Michigan is rich in talented writers, history and 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 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, about Michigan or the Great Lakes region. These fiction or nonfiction titles appeal to a wide variety of audiences and cover topics and issues of interest particularly to Michigan residents. Often, they 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 MNB program includes celebrations and events to honor the year’s selected authors and their works and introduce 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, autograph their books for guests while conversing about their work with the evening’s guests.
Statewide Library Author Tours
The great majority of authors appreciate the opportunity to participate in the statewide 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 26-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.