Night for Notables Reception
April 30, 2022

The Night for Notables Reception on Saturday, April 30, 2022, both virtual and in person, at the Library of Michigan, is an annual celebration of the Michigan Notable Books selected as well as Michigan’s best writers. This year’s event celebrates three (3) years of notable books and authors, features a renowned keynote speaker from the literary community, and is not to be missed!

Evening Schedule:
4:30-5:45 p.m. – VIP/Sponsor Pre-event Reception / Rare Book Room
5:45-6:00 p.m. – Gathering in the Michigan Historical Center Forum
6:00-730 p.m. – Night for Notable Program with Keynote Speaker Wayne Kramer
7:30-9:00 p.m. – Afterglow Reception / Book Signing with Authors throughout Library of Michigan

Parking is free in the Library parking lot immediately in front of the building. Suggested dress is business dressy. Light appetizers and beverages are included in your event registration. 

The Library of Michigan is located at 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48911. 

Books from our Michigan Notable Authors will be available for purchase that evening in the Michigan Historical Center Store. 

Registration/Tickets Prices are as follows:
$50 In-Person – includes one (1) seat to view the program in person
$20 Virtual – includes one (1) seat to view the program from the comfort of your home

$Other donate

To register for in person or virtual attendance, click here
To become a sponsor and to view sponsor levels and benefits, click here. 

If you are a Michigan Notable Book Author, volunteer or library staff please follow this link for your registration.

Confirmed Authors Attending: 


2020 All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner-Revell –  Baker Publishing Group

2020 Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City by Jeff Morrison – Painted Turtle Books: Wayne State University Press

2020 Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes by Pamela Cameron – Wisconsin Historical Society Press

2020 Teacher/Pizza Guy by Jeff Kass – Wayne State University Press

2020 The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait by Linda Solomon – Painted Turtle Books: Wayne State University Press

2020 We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels – Revell: Baker Publishing Group

2020 Where Today Meets Tomorrow: Eero Saarinen and the General Motors Technical Center by Susan Skarsgard – Architectural Press


2021 Boulders: The Life and Creations of Earl A. Young in Charlevoix by David L. Miles – Michigan Charlevoix Historical Society Press

2021 City of Champions: A History of Triumph and Defeat in Detroit by Stefan Szymanski and Silke-Maria Weineck

2021 Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist – Crown Books for Young Readers 

2021 R E S P E C T: The Poetry of Detroit Music by M.L. Liebler  – Michigan State University Press

2021 RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford – Atheneum Books for Young Readers

2021 The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch Little By Miles Harvey – Brown and Company

2021 The Mason House by T. Marie Bertineau – Lanternfish Press

2021 The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean – Dial Books

2021 The Star in the Sycamore: Discovering Nature’s Hidden Virtues in the Wild Nearby by Tom Springer – Mission Point Press

2021 The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne – G.P. Putnam’s Sons

2021 You’re in the Wrong Place by Joseph Harris – Wayne State University Press


2022 Call Me Athena, Girl from Detroit: a novel in verse by Colby Cedar Smith – Andrews McMeel Publishing

2022 Day of Days: a novel by John Smolens – Michigan State University Press

2022 Dead of Winter by Stephen Mack Jones – Soho Press, Inc.

2022 Miles from Motown by Lisa Sukenic – Fitzroy Books

2022 Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn – Wednesday Books

2022  Pewabic Pottery: The American Arts & Crafts Movement Expressed in Clay by Thomas W. Brunk (Deceased), Represented by William Coburn and Doug Peters –  Michigan State University Press

2022 Private Love, Public School: Gay Teacher Under Fire by Christine A. Yared – Penning History Press

2022 Standpipe: Delivering Water in Flint by David Hardin – Belt Publishing

2022 The Cut by John Wemlinger – Mission Point Press

2022 The Dockporter: A Mackinac Island Novel by Jim Bolone – Independently Published

2022 The Other Me by Sara Zachrich Jeng – Berkley

Authors Attending Virtually

2020 Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises By Jodie Adams Kirshner  – St. Martins Press

2020 The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down by Abigail Pesta – Seal Press

2020 The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers by Bridgett M. Davis – Little, Brown and Company

2021 Grief’s Country: A Memoir in Pieces by Gail Griffin – Wayne State University Press

2021 Half by Sharon Harrigan – University of Wisconsin Press

2021 Wolf Island: Discovering the Secrets of a Mythic Animal by L. David Mech – University of Minnesota Press

2022 Long Road to the Circus by Betsy Bird – Knopf Books for Young Readers

2022 From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: the killing of Vincent Chin and the trial that galvanized the Asian American movement by Paula Yoo – Norton Young Readers