2 Michigan Notable Book Awards to MSU Press. Notable Author Tours April-June!

mnb_notable-books-logoHundreds of books may be contenders, but only 20 titles made the 2017 Library of Michigan Notable Books list.

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    April 5: Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids, (231)-796-5234.
    May 3: Engadine Library, W 13920 Melville Street, Engadine, MI [Upper Peninsula] 49827. (906) 477-631.
    June 27: Mason County Library, 217 E. Ludington Ave. Ludington, MI. (231) 843-8465.keefe-jpg
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    June 15: Niles District Library, 620 East Main, Niles, MI. (269) 683-8545
    June 17: Mason County District Library, 217 East Ludington Ave. Ludington, MI. (231) 843-8465

Each year the Michigan Notable Book list features 20 books, published the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author. Selections include nonfiction and fiction books. This is a statewide program that began as part of the 1991 Michigan Week celebration, designed to pay tribute and draw attention to the many people, places and things that make Michigan life unique.

3 from MSU Press on World Literature Today’s 75 Notable Translations of 2016

Three translations from MSU Press are included in the Fifth Annual list from World Literature Today’s “75 Notable Translations of 2016.”
From WLT: “[A] notable first: Boubacar Boris Diop’s Doomi Golo: The Hidden Notebooks became the first novel translated from Wolof to English. …”

Holiday Sale: Great Reads, History, Michigan & Detroit Books—plus “Look up Your Roots”

Special sale prices will be applied in our Shopping Cart through January 31, 2017. Remember to use the code HOLIDAY2016 when ordering.  Ordering problems? Call 800-621-2736.




Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula edited by Ronald Riekki. Over 30 authors, including Roxane Gay, April Lindala, Sharon Dilworth, and Gloria Whelan, appear in this exceptional volume of poetry, short fiction, and novel excerpts describing the unique character of the Upper Peninsula. List $24.95 / Sale $15.

Eight Mile High by Jim Ray Daniels. In these linked short stories, the constants are the places—from Eight Mile High, the local high school, to Eight Miles High, the local bar; from The Clock, a restaurant that never closes, to Stan’s, a store that sells misfit clothes. List $19.95 / Sale $12.

Lakeshore Living: Designing Lake Places and Communities in the Footprints of Environmental Writers by Paul J. Radomski & Kristof Van Assche. An approach to lakeshore living that addresses the need to create rich, sustainable places and communities on the water. List $29.95 / Sale $18.

Wolf’s Mouth by John Smolens. In WW II Michigan, a novel of a POW escape from an Upper Peninsula prison and an American woman helps him elude capture as they flee to the Lower Peninsula. List $26.95 / Sale $16.

Learning in the Plural: Essays on the Humanities and Public Life by David D. Cooper. Civic engagement can rescue the humanities from a prolonged identity crisis and yield knowledge contributing to the public good. List $24.95 / Sale $15.

Love Is My Savior: The Arabic Poems of Rumi. This new dual-language volume opens a treasury of Rumi’s mystic thought and startling poetry.  List $19.95 / Sale $12.

The Unauthorized Audubon by Laura B. DeLind and Anita Skeen. Printmaker DeLind and poet Skeen never set out to produce a book when they began exchanging prints and poems. But, as they began to appreciate at a deeper level the skill involved in each other’s work, they began to find meaning in small things—patterns, memories, carefully chosen words. Illustrated. List  $14.95 / Sale $9.

Confessions of a Presidential Speechwriter by Craig R. Smith. Describes being a speechwriter in a field where the only constant is change: from writing for President Ford, consulting with Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, the Republican caucus of the U.S. Senate, and Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca. List $39.95 / Sale $24.

The Murder of Joe White: Ojibwe Leadership and Colonialism in Wisconsin by Erik M. Redix. In 1894, two Wisconsin game wardens were sent to arrest an Ojibwe ogimaa (chief), Joe White, for hunting deer out of season and off-reservation. They found White and tried to arrest him. This study of White’s murder shows this event within decades of struggle at Rice Lake to resist removal to Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation, created at the 1854 Treaty of La Pointe. List $34.95 / Sale $21.

The Edge of the Woods: Iroquoia, 1534–1701 by Jon Parmenter. Drawing on archival and published documents in several languages, archeological data, and Iroquois oral traditions, this explores how spatial mobility represented the geographic expression of Iroquois social, political, and economic priorities. Paperback List $24.95 / Sale $15.

Dangerous Friendship: Stanley Levison, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Kennedy Brothers by Ben Kamin. Long-concealed FBI surveillance documents produced this history of Martin Luther King Jr. that the government kept secret for years: the story of Stanley Levison, a well-known figure in the Communist Party–USA, who became one of King’s closest friends. List $22.95 / Sale $14.

