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Get in on the selection process
November 11, 2008 - Diane Speer
Last year’s Great Michigan Read program went over so well that the Michigan Humanities Council is once again sponsoring it for 2009. As a brief refresher, with last year’s program, readers all over the state tackled “The Nick Adams Stories” by Ernest Hemingway and then held discussions and many other related activities through their local libraries — all in the name of creating interest in literature.
The question at hand is what will be this year’s book of choice? In a nod to Alpena County Library’s heavy involvement in the program last time around, MHC has named the library one of five “keystones” in the selection process. Not only that, but new Director Eric Magness-Eubank is serving as the regional chair. He is tasked with generating some suggested titles for further discussion with other regional keystone chairs.
Already a few suggestions have come in — authors Sue Harrison, Steve Hamilton and Jim Harrison among them. But there is always room for additional suggestions. Toward that end, Magness-Eubank has set up a discussion forum on the library’s website, www.alpenalibrary.org and is also hosting a meeting Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. for discussion as well.
Criteria includes: 1. Be pertinent to the them of Michigan people and places 2. Be relevant to contemporary life, interesting and engaging for a statewide audience, young adult to seniors 3. Reasonable in length (about 300 pages) 4. Currently in print 5. Mindful of multiple perspectives and interdisciplinary connections
If you are a reader, please plan to get in on the selection process!
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