Skip to main content


Activities and Resources of the Michigan Center for the Book

The Center for the Book's mission includes promoting reading, authors and Michigan's literary heritage. We create and maintain resources such as the Michigan Authors & Illustrators database and the Literary Landmarks. These activities bring the wonder of Michigan's literary world to people at home and in libraries across the state.

Michigan Author Award

This award recognizes an outstanding published body of literary work by an author who is either from Michigan or has substantial ties to Michigan.

Michigan Author Award

Nominate your favorite Michigan author for the 2021 Michigan Author Award. Nominations are accepted from February 2021 through May 31, 2021.

2021 Michigan Author Award Nomination Form

Literary Landmarks

Preserving Michigan's Literary Heritage

The Center works with local groups and the United for Libraries (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations) Program to fund Literary Landmarks in Michigan. The program encourages the preservation of historic literary sites and Michigan's literary heritage.

Preserving Michigan's Literary Heritage

Michigan Authors and Illustrators

How to Find Michigan Authors

The Center collaborates with the Michigan Association of Media in Education on the Michigan Authors & Illustrators database. The database lists authors who live in Michigan, were born in Michigan or works that are set in Michigan. The entries include book lists, awards, biographical information, book covers and availability for programs.

Additional Activities

One Book resources

  • The Big Read from the National Endowment for the Arts includes reader's guides, teacher's guides and audio materials for their titles.
  • has Summer Reading related materials (reading lists, webcasts of author interviews and readings, etc.) available for free.