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One title, one state and thousands engaged in literary discussion. The Great Michigan Read is a biennial program of the Michigan Humanities Council that aims to connect us as Michiganians by exploring our history, our present and our future as discussed in a single literary title.

The program is intended for young adults to senior citizens with a broad goal of making literature more accessible and appealing, while also encouraging residents to learn more about our state and individual identities.

Each cycle, we partner with schools, libraries, museum, religious organizations, book clubs and more to create a unified discussion. Each partner receives free supplemental materials, such as reader’s guides, teacher’s guides and bookmarks; select nonprofits are eligible to receive free copies of the selected title.

NOTE: For those continuing the discussion of our past title, Annie’s Ghosts, there are still supplemental materials available for free. To request these, contact Program Officer James Nelson at jnelson@mihumanities.org or 517.372.7770.

Great Michigan Read Titles

2015-16: Coming Soon!
2013-14: Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg
2011-12: Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle
2009-10: Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen
2007-08: The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway

View Previous Titles and Materials

2015-16 Title Selection Update

Work is already beginning on the next Great Michigan Read cycle. Our regional, grassroots selection committees begin meeting in September for discussion, vetting and plenty of reading. By December, the regional committees will nominate their top recommendations to the state committee, and voting at the state level will be held in January with an announcement shortly thereafter.

To stay updated on our selection process, check here for continued updates or follow us on social media. You can find us on Facebook (Michigan Humanities Council) and Twitter (mihumanities).  


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2015-16 Program Sponsors


Tina S. Van Dam

Michigan Humanities Council

119 Pere Marquette Drive, Suite 3B, Lansing, MI 48912

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