2021 Michigan Notable Books

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Every year, the Library of Michigan selects up to twenty of the most notable books, either written by a Michigan resident or about Michigan or the Great Lakes. The selected books are honored in the year after their publication or copyright date. Each selected title speaks to our state’s rich cultural, historical, and literary heritage and proves without a doubt that some of the greatest stories are found in the Great Lakes State.

Michigan Notable Books is an annual program with roots stretching back to Michigan Week 1991. In 2004, the name changed from Read Michigan to Michigan Notable Books. In 2002, The Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries took over Read Michigan and Michigan Week. In October 2009, The Library of Michigan went to The Michigan Department of Education, bringing the Michigan Notable Books program with it.

The 2021 Michigan Notable Books are:

  • Black Bottom Saints by Alice Randall
  • Boulders: The Life and Creations of Earl A. Young in Charlevoix, Michigan by David L. Miles, photography by Mike Barton
  • City of Champions: A History of Triumph and Defeat in Detroit by Stefan Szymanski and Silke-Maria Weineck
  • The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne
  • Grief’s Country: A Memoir in Pieces by Gail Griffin
  • I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir by Chasten Buttigieg
  • Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
  • The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch by Miles Harvey
  • Lakewood by Megan Giddings
  • The Mason House by T. Marie Bertineau
  • A People’s Atlas of Detroit edited by Linda Campbell, Andrew Newman, Sara Safransky, and Tim Stallmann
  • R E S P E C T: The Poetry of Detroit Music edited by Jim Daniels and M.L. Liebler
  • RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison
  • The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean
  • The Star in the Sycamore: Discovering Nature’s Hidden Virtues in the Wild Nearby by Tom Springer, illustrated by Patrick Dengate
  • The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne
  • Wolf Island: Discovering the Secrets of a Mythic Animal by L. David Mech, with Greg Breining
  • Words like Thunder: New and Used Anishinaabe Prayers by Lois Beardslee
  • You’re in the Wrong Place by Joseph Harris

Check out our collection of 2021 Michigan Notable Books here

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