Great Michigan Read
One title, one state, and thousands engaged in literary discussion.
Michigan Humanities’ Great Michigan Read creates a statewide discussion around the humanities themes of a selected book. Through partnerships with libraries, schools, book clubs, and a wide range of other non-profit organizations, the Great Michigan Read facilitates statewide reading and programs to bridge communities around a common conversation.
The 2019-20 Great Michigan Read was announced on April 24 at the Flint Public Library. The new title – selected by six regional selection committees representing all corners of Michigan – is What the Eyes Don’t See, by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. The Great Michigan Read kicks off in September, 2019 and will conclude in fall 2020.
Join Michigan Humanities for the GMR Kick-Off event on Monday, September 16, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Flint Farmers’ Market. Following a welcome reception, the program will begin at 6 p.m. and feature a conversation with author Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Q&A, and book signing. All are welcome, and refreshments will be available. Visit this page for updates in the weeks ahead.
About the Book and Author
Awards received by What the Eyes Don’t See include:
- 2019 Finalist for Science & Technology, Los Angeles Times Book Prize
- The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018
- 2019 One Maryland One Book selection
- 2019 Reading Across Rhode Island selection
- 2019 Michigan Notable Book
- 2018 Great Lakes Great Reads Adult Non-Fiction Award
Hanna-Attisha is the founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint. Currently an associate professor of pediatrics and human development at the MSU College of Human Medicine, she has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. She was one of the first to question if lead was leaching from the city’s water pipes after an emergency manager switched the city’s water supply to the Flint River in 2014.
Great Michigan Read Partners
Schools, libraries, colleges, arts and cultural institutions, and other nonprofits are eligible to be Great Michigan Read partners and receive free books, readers’ guides, teachers’ guides, bookmarks, and other supplemental materials.
Partner registration details and an online form are available here. Registration is open now and will continue throughout 2019-20. Materials will be mailed to partners in late August, 2019. The first Great Michigan Read events will take place in September, 2019.
Action Grants of up to $750 are available to support Great Michigan Read programming and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the allocation of funds for the fiscal year is exhausted. The Action Grants application for Great Michigan Read programming is currently closed, but will open in August, 2019.
The 2019-20 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Meijer Foundation.