(WINDSOR, ON) – Following on the heels of their two-time Canadian best seller, 500 Ways You Know You’re From Windsor, Chris Edwards and Elaine Weeks of Walkerville Publishing have announced the release of their seventh book, 5000 Ways You Know You’re From Detroit. The hard cover coffee table collectors edition boasts 480 pages with over 1,400 colour and black and white photos.
The publishers and authors of the new tomb have painstakingly researched and lavishly illustrated 5000 Ways You Know You’re From Detroit and trace the city’s many ups and downs. They begin with Detroit’s establishment as a key trading fort in 1701, which grew into a bustling town and which, in turn, was levelled by a devastating fire in 1805.
They cover its rise from the ashes and development into a thriving metropolis only to suffer, again, during the Great Depression. Later, Edwards and Weeks highlight the city’s formidable ascent as the Arsenal of Democracy during World War II and delved into the post-war golden years as Detroit’s industry boomed due to a nation-wide demand for cars and the pursuit of the American Dream.
Lastly, the pair trace its subsequent influence on music, sport, and culture before its painful slide into bankruptcy.
The book’s primary focus is Detroit’s recent past, the Baby Boomer years of post WW2, and Detroit icons, such as drive-ins, diners, bars, movie houses, hotels, fun spots, downtown, the suburbs, sport legends, music makers, entertainers, local TV and radio, and all things Made in Detroit including, of course, cars … lots of cars.
Walkerville Publishing will launch the book’s release this Friday at 525 Argyle Road between 6pm and 9pm. The event will feature book signings by the authors, a Windsor Heritage Award presentation to Edwards and Weeks by the University of Windsor, and a photography show and sale of vintage Detroit prints.