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Quite the World, Isn't It?

More Detroit gigs: Y'all are going to be sick of me

Well, I'm making steady progress on Jones's Bones: The Search for an American Hero, which is a lot of fun and proving to be more of a challenge than the other books, given the different time frames involved and the endlessly moving parts. But I'm taking a bit of a break in October to go back to Detroit for some talks.

As I posted the other day, the Detroit Public Library has invited me to come in and talk at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, about Detroit: A Biography in the main library on Woodward. I'm looking forward to this for a variety of reasons: I did a lot of research in that library, and this will be a public talk so I'm anticipating hearing a lot of other people's stories about their lives and Detroit's evolution. And yes, books will be available for sale and signing.


- Thursday, October 18, 9 a.m. : I'm kicking off the annual North American Labor History Conference at Wayne State University with a talk about Detroit: A Biography. Books will be available there, too, and individual sessions are open to the public, according to the organizers.

- Thursday, October 18, 2:30 p.m.: Same place, I'm one of two former newspaper strikers (Barb Ingalls is the other) who will comment on a presentation by Chris Rhomberg of his The Broken Table: The Detroit Newspaper Strike and the State of American Labor. Jack Lessenberry chairs the session.

- Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m.: I organized and will be part of a panel on "The Legacy of the Ludlow Massacre," which takes me back to my first book, Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West. With Jonathan Rees and Anthony DeStefanis, and chaired by Rosemary Feurer.

And for you Detroiters, I'll be available in the usual haunts for a cold beer if you want to say hello. :-)

Hope to see some of you at any or all of these events. And if you're part of the Detroit media, please do think about covering the Detroit Public Library talk or the NAHLC gathering.
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