Library to host award winning author A.J. Baime
White Lake Community Library today announced that A.J. Baime – author of “The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War” – will pay a special visit to the library at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2, for an evening of first-rate storytelling, book signing and question-and-answer time with guests.
Baime is visiting the White Lake Community Library as part of the Library of Michigan’s 2015 “Michigan Notable Authors Tour.” His latest book, “The Arsenal of Democracy” is a fascinating and well-researched look at an often-overlooked chapter in American history. From the assembly lines of Ford Motor Company to the frontlines in Normandy, this book chronicles the vital role of Edsel Ford and the auto industry in building America’s bomber force for World War II.
The White Lake Community Library is located at 3900 White Lake Drive in Whitehall. For details about this author event, call 231-894-9531 or visit whitelakelibrary.michlibrary.org.
“It’s a literary treat to have an author of A.J. Baime’s caliber in our community, sharing his captivating work with our friends and neighbors in such an open, accessible way,” said Shelley Williams, director of the White Lake Community Library. “Anyone with an interest in Detroit’s history or World War II history will find his presentation worthwhile, as will anyone who just enjoys a good story.”
“This year’s Michigan Notable Books delve into wonderfully diverse topics and offer something of interest for just about everyone,” said State Librarian Randy Riley. “The tour offers the opportunity for book enthusiasts in many corners of the state to join in the conversation about what constitutes ‘great writing’ and to hear from some of the Great Lakes region’s most beloved authors.” This year, 17 authors whose engaging works were chosen as 2015 Michigan Notable Books selections will visit nearly 50 libraries throughout the state.
A. J. Baime has written extensively on the American auto industry. He has written Arsenal of Democracy and Go Like Hell. He is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and a contributing editor to Road & Track. Originally from New Jersey, he attended the University of New Hampshire and later New York University, where he got a Masters in English literature. He now writes a weekly column in the Wall Street Journal called “My Ride”, and various other travel articles and profiles for numerous publications. Currently he is working on a new book about Harry Truman called the Accidental President. He lives in Northern California.
About Michigan Notable Books
Michigan Notable Books is designed to promote reading and raise awareness of Michigan’s literary heritage. The program annually selects 20 of the most outstanding books published in that year – titles that are reflective of Michigan's diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experience.
The 2015 Michigan Notable Books program and tour are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Humanities Council, Meijer, and the Michigan Center for the Book. Media Sponsors are Mittenlit.com, City Pulse, Dome, Queue Advertising and Tom Gennara Photography.