U-M Alumnus Mark Binelli masterfully provides a 300-year tour through the formerly wondrous and now wondrously devastated metropolis in his latest novel Detroit City is the Place to Be. A child of suburban Detroit, Binelli (Sacco and Vinzetti MustDie!) astonishes with spot-on research, fluid prose, and a discerning eye for the peculiar, including reports of early French frontiersmen and late ‘60s rock revolutionaries, the MC5. The author immersed himself in Motor City culture while writing the volume. From Henry Ford's auto and steel boom and the race riots of the 1960s and early ‘70s to the dark ages of widespread crack addiction and the current resurgence led by enterprising idealists, urban farmers, and DIY go-getters, Binelli offers a wildly compelling biography of a city as well as a profound commentary on postindustrial America. —from Publishers Weekly (Starred review).
Mark will give a public talk starting at 5:10, followed by an audience question and answer session. This event is free and open to the public. We look forward to having you join us for this presentation.