The City of Detroit marked its 313th birthday on July 24, and Midtown’s Source Booksellers and publisher Ten 21 Press celebrated by hosting a literary walking tour of Cass Avenue.
This tour covered a slice of history along Detroit’s historic avenue with selected landmarks from Willis to Old Main being highlighted with a literary twist. Participants learned about the early architects of this amazing avenue, heard the magnificent stories of buildings and tales of notable residents, discovered who the streets are named after and experienced what this vibrant area is like today.
Featured on the walk were the historic Venn Manor (c. 1904/1905), the place where Charles Novacek, Czechoslovak Detroiter immigrant/artist/writer/engineer wrote his award-winning memoir from 2000-2007 - Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance, endorsed by Madeleine Albright.
The tour ended back at the bookstore with a slice of delicious birthday cake and for book lovers – a 10% discount off selected books on Detroit or by Detroiters.