Food in the Civil War Era: The North edited by Helen Zoe Veit. Vol. 1 in the American Food in History series. Excerpts from five Civil War–era cookbooks present a compelling portrait of cooking and eating in the urban north of the 1860s United States. List $29.95 / Sale $18.
      · A Selection of Modernized Recipes from Food in the Civil War: The North. A companion book: recipes, updated and tested by food editor Jennifer Billock, using measurements and techniques that modern readers can use in their own kitchen. List $12.95 / Sale $8.

Food in the Civil War Era: The South. Edited by Helen Zoe Veit. Vol. 2 in the American Food in History series shows how seemingly neutral recipes reveal things about Southern life beyond the dinner plate. List $29.95 / Sale $18.
A Selection of Modernized Recipes from Food in the Civil War: The South. A companion book: recipes, updated and tested by food editor Jennifer Billock. List $12.95 / Sale $8.

Malcolm X’s Michigan Worldview: An Exemplar for Contemporary Black Studies edited by Rita Kiki Edozie and Curtis Stokes. Topics include the Nation of Islam; was Malcolm antifeminist? How do Malcolm’s early childhood experiences in Michigan shape and inform his worldview? List $39.95 / Sale $24.

Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors by Dave Dempsey and Jack Dempsey. Michigan is the birthplace of many of the nation’s best-known authors. In this entertaining and well-researched book—the first of its kind—the secrets, legends, and myths surrounding some of Michigan’s literary luminaries are explored. List $19.95 / Sale $12.

Ink Trails II: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors. by Dave Dempsey and Jack Dempsey. This second volume of “ink trails” continues the story of the remarkable writers, powerful words, and sublime nature of Michigan. List $22.95 / Sale $14.

Detroit Resurgent edited by Howard Bossen and John P. Beck. Through photographic portraits, interviews, essays, and poetry, this book demonstrates the vitality and humanity of Detroit’s people, providing a powerful counternarrative to the vision of Detroit as a Rust Belt wasteland. List $29.95 / Sale $18.

Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide by Joe T. Darden and Richard W. Thomas. Focuses on the post-1967 social and political developments in Detroit, expanding on the black-white dynamic to address the influx of more recent populations to Detroit: Middle Eastern Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans. List $29.95 / Sale $18.

Ottawa Stories from the Springs: Anishinaabe dibaadjimowinan wodi gaa binjibaamigak wodi mookodjiwong e zhinikaadek edited by Howard Webkamigad. The stories in this collection, recorded by Anishinaabe people in the Harbor Springs area of Michigan, draw on legends, fables, trickster stories, parables, and humor. The tales were first kept in their original copper wire format by the American Philosophical Society. Side-by-side Anishinaabe/English translations.  List $24.95 / Sale $15.

A Field Guide to the Natural Communities of Michigan by Joshua G. Cohen, Michael A. Kost, Bradford S. Slaughter, and Dennis A. Albert. The culmination of three decades of work by Michigan Natural Features Inventory ecologists, this field guide is small enough to carry in a backpack and provides a system for dividing the complex natural landscape of Michigan into easily understood and describable components called natural communities. List $34.95 / Sale $21.

Vintage photographs illustrate this three-volume history [sold separately], which relives the story of America’s premier landgrant institution from 1855 to today’s Michigan State University. Cloth in dust jacket, 8.5 x 11.  List $39.95 each / Sale $24 each.
Vol. 1  Michigan Agricultural College: The Evolution of a LandGrant Philosophy 1855-1925
Vol. 2  Michigan State College: John Hannah and the Creation of a World University, 1926-1969
Vol. 3  Michigan State University: The Rise of a Research University and the New Millennium, 1970-2005

Discovering the Peoples of Michigan series. Over 35 paperbacks by differing authors examine the multicultural heritage and ethnic dynamics of the Great Lakes State and its rapidly changing historical and social structures. Illustrated. List $12.95 / Sale $8 each[The Reader List is $5 / Sale $3.]

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Michael J. Lee Wins National Communication Association Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award

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Associate Professor Michael J. Lee  (Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement) has been selected as the 2016 Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award by the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Political Communication Division. This is the 5th international award won by Lee and this work. The award will be presented at NCA’s annual convention in Philadelphia, Friday, November 11, 2016.

NCA’s Political Communication Division is designed to support the work of scholars and practitioners engaged in the research, teaching, and practice of political communication: “… impressed with your work and the ways that it allows readers to gain new insights about an important modern U.S. political movement through that movement’s ‘galvanizing texts,’ and were pleased with the central role of communication in America’s political landscape that was featured in your argument.“

Kevin P. Keefe’s “Twelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive” Wins a 2016 State History Award

KeefeCompF.inddCongratulations to Kevin P. Keefe for winning a 2016 State History Award, for Twelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive. The award is presented by the Historical Society of Michigan, in the category: BooksUniversity & Commercial Press. Illustrated with 21 full-color photographs, and 120 B/W photographs, Keefe’s book follows a single World War II-era locomotive, the Pere Marquette 1225, through its wartime service, retirement, donation to MSU, and subsequent return to steam, which exemplifies the achievement of historic preservation.

