One Book Program Sponsors Detroit-Themed Events

            MARQUETTE, Mich. — The One Book, One Community program is sponsoring a series of Detroit-related events to complement this year’s selection, Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff. All activities are free and open to the public.

The film Burn, produced in part by Denis Leary, plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Jamrich Hall auditorium. Winner of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award, the film depicts a year in the life of the Detroit Fire Department, charged with protecting a crippled city from flame.

A book discussion is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Snowbound Books on North Third Street.   

A concert of Motor City music will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the community room in the Peter White Public Library. The performance will feature an array of Detroit-born music, including blues, jazz, R&B, Motown, pop and soul from musicians Dave Zeigner, Paul Neumann, Derrell Syria and Gary Parkkonen.

            A panel discussion about the status of modern-day Detroit is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in a location yet to be determined. Speakers include Glenn Stevens, vice president of MICHauto, an economic development project to jumpstart Michigan’s automotive industry; Carter Wilson, NMU political science department head and expert on poverty in Detroit and race relations; and Mary Zatina, senior vice president, government relations and corporate communications for Oakwood Healthcare, which oversees four Detroit-area hospitals and outpatient sites. She is also a founding member of the Arab-American Women's Business Council. The panel discussion will be moderated by Frida Waara, explorer and filmmaker.

             These events will precede a visit by Detroit author LeDuff on Wednesday, Nov. 12. More details on that event will be released later. For more about the One Book, One Community program, visit

Prepared By
Robert Thomas
Student Writer