On Sunday, August 24, at 2:00 p.m., stop by the Baldwin Public Library to hear Bill Morris, former Birmingham resident, read from his new novel Motor City Burning. Morris will enhance his reading with background music from the era, including works by John Lee Hooker, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Mel Tillis, Miles Davis, and the Temptations.
Motor City Burning tells the story of Willie Bledsoe, a once idealistic black activist, who is accused of the last unsolved murder from the Detroit 1967 riots. Set during the Tigers’ 1968 championship season, the book juxtaposes the chaotic Detroit of the riots with the serenity of Tigers’ Opening Day.
Morris’s book has received numerous positive reviews, including comments from popular authors Loren D. Estleman and Nelson DeMille. DeMille said of Motor City Burning that it was, “a wonderfully atmospheric novel that captures time and place, an illumination of a pivotal point in history.” He added that, “Bill Morris is an exceptionally gifted and savvy writer. The comparison to Graham Greene is fully merited.”
Bill Morris is also the author of the novels Motor City and All Souls’ Day. He grew up in Metro-Detroit, though he now lives in New York City where he is a staff writer for the online literary magazine The Millions. His writing has also appeared in Granta, The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Popular Mechanics, and numerous other newspapers and magazines.
"We are very excited to welcome Bill Morris back to Birmingham and are so pleased that he is able to include the Baldwin Library in his Michigan tour,” said Connie Ilmer, Head of Public Services. “This should be an enjoyable afternoon for those interested in books set in Detroit."
Individuals who would like to pre-order a book should contact Book Beat Bookstore at 248-968-1190.
The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street and can be reached at 248-647-1700 or through the Library’s website atwww.baldwinlib.org.