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. 

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Admission is FREE but space is limited


Larry Barinski - DIA


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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

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Jeri Zink

Saks Fifth Avenue



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