4:00 PM16:00

EXCLUSIVE Book Launch Event for The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait

This incredible event will feature iconic Detroiters (as seen in the book), sharing their “RESPECT” for the Queen of Soul! Panelists include former Governor of Michigan, James J. Blanchard, former Mayor of Detroit, Dennis Archer and Aretha’s family including, her nieces, Sabrina Vonne Owens and Cristal Franklin, as well as Aretha’s cousin and back-up vocalist, Brenda Corbett and sister-in-law, Earline Franklin. Additionally, Aretha’s life-long friends, Beverly Bradley, Thelma Stubbs Mitchell– sister of Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops and Barbara Henderson – wife of Billy Henderson of the Spinners, among others, will be joining the discussion. The panel will be moderated by Carolyn Clifford, news anchor of Channel 7 Action News.

Each panelist will share their intimate stories describing Aretha’s influence in music, her devotion to Detroit, her dedication to civil rights and personal tales and anecdotes about the Queen of Soul. This special afternoon will feature a choir performing Aretha’s hit songs, as well as a surprise guest vocalist. Paying homage to the Queen of Soul and her love for the pink Cadillac, Cadillac has generously sponsored this event and will provide a complimentary book to each event attendee. 

Reserve your seat now!

Admission is FREE but space is limited


Larry Barinski - DIA


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2:30 PM14:30

Detroit Public Library Author Series Presents: Linda Solomon

Linda Solomon, is a nationally recognized, award winning photojournalist and member of the exclusive and prestigious Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Her latest book The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait  is a book full of firsts as Solomon was invited not only to capture historical events in Aretha's music career showcasing Detroit but to join in with the Franklin family's most intimate and cherished moments in her beloved hometown. 

Join us for a book discussion and signing by the author.

The event is free. Limited parking is available in the staff parking lot located on Putnam St. Guest must enter the library using either the Cass or Woodward Avenue entrances.

Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dpl-author-series-presents-linda-solomon-tickets-74703725855

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6:00 PM18:00

The Queen Next Door Book Signing Celebration Party!

Saks Fifth Avenue and skinnytees are hosting an evening of great fashion, pop-ups and an Aretha L I V E musical tribute!

Skinnytees and Founder Linda Schlesinger-Wagner have made it possible for ALL proceeds from the sales of The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait during the Saks Fifth Avenue event to benefit the award-winning foundation PICTURES OF HOPE.

Pictures of Hope was selected by NBC Nightly News for the prestigious Making A Difference honor.

Admission is FREE

Please RSVP

Jeri Zink

Saks Fifth Avenue



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7:00 PM19:00

Author Event | Linda Solomon: The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait

  • Ann Arbor District Downtown Library, 4th Floor Meeting Room (map)
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The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait is a book full of firsts, as photojournalist Linda Solomon was invited not only to capture historical events in Aretha’s music career showcasing Detroit, but to join in with the Franklin family’s most intimate and cherished moments in her beloved hometown.  Join us for this special evening as she reflects on this book which documents Aretha's life and career.

Linda Solomon met Aretha in 1983 when Linda was beginning her career as a photojournalist and newspaper columnist and was hired to capture the singer’s major career events, and to also document everything else.  What developed over these years of photographing birthday and Christmas parties, annual celebrity galas, private backstage moments, photo shoots with the iconic pink Cadillac, and more, was a friendship between two women who grew to enjoy and respect one another.

Martin Bandyke, morning drive host on Ann Arbor's 107one, will host this event which includes a signing with books for sale.

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5:00 PM17:00

Sylvester & Co. Book Signing and Cocktail Party

Please join us in the shop on Saturday, October 12th for a book signing and cocktail party with acclaimed photojournalist Linda Solomon for "The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait."

For inquiries please contact: holly@sylvesterandco.com

Source: https://mailchi.mp/sylvesterandco/save-the-date-the-queen-next-door-book-signing-with-linda-solomon

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