The Library of Michigan will host the 2012 Night for Notables event April 28, between 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at The Library of Michigan, 702 West Kalamazoo Street, in Lansing.
Michigan Notable Books
The Michigan Notable Books program highlights twenty of the previous year’s most engaging books that are set in Michigan, have a Michigan theme or are written by a Michigan native or resident. The Library of Michigan coordinates a statewide committee of librarians, booksellers, reviewers, historians, writers and editors to review hundreds of titles each year and select twenty quality titles that best capture Michigan’s diverse heritage and have wide public appeal. The MNB program has roots stretching back to 1991’s Michigan Week celebration. The Library of Michigan has had primary responsibility for this program since the 2002 awards. Before 2004, the program was known as Read Michigan. “This year’s selections prove that persevering through economic and personal hardship is nothing new for Michiganians, and that this enduring and independent spirit has a long, rich history in the Great Lakes State,” said State Superintendent of Public Education Mike Flanagan. The Michigan Notable Books list highlights exceptional “Michigan books” and brings attention to Michigan authors and topics. Books that showcase the range of experiences of Michigan’s citizens and life in the Great Lakes by well-established and first-time authors can be found on the list.
Author Jaimy Gordon
Night for Notables
The Library of Michigan Foundation is excited to be hosting the ninth annual Night for Notables celebration. Night or Notables is the Library of Michigan’s opportunity to publically recognize the authors and books selected as Michigan Notable Books. This year’s ceremony will feature 2010 and 2011 National Book Award winners for fiction Jaimy Gordon (Lord of Misrule) and Jesmyn Ward (Salvage the Bones) and will be moderated by 2009 National Book Award finalist Bonnie Jo Campbell. Attendees will be able to mingle with fellow book lovers, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, Michigan wine and beer, and meet the 2012 Michigan Notable Books authors. Authors will sign books and answer questions about their works. Copies of all the 2012 Michigan Notable Books will be available for purchase.
For more information about the MNB program or the Night for Notables event call (517) 373-1300 or visit The Michigan Notable Books Web site.