Automotive Authors Book Fair


DETROIT, October 14, 2009 – The fourth annual gathering of selected automotive authors will take place at the Detroit Public Library’s Skillman Branch on Saturday, November 21, 2009. From around the nation and Canada, 23 authors of automotive books will be in attendance in the Rose Skillman Hall of the Skillman Branch, the home of National Automotive History Collection (NAHC), to talk with the public and sell and sign books. For a complete listing of the authors who are participating, please visit the NAHC web site at The Book Fair is jointly sponsored by the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation and the MotorCities National Heritage Area. The Wayne State University Press, which has an extensive list of automotive history books, will have its own display and representatives in attendance.

John Gibson, the Detroit Public Library’s Interim Coordinator for Special Collections recently said, “Now in its fourth year, the Automotive Authors Book Fair has proven to be an event that excites both the automotive writers and their readers. Book creation is mostly done in isolation so the Book Fair gives the authors a chance to interact with their readers and, importantly, a chance to meet with each other. Based on the wide acceptance of Automotive Authors Book Fair and its history of attendance growth, we expect the 2009 event to top all previous records.”

Patrice Merritt, Executive Director of the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation, said,  “The Automotive Authors Book Fair has shown to be a magnet that pulls people who might not otherwise visit the Skillman Branch Library. Once they experience that stunningly restored art deco building and the vast store of material contained in the National Automotive History Collection, they become believers in the place and its mission. We fully expect this year’s Book Fair to build upon previous years’ excellent results.”

Authors John Clor, The Mustang Dynasty; John Heitman, The Automobile and American Life; and Anthony Yanik, Maxwell Motor and the Making of the Chrysler Corporation will make in-depth presentations of their books while the Book Fair is in session.

The 2009 Automotive Authors Book Fair will take place in the Skillman Library, at 121 Gratiot Avenue, between 2:00 and 5:00 PM on November 21. The event is free and there is ample parking at metered spaces and in nearby private lots.. For more information contact Ms. Gina Tecos at 313 628 2851 or at

Complete Listing of the participating authors:

Dimitry Anastakis, Car Nation: An Illustrated History of Canada’s Transformation Behind the Wheels

Andrew Beckman, The Studebaker Museum

Lindsay Brooke, Ford Model T: The Car That Put the World on Wheels

*John Clor, The Mustang Dynasty

Gene Dickirson, GDT Speedster AND The Sheldon Road Project

Patrick Foster, Kaiser-Frazer history; Studebaker: the Complete History;  and books on American Motors and Jeep

Michael Furman, Curves of Steel and The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum: The Spirit of Competition

George Green, Flying Cars, Amphibious Vehicles and Dual Mode Transports; Special-Use Vehicles

James Harbor, Factory Man

*John Heitmann, The Automobile and American Life

Charles Hyde, Storied Independent Automakers: Nash, Hudson, and American Motors (c

Tom Johnson, History of the American Automobile

Margery Krevsky, Sirens of Chrome, The Auto Show Models

David Lewis, Public Image of Henry Ford and other Ford books

Walt McCall, Encyclopedia of American Fire Engine Manufacturers and books on Ahrens-Fox and American-LaFrance fire engines.

Thomas McPherson, The Henney Motor Company

Carlton O. Pate III, Pate’s Early Ford Automobile Encylopedia

Tracy Powell, Harley Earle and GM Styling, Cadillac at 100

David Rockwell, We Were the Ramchargers: Inside Drag Racings Legendary Team

Rex Roy, Motor City Dream Garages

Jonathan Stein, The Art and Colour of General Motors

John Waples, (Rolls Royce Silver) Shadow Owner’s Companion

*Anthony Yanik,  History of Maxwell Motor Company

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