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 2021-22 title is The Women of the Copper Country, by Mary Doria Russell. Registration is now open, and the program will kick off in fall, 2021. Find additional 2021-22 program details here.
About the Book and Author
About the Book and Author
“I’m so honored Michigan Humanities chose ‛The Women of the Copper Country’ for the 2021-2022 Great Michigan Read,” said author Mary Doria Russell, who spent time in Michigan’s Keewenaw Peninsula walking through the streets of Calumet, touring the mines and visiting local museums as she prepared to write her fictionalized account of the real-life Big Annie. “The copper strike itself has been studied and written about by historians and legal experts, but those accounts are not meant to engage the reader’s emotions. That was my job – to combine imagination and empathy with research.”
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 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 2021.
Great Michigan Read Action Grants
Great Michigan Read Action Grants of up to $750 are available to support GMR programming and are awarded to registered GMR partners on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are expended. Eligible expenses include:
- Materials: The purchase/rental of supplementary resources that complement the GMR title, including books, films, traveling exhibits, and other educational opportunities.
- Guest speakers and venue rental: Honoraria and/or travel expenses for guest speakers, performers, and/or workshop leaders for GMR events, discussions, and lectures. Costs related to venue rental are also included in this grant.
- Food, transportation, and promotional expenses: Expenses in these categories may be included, but should not be the primary emphasis of your GMR Action Grant application.
The application is now open via the Michigan Humanities grant and program portal, located here. To view and complete the application, log in using the email address and password you used when registering to become a GMR partner.
Great Michigan Read Sponsors
The 2021-22 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including: