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, 2019, at the Flint Public Library. This year’s 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 kicked off in September, 2019, and will conclude in early 2021.
Find additional details on the GMR events and tour dates page.
About the Book and Author
About the Book and Author
“Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. … At the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.” – Penguin Random House, publisher of What the Eyes Don’t See.
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.
“I’m so honored Michigan Humanities chose What the Eyes Don’t See for the 2019-2020 Great Michigan Read,” the Flint pediatrician said. “There is so much Michigan love in this story – from my first days in the state as a Yooper, to growing up in Metro Detroit, to my education and training in Ann Arbor, East Lansing, and Detroit, and most important, my work with kids in Flint.”
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 spring, 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 2019-20 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including: