Saturday November 30th from 8pm-10pmMax and Eli Sussman, will present their latest title: Best Cookbook Ever at Signal Return, 1345 Division street in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Light food (made using recipes from the Best Cookbook Ever) and refreshments will be provided. Music provided by DJ M Medow – so end your shopping spree and stop on over for a little nosh! Books will be available at the event provided by Book Beat. Call 248-968-1190 for more info.
“Max and Eli Sussman’s newest cookbook is beyond approachable. Casual, flippant, and playful to the end, these two Brooklyn cooks (Eli works the line at Mile End Delicatessen; Max recently left Roberta’s to start a supper club in his apartment) provide an eclectic mix of recipes, from down-home comfort foods with a spin to sophisticated but easy hors d’oeuvres for a summer party. The photographs are surprisingly elegant for the laid-back narration, and had me eager to try every recipe—favorites I tried out include their well-balanced Brussels sprouts salad with briny jewels of sopressata, feta, and olives against a bright, lemony dressing, and a comforting fall pasta dish featuring acorn squash and Camembert cheese mixed with delicate, soft gnocchi. With such accessible but fresh and interesting recipes, I’d gladly recommend The Best Cook Book Ever to less-advanced and seasoned cooks alike.” —Oliver Erteman, Saveur: Books Worth Buying
“tasty bites that span the snack spectrum from trashy to classy, along with the best party menus the world has ever known” – See more at: Simon and Schuster
Check out the BEST COOKBOOK EVER video trailer… I sense a TV series coming soon…
The Detroit Public Library and the buildOn organization present a Book Launch Party for the founder and CEO of buildOn Jim Ziolowski on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 5:30-8:00pm at the Detroit Main Library branch (5201 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202). Come out and celebrate with the Michigan native as he debuts his new book Walk in Their Shoes during an evening that promises to be fun and enlightening. The event will feature a panel discussion, book signing and presentations from buildOn students that are dedicated to changing the city of Detroit. Cocktail Reception takes place in the Friends Conference Room followed by a Panel Discussion in the Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium. Books will be available for signing and purchase at the event courtesy of Book Beat. This event is Free and open to the public. To get your tickets for this event click here.
“Twenty-one years ago, Jim Ziolkowski gave up a fast-track career in corporate finance to dedicate his life to buildOn, an organization that turns inner-city teens into community leaders at home and abroad. He set out to show not that he could change the world, but how each one of us can, through the power of service to others.
Today, buildOn students have contributed more than 1.2 million hours of service, from Detroit and the South Bronx to Haiti, Mali, and Nepal, while building more than five hundred fifty schools worldwide. Together, they are breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations in their own lives and transforming their communities.
An international chronicle of faith and the boundless potential of the human spirit, Walk in Their Shoes tells the story of Jim’s movement and the thousands of young people who have decided to step forward, step up, and make a difference.”
Jim Ziolkowski is the Founder, President and CEO of buildOn, a non-profit organization that builds schools in developing countries while also running afterschool service programs in America’s toughest inner-cities. At home or abroad, Jim’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Inspired by his own travels to some of the most impoverished countries in the world and his experiences living in Harlem, Jim derailed his fast-track career in corporate finance at GE to dedicate his life to buildOn.
The seeds for buildOn were planted when Jim was hitchhiking and backpacking around the world after graduating from college in 1989. During a twenty-seven-day hike into the Himalayas, Jim came upon a village in Nepal that was in the midst of a two-day celebration for the opening of a school. For the last several months, he had witnessed the immense suffering caused by extreme poverty. But in this village he saw something different. He saw the hope and courage of a community, and it all revolved around education.
When he got back to the United States and began his job in corporate finance at GE, Jim could not shake those memories of poverty abroad and he was more acutely aware of poverty faced by many urban youth here in America. So he quit GE to start buildOn.
More than two decades later, buildOn’s afterschool program has transformed the lives of tens-of-thousands of youth by empowering them through service and education. In 2012, Jim returned to Misomali. Since the completion of their first school, the village has constructed four more on their own. Now instead of 150 kids, there are more than 1,000 kids attending school: 533 of them are girls, and four of the five chiefs from that region are women. The prominence of girls and women in this community is a direct result of their investment in education.
Today, Jim is still the guiding force of buildOn. Deeply influenced by his own religious faith, shaped by his personal meetings with Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama, and hailed by President Barack Obama, Jim likes to say, “We’re not a charity – we’re a movement.” Jim has been most profoundly influenced by the youth he has worked with from America’s biggest cities to the poorest villages on the planet. It is their courage, hope and thirst for change that inspire Jim every day.
Jim Ziolkowski graduated cum laude from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. He has been featured on NBC’s TODAY Show, CNN’s AC360, CBS Evening News, and Big Ten Sports Network, among others. In fall of 2010, Jim was named one of Catholic Digest’s 2010 Catholic Heroes.
