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Michigan Bestseller Lists for April 2017

MICHIGAN BESTSELLER LIST FOR APRIL 2017

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1) Jack Cheng, See You in the Cosmos (Dial Books for Young Readers)

2) Laurie Keller, Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners (Square Fish Books/Macmillan)

3) Jim Harrison, A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand (Grove Press)

4) Stephen Mack Jones, August Snow (Penguin Random House)

5) Daniel P. Keating, born anxious: The Lifelong Impact of Early Life Adversity—and How to Break the Cycle (St. Martin’s Press)

6) Danny Schnitzlein, The Monster Who Ate My Peas (Peachtree Publishers)

7) Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (W.W. Norton & Company)

8) Ed Shankman, I Went to the Party in Kalamazoo (Commonwealth Editions)

9) Dave Coverly, Night of the Living Worms: A Speed Bump & Slingshot Misadventure (Macmillan)

10) Kath Usitalo, 100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die (Reedy Press)

 

U.P. BESTSELLER LIST FOR MARCH 2017

1) Jim Harrison, A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand (Grove Press)

2) Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (W.W. Norton & Company)

3) Kath Usitalo, 100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die (Reedy Press)

4) Keith Taylor, The Bird-while: Poems (Wayne State University Press)

5) Louise Erdrich, LaRose: A Novel (HarperCollins Publishers)

6) Jack Driscoll, Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot (Wayne State University Press)

7) John Smolens, Cold: A Novel (Michigan State University Press)

8) John Smolens, Wolf’s Mouth: A Novel (Michigan State University Press)

9) Steve Hamilton, The Second Life of Nick Mason (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

10) William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)

The Michigan Bestseller List for March 2017 lists books about Michigan topics, written by Michigan authors, and/or published by Michigan publishers, compiled by Ron Riekki from 12 Michigan bookstores: The Book Beat in Oak Park, www.thebookbeat.com; Bookbug in Kalamazoo, www.bookbugkalamazoo.com; Dog Ears Books in Northport,www.dogearsbooks.net/; Kazoo Books in Kalamazoo, www.kazoobooks.com; Michigan News Agency in Kalamazoo, 
www.michigannews.biz/; Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, nicolasbooks.com; North Wind Books in Hancock, 
https://bookstore.finlandia.edu/; Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, www.saturnbooksellers.com; and Schuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Okemos, schulerbooks.com.; and Snowbound Books in Marquette, http://www.snowboundbooks.com/.  These stores support Michigan books, authors, and publishers.

Michigan Bestseller Lists for March 2017

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1) Michael Eric Dyson, “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America” (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan)
2) viola shipman, “the hope chest: A Novel” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan)
3) Danny Schnitzlein, “The Monster Who Ate My Peas” (Peachtree Publishers)
4) Jack Cheng, “See You in the Cosmos” (Dial Books for Young Readers)
5) Michael Eric Dyson, “The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
6) W. Bruce Cameron, “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” (Forge Books)
7) Leslie Helakoski, “Hoot & Honk Just Can’t Sleep” (Sterling Children’s Books)
8) Dan Egan, “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” (W. W. Norton & Company)
9) Jim Harrison, “A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand” (Grove Press)
10) Karen Jo Shapiro, “Because I Could Not Stop My Bike and Other Poems” (Charlesbridge)

U.P. BESTSELLER LIST FOR MARCH 2017
1) Leslie Helakoski, “Hoot & Honk Just Can’t Sleep” (Sterling Children’s Books)
2) Dan Egan, “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” (W. W. Norton & Company)
3) Jim Harrison, “A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand” (Grove Press)
4) Stan Tekiela, “Birds of Michigan Field Guide” (Adventure Publications)
5) Leslie Helakoski, “Big Pigs” (Boyds Mills Press)
6) John Smolens, “Wolf’s Mouth: A Novel” (Michigan State University Press)
7) Jim Harrison, “Republican Wives: A Novella” (Atlantic Monthly Press)
8) Ernest Hemingway, “The Sun Also Rises” (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)
9) Jim Harrison, “True North” (Grove Press)
10) Roxane Gay, “Bad Feminist” (Harper Perennial)

The Michigan Bestseller List for March 2017 lists books about Michigan topics, written by Michigan authors, and/or published by Michigan publishers, compiled by from thirteen Michigan bookstores: The Book Beat in Oak Park, www.thebookbeat.com; Bookbug in Kalamazoo, www.bookbugkalamazoo.com; Dog Ears Books in Northport, www.dogearsbooks.net/; Great Lakes Books & Supply in Big Rapids, greatlakesbook.com; Kazoo Books in Kalamazoo, www.kazoobooks.com; Michigan News Agency in Kalamazoo, www.michigannews.biz/; Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, nicolasbooks.com; North Wind Books in Hancock, https://bookstore.finlandia.edu/; Pages Bookshop in Detroit, www.pagesbkshop.com; Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, www.saturnbooksellers.com; and Schuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Okemos, schulerbooks.com. These stores support Michigan books, authors, and publishers.

