Upcoming Great Michigan Read Events

For Great Michigan Read inquiries:

Estee Schlenner
Programs and Communications Coordinator

eschlenner “at” mihumanities.org
or call 517-372-7770

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Upcoming Events and Tour Dates

Author Tour Events

Dr. Mona’s author tour began in Flint, Caro, and southeast Michigan in fall, 2019, and has continued across Michigan in fall, 2020, and early 2021. Join Dr. Mona in 2021 at the following upcoming regional events:

Southwest Michigan

The scheduled author tour events for March, 2020, were rescheduled due to COVID-19 impacts in Michigan. Details of recent author events in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are listed at the bottom of the page, and upcoming events include:

  • Holland: Postponed until fall, 2021.

Northwest & Northeast Michigan

The scheduled author tour events for April, 2020, were postponed due to COVID-19 impacts in Michigan. Details of recent author events in Alpena, Benzonia, Big Rapids, Muskegon, and Pentwater are listed at the bottom of the page.

Upper Peninsula of Michigan

The scheduled author tour events for August, 2020, were postponed due to COVID-19 impacts in Michigan. Details of recent author events in Pickford, Marquette, and Houghton are listed at the bottom of the page.

Mid-Michigan

  • Lansing: A rescheduled event will take place on April 29, 2021, at 6 p.m. Register here by April 27.
    Conversation partner: Dr. Aron Sousa, interim dean, MSU College of Human Medicine

Past Author Events

Virtual Author Tour: Benton Harbor

April 8

A virtual event took place on April 8, 2021, at 7 p.m.
Conversation partner: Tiffany Russell, Social Services Manager at the Niles District Library

Virtual Author Tour: Alpena

April 6

A virtual event took place on April 6, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.
Conversation partner: Katie Wolf, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Virtual Conversation with Dr. Mona at Tecumseh District Library

Tuesday, March 23: 7-8 p.m.

In conversation with Sonja Downey, Supervisor of Circulation Services.

Virtual Author Tour: Muskegon

March 22

A virtual event took place on March 22, 2021, at 7 p.m.
Conversation partner: Peggy Maniates, Executive Director, USS Silversides Museum, Muskegon

Virtual Author Tour: Benzonia

March 21

A virtual event took place on March 21, 2021, at 5 p.m.
 Conversation partner: Liz Kirkwood, Executive Director of FLOW (For Love of Water), Traverse City

Virtual Author Tour: Pickford

March 16

A virtual event took place on March 16, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.
Conversation partner: Elliot Nelson, Extension Educator with Michigan Sea Grant, Eastern Upper Peninsula 

Partner Event: Virtual Book Discussion & Conversation at Concordia University Ann Arbor

Wednesday, February 10: 4-5 p.m.

Book discussion via Zoom with CUAA Librarian Liz Hartig

Wednesday, February 17: 4-5 p.m.

A conversation via Zoom with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and CUAA Librarian Liz Hartig

 

Additional details available here.

Partner Event: Virtual Conversation at Howell Carnegie Library

January 26, 2021: 7-8 p.m.

In conversation with Jon King, WHMI 93.5 FM News Director

Virtual Author Tour: Pentwater

November 12, 2020

Virtual event:
Co-hosted by Pentwater Public Schools, Pentwater Township Library, and West Shore Community College
Conversation partner: Rick Magrath, teacher at Pentwater Public Schools

Virtual Author Tour: Grand Rapids

October 19, 2020

Virtual event:
Co-hosted by Grand Valley State University Kutsche Office of Local History and the Grand Rapids Public Library
Conversation partner: Representative Rachel Hood

Virtual Author Tour: Houghton

October 14, 2020

Virtual event:
Co-hosted by the Portage Lake District Library, the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, and the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC) at Michigan Tech
Conversation partner: Dr. Sarah Green, environmental chemist