The Historical Society of Michigan State History Awards will be presented during its annual State History history-awardConference in Alpena, Michigan, Sept. 23-25, 2016. The awards are the highest recognition presented by the Historical Society of Michigan, the state’s official historical society and oldest cultural organization. The Society presents the State History Awards every year to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation, collection, preservation and/or promotion of state and local history.


David Hlavsa’s “Walking Distance” Wins Gold: “Foreword Reviews” 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner

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Walking Distance: Pilgrimage, Parenthood, Grief, and Home Repairs Wins Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Gold Award (Adult Nonfiction).

Walking the Camino de Santiago, more than 400 miles across the north of Spain:
In the summer of 2000, David Hlavsa and his wife Lisa Holtby embarked on a pilgrimage. After trying for three years to conceive a child and suffering through the monthly cycle of hope and disappointment, they decided to walk the Camino de Santiago, a joint enterprise—and an act of faith—they hoped would strengthen their marriage and prepare them for parenthood.

Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards honor the best books from Independent publishers,  judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country. The annual awards are announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference.


2016 Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize Winner Announced!

We are excited to announce that Molly Gallentines’s essay, “Powder House,” has been chosen as the winner of the 12th annual Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize! Judge Ned Stuckey-French shares his thoughts on the winning essay:

“Powder House” is an important, moving, fascinating, and beautiful essay. It’s also wonderfully odd, weaving together as it does meditations about St. Mark’s Place, the War on Terror, cookbooks, nineteenth century glue baron Peter Cooper, LBJ’s “Daisy” ad from the 1964 election, W. H. Auden, and the origins of Jell-O, among other things. There is a weird and comic narrative in which the author and her friend Brandon film a movie of themselves trying to make an orange gelatin mold using a Revolutionary Era recipe that calls for hand-ground hartshorn and isinglass, a collagen derived from the dried swim bladders of fish. As it happens, they are grating their deer antlers in the kitchen of Brandon’s apartment at 77 St. Mark’s Place, the same apartment building where the exiled Leon Trotsky wrote for the Russian revolutionary paper Novy Mir and Auden lived for the last 20 years of his life. But “Powder House” is a narrative essay mainly in the Montaignean sense. We don’t care so much about whether the gelatin will set properly. What pulls us along is the story of a mind thinking. Where will the next digression take us? What new connection will this distinctly American essay make? What more will we learn about history, place, memory, beauty, and art? A lot more as it turns out. I admire “Powder House” and its author very much.

“Powder House” will be published in Fourth Genre 19.1 (February 2017).

This year’s runner-up is Wilfredo Pascual with the essay “Terminus.”

To see more information about the Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize and to read about past winners, visit the essay prize page.


John H. Hartig Receives John Muir Conservationist of the Year Award.

HartigAt the Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California, Hartig received the 2015 John Muir Conservationist of the Year award, being lauded for his work for Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge as well for his book Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

The John Muir award is given to “an individual who has excelled in environmental protection or made significant contributions to the advancement of conservation.” Hartig has 30 years of experience in environmental science and human resource management. From 1999-2004, prior to his current role, he was river navigator for the Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative. Hartig is currently assisting in the construction of a Visitor Center at the Refuge Gateway in Trenton, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. He is also working on a fishing pier and a school ship dock at the Refuge Gateway.

Jill Doerfler and Cheryl L. Neely Win Midwest Book Awards

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Jill Doerfler is Gold Medal winnerHistory for Those Who Belong: Identity, Family, Blood, and Citizenship among the White Earth Anishinaabeg. Doerfler (White Earth Anishinaabe) is Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of MinnesotaDuluth.
Cheryl L. Neely is Gold Medal winner-Social Science/Political Science/Culture: You’re Dead—So What? Media, Police, and the Invisibility of Black Women as Victims of Homicide]. Neely is Professor of Sociology at Oakland Community College where she teaches courses in Sociology and Criminology.

The 26th Annual Midwest Book Awards competition honors excellence in books published during the 2015 calendar year, recognizing creativity in content and execution, overall book quality, and the book’s unique contribution to its subject area. Winners include self-publishers to small presses to major university presses. Midwest Book Awards honor the publishers in the 12-state Midwest publishing community who are producing quality work and help them succeed in today’s competitive publishing industry. The Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA) has sponsored the book awards since 1990.