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How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass

  • Ann Arbor District Library Downtown 343 South 5th Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (map)

Are you moving to Detroit because your rent is too high? Did you read omewhere that all you needed to buy a house was the change in your couch cushions? Are you terrified to live in a majority-black city? Welcome to Detroit! And welcome to the guidebook that you coastal transplants, wary suburbanites, unwitting gentrifiers, idealistic starter-uppers and curious onlookers desperately need. Now updated for 2018, How to Live In Detroit Without Being a Jackass offers advice on everything from how to buy and rehab a house to how not to sound like an uninformed racist. Let us help you avoid falling into the "jackass" trap and become the productive, healthy Detroiter you've always wanted o be.

Aaron Foley is the City of Detroit's chief storyteller, a position created for him by Mayor Mike Duggan to tell the stories of Detroiters citywide. A resident, he has served as the editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine and has worked for Jalopnik, CNN, MLive, and the Lansing State Journal. His Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook was published by Belt in 2017.

This event is being presented by Literati Bookstore in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library.