Books by Michigan authors offer a page-turning gift idea – The Detroit News

December 15, 2021 by No Comments

Looking for a gift for the bookworm in your family? Good news: options abound. And even better, several books came out this year by Michigan authors, often exploring uniquely Michigan themes. 

From Detroit jazz to history, below is a list of some books by Michigan authors that your loved ones are sure to get lost in. Who could ask for a better gift than a book given the stressful year we’ve all had?

And if you aren’t sure what to get, Book Beat, an independently owned bookstore on Greenfield in Oak Park, has a wide range of books from Michigan authors, delving into history, furniture design, poetry and more.

Here are some options:

“Jazz Space Detroit: Photographs of Black Music, Jazz & Dance:” Featuring photographs by Detroit photographer Barbara Weinberg Barefield with text by Herb Boyd, executive director of the Jazz Research Institute, “Jazz Space Detroit” explores how jazz, rooted in the blues, evolved in the city and where. Images of Rapa House, the Detroit Jazz Center, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge and Paradise Theatre/Orchestra Hall are woven with pictures of some of the city’s iconic jazz figures such as Marcus Belgrave, Sippie Wallace, Dave Wilborn and more. Barefield added color to some images by hand, bringing them to life. ($24.95; available at Book Beat, Source Bookseller and Pages Bookstore).

“Up North in Michigan: A Portrait of Place in Four Seasons”: The latest book from author Jerry Dennis — who grew up in northern Michigan and has written many books, including “The Living Great Lakes” — is a book of essays that explores our state’s unique landscape and physical features, one season at a time. One essay, “The Rules of Cottage Living,” is about the serene beauty of looking at the water as a pastime, adjusting your sense of time and leaving ordinary life behind. ($24.95 from From University of Michigan Press; available on Amazon)

“Sing to the Colors”: If you have a University of Michigan fan in your life who also loves history — especially Wolverine history — James Tobin’s “Sing to the Colors: A Writer Explores Two Centuries at the University of Michigan” is perfect. Tobin wrote many of the essays originally for a website created in honor of the university’s bicentennial called Heritage Today, along with Michigan Today, an alumni magazine. The book is a fascinating look at sometimes obscure parts of UM’s history, from when women were finally admitted to the university to the …….



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