2021-22 Great Michigan Read Title Announcement

The 2021-22 Great Michigan Read – chosen by regional selection committees representing all corners of Michigan – is The Women of the Copper Country, by Mary Doria Russell!

In celebration of Women’s History Month and National Reading Month, the selection was announced during a virtual event on March 30, 2021. Learn more about our Great Michigan Read criteria here, and the selected title here.

Becoming a 2021-22 Great Michigan Read Partner

Schools, libraries, colleges, arts and cultural institutions, and other nonprofits are eligible to be Great Michigan Read partners and receive free copies of The Women of the Copper Country, readers’ guides, teachers’ guides, bookmarks, and other supplemental materials.

Partner registration is now open via the Michigan Humanities grant and program portal, and instructions are available here.

The 2021-22 Great Michigan Read will begin in fall, 2021, and conclude in fall, 2022. The 2021-22 Great Michigan Read Action Grant application will be available in late August, 2021.

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About the Author

Photograph of Mary Doria Russell

Photograph by Dina A. Rossi

Widely praised for meticulous research, fine prose, and the compelling narrative drive of her stories, Mary Doria Russell is the award-winning author of seven bestselling novels, including the science fiction classics The Sparrow and Children of God; the World War II thriller, A Thread of Grace; and a political romance set in 1921 Cairo called Dreamers of the Day. With her novels Doc and Epitaph, Russell has redefined two towering figures of the American West: the lawman Wyatt Earp and the dental surgeon Doc Holliday.

She holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan and taught anatomy at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Great Michigan Read Sponsors

The 2021-22 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Meijer Foundation, and Martin Waymire.

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