DETROIT, USA: NOVEMBER 26, 2017
‘Where did I come from?’ is a question that all parents get asked, and that each one of us has pondered at some point. In a book entitled, Where did I come from?, a Detroit family shares their answer. All three daughters are co-authors with their mom Halima Cassells, while dad- BRYCE DETROIT has produced a special soundscape for accompaniment.
“It’s of the utmost importance that our children have images and positive points of identity that represent them,” says BRYCE DETROIT about the intent for this book and his forthcoming album.
The book features universally appealing messages for all children, but is one of few on the market written by and featuring photos of an African American family, filling a gap in the movement to increase diversity in children’s literature.
Currently the only place to get a copy of “Where did I come from?” is by finding it inside of one of the many Little Free Libraries around Detroit. “I wanted to make a community gift first, and hopefully one that will keep giving,” said Halima Cassells speaking about the get-a-book, give-a-book practice among the network of public sculptures functioning as libraries. The 34-page book is filled with vibrant photographic collage, and musing about one of life's greatest mysteries, explored in a poetic story especially for young children (ages 4-8).
The book launch will be held at KAN Bookstore, a co-op bookstore dedicated to Michigan authors and artists of color located in Detroit’s North End neighborhood at 9405 John R, Detroit MI 48202. The event will take place on Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm, and is free and open to the public. People are welcome to mingle, meet and chat with the authors, as well as listen to the premiere of the soundscape. The book will be available for purchase on Amazon.com, and the soundscape available for download here.