The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts the literary reading out of its conventional form. It launched in 2014, curated by Literary Detroit and Signal-Return, a letterpress studio in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Each year, Motor Signal invites writers to share their work at a series of extraordinary events. But we go beyond the typical reading series by asking the writers to bring an interactive element into … Continue reading Motor Signal Reading Series
Part of our work of cultivating Detroit as a literary city means celebrating what is already here. We consider these bookish places, organizations, publications, media, and resources to be our allies in the city. They deserve your attention. Note that this is by no means a complete list. Especially as the culture of bookishness builds in our city, we will be adding and adding to … Continue reading Literary scene.
These streets inspire stories, both true and imagined. What follows is a semi-comprehensive list of books that feature Detroit, or are authored by Detroit writers — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, and books for young people. May it be a map for your readerly explorations. Fiction: Megan Abbott The Fever Dare Me The End of Everything Queenpin Harriette Simpson Arnow The Dollmaker Hunter’s Horn The Weedkiller’s … Continue reading Reading Detroit.
We are igniting a literary democracy at home, where readers have exciting ways of participating in book culture. We are building inclusive dialogues between Detroit and the wider world of readers, authors, thinkers, makers, and storytellers. Our signature program is the Motor Signal Reading Series. We have also hosted or co-hosted an eclectic range of other interactive literary programs across the city of Detroit, including … Continue reading We celebrate stories.