Charlie LeDuff Author Event

Charlie LeDuff Author Event

We are thrilled to announce that Charlie LeDuff will join us Saturday, August 17th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss his bestselling book, Detroit. This event will be held at the Crooked Tree Auditorium.  For more information about this event, please contact us at 231-347-1180 or send us an email

“A book full of both literary grace and hard-won world-weariness... Iggy Pop meets Jim Carroll and Charles Bukowski” –Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family’s, and his own. Detroit is where his mother’s flower shop was firebombed in the pre-Halloween orgy of arson known as Devil’s Night; where his sister lost herself to the west side streets; where his brother, who once sold subprime mortgages with skill and silk, now works in a factory cleaning Chinese-manufactured screws so they can be repackaged as “May Be Made in United States.”

Having led us on the way up, Detroit now seems to be leading us on the way down. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation’s poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age—mass production, blue-collar jobs, and automobiles—Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, dropouts, and foreclosures. It is an eerie and angry place of deserted factories and abandoned homes and forgotten people. Trees and switchgrass and wild animals have come back to reclaim their right¬ful places. Coyotes are here. The pigeons have left. A city the size of San Francisco and Manhattan could neatly fit into Detroit’s vacant lots. After revealing that the city’s murder rate is higher than the official police number—making it the highest in the country—a weary old detective tells LeDuff, “In this city two plus two equals three.”

With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation only a native son possesses, LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city. He embeds with a local fire brigade struggling to defend its city against systemic arson and bureaucratic corruption. He investigates politicians of all stripes, from the smooth-talking mayor to career police officials to ministers of the backstreets, following the paperwork to discover who benefits from Detroit’s decline. He beats on the doors of union bosses and homeless squatters, powerful businessmen and struggling homeowners, and the ordinary people holding the city together by sheer determination.

If Detroit is America’s vanguard in good times and bad, then here is the only place to turn for guid¬ance in our troubled era. While redemption is thin on the ground in this ghost of a city, Detroit: An American Autopsy is no hopeless parable. LeDuff shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer. Detroit is a dark comedy of the absurdity of American life in the twenty-first century, a deeply human drama of colossal greed and endurance, ignorance and courage.

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Charlie LeDuff was a staff writer at the New York Times and a reporter at the Detroit News, and is now a television journalist for Detroit’s Fox 2 News. He contributed to a Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times series and has received a Meyer Berger Award for distinguished writing about New York City. He is the author of US Guys and Work and Other Sins. LeDuff lives with his wife and daughter on the edge of the Detroit city limits.

 

Event date: 
Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
307 E Lake St.
49770 Petoskey
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ISBN: 9781594205347
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Penguin Press - February 7th, 2013

"A New York Times" Bestseller
A book full of both literary grace and hard-won world-weariness... Iggy Pop meets Jim Carroll and Charles Bukowski "Kirkus," STARRED REVIEW


$15.00
ISBN: 9780143113065
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 2008

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Detroit: An American Autopsy"
"A fearless, clear eyed companion into parts of America that rarely see print."--"Entertainment Weekly"


$17.00
ISBN: 9780143034940
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Detroit: An American Autopsy"
"Except for a few drinks, nothing is free in Charlie LeDuff's blunt and touching "Work and Other Sins." The laughter and wisdom are hard won, the lessons are often painful... the sad tales and wit from the bar rail are endless and timeless." --"The New York Times Book Review"


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