City Pulse is launching a new book club focusing on both fiction and non-fiction works by Michigan authors, as well as books which are set in Michigan.

The first book selection is “X: A Novel” by Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X and Kekla Magoon, author of eight young adult novels.

The cross-over novel for both adults and teens is part of the 2017-2018 Michigan Humanities Council Great Michigan Read selection. The novel explores the Michigan roots of one of the most important civil rights leaders of the 20th century, especially the time Malcolm X, then called Malcolm Little, spent in Lansing as a youth.

The book is an inspirational read and has been called a testament to redemption and reinvention.

In cooperation with the Michigan Humanities Council and Schuler Books in Okemos and Lansing Township, City Pulse has arranged for 30 copies of the book to be made available for free for the first 30 readers who visit Schuler Books and sign up for the City Pulse Michigan Book Club. Fifteen copies of the book are available at each of the Lansing area Schuler Books. Others purchasing the book on their own can join the Book Club by emailing

Members of the City Pulse Michigan Book Club will have the opportunity to meet with Ilyasah Shabazz before her visit to Lansing on Oct. 12, as well as participate in a book club meeting with Michigan State University professor John Aerni-Flessner on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Aerni-Flessner teaches a class on Malcolm X’s time in Lansing.

Malcolm X lived in Lansing from 1928 to 1940, returning many times to visit family and friends. In 1958, he was married in Lansing to Betty Shabazz, and, in 1963, he gave a notable speech at Michigan State University.