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BEAUTIFUL WASTELAND and DIY DETROIT event at the Ann Arbor Book Festival with Rebecca J. Kinney and Kimberley Kinder

When Nov 09, 2016
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery Room 100, 913 University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Kinney_Beautiful coverKinder_DIY coverRebecca J. Kinney and Kimberley Kinder will be at the Ann Arbor Book Festival Author's Forum on Wednesday, November 9 at 5:30 p.m. for readings from their books, Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America's Postindustrial Frontier and DIY Detroit: Making Do in a City Without Services, followed by a conversation and Q&A.


About Beautiful Wasteland:

Rebecca J. Kinney reveals that the contemporary story of Detroit’s rebirth is an upcycled version of the American Dream, which has long imagined access to work, home, and upward mobility as race-neutral projects. She tackles key questions about the future of postindustrial America, and shows how the narratives of Detroit’s history are deeply steeped in material and ideological investments in whiteness.

"Rebecca J. Kinney's sophisticated and compelling study demonstrates the centrality of race-making to contemporary narratives of urban decline and revitalization." —David M. P. Freund, University of Maryland

About DIY Detroit:

Stuck in a blighted city without basic services such as a bus line, what Detroit’s residents are left with after decades of disinvestment and decline is DIY urbanism—sweeping their own streets, maintaining public parks, and boarding up empty buildings. DIY Detroit describes a phenomenon that has become woefully routine as inhabitants of deteriorating cities “domesticate” public services in order to get by.


"Kimberley Kinder’s DIY Detroit is a clever, beautifully written account of everyday life in the wake of conventional market collapse and decades of austerity. It describes the ways that Detroiters have adapted, often defensively, always informally, sometimes illegally, to life without conventional markets and routine municipal services." —Jason Hackworth, author of Neoliberal City