[Michlib-l] 6.3.16 Michigan Notable Book's Event at the Alpena County Public Library

Jessica Luther jluther at alpenalibrary.org
Wed May 25 11:23:18 EDT 2016

The Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library will be hosting an 
author visit with Jack Lessenberry on Friday, June 3rd  at 1:00 pm. Mr. 
Lessenberry is the co-author of the book, /The People’s Lawyer, The Life 
and Times of Frank J. Kelley, the Nation’s Longest-Serving Attorney 
General/, published by Wayne State University Press in September 2015. 
The afternoon’s discussion will focus on former Michigan Attorney 
General Frank Kelley; why he was so important, and why his story 
deserves to be told.

The Library is especially thrilled to be facilitating this event given 
Frank Kelley’s connection to Alpena. He moved with his family from 
Detroit to Alpena in 1954, establishing a private law practice. He 
handled a wide variety of cases and quickly became a well-respected 
member of the community.  Two years after moving to the city, he was 
appointed city attorney.His achievements in this role were recognized as 
Alpena voters supported him in each election. In the late fall of 1961, 
Kelley received a call from Governor John Swainson’s office informing 
him he was on the short list for the position of Michigan Attorney 
General. He was sworn in as the state’s Attorney General on January 2^nd 
, 1962, serving until 1999. Kelley’s tenure transformed the office into 
an advocate and active crusader for the people of the State of Michigan.

A Detroit native, Jack Lessenberry originally intended to become a 
historian, but recognized that he wanted to become a journalist during 
his graduate studies at the University of Michigan.Since then, he has 
accumulated nearly forty years of journalism experience in every medium 
from newspapers to the internet.

Among his favorite memories are of interviewing Gerald Ford about 
Watergate in 1995 and winning a national Emmy for a documentary about 
Jack Kevorkian in 1994. Lessenberry and Frank Kelley met in 2010, as 
Kelley was winding down his career as an attorney, government relations 
consultant, and lobbyist. His impact as a titan of Michigan legal 
history and precedents undoubtedly inspired Mr. Lessenberry to 
collaborate on this memoir.

Lessenberry’s visit is part of the Library of Michigan’s 2016 “Michigan 
Notable Authors Tour.”

Attached is a poster detailing the event.


Jessica Luther
Development Coordinator
Alpena County George N. Fletcher
Public Library

jluther at alpenalibrary.org
989.356.6188 ext. 25

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