John Smolens’ novel Wolf’s Mouth, Winner of a 2017 Michigan Notable Book Award, has been chosen as the book selection for 2017 by the NMU/Marquette County “One Book, One Community” committee. The “One Book, One Community” program encourages the Marquette County and Northern Michigan University community to read the same book and to come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. Although dozens of similar programs have been sponsored nationwide, this is one that brings together a county and a university.
John Smolens has published ten works of fiction, most recently Wolf’s Mouth. His work has appeared in publications such as The North American Review, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Columbia Journal of Literature and Art, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. He has taught at Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and is professor emeritus, Northern Michigan University. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Michigan Author of the Year Award from the Michigan Library Association.