Award-winning playwright Stephen Mack Jones will be at the Southfield Public Library (26300 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI 48076) on Wednesday, May 2nd from 6:30-8:30 PM to sign and discuss his successful debut novel, August Snow. Book Beat will be providing books for purchase. If you have any questions, please call Book Beat at (248) 968-1190 or the Southfield Library at (248) 796-4200. For the library’s official event page, click here.
About August Snow:
August Snow, an ex-police detective who was fired from the Detroit PD, brought down the entire corrupt department and the mayor with a wrongful dismissal lawsuit. The son of an African-American cop and a Mexican-American painter, August Snow is most at home in Detroit’s Mexicantown neighborhood, where he grew up—the neighborhood he’s now returned to and hopes to revitalize with his settlement money of $12 million. The trouble is August has old enemies with scores to settle.
When an old acquaintance, finance magnate Eleanore Paget, hears August is back in town, she tries to hire him to investigate suspicious goings – on at her investment bank. August declines—detective work is no longer his beat. When Eleanore is found dead the next day of an apparent suicide, August doesn’t buy it for a minute. His search for her killer will drag him into a rat’s nest of Detroit’s most dangerous criminals.
“Strong prose and a hero with a distinctive multicultural background (August is half African-American, half Mexican)… Convincing smartass dialogue brings the Detroit denizens of poet and playwright Jones’s first novel to life.”
—Publishers Weekly on August Snow
“[A] hugely likable hero who uses his wealth to bring his neighborhood back to life; a feel for the vitality and pride in run-down urban neighborhoods as good as George Pelecanos on Washington, D.C.; appealing supporting characters who give life to the book’s theme of the solace to be found in communities. It adds up to a very pleasurable read…we are at the beginning of an excellent new series.”
—Kirkus Reviews on August Snow
“This debut novel by poet and playwright Jones offers a welcome inside view of a city in turmoil and the viewpoint of a Mexican and African-American protagonist who now finds himself among gentrifiers… where library shelves lack heroes of color, add Jones’ work.”
—Booklist on August Snow
Stephen Mack Jones is a published poet, award-winning playwright, and recipient of the prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He survived a number of years in advertising and marketing communications. Mr. Jones was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in Farmington Hills, outside of Detroit. August Snow is his first novel.