The premier award celebration for 2018 Michigan Notable Books was the spring Night for Notables event on Saturday evening, April 7, 2018. The 2018 Notable Book authors were invited as special guests to publicly receive their awards, enjoy a program with a renown speaker from the literary community and converse with invited guests. (See photo links below)

Program with Pulitzer Prize Author, Richard Ford

This spring, Night for Notables was proud to feature the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Richard Ford as program speaker. 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.

The program was moderated by Monica McFawn, who is a renown author in her own right. Monica McFawn’s debut story collection, Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won a Flannery O’Connor Award and was named an NPR “Great Read,” a 2014 Michigan Notable Book. Her stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review and other journals.  

Ms. McFawn is also the author of a hybrid chapbook, “A Catalogue of Rare Movements,” and her screenplays and plays have had readings in New York and Chicago. A recipient of a 2016 NEA Fellowship in Literature and a Walter E. Dakin fellowship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, McFawn is currently MFA Director at Northern Michigan University and the fiction editor of Passages North. She can be found online at

Notable Authors Reception

Following the program with Richard Ford, Notable Authors conversed with guests while stationed at tables lining the beautiful Library of Michigan Rotunda. The authors, Mr. Ford and Ms. McFawn personally autographed their books while talking with guests about their work. Guests strolled around the Rotunda while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts and libations, stopping to meet with their favorite authors and have scintillating conversation.

Enjoy photos from the VIP Champagne Reception, Award Ceremony and Program, and Notable Authors Reception.

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