Michigan is rich in talented writers, history and natural resources. The Michigan Notable Books 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 sponsors.
The celebratory event for the 2019 Michigan Notable Books, Night for Notables, was this past April 27, 2019 at the Library of Michigan and Historical Center. It was a resounding success! Nearly $50,000 was raised for the the Michigan Notable Books program and other important Library of Michigan programs of services supported by the Library Foundation.
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 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 have broad appeal to many people across the country.
The winning 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 suggested for review for Michigan Notable Book consideration and honor.
Statewide Library Author Tours
The authors appreciate the opportunity to participate in the statewide Notable Books Library Author tour, visiting public libraries in various regions of the state. This year, the 2019 Notable Book Author Tour is visiting 50 libraries arranged by the Library’s Michigan Notable Books Coordinator.
All aspects of the now 28-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.