Readers interested in books with a pure Michigan connection can sample the Library’s collection of 2011 Michigan Notable Books, including Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City. Author John Gallagher will talk about his book on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 PM in the Library’s Friends Auditorium.
Reimagining Detroit presents a vision for revitalizing Detroit in the wake of deindustrialization and population loss. A Detroit Free Press journalist specializing in urban and economic development, Gallagher calls for a future in which the Motor City embraces its smaller size and takes advantage of thoughtful city planning, urban agriculture, re-using vacant lots, developing bike lanes and encouraging entrepreneurship.
“Change, even change we at first perceive to be negative, brings opportunity,” writes Gallagher in the book’s forward, “The challenge is to see beyond the heartache and grasp the opportunity. As Japanese poet Masahide puts it: Barn’s burnt down – now I can see the moon.”
Gallagher will sign and sell copies of his book after his talk. To register for the free program, visit the Library’s website, or call the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727.
Reimagining Detroit is among the 20 books chosen by the Library of Michigan as it seeks to honor quality works celebrating Michigan people, places and events.
In addition to Gallagher’s book, the Library owns the following 2011 Michigan Notables:
- Apparition & Late Fictions: A Novella and Stories by Thomas Lynch
- Blues in Black and White: The Landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festivals by Michael Erlewine as photographed by Stanley Livingston
- Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation by Steve Lehto
- Detroit Disassembled with photographs by Andrew Moore
- The Detroit Electric Scheme: A Mystery by D. E. Johnson
- Eden Springs: A Novella by Laura Kasischke
- Freshwater Boys by Adam Schuitema
- The Hanging Tree: A Starvation Lake Mystery by Bryan Gruley
- Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
- A Michigan Polar Bear Confronts the Bolsheviks: A War Memoir by Godfrey J. Anderson and edited by Gordon Olson
- Mine Towns: Buildings for Workers in Michigan’s Copper Country by Alison K. Hoagland
- Sawdusted: Notes from a Post-Boom Mill by Raymond Goodwin
- Sixty to Zero: An Inside Look at the Collapse of General Motors and the Detroit Auto Industry by Alex Taylor III
- The Sweetness of Freedom: Stories of Immigrants by Stephen Garr Ostrander and Martha Aladjem Bloomfield
- To Account for Murder by William C. Whitbeck
- Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams by M.L. Liebler