Michigan is rich in talented writers, history and natural resources. The Michigan Notable Books (“MNB”) program showcases the literary heritage of the state, encourages regional authors, promotes Michigan-based books and helps ensure that readers of all ages can find excellent local books relevant to them. This program would not be possible without its donors and sustaining corporate partners.
Michigan Notable Books Program
Since 1991, the Michigan Notable Books program has been honoring Michigan literature annually by featuring 20 of the previous year’s most distinguished books written by a Michigan resident, or about Michigan, or about the Great Lakes region. These fiction and nonfiction titles appeal to a wide variety of audiences and cover topics and issues of interest particularly to Michigan residents. Often, they also have broad appeal to many people across the country.
The books are chosen by a select committee of literary-minded citizens. The committee often includes public librarians, retail booksellers, journalists, academic librarians, noted authors and avid readers. Each year between 150 and 300 books are reviewed for Michigan Notable Book consideration and honor.
Night for Notables
The Michigan Notable Book program includes celebrations and events to honor the year’s selected authors and their works and introduces these distinguished books to residents throughout Michigan. The premier celebration is the spring Night for Notables evening event. The authors are invited as special guests to receive their awards and enjoy a program with a renown speaker from the literary community.
This spring, Night for Notables is proud to feature a program headed by the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Richard Ford. Mr. Ford is an American novelist and short story writer. His best-known works are the novel The Sportscaster and its sequels, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land and Let Me B Frank With You, and the short story collection Rock Springs, which contains several widely anthologized stories.
Following the program with Richard Ford, Notable Authors will welcome the evenings guests while stationed at tables lining the Library of Michigan Rotunda. The authors and the evening’s renown speaker, Mr. Ford, will personally autograph their books while conversing about their work. Guests will stroll around the Rotunda while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts and libations, stopping to meet with their favorite authors and have scintillating conversation.
Statewide Library Author Tours</h6
The authors appreciate the opportunity to participate in the statewide Notable Books Author tour, visiting public libraries in various regions of the state. This year, the 2017 Notable Book Author Tour is visiting 50 libraries arranged by the Library’s Michigan Notable Books Coordinator.
All aspects of the now 27-year program (over 500 “Notable Books” to date), are supported by generous contributions from the Foundation’s corporate partners and many generous individuals throughout the state.