Michigan Notable Books for 2014 help build a culture of reading

LANSING — The Library of Michigan today announced the 2014 Michigan Notable Books – 20 books celebrating Michigan people, places and events.

One of those books honored is one from Ludington photographers Todd and Brad Reed, The book is called “Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed.

Beginning on January 3, 2012, photographers Todd and Brad Reed traveled throughout Michigan every Tuesday from sunrise to sunset capturing the beauty that Michigan has to offer. During the 52 weeks, the Reeds successfully captured and highlight stunning images depicting both the rural and urban landscape of the Great Lakes State. This book captures a year’s worth of their images in one gorgeous volume highlighting Michigan’s most beautiful place.

“Michigan is rich in talented writers, history, and resources,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. “Our Notable Books for 2014 express the wonderful variety of character, tone, and flavors that are purely Michigan.

“This year’s Notable Books appeal to people of all ages and will continue to build a Culture of Reading here in Michigan,” Flanagan said.

The 2014 list includes titles covering topics as diverse as a detailed discussion of Chief Pontiac’s Rebellion; a biography of Mark “The Bird” Fidrych; a children’s graphic novel about Buster Keaton’s summers spent in Muskegon; an anthology of some of the best Michigan poetry; the deadly Great Lakes hurricane of 1913; a collection of articles studying the Great Lakes sturgeon to a book highlighting the joys of baking and eating pies are all topics covered on this year’s varied list.

The Michigan Notable Books program continues to provide the Library of Michigan with an opportunity to promote a culture of reading and especially the value of exploring the great wealth of literary talent found in the Great Lakes State, Flanagan added. The state’s rich history combined with the creative talent of its citizens continues to result in a treasure of printed materials published annually.

“The Michigan Notable Books Program helps to show what is ‘great’ about the Great Lakes State,” said State Librarian Nancy Robertson. “It is amazing to see the quality of books that are written focusing on Michigan year after year,” added Robertson.

Annually, the Michigan Notable Books Program (MNB) list features 20 books published in the previous calendar year that are about Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author. Selections include nonfiction and fiction books that appeal to a variety of audiences and cover a range of topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents.

Michigan Notable Books is a statewide program that began in 1991 as part of the Michigan Week celebration, geared to pay tribute and draw attention to the many people and places that make life in Michigan unique. In that regard, the MNB program successfully features Michigan books and writers focusing their talents on the creative talents found in the Great Lakes State.

 

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