Detroit Writing Room
Named after Michigan’s state reptile, Painted Turtle publishes books on regional topics of cultural and historical interest for a general readership.
Brewed in Michigan: The New Golden Age of Brewing in the Great Beer State is William Rapai’s "Ode on a Grecian Urn"—a discussion of art and art’s audience. The art in this case is beer. Craft beer. Michigan craft beer, to be exact. Like the Great Lakes and the automobile, beer has become a part of Michigan’s identity. In 2016, Michigan ranked fifth in the number of craft breweries in the nation and tenth in the nation in craft beer production. Brewed in Michigan is a book for beer enthusiasts and for people who want a better understanding of what makes Michigan beer special. Cheers!
Opportunities for Redefining an American City
Suggests ways for Detroit to become a smaller but better city in the twenty first century and proposes productive uses for the city’s vacant spaces.
Detroit Under Ground
An exploration of burial sites and customs in Metro Detroit and the historical and social changes behind our treatment of the dead.
A compilation of personal photographs, historical images, and written excerpts illuminating Ernest Hemingway’s significant ties to northern Michigan.
The Renegades of Electronic Funk
An updated, expanded history of techno music with special attention to its roots in Detroit.
A Canadian Sex-Crime Panic, 1945-1946
Examines the postwar Windsor slasher killings and the social consequences of the public paranoia that followed.
Photographs of the unique people, places, and events that make up a year in the life of Metropolitan Detroit.
Paddling Detroit's Hidden River
Chronicles in words and pictures a five-day trip made by two Detroit Free Press journalists up the abused Rouge River in metro Detroit.
Cathedral of Finance
Detailed photographic history of the Union Trust Building, now known as the Guardian Building, one of the architectural gems of Detroit’s skyline.
Mitch Ryder's Life in Music
The story of Detroit rock icon Mitch Ryder’s life in the context of the many changes in popular music, politics, and American culture since the 1960s.
A photographic tour of famous and infamous Detroit-area locations from Loren D. Estleman’s popular Amos Walker series of detective novels.
Legends, Yarns, and Downright Truths
A charming collection of wit and wisdom from Detroit personality Sonny Eliot, fully illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Draper Hill.
Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project
A collection of varied reflections on the Heidelberg Project, a Detroit art installation that has garnered international acclaim and has been the focus of local controversy.
Detroit Architecture, 1845-2005
A stunning tribute to Detroit’s architectural heritage, this book features 90 full-color photographs of the city’s most impressive buildings.