Book Beat Events for October

New Hours Beginning Nov. 1

Beginning November 1st, Book Beat will be open from 10am to 8pm, Monday thru Friday.   Weekend hours will remain the same.  For in-store events, we will stay open beyond 8pm when necessary.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please call Book Beat at (248) 968-1190 if you have any questions regarding our hours.

Author Miriam Powell at Oak Park Library; Thursday, Oct. 21st

Author Miriam Pawel will be speaking at the Oak Park Public Library, (14200 Oak Park Blvd, Oak Park, MI) on Thursday, October 21 about her book THE UNION OF THEIR DREAMS: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chàvez’s Farm Worker Movement. The event co-sponsored by the Book Beat will begin at 7:00 p.m. and corresponds with the paperback release of this new appraisal of Ceasar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Movement.  Books will be available for purchase at the event.

“Meticulously researched and based on primary source materials – including tapes and documents never previously reviewed or revealed – THE UNION OF THEIR DREAMS presents a fresh interpretation and evaluation of Chàvez’s legacy.” from the publisher. MIRIAM PAWEL is an award-winning reporter and editor who spent twenty-five years working for Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. She was recently an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and a John Jacobs Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies. For information please call Book Beat; 248-968-1190.

Young Mr. Obama Presentation at the Southfield Library, Sun., Oct. 24th

Edward “Ted” McClelland will be at the Southfield Public Library on Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. to speak about his new book, Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President. This event is co-sponsored by the Book Beat bookstore.  Books will be available for purchase at the event.  Please call 248-968-1190 for more information. The Southfield Library is located at 26300 Evergreen in Southfield, MI 

How the rough-and-tumble reality of Chicago taught a brilliant but callow young African-American politician the lessons that launched him on the road to history. Barack Obama’s inspirational politics and personal mythology have overshadowed his fascinating history. Young Mr. Obama gives us the missing chapter, a portrait of the politician as a young leader, often too ambitious for his own good, but still equipped with a rare ability to inspire change. His route to the White House began on the streets of Chicago’s South Side.

October Reading Group Selection

The Book Beat Reading Group will meet at 7pm, Wednesday, October 27th, at Goldfish Teahouse, 117 w. Fourth St. in downtown Royal Oak to discuss JG Ballard‘s novel Crash.  Meetings are free and open to the public, reading selections are discounted 15% at Book Beat.

“A work of very powerful originality. Ballard is among our finest writers of fiction.”—Anthony Burgess

In this hallucinatory novel, the car provides the hellish tableau in which Vaughan, a “TV Scientist” turned “nightmare angel of the highways,” experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims, each more sinister than the last.

Sue Stauffacher Oct. 29 at the Birmingham Unitarian Church Annex

Meet children’s author Sue Stauffacher , Friday, October 29th from 7-9pm at the Birmingham Unitarian Church Annex (38651 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304) to hear about her new children’s series, Animal Rescue Team. This new series (ages 7-10) details the exploits of 10-year-old Keisha Carter’s family as wildlife rehabilitators in Michigan. Readers will learn that it is important to treat wildlife appropriately and that each animal is different in terms of how one should interact with it.

Sue Stauffacher lives with her husband and sons in a 150-plus-year-old farmhouse in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Though Sue is not a rehabilitator herself, she is passionate about helping kids know what to do when the wild meets the child.  Stauffacher was born in Pontiac, raised in the Detroit Metro Area and graduated from Lasher High School in Bloomfield Hills.  A longtime advocate for literacy, Sue speaks around the country, connecting kids with books to help grow lifelong readers. She is a former book reviewer, and her novels for young readers include Harry Sue, Donutheart, and Donuthead.

Please call the Book Beat at (248) 968-1190 if there are any questions regarding this event.

InsideOut Literary Arts Fundraiser/Gala Honoring Naomi Long Madgett, Thurs. Oct. 28

The InsideOut Literary Arts Project is hosting a fundraiser/gala, “Star By Star” honoring Naomi Long Madgett on October 28th at the Gem Theater from 6- 8:30 pmMadgett is one of Detroit’s most beloved and recognized poets and was listed in Essence magazine as one of the “Top 40 Favorites” Poets; as were both special guests for the evening, Marilyn Nelson and Toi DerricotteNelson will be performing her poetry to a jazz accompaniment and is the author of a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for, “Carver a Life in Poems.”  Book Beat will be selling books for Nelson at the event.  Tickets are available for purchase at InsideOut Detroit.

American Bikers; Photography Exhibit thru Nov. 7th

Thursday, September 16th at 7 PM a special exhibition of the “Flash Collection” photography by  Jim “Flash” Miteff will be presented by his daughter Beverly V. Roberts at the Book Beat Gallery at 26010 Greenfield in Oak Park.  This photographic exhibition and signing for her newest book; Portraits of American Bikers: Inside Loking Out, will happen at the Book Beat backroom gallery from 7-9 PM. The exhibition will continue through November 7th. Please call 248-968-1190 for further information. The Portraits of American Bikers book and exhibition features many photographs of the Detroit branch of the Outlaw bikers taken in the mid-1960s by Jim “Flash” Miteff. This is the second in a series of biker portrait books recently published by Miteff’s daughter Beverly V. Roberts. The photographs provide a previously unknown insider’s look into the everyday lives of Midwest biker gangs of the late 50s to the late 60s. These images are unique in the history of photography. Nothing like them has ever been compiled or seen publicly in book form before. These photographs are the authentic and rare evidence of a hidden world; a subculture previously unrepresented, shown only through the stereotyped sensationalism of comic books and mass media. These photographs provide a totally raw and unblinking view straight through the window of local Detroit and Midwest biker culture. The imagery of Jim Miteff blazes into new territory and marks a radical new perspective of underground documentary photography. These are powerful historic photographs, with a handmark of solid artistry and craftsmanship. Fresh. Newly discovered, vibrantly alive.  AMERICAN BIKERS COMPLETE ARTICLE

Thomas A. Crumm at Baldwin Library, Mon., Nov. 8

Thomas A. Crumm will be at the Baldwin Public Library (300 W. Merrill St., Birmingham, 48009) on Monday, November 8 at 7pm to sign and discuss his book, “What is Good for General Motors?- Solving America’s Industrial Conundrum.”

Thomas Crumm is a third-generation autoworker born and raised in Flint, Michigan, who led GM Chairman John Smale’s Scenario Planning Staff in the mid-1990’s before becoming Roger Smith’s development guru.  Crumm exposes the strategic decisions that have caused the foundations of America’s industrial sector to crumble, then lays out a plan for its restoration.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.  If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact the Book Beat at (248) 968-1190.

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