DPL to Host Author Leonard Pitts Jr.

Author and Miami Herald journalist Leonard Pitts Jr. will be reading from his first work of fiction this weekend at the Detroit Public Library. As a special guest for African American History Month, Mr. Pitts will offer a reading and discussion of his latest book release, Before I Forget.

Before I Forget falls in sync with Pitts’ profession as a syndicated columnist and pop music critic. The story of a once renowned  R&B star, Before I Forget follows the life of the fictional 70’s celeb Mo Johnson as he struggles with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease and his quest “to make peace with his father and reconcile with his son before it’s too late.”

In addition to his work as a syndicated columnist, Leonard Pitts Jr. is also the author of Becoming Dad:  Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood. According to his site, Mr. Pitts was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 1992 as well. His work has appeared in SOUL, Musician, Spin, TV Guide and Parenting.

The Detroit Public Library will proudly host Mr. Leonard Pitts Jr. on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. This free reading and signing is open to the public and will take place at the DPL’s Main Branch in the Friends Auditorium. If you wish to purchase Before I Forget, Book Beat will be selling books for the event. As usual, it is always wise to call and confirm all information prior to the appearance. You can call The DPL at 313-833-4042 for more information.

*Support your local bookstores and universities. It matters!

-Post by Megan Shaffer

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