If you have read Kevin Boyle's Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, the 2011-2012 Great Michigan Read try David Halberstram or Branch Taylor or one of the many documentaries about Civil Rights in America produced over the years.
Faith in the city: preaching radical social change in Detroit by Angela D. Dillard; with a foreword by Charles G. Adams
Race and remembrance: a memoir by Arthur L. Johnson
Salvage the bones: a novel by Jesmyn Ward
The swerve: how the world became modern by Stephen Greenblatt
Inside out & back again by Thanhha Lai
Michigan Humanities Council, in conjunction with Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, has selected nine host sites for the Great Michigan Read traveling exhibit: We Don’t Want Them. The exhibit places the events documented in Kevin Boyle's Arc of Justice in a broader context of policies and practices that limited where some could live, thus impacting their past and present quality of life. We Don't Want Them opened in Flint and will travel around the state to the following cities:
- November: Three Rivers Public Library
- December: Davenport University, Grand Rapids
- January: Peter White Public Library, Marquette
- February: Detroit Science Center (Pending re-opening of the Detroit Science Center)
- April: Castle Museum of Saginaw History
- May: Old Mill Museum, Dundee
- June: Artworks, Big Rapids
But will the planet notice?: how smart economics can save the world by Gernot Wagner
The unexpected patriot: how an ordinary American mother is bringing terrorists to justice by Shannen Rossmiller; with Sue Carswell
Arc of Justice: a Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle is this year's Great Michigan Read 2011-2012. To kick off the Great Michigan Read, Mr. Boyle will tour six cities throughout Michigan in late October. At each site, Boyle will host a presentation, question-and-answer session, and book signing. All events are free and open to the public.
What do a fiery patriot, a queen, a bank robber, a scientist, and a composer have in common? They were all born in the month of September.
Samuel Adams: a life by Ira Stoll
A life of discovery: Michael Faraday, giant of the scientific revolution by James Hamilton
George Gershwin: his life and work by Howard Pollack
Jeannie out of the bottle by Barbara Eden with Wendy Leigh
Eugene Robinson will receive an Honorary Degree from the University of Michigan at Saturday's graduation ceremony.
(Photo: University of Michigan Library)
Gloryland is the fictional memoir of a buffalo soldier — a black U.S. cavalryman and the son of slaves — who finds true freedom when he is posted to patrol the newly created Yosemite National Park in 1903.
Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. This years theme, The Book Remembers, comes from Estonia. ICBD promotes the idea that children's books can help children learn about people from other countries, learn to appreciate and respect other cultures, and learn to get along with others. Here are some of the great books available to help you celebrate the day:
Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox; illustrations by Helen Oxenbury
In recognition of Women's History Month:
Cleopatra: a life by Stacy Schiff
Livia, Empress of Rome: a biography by Matthew Dennison
And furthermore by Judi Dench
Bird Cloud: a memoir by Annie Proulx
150 facts about grieving children by Erin Linn