A new book promises insights into Flint’s most storied industrialist and philanthropist

FLINT, Michigan—In advance of its nationwide release next month, a series of local events are planned to give Flint-area readers a chance to get an advance copy of a first-of-its-kind biography of Charles Stewart Mott and meet the author. 

Published by the University of Michigan Press, the release date for “The Life of Charles Stewart Mott: Industrialist, Philanthropist, Mr. Flint” is Sept. 3 — but it goes on sale locally Aug. 13. Author Edward Renehan will also be on hand at the events to sign copies of the book which retails for $29.95. 

Renehan has written more than 20 books, including biographies of the Kennedys and Theodore Roosevelt. There are six events planned over four days, including a special Lunch and Learn at Applewood from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, that will include a dialogue with Renehan.

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Mott is the namesake for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which has awarded billions in grants both locally and worldwide since its founding more than 90 years ago. He gained wealth as one of the founding partners of General Motors and other investments, including sugar plantations in the South. 

The local book kickoff coincides with Back to the Bricks week, which celebrates all things cars and nostalgia in Flint. Here is a full list of events scheduled as part of the local book release:
  •  11 a.m to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 in the atrium at the Flint Farmers Market 
  •  7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor 
  •  Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 for Bring Your Lunch and Learn at Applewood in Flint
  •  7:30 a.m to 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at the Fenton Community & Cultural Center in Fenton (RSVP required)
  •  12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at the Flint Public Library 
  •  11 a.m to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at Back to the Bricks in downtown Flint. Located at a table near the UM-Flint Pavilion. 

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