Oak Park’s Book Beat turns 40 this month | Things to do | Detroit

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Book Beat in Oak Park has been serving the community since 1982.

One of Metro Detroit’s longtime independent bookstores celebrates 40 years with a day of book signings from authors, music and vendors.

Book Beat in Oak Park has been serving the community since 1982. Its 40th anniversary celebration will take place in and around the store on Sunday August 28th.

The event includes the book launch for Photographs of Detroit, 1975-2019a retrospective collection of the work of renowned photographer Bruce Harkness. New York Times Best-selling author Beverly Jenkins will be signing copies of her latest novel, Catch a crow: women who dare, with Flint author Kelsey Ronan signing his first novel Chevy and the hole. Detroit’s Jean Alicia Elster will also be on deck with her recent fictional effort How’s it going.

Anita Fitch Panzer will pull into the Book Beat parking lot with The Topsy Turvy Bus, an upside-down school bus that runs on solar power and vegetable oil. Kids can see inside the eco-friendly project, learn about composting, and work on recycling projects. Panzer is also the author of a children’s book about the bus called The upside down bus.

Musical performances include soul singer Darnell Kendricks, Ukrainian refuge artists Olga Yalovenko and Yaroslav Gnezdilov, and rock musicians Carolyn Striho and Scott Dailey.

Classic rock and jazz photography by Leni Sinclair will also be on display. Oh, and there’s cake.

The anniversary celebration takes place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on August 28 at Book Beat; 26010 Greenfield Oak Park; thebookbeat.com.

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