On Sunday, December 8th, from noon until 5 pm, the Book Beat will be hosting a holiday fundraiser (bookraiser!) for the Gesu Catholic School library in Detroit. 20% of your book purchases will go directly to help put new books in the school library, that serves 180 children from K-8th grade. Local authors Wong Herbert Yee , Jean Alicia Elsterand photographers John Osler and Jenny Risher have all agreed to visit on that day to sign and personalize their books. Books make the best holiday gifts! This will be a wonderful afternoon to support reading, authors and local bookstores! – and help grow a children’s library.
Photographer John Osler will be visiting from 4:00-5 pm.
We are pleased to present John Osler’s first book Detroit Jazz: Documenting the Legacy of Gretchen Valade, a book of mainly Detroit Jazz musicians taken from the Detroit Jazz Festival. This is John Osler’s first book of photographs, and the first book to ever document the Detroit Jazz Festival, the largest festival to celebrate jazz in the world.
Author/Artist Wong Herbert Yee will be signing his books from 2:00-3:30 pm.
Wong Herbet Yee’s out-of-print classic Small’s Christmas, is one of the featured titles in the new book, A Family Christmas Treasury, which also contains stories featuring Curious George, Tacky the Penguin, Lyle the Crocodile, Gossie and Gertie, and Strega Nona. The book also comes with holiday music on CD and for download— just what Santa ordered to ring in the Christmas season! Yee’s latest book Mouse and Mole Secret Valentine will also be available,
Wong Herbert Yeeis the author and illustrator of Tracks in the Snow, Who Likes Rain, Fireman Small and Big Black Bear, among other books. Born in Detroit, Michigan, one of his favorite memories of childhood is of leaving the first tracks on fresh-fallen snow. He also remembers his first grade teacher tacking one of his drawings on the bulletin board—ever since then, he’s been an artist. Yee’s book Mouse and Mole Fine Feathered Friends received a 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award. He studied printmaking at Wayne State University and lives with his wife and daughter in Troy, Michigan.
A Story set in depression-era Detroit
“An emotional and compelling look at how the joys of daily life and the legacy of slavery affected children of the 1930s.” – Ruth McNally Barshaw
Jean Alicia Elster will be signing from 3:00-4:00 pm.
In The Colored Car, Jean Alicia Elster, author of the award-winning Who’s Jim Hines?, follows another member of the Ford family coming of age in Depression-era Detroit. In the hot summer of 1937, twelve-year-old Patsy takes care of her three younger sisters and helps her mother put up fresh fruits and vegetables in the family’s summer kitchen, adjacent to the wood yard that her father, Douglas Ford, owns. Times are tough, and Patsy’s mother, May Ford, helps neighborhood families by sharing the food that she preserves. But May’s decision to take a break from canning to take her daughters for a visit to their grandmother’s home in Clarksville, Tennessee, sets in motion a series of events that prove to be life-changing for Patsy.
Jean Alicia Elsteris a professional writer of fiction for children and young adults. She is the granddaughter of Douglas and Maber (May) Jackson Ford, whose family story is the basis of The Colored Car. Her other books include Who’s Jim Hines?(Wayne State University Press, 2008), which was selected as a Michigan Notable Book and a ForeWord Book of the Year finalist; I’ll Do the Right Thing; I’ll Fly My Own Plane; I Have a Dream, Too!; and Just Call Me Joe Joe. She was born, raised and lives in Detroit.
Jenny Risher will be personalizing her books at Book Beat from 1-3 pm
Heart Soul Detroit is a handsome collection bringing together portraits of key Detroit personalities in photographs and informal interviews. This will make a treasured gift for anyone on your holiday gift list.
Through compelling portraits and raw interview transcripts that allow them to tell their stories in their own words, Heart Soul Detroit presents 50 of the most influential, successful, fascinating and beloved Detroiters. From super-athletes like Nicklas Lidström, Barry Sanders, Al Kaline and Tommy Hearns to internationally admired musicians like Smokey Robinson, Jack White, Eminem and Martha Reeves to business visionaries such as Berry Gordy, Lee Iacocca and Bill Ford Jr., Heart Soul Detroit showcases the men and women who put The Motor City on the map.
Jenny Risher’s photographs have been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Noise, Marie Claire, Curve, Parents, Redbook, Hour, and Mens Health magazines. Advertising clients include: DKNY, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Jack Spade, Hanes Corporation, Shiseido Cosmetics, Victoria’s Secret, Verizon, and Kenneth Cole Productions.
About Gesu Catholic School
“Gesu Catholic School, found on Oak Drive at the edge of Detroit’s University District, began with 200 students in 1925 as a ministry of the newly founded Gesu Catholic Parish. The school grew rapidly in its largely Roman Catholic neighborhood. At its peak in 1968, Gesu had 1,660 children in two buildings.These days, Gesu School is a smaller affair, serving about 180 students. The majority are not Catholic. Rather, they are neighborhood residents who want a safe space to learn.” -Karen Dybis
Join us at Book Beat on Sunday, November 24 from 3:30-4:30pm to welcome photographer Amit Desai, who will be in town to discuss and present the release of his seven volume photo book America Sutra. Books will be available at the event, which is free and open to the public. Please call Book Beat for more information (248) 968-1190.
America Sutra is the first in a series of three projects by artist Amit Desai. It is the culmination of a ten-year journey through the United States.
