The newly formed City Pulse Book Club will meet for the first time 7 p.m., Oct. 5 at Schuler Books in the Eastwood Towne Center. The club is reading “X: A Novel” by the daughter of Malcolm X, Ilyasah Shabazz, and Kekla Magoon, a young adult author. MSU professor John Aerni-Flessner, who has taught a class on Malcolm X in Lansing, will discuss the role Lansing had in forming the civil rights’ leader’s world view.
The novel is a fictionalized version of the time Malcolm X, then Malcolm Little, lived in Lansing from 1928-1940.
The novel has been called a classic story of redemption and reinvention.
The book club will focus on books primarily by Michigan authors and or books about Michigan. Participants will read a new book about every two months.
Ilyasah Shabazz will appear 7 p.m., Oct.12 at Erickson Kiva, the site of a seminal, firey talk by Malcolm X in 1963.
As an adult, Malcolm X returned often to Lansing to visit family and friends. He married Shabazz in Lansing in 1958.
Anyone who is interested in reading the Malcolm X book is welcome to join the Book Club.