“The moment my son begins to read, I will give him this fascinating book.”

Qasim Basir, filmmaker

Rochelle Riley • Thu, May 13, 2021

Rochelle Riley

Rochelle Riley is Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit. She spent nearly 25 years as an award-winning Detroit Free Press columnist before leaving in 2019 to serve as Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit. She is author of four other books, including The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery.

Guest Host | Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts, Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and the author of several books, including the popular novels Freeman, Before I Forget and The Last Thing You Surrender. His other honors include: five National Headliner Awards from the Atlantic City Press Club; the President’s Award and Journalist of the Year Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and six Green Eyeshade Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. He was born in Orange, Calif. and lives with his wife in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

Local Bookstores

Bay Books – Suttons Bay

Brilliant Books – Traverse City

Cottage Book Shop – Glen Arbor

Horizon Books – Traverse City

McLean & Eakin – Petoskey

Saturn Booksellers – Gaylord

Event Underwriter

Anne Montgomery