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Book Beat to host fundraiser and welcome authors

City Girls Soap and Book Beat host fundraiser for Detroit school library June 9

City Girls Soap and Book Beat will host a benefit for the Samuel Gompers Elementary-Middle School library, part of the Brightmoor school district of Detroit, June 9 from 2-4 p.m.

In 2011, John and Amy McIntire created City Girls Soap with the dream of utilizing ingredients sourced from the urban farms of Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

Amy McIntire will discuss her urban farm activity and soap-making business at 2 p.m. A portion of all soap and book sales will be donated to help put books in the school library. Gently used children’s books will also be accepted for donation.

Amy McIntire is active in promoting literacy in the community and has previously led a book drive for Samuel Gompers Elementary-Middle School, accumulating over 3,500 book donations to date.

Children’s author/illustrator Katie Yamasaki to visit for book signing June 22

Book Beat will host children’s author and illustrator Katie Yamasaki on June 22 from 4-5 p.m. Yamasaki will be speaking as well as signing her books. This event is free and open to the public.

She is the author and illustrator of “Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family’s Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp” as well as the illustrator of “Honda: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars.”

She works as a muralist and teaching artist at Ballet Tech, the New York City Public School for Dance.

Three authors to present on urban renewal June 23

Book Beat will host authors Gordon Young, John Gallagher and June Manning Thomas, Ph.D., on June 23 at 3 p.m. to discuss the effects of cities in crisis and how best to approach rebuilding them for future sustainability.

Young, a journalist from San Francisco, wrote “Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City” about the return to his hometown of Flint, Mich., and how this once-thriving city is fighting — despite overwhelming odds — to rise from the ashes.

Gallagher, who has covered urban redevelopment for the Detroit Free Press for two decades, wrote “Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City,” which showcases the innovative community-building work happening in the city and focuses on what can be done to make Detroit leaner, greener and more economically self-sufficient.

Thomas,  a centennial professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, wrote “Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit,” a historical analysis of the interaction of redevelopment and racial issues within the city.

These authors will also sign and discuss their books, which will be available at the event.

All of these events are free, open to the public and located at Book Beat, 26010 Greenfield in Oak Park. For more information or to reserve titles, call Book Beat at 248.968.1190.


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