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"To Light a Fire" Book Launch

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Please join InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Wayne State University Press, and the Scarab Club on September 3, 2015, at Detroit’s historic Scarab Club, in celebrating the publication of Terry Blackhawk and Peter Markus’s To Light A Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project.

The InsideOut Literary Arts Project began in 1995 in five Detroit high schools. Twenty years later, the program serves some five thousand K–12 students per year, has received national exposure and accolades (including a recent visit to the White House), and has seen numerous student writers recognized for their creativity and performance. In To Light a Fire, founding director Terry Blackhawk and senior writer Peter Markus collect the experiences of twenty-three writers like Jamaal May, John Rybicki, Robert Fanning, and francine j. harris, who have participated in InsideOut over the past twenty years to give readers an inside look at the urban classroom and the creative spark of Detroit’s students.

2011 Kresge Eminent Artist Bill Harris will kick off the evening, followed by remarks from Blackhawk and Markus about what it was like compiling twenty years into one book. Singer-songwriter Audra Kubat will perform throughout the evening. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 5:30-8:00pm

Scarab Club

217 Farnsworth Avenue

Detroit, MI 48202

RSVP: tolightafire.eventbrite.com | Complimentary wine and light appetizers
Parking is available in the Scarab Club lot. Overflow parking is available in the DIA lot for $7.