Selections from the America Sutra, are on a website, curated by a computer algorithm unique to each visit. This show is accompanied by a feature length documentary Possible Psalms, a behind the scenes look at the making of America Sutra. Each of the seven volumes are organized into sections divided by experiences and techniques unique to photography. They are the photographer’s road trip experiences cataloged in a unique and eccentric order, all contained into a thick sturdy slipcase.
The images in America Sutra portray the people and landscapes the artist experienced during his years on the road. Shot on 35mm, 120 medium format, Polaroid and digital, along with hand made collages and drawings, the seven volumes display a wide range of photographic techniques. all the double exposure photographs were made in camera and all the work was shot on film except for Book IV, which is the only digital work in the sutra.
-last words from the Diamond Sutra (from the photographer’s statement)
Amit Desai (born 1977) is an american artist and poet. Born in India, a Brahmin, he spent his early childhood on a mango farm in the state of Gujarat before moving to America. He grew up in Valley Stream, New York. In 1995, he traveled to Africa where he lived with the Khoisan tribe in Botswana. during this time he visited Tsodilo Hills and had his first experience of cave paintings. on this same trip he discovered the camera. America Sutra is his first body of work to be published. He now lives in India.
Join us at Book Beat on Sunday, November 17 from 2:00-3:30pm to welcome Detroit native Jean Alicia Elster, author of the newly released young reader book, The Colored Car(for ages 8 and up). She will be speaking as well as signing copies of her books. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to reserve copies of the titles, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.
“In The Colored Car,Jean Alicia Elster, author of the award-winning Who’s Jim Hines?, follows another member of the Ford family coming of age in Depression-era Detroit. In the hot summer of 1937, twelve-year-old Patsy takes care of her three younger sisters and helps her mother put up fresh fruits and vegetables in the family’s summer kitchen, adjacent to the wood yard that her father, Douglas Ford, owns. Times are tough, and Patsy’s mother, May Ford, helps neighborhood families by sharing the food that she preserves. But May’s decision to take a break from canning to take her daughters for a visit to their grandmother’s home in Clarksville, Tennessee, sets in motion a series of events that prove to be life-changing for Patsy.
After boarding the first-class train car at Michigan Central Station in Detroit and riding comfortably to Cincinnati, Patsy is shocked when her family is led from their seats to change cars. In the dirty, cramped “colored car,” Patsy finds that the life she has known in Detroit is very different from life down south, and she can hardly get the experience out of her mind when she returns home-like the soot stain on her finely made dress or the smear on the quilt squares her grandmother taught her to sew. As summer wears on, Patsy must find a way to understand her experience in the colored car and also deal with the more subtle injustices that her family faces in Detroit. By the end of the story, Patsy will never see the world in the same way that she did before. Elster’s engaging narrative illustrates the personal impact of segregation and discrimination and reveals powerful glimpses of everyday life in 1930s Detroit. For young readers interested in American history, The Colored Car is engrossing and informative reading.”
“An emotional and compelling look at how the joys of daily life and the legacy of slavery affected children of the 1930s.” – Ruth McNally Barshaw, author and illustrator of The Ellie McDoodle Diaries
Jean Alicia Elster, B.A., J.D., is the author of the novel The Colored Car— for ages 8 and older. Elster is also the author of the novel Who’s Jim Hines? — for ages 8 and older. Who’s Jim Hines? was selected as one of the Library of Michigan’s 2009 Michigan Notable Books. In addition, the Michigan Reading Association placed Who’s Jim Hines?on the Great Lakes Great Books Award 2009-2010 ballot for grades 4-5. Who’s Jim Hines? was also a ForeWord Magazine 2008 Book of the Year Award Finalist in the category of Juvenile Fiction.
In addition, Elster is the author of the children’s book series Joe Joe in the City, which includes the books Just Call Me Joe Joe (2001), I Have A Dream, Too! (2002), I’ll Fly My Own Plane (2002), and I’ll Do the Right Thing (2003). She was awarded the 2002 Governors’ Emerging Artist Award by ArtServe Michigan in recognition of the series, and in 2004, I’ll Do the Right Thing received the Atlanta Daily World Choice Award in the category of children’s books.
Join us for two day-time events with author/illustrator and Michigan-native Wong Herbert Yee at the Farmington Community Library – Farmington Branch (23500 Liberty St. Farmington, MI 48335) ? on Saturday, November 9 from 11am-12pm and later in the afternoon at the Farmington Community Library- Main Branch (Second Floor Auditorium, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills) from 2:30pm-3:30pm. He will be speaking and signing copies of his numerous bestselling titles. For more information call the library at (248) 848-4315. Books will be available for purchase and autographing courtesy of Book Beat. To pre-order or reserve copies of any of the titles, call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.
Wong Herbert Yeeis the author of dozens of beloved children’s books, including such favorites as: Fireman Small, Hamburger Heaven, Mrs. Brown Went to Town, Eek! There’s a Mouse in the House, and the Mouse and Mole series. This year marks his 20th as a published author, and incredibly his first book is still in print! We’re very proud to consider him a great friend at Book Beat and hope you can join us for this special event!