David Maraniss: Author Talk At The Dia

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Detroit Institute of Arts says
The Detroit Institute of Arts will host David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning associate editor at “The Washington Post” and author of “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story” for a talk and book-signing on May 23 at 11 a.m. The event is free with museum admission, which is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, but registration is required at bit.ly/diadavidmaraniss.

Maraniss, who was born in Detroit, is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Pulitzer for national reporting in 1993 for his coverage of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton. He will speak about his newest book, “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story,” as well as his experiences as a writer.

“Once in a Great City” is a snapshot of the people, culture and politics of Detroit at the height of its prosperity in the early 1960s. The auto industry was selling more cars than ever before and inventing the Mustang. Motown was capturing the world with its amazing artists. The progressive labor movement was rooted in Detroit with the UAW.

Maraniss tells Detroit’s story through portraits of its visionary leaders of the time: Henry Ford II, Walter Reuther, Berry Gordy Jr., Lee Iacocca and Rev. C. L. Franklin. He also foreshadows the city’s darker future: the Detroit mafia’s influence on football players, George Edward’s raid on the Gotham Hotel, a failed Olympic bid and continued racial tensions. Maraniss says the book is his “attempt to honor the city and all that it gave the world while also looking with clear eyes at the roots of its troubles.”

The event is a partnership with the DIA and Metro Net Library Consortium’s “Everyone’s Reading,” a program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties that promotes community dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Metro Net is a virtual consortium comprising seven suburban Detroit-area public libraries. Maraniss will also be speaking at 7 p.m. on May 22 at the Community House in Birmingham and at 7 p.m. on May 23 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield. These events are free, but require a ticket. Please see www.everyonesreading.org for more information on these appearances.

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By: Detroit Institute of Arts

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