Today is a special edition of Michigan Network Radio featuring the Book/Author Talk at Source Booksellers in Midtown Detroit.
On August 1, the bookstore hosted two dynamic authors, Susan Burton and Paul Butler. Burton is the author of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, and Butler is the author of Choke Hold: Policing Black Men.
Michigan Literary Network Radio host Andrea Daniel attended the event, interviewed both guests and captured their book disucussion during the event.
About the books:
Susan Burton’s world changed in an instant when her five-year-old son was killed by a van driving down their street. Consumed by grief and without access to professional help, Susan self-medicated, becoming addicted first to cocaine, then crack. Becoming Ms. Burton not only humanizes the deleterious impact of mass incarceration, it also points the way to the kind of structural and policy changes that will offer formerly incarcerated people the possibility of a life of meaning and dignity.
Choke Hold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler
Chokehold powerfully demonstrates why current efforts to reform law enforcement will not create lasting change. Butler’s controversial recommendations about how to crash the system, and when it’s better for a black man to plead guilty—even if he’s innocent—are sure to be game-changers in the national debate about policing, criminal justice, and race relations.