Goldfish Teahouse in Royal Oak to discuss The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz.  This winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize,  was praised in a New York Times Review: “Junot Díaz’s “Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” is a wondrous, not-so-brief first novel that is so original it can only be described as Mario Vargas Llosa meets “Star Trek” meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West. It is funny, street-smart and keenly observed, and it unfolds from a comic portrait of a second-generation Dominican geek into a harrowing meditation on public and private history and the burdens of familial history.”  If you were having problems with the pop-culture references or Spanish language, check out this amazing page of annotations for the book. This discussion group is free and open to the public. Reading group books are available from Book Beat at a discount. The Book Beat reading group meets the last Wednesday of the month (except December) to discuss quality world lit that merits attention. For questions call: 248-968-1190


bill_rauBill Rauhauser: Street Photography October 2st- November 15th

The Book Beat will be exhibiting a small selection of the vintage Detroit street photography of Bill Rauhauser beginning on October 3rd and continuing through mid-November. This exhibition is geared to coincide with the annual “Detroit Art Now” exhibits and to celebrate the publication of Grand River and Joy, the novel and signing by Susan Messer (see above) and the location where Bill Rauhauser sold newspapers as a young boy.

Bill Rauhauser, born in Detroit in 1918, received a bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering in 1943 from the University of Detroit.  He spent 18 years in the engineering field before a career change into the field of education.  Over the next 30 years, Bill taught photography at The Center for Creative Studies (now College for Creative Studies), with 5 years as guest lecturer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and Wayne State University.  He was appointed Professor Emeritus by CCS and is currently serving as Artist Advisor for the Board of Directors of the Graphic Arts Council of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Book publications of his photographs include: Detroit Revisited (2000); Bob-Lo Revisited (2003); and Detroit Auto Show Images of the 1970s (2007).   He has also co-curated a number of exhibitions for the Detroit Institute of Arts, including “The Car and the Camera” in 1996.


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Unite on October 24th: 350.0rg: A Day of Global Climate Action

“350.org is an open-source campaign: it’s your ideas, input, and energy that will make October 24 and this movement for change a success.  Have something to contribute?  Contact Us.

350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. 350 the safe limit to of carbon dioxide in the world, and we need to make sure that our solutions to the climate crisis meet the 350 test.

We’re planning an international campaign to unite the world around the number 350, and we need your help. The movement to spread that number needs to be beautiful, creative, and unstoppable. It needs to make sure we take the big, bold, and equitable steps needed to actually solve this crisis.

What we need most right now are on-the-ground examples for how to take the number 350 and drive it home: in art, in music, in political demonstrations, in any other way you can imagine. We don’t have all the ideas and all the inspiration. We need you to act on yours.” — source 350.org,   Tell our leaders we need action now! Video link:

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Climate Action Concert Oct. 24th:

Jim and the Unified Eye at Hazel Park Community Center, 620 Woodward Heights, 1 block E of 75, 1/2 mile N of 9 Mile. Doors open 8 pm; show starts at 9.


October 29-31st:  Living Green: Art, Design & Cuisine

A unique Eco Event at Arkitektura/In-Situ presented by Linda Ross Contemporary/Art + Projects, Janice Steinhardt MDG Design/the green kitchen project and Kathleen O’Neill & Mary Rembelski/The Canapé Cart. More info on Facebook/Living Green.