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Detroit: An American Autopsy
by Charlie LeDuff
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 Charlie LeDuff

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Charlie LeDuff, author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, will visit Marquette on Wednesday, November 12. LeDuff will speak on NMU’s campus that evening. This event is free and open to the public. Detroit: An American Autopsy is the One Book One Community selection for fall 2014. Community residents and the NMU community are invited to read the book and take part in discussions and activities.

A public book discussion will be held on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Peter White Public Library. Snowbound Books in Marquette will also host a public book discussion.

A selection of Pewabic Pottery from Detroit will be displayed in the Peter White Public Library display cases on the main floor during September. Other exciting events are being planned for the public.

A description of Detroit reads: “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.”


The "One Book, One Community" program encourages Marquette County and Northern Michigan University communities to read the same book and come together to discuss it in a variety of settings.

Charlie LeDuff is a journalist, formerly at the New York Times and the Detroit News, and currently on Detroit’s Fox 2 News. He was one of several reporters who worked on The New York Times series “How Race Is Lived in America,” which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2001. He also produced a ten-part television series of participatory journalism called “O” for Discovery Times. LeDuff has covered the war in Iraq, crossed the border with Mexican migrants, and chronicled a Brooklyn fire house in the aftermath of 9/11.

LeDuff is also the author of US Guys, and Work and Other Sins, he lives near Detroit.  (from Penguin Group USA)


One Book One Community Events

Peter White Public Library Northern Michigan University
PWPL Book Group Discussion -
Detroit: An American Autopsy
Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00PM
Peter White Public Library - Dandelion Cottage Room
. Fee admission.

Motor City MusicA revue of multiple genres of Detroit-born music performed by Dave Ziegner, Derrell Syria, Paul Neumann, and Gary Parkkonen. In coordination with the One Book One Community read Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff. Wednesday October 29th at 7PM in the Community Room. No admission charge. Sponsored by NMU One Book One Community Program, PWPL Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund, The UP Children's Museum, and Snowbound Books. See poster. Fee admission.

Snowbound Books

 Book Discussion -
Detroit: An American Autopsy
Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:30PM.
Call 906-228-4448 for more info. Fee admission.
Events at NMUThe film "Burn" will be shown Tuesday, October 14 at 7PM in Jamrich room 1100. All are welcome, free admission. "Burn" captures a year in the life of Detroit firefighters, taking you into the fires and into the lives of those who fight them in the most overworked and worst-funded fire department in the US.

Learn more about today's Detroit with a panel discussion to be held on Monday November 10th at 7PM at the NMU University Center - Brule Room. Featuring Glenn Stevens, Vice President of MICHauto, Detroit Regional Chamber, Carter Wilson, NMU Political Science Department Head and expert on poverty in Detroit and race relations, and Mary Zatina, Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Corporate Communications for Oakwood Healthcare, which oversees four Detroit-area hospitals and outpatient sites serving nearly one-million people; and founding member of the Arab-American Women's Business Council. Moderated by Frida Waara, explorer and filmmaker.

Mr. LeDuff made it to Marquette. The scheduled 1PM Q&A at NMU has been cancelled. Even though NMU is closed, the 7PM presentation in the Great Lakes rooms will still go on.

A Q&A with Charlie LeDuff on Wednesday, November 12 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in NMU's Great Lakes Rooms in the University Center. All are welcome, free admission.

For more information, visit with links to an NPR Fresh Air interview with LeDuff and the New York Times Sunday Book Review of Detroit: An American Autopsy.

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