“Detroit: Engine of America” by R.J. King Named Finalist in 30th annual Midwest Book Awards

“Detroit: Engine of America” by award winning editor, author, and journalist R.J. King, editor of DBusiness magazine, has been named a finalist in the 30th annual Midwest Book Awards. The annual program is organized by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, which recognizes quality in independent publishing in the Midwest.
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Detroit: Engine of America cover, inside page
R.J. King’s “Detroit: Engine of America” has been named a finalist in the 30th annual Midwest Book Awards. On the right is an example of a book signing with a stamped ink mark of The Medallion as well as an example of a stamped corporate logo. // Cover image courtesy of Momentum Books, page photo by R.J. King

“Detroit: Engine of America” by award winning editor, author, and journalist R.J. King, editor of DBusiness magazine, has been named a finalist in the 30th annual Midwest Book Awards. The annual program is organized by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, which recognizes quality in independent publishing in the Midwest.

The awards accepted books published in 2019 within a 12-state Midwest region. This year’s competition included 221 submissions in 31 categories, which were judged by a panel of librarians and booksellers from every state in the same states. The book is available at DetroitEngineofAmerica.com.

King’s book details how the city of Detroit grew from a French fort on the Detroit River in 1701 to become the world’s first and largest manufacturing economy by 1900, setting the stage of how the city put the world on wheels in the 20th century. The cover design includes an 1889 etching of the city skyline with a chrome-like chronological element called The Medallion. It was designed by King, Kevin Martin, and Stephanie King.

“I’m thrilled my book, which celebrates Detroit’s standing as one of the nation’s prime movers at the intersection of muscle and brains, was recognized by the MiPA,” says King. “It’s humbling to be included in this group of talented authors. Good luck to all of the finalists.”

The winners will be announced during a Facebook watch party at 6 p.m., EDT on Saturday, June 27. More information on the awards is available here.

King is editor of DBusiness magazine, DBusiness Daily News, DBusiness Tech and Mobility News, Detroit 500, and Michigan Makers magazine, all of which cover companies in metro Detroit and Michigan. He also hosts the How To Grow Your Business Podcast.

“Detroit: Engine of America” is King’s fourth book. It is available at area bookshops, gift shops, and online at DetroitEngineofAmerica.com. His other books include “Passport to the Corner Office: The Starter’s Guide to Corporate Life,” “8 Track: The First Mobile App,” and “Mystical.”

A photo gallery that shows the evolution of the cover of “Detroit: Engine of America” is available here.

Signed copies, bulk orders, and corporate orders are available by purchasing directly through Momentum Books at gifts@momentumbooks.com or (248) 691-1800 ext. 151.

Momentum Books was founded in 1987 and was acquired by Hour Media in 2001. It is a small press focusing on regional nonfiction.

The Midwest Book Awards began in 1989. The Midwest Independent Publishers Association was founded in 1984.

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