Author Tavis Smiley at the Southfield Public Library

Bookbeat and the Southfield Public Library proudly present Tavis Smiley.  New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley will speak at the Southfield Pavilion on Friday, October 10 at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the City of Southfield’s International Festival.

The Southfield Pavilion is in Southfield City Hall at 26000 Evergreen Rd.  Reserved seating is available for those that purchase a book before the event at Bookbeat. Each book purchased will receive tickets for two reserved seats. BookBeat is located at 26010 Greenfield Rd, Oak Park and can be contacted at (248) 968-1190 or

Death of a King by Tavis Smiley is a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King’s life, revealing the minister’s trials and tribulations – denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country’s black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology and political tactics, to name a few – all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy. Smiley’s Death of a King paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King’s life – one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.

From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Tavis Smiley — broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate and philanthropist — has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International.

In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has written 16 books. His memoir, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America and the book he edited, Covenant with Black America, became New York Times best sellers.

The city of Southfield, in partnership with the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc., will sponsor the 91st annual International Festival Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12 in the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

The International Festival will kick-off on Friday, October 10 with a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services swearing-in ceremony of new citizens at 10 a.m.The Festival will continue on Friday until 5 p.m., Saturday, October 11 from 11 a.m.–7 p.m., and Sunday, October 12 from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

The International Festival is a fun, affordable and enriching event for the entire family. The festival will offer international music and dance performances throughout the entire weekend, including: Polish, Indian, African, Spanish, Greek, Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Ukrainian and many others; children’s art and craft making workshops; and cultural exhibits and demonstrations. Guests will also be able to purchase imported products, handmade crafts, jewelry, fabrics, apparels and other unique gifts from around the world at the International Bazaar. A variety of international and ethnic food will also be available for purchase. A weekend pass is just $3 per person or $5 per family with free parking.

The 2014 International Festival is sponsored by the city of Southfield, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Lawrence Technological University and C&G Newspapers. For more information, call Southfield Community Relations at (248) 796-5130 or visit

The Southfield Public Library is located in the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26300 Evergreen Road.  Visit the Library’s Home Page at  For further information, please call the Guest Services Desk at(248)796-4224.


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