The show will go on!
Even though Northern Michigan University is closed today, "Detroit" author and Pulitzer Prize Winner Charlie LeDuff will still be presenting tonight at 7 p.m. in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms. (For those who were planning to attend the 1 p.m. Q&A session today that has been cancelled, so please bring your questions to the evening session). Let's give Charlie a big Marquette welcome -- especially since he drove through the storm to get here!
About One Book, One Community
The "One Book, One Community" program encourages the Marquette County and Northern Michigan University community to read the same book and to come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. Although dozens of similar programs have been sponsored nationwide, this is one that brings together a county and a university.
The NMU/Marquette County One Book One Community committee is pleased to announce the book selection for 2014:
Detroit: An American Autopsy
by Charlie LeDuff
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. 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. While redemption is thin on the ground in this ghost of a city, "Detroit: An American Autopsy" is no hopeless parable. With steel-eyed reporting and righteous indignation, LeDuff shares an unbelievable, true 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.
We invite you to join in to read and discuss the book. A number of service, academic and entertainment events are being planned for the fall to further explore "Detroit."