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Detroit Writing Room 2021 virtual book club has high-profile authors


The Detroit Writing Room has launched a new book club membership that includes high-profile authors. The 2021 virtual book club will feature talks with former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, Tony Schwarts, Detroit’s Director of Arts and Culture Rochelle Riley, and more.

Book club members will receive a virtual meet-and-greet with authors, book discussions, open Q&As, special book discounts and opportunities to win signed copies.

Authors include:

● Jan. 26 – Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer & Elizabeth Ann Atkins, Let the Future Begin

● Feb. 23 – Rochelle Riley, That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World

● March 30 – Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, All Rise

● April 27 – Desiree Cooper, Know the Mother

● May 25 – Suneel Gupta, Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You

● June 29 – Michael Zadoorian, The Narcissism of Small Differences

● July 27 – Tony Schwartz, Dealing with the Devil: My Mother, Trump, and Me

● Aug. 31 – Amy Haimerl, Detroit Hustle

● Sept. 28 – John U. Bacon, Let Them Lead: Unexpected Lessons from America’s Worst High School Hockey Team (Coming 2021)

● Oct. 26 – Lee Thomas, Turning White

● Nov. 30 – Ron Fournier, Love That Boy

● Dec. 28 – Amy Nielander, Grama’s Hug and The Ladybug Race

Former Detroit mayor Dennis Archer. (Photo: American Bar Association)

“Before the pandemic, we hosted many local and national authors at The Detroit Writing Room for book talks,” said Detroit Writing Room founder and CEO Stephanie Steinberg in a recent press release. “We miss having dozens of people in the space for book signings, but this new virtual book club will be a fun way for readers and fans to still interact with award-winning authors, while staying safe.” 

Talks will be held 7-8 p.m. EST on Zoom the last Tuesday of every month. Members will also receive a video recap.

“Where else do you get an opportunity to chat with Tony Schwartz about ghostwriting President Trump’s ‘Art of the Deal’ or John Bacon about the state of college sports amid the pandemic or Suneel Gupta about how to get funded as an entrepreneur?” said Detroit Writing Room co-founder Jake Serwer, CEO of Espresso Public Relations.

A book club membership is $100 for the year. Non-members can buy single tickets to talks for $15 each. Go to to sign up and read more about authors.

Brendel Hightower is an assistant editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact her at 

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