Five Authors Set for Oct. 19 Book Luncheon

Susan Whitall
The Detroit News

This year’s Metro Detroit Book & Author Luncheon Oct. 19 features a roster of five authors, including David Maraniss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Washington Post whose latest book, “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story” is being excerpted in the Detroit News this week.

Maraniss was born in Detroit in 1949 and spent more than seven years here. Although he’s lived most of his life elsewhere, his lingering affection for the city of his extreme youth led him to want to write about a pivotal 18 months in the city’s history, from the fall of 1962 to the spring of 1964, when Motown was running on all cylinders, the auto industry was hitting a new peak and it appeared that Mayor Cavanagh and local civil rights leaders were keeping Detroit relatively peaceful, in terms of racial strife. There were early signs of trouble that would erupt in the summer of 1967, and Maraniss weaves it all into an interesting narrative.

Bonnie Jo Campbell, the Kalamazoo writer whose “American Salvage” won national acclaim, and was a 2009 National Book Award finalist, will be appearing at the book luncheon as well. Campbell will be discussing (and later, signing) her much-anticipated new book of stories, “Mothers, Tell Your Daughters.”

Also appearing:

Lily Tuck. Tuck’s “The News from Paraguay” was the 2004 National Book Award winner. Her new novel is “The Double Life of Liliane,” a coming of age story.

John Katzenbach. A former reporter whose father worked in the Kennedy White House, Katzenbach’s bestselling thrillers include “The Traveler” and “Red 1-2-3.” His latest novel, “The Dead Student,” is a dark tale about a young man set on avenging his uncle’s murder.

Jason Gay writes the “Rules” column for the Wall Street Journal; his new book is “Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living.”

The book luncheon starts at 11 a.m. with the authors’ books for sale; the luncheon itself is served at 12 noon, and the authors speak at 1 p.m. After the luncheon, the authors will autograph their books.

Tickets are $40, available online at or by phone at (586) 685-5750.

Burton Manor is located at 27777 Schoolcraft in Livonia.