This weekend at Book Beat: two great events!


Saturday, Oct., 20th @1PM: Detroit I do Mind Dying

Dan Georgakas will give a presentation of a newly published edition of his book Detroit, I Do Mind Dying at the Book Beat bookstore onSaturday, October 20th from 1-2 PM. The Book Beat is located at 26010 Greenfield in Oak Park. Please call 248-968-11190 for more information. Dan will also be speaking at 6 PM,  Saturday, October 20th at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 950 Trumbull (Trumbull & Michigan Ave.)

Since its publication in 1975, Detroit: I Do Mind Dying has been widely recognized as one of the most important books on the black liberation movement and labor struggles in the United States. It tells the remarkable story of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, based in Detroit, and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, two of the most important political organizations of the 1960s and 1970s, A classic widely heralded as one the most important books on the black liberation movement and labor struggles in U.S. history. This updated edition includes the original Foreword by Manning Marable, a new Preface by the authors, Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin and new chapters on the ‘Legacy of Drum’ by Sheila Cockrel, Herb Boyd, Edna Ewell Watson and Michael Hamlin. Read More HERE

Sunday Oct., 21st @ 2 PM;  Thanks for the View Mr. Mies; Lafayette Park, Detroit


We are pleased to welcome Thanks For the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park, Detroit editor Danielle Aubert to the Book Beat (26010 Greenfield Rd. Oak Park, MI 48237) on Sunday, October 21 from 2-4pm – along with residents of the historic Lafayette Park neighborhood- to discuss and sign copies of this wonderful new book about the legendary development. Books will be available at the event. This event is free and open to the public. Please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190 for any questions or to reserve copies of the book.

“The peace here may be a reward, bequeathed through the ages, for having the commitment and audacity to maintain an integrated community in one of the most segregated cities in the United States. God is certainly in these details, as Mies might say.”  – Marsha Music  From The Detroit News; Book Tells Lafayette Park’s special tale

Read more HERE

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Friday, Oct. 26h; Photographers Dirk Bakker & Michael Hodges at Book Beat

Two recent publications from Wayne State University press featuring photographs will be presented at Book Beat on Friday, October 26th from 7-8 PM. The Book Beat is located at 26010 Greenfield, in Oak Park. Photographer Dirk Bakker will present Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship and author/photographer Michael Hodges will present Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations. Both books are lavishly illustrated hardcovers priced at $39.95, suitable for holiday gift-giving.

In Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship,authors Marla O. Collum, Barbara E. Krueger, and the late Dorothy Kostuch profile 37 architecturally and historically significant houses of worship that represent 8 denominations and nearly 150 years of history Read the online review; Beauty Meets Grace in Detroit’s Historic Churches.

Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations is an architectural and historical tour by author and photographer Michael H. Hodges of 31 Michigan depots from Detroit to Iron Mountain to Three Oaks, with stops in Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Lake Odessa and many others.

The railroad station’s decline parallels a decrease in the use of public space generally in American life over the last century. Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations will reacquaint readers with the building type that once served as the nation’s principal crossroads, and the range of architectural styles it employed both to tame and exalt rail transportation. Readers interested in Michigan railroad history as well as historic preservation will not want to miss this handsome volume.

Michael Hodges speaks with Craig Fahley on WDET Radio: Micahel Hodges on Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations.

Read more about this event HERE

October reading group selection

The next reading group meeting will be on Monday October 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Goldfish Tea House in Royal Oak. Our next book discussion will be on Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.

Shirley Hardie Jackson (December 14, 1916 – August 8, 1965) was an American author. A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years. She has influenced such writers as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Nigel Kneale and Richard Matheson.