Author DE Johnson at Grosse Pointe Woods Library, Tues., June 12th!
Detroit mystery author DE Johnson will be signing copies of his latest release Motor City Shakedown at the Ewald Branch (15175 E. Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230, 313-343-2071) of the Grosse Pointe Woods Library on Tuesday, June 12th from 7:30pm to 9pm. Motor City Shakedown is 2012’s Michigan Notable Book Award Winner and the sequel to his previous mystery The Detroit Electric Scheme (also a Michigan Notable Book award winner). Taking place in turn-of the century Detroit, these fast-paced mysteries are full of gangsters and local history, making them a great gift for Father’s Day. Please visit the Grosse Pointe Woods Library website for more information and to register for this event. This event is free and open to the public, but you must register first to ensure a seat.
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Author Dan Ewald at Baldwin Library, Wed. June 13th!
Former Detroit News Sports Writer and Detroit Tigers Public Relations Director Dan Ewald will discuss and sign copies of his newly published book, Sparky and Me: My Friendship with Sparky Anderson and the Lessons He Shared About Baseball and Life on Wednesday, June 13th from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Baldwin Public Library (300 W. Merrill St., Birmingham,MI 48009, 248-647-1700). A perfect gift for Father’s Day! This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Baldwin Public Library website, or call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.
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“Like a wizard, Sparky Anderson was white-haired and wise, and sitting with him was like visiting with an oracle. Dan Ewald, who spent more time with Sparky than any of us, beautifully captures the magic of Sparky’s wit, humor, and humanity in these pages. All baseball fans should read it.” – Mitch Albom, New York Times bestselling author of Tuesdays with Morrie and Have a Little Faith
Alice Bag at Book Beat, Wed. June 20th!
Legendary Los Angeles punk rock figure Alice Bag will be joining us at the Book Beat on Wednesday, June 20th from 7-8pm to discuss and sign copies of her recently released memoir Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story.Violence Girl details her rise from an East LA barrio to punk figurehead as a member of the groundbreaking group The Bags, to her current role as a mother, author, and punk feminist. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be for sale at the event. If you have any questions regarding this event, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.
“Violence Girl is not some sentimental look back at how great it all was. Alice [Bag], without exaggeration, allows the reader to understand how exciting and in-the-moment things could be—but also how quickly and easily things can go bad and come to an end.With The Bags in the middle of it, it was a time of incredible innovation, explosive creativity and recordings that stand the test of time.”—Henry Rollins for LA Weekly
June Reading Group Selection
Book Beat’s Reading Group selection for June is Orhan Pamuk’s novel The White Castle. The Reading Group will meet on Wednesday, June 27th at 7pm in The Goldfish Tea Room (117 West 4th St # 101 Downtown Royal Oak, MI). All are welcome! Books are discounted 15% at Book Beat.
Taking place in 17th century Istanbul, a young Italian scholar is taken prisoner by the Ottoman Empire and forced to become the slave of a Hoja (master), whom he resembles in appearance. The slave is told to instruct the master in Western science and technology, from medicine to astronomy. But Hoja wonders why he and his slave are the persons they are and whether given knowledge of each other’s most intimate secrets, they could actually exchange identities.
Often compared to the work of Borges and Nabokov, Orhan Pamuk is one of Turkey’s preeminent novelists and winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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