“Up North in Michigan” is a 2022 Michigan Notable Book!

by Danielle Coty-Fattal on January 10, 2022

Cover of Michigan Notable Book Up North in Michigan

We are excited to share that Up North in Michigan: A Portrait of Place in Four Seasons, by Jerry Dennis, is a 2022 Michigan Notable Book!

The Michigan Notable Book Up North in Michigan is a collection of essays that capture the author’s lifelong journey to better know the place he calls home by exploring it in every season, in every kind of weather, on foot, on bicycle, in canoes and cars. The essays in this book are more than an homage to a particular region, its people, and its natural wonders. They are a reflection on the Up North that can only be experienced through your feet and fingertips, through your ears, mouth, and nose—the Up North that makes its way into your bones as surely as sand makes its way into wood grain.

Michigan Notable Book Awards

Each year, the Michigan Notable Book awards recognize 20 books that are about Michigan, set in Michigan, or written by a Michigan author. The program first began as part of the 1991 Michigan Week celebration. The awards do not just showcase the literary heritage of the state, but are also designed to pay tribute and draw attention to the many people, places, and things that make Michigan life unique and vibrant. With this year’s list, the Library of Michigan celebrated books that encompass the entire Great Lakes basin, from the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula to stories about Detroit, and all along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Of course, Up North in Michigan is not the first University of Michigan Press title to have been selected for this honor. Our previous Michigan Notable Book award winners include Elle Peterson, Looking for Hickories, The Kirtland’s Warbler, The Toledo War, and The Boy Governor

In addition, some of these past Michigan Notable Books are among the 300 eBooks included in the new ReadMichigan.org eBook collection. This collection is free-to-read for Michigan residents and features eBooks from the University of Michigan Press, Michigan State University Press, and Wayne State University Press. Read more about this initiative in our recent blog post.

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