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Detroit Resurrected Author Talk and Book Signing

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Join journalist Nathan Bomey, author of the new book Detroit Resurrected: To Bankruptcy and Back, and Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley, for a talk and book signing at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

What happens when an iconic American city goes broke?

At exactly 4:06 p.m. on July 18, 2013, the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy. It was the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history—the Motor City had finally hit rock bottom. But what led to that fateful day, and how did the city survive the perilous months that followed?

In Detroit Resurrected, Nathan Bomey delivers the inside story of the fight to save Detroit against impossible odds. Bomey, who covered the bankruptcy for the Detroit Free Press and is now a business reporter for USA TODAY, provides a gripping account of the tremendous clash between lawyers, judges, bankers, union leaders, politicians, philanthropists, and the people of Detroit themselves.

NATHAN BOMEY is a business reporter for USA TODAY and covers energy, autos and general breaking business news for USA TODAY at its Washington, D.C., area headquarters. Before joining the nation’s largest newspaper in June 2015, he covered Detroit’s bankruptcy and General Motors as a business reporter for the Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Previously he served as a business reporter for six years in Ann Arbor, Mich., and during his high school and college years he covered community news for weekly papers in his hometown of Saline, Mich.

A 2006 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Nathan received EMU’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2015. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nathan moved to Michigan in third grade and grew up in the Ann Arbor area. He now lives with his wife, Kathryn, in Arlington, Va.

ROCHELLE RILEY’S award-winning columns appear in the Detroit Free Press and at She writes passionately about government responsibility, education, popular culture, politics and race and has spent 15 years raising awareness about the need to improve adult literacy. She has helped raise more than $1 million for Michigan literacy causes. Rochelle's honors include a National Headliner Award for best column, a national Scripps Howard award for her coverage of literacy and first-place honors from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Michigan Press Association and the Associated Press-Managing Editors. Her columns about the fall of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick were part of the entry that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting. Rochelle, a strong advocate for press freedom around the world, is co-chair of the National Association of Black Journalists Global Journalism Task Force and a board member of the North American Committee of the International Press Institute. Rochelle, who makes frequent television and radio appearances, mostly on NPR, MSNBC, Al Jazeera and local stations in Detroit, is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina, where she studied journalism and English. She also was a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she studied online communities and film. She was just inducted this month into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar

WHERE: Detroit Institute of Arts - 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 - View Map