Virtual Author Tour: Kalamazoo

September 30, 2020

Virtual event:
Co-hosted by WMU Offices of Government Relations and Community Partnerships, Portage District Library, Merze Tate Explorers, and Half A Century Book Group
Conversation partner: Kristin Totten, ACLU of Michigan education attorney

Virtual Author Tour: Marquette

September 23, 2020

Virtual event:
Hosted by Peter White Public Library 
Conversation partner:
Elizabeth Peterson, Host for TV 6 

Virtual Author Tour: Jackson

September 23, 2020

Virtual event:
Co-hosted by Jackson District Library, The Center for Family Health, and the City of Jackson 
Conversation partner:
Molly Kaser, CEO of Center for Family Health

Virtual Author Tour: Big Rapids

July 30, 2020

Virtual event:
Co-hosted by Big Rapids Community Library, Ferris State University, and the Novel Tea reading group at Artworks
Conversation partner: Lynne Scheible, recently retired Executive Director at Artworks

Author Tour: Oakland Community College / Arab American National Museum

October 22, 2019

Daytime event:
Co-hosted by Farmington Community Library, Oakland Community College, and West Bloomfield Township Public Library
1 p.m.
Venue: Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus: Smith Theatre, 27055 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Conversation partner: John Mitchell

Evening event:
Co-hosted by the Arab American National Museum, Caroline Kennedy Library of Dearborn Heights, and Dearborn Public Library
7 p.m.
Venue: Arab American National Museum: Annex, 13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
Conversation partner: Abdul El-Sayed

Author Tour: Washtenaw Community College / Osborn Academy

October 21, 2019

Daytime event:
Co-hosted by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M, WSC Academy, Ypsilanti District Library, and Bailey Library at WCC
10 a.m.
Venue: Washtenaw Community College: Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Conversation partner: Stephen Henderson

Evening event:
Co-hosted by Wilder Branch of Detroit Public Library and local GMR partners
6 p.m.
Venue: Osborn Academy, 11600 Seven Mile E, Detroit, MI 48205
Conversation partner: Russ Bellant

Author Tour: Flint Public Library / Caro High School and Caro Area District Library

October 17, 2019

Daytime events:
Hosted by Flint Public Library, in partnership with three local high schools
10 a.m.
Venue: Flint Public Library, 1026 E Kearsley St, Flint, MI 48503
Conversation partner: Dr. Pat Emenyonu

Co-hosted by Caro High School and Caro Area District Library
1:30 p.m.
Venue: Caro High School, 301 N Hooper St, Caro, MI 48723
Conversation partner: Dr. Melanie Kramer-Harrington

Great Michigan Read Kick-Off

September 16, 2019

5-8 p.m. Welcome reception followed by 6 p.m. program with Mona Hanna-Attisha.
Venue: Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E 1st St, Flint, MI 48502

Past Partner Events

"Everything You Need To Know About Lead In Drinking Water But Didn't Know You Had To Ask" with Elin Betanzo

Wednesday, March 10: 2 p.m.

A collaborative virtual event presented by Harrison District Library and Pere Marquette District Library.

Unsettled Lives Exhibit

Monday, September 23 through Monday, October 14

Unsettled Lives features photos of Iraqi refugees from Dearborn area. The exhibit tackles the broad history of immigration over many generations, told largely through oral history quotes and photographs of refugees who came to Dearborn and Detroit in the 1990s.
Hartland Cromaine Library: 3688 N. Hartland Rd., Hartland, MI 48353

Children in Flint: Long-Term Impact of the Water Crisis

Tuesday, October 8, at 7 p.m.

Research shows that the adversity we experience as children can affect us into adulthood. Join Carrie Shrier as she answers the question – What Impact do ACE’s have on the Children in Flint? Could this happen here?
Hartland Cromaine Library: 3688 N. Hartland Rd., Hartland, MI 48353

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) Book Club Discussion of What the Eyes Don’t See

Wednesday, November 6

6:30 p.m.
Books & Mortar Bookstore: 955 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

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