GLR contributors read at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor

We had a great time at our Ann Arbor reading to celebrate Issue 7 of the Great Lakes Review last night. Thanks to contributors Justin Longacre,  Jessica Walsh, and Philip Sterling for reading – taking us all over this region from the smoky mysteries of the adult room at Major Magic’s to “rural Gothic feminist narrative poems,” and into the snowy woods where a crow’s wing resembles the ponytail of a friend killed before his time. Additional thanks to Literati Bookstore for hosting our third GLR reading – and congrats to them, on Independent Bookstore Day, for being profiled as one of the U.S.’ fifty best indie booksellers!

Winners of the Narrative Map College Student Writing Contest

screenshot-2016-12-21-16-28-12We had a lot of great entries in our first ever Narrative Map College Student Writing Contest that took us all the way from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula.
We’re happy to announce the winners, all of which will be published on this website in the coming weeks and in our print issue at the end of the year.
First Place: “Just Watch” by Rebekah Glupker (Grand Valley State University)
Second Place: ”A Journey North. Some Things Can’t be Undone” by Benjamin Kaufman (Hope College)
Third Place: ”The Smell of Cereal” by April Kragt (Spring Arbor University)
Honorable Mentions:
“Sweet Beginning at the Bitter End Coffeehouse” by Sydney Shanley (Grand Valley State University)
“First Lesson on Lost Things” by Patricia Schlutt (Aquinas College)
“The Rose Room” by Carly Shisler (Grand Valley State University)
We thank all of those who submitted. 
Keep an eye on the website in the coming weeks for the essays.

MICHIGAN BESTSELLER LIST FOR DECEMBER 2016

MICHIGAN BESTSELLER LIST FOR DECEMBER 2016

Screenshot 2017-01-20 11.11.571) Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans (Forge Books)

2) Edward McClelland, How to Speak Midwestern (Belt Publishing)

3) Lomas Brown, If These Walls Could Talk, Detroit Lions: Stories from the Detroit Lions Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box (Triumph Books)

4) Mitch Albom, the magic strings of Frankie Presto: a novel (HarperCollins Publishers)

5) Michael Emmerich, 100 Things Michigan State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Triumph Books)

6) Peter Ho Davies, The Fortunes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

7) Ann Patchett, Commonwealth: A Novel (HarperCollins Publishers)

8) Stan Tekeila, Birds of Michigan Field Guide (Adventure Publications)

9) John U. Bacon, Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football (St. Martin’s Press)

10) Jan Shoemaker, Flesh and Stones: Field Notes from a Finite World (Bottom Dog Press)

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WE ARE OPENING BACK UP SUBMISSIONS — WITH A TWIST

Stolen_imageWe’re opening submissions back up — with a twist.

In 2017, we are moving toward a more digitally-focused publishing model. That means shorter pieces that move at a brisker pace for our wired world. That doesn’t mean we are abandoning print altogether, however. At the end of 2017, we will compile a “best-of” issue to come out in early 2018. The issue will feature pieces that will originally appear on our website.

It’s important to note that not all of the pieces accepted for our website will be included in the print issue.

What stays the same is our commitment to the Great Lakes region. We still seek the best fiction, poetry, nonfiction and short drama from Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, New York and Ontario.

Our popular Narrative Map project will continue in 2017, as well, with a slight caveat, however: submissions for the general project will be closed from January to March while we take in pieces for the college student writing contest we’re hosting in Michigan. Pieces already submitted to the general project prior to January 2017 will still be considered and will receive a response in due time.

Check our Submissions page for more details. 

Check our College Student Writing Contest page for more details. 

Buy Great Lakes Review Issue 7 now!

screenshot-2016-12-31-08-24-49Great Lakes Review Issue 7 features our best work from 2016.

There are pieces by Dallas Crow, RS Deeren, Maggie Graber, Christian Hayden, Lowell Jaeger, David James, Amy Jomantas, Kaitlin Jennrich, Charles Malone, Justin Longacre, Simon Perchik, Daye Phillippo, Ryan Pratt, Andrew Ruzkowski, Phillip Sterling and Jessica L. Walsh.

Order it now on Amazon. 

 

 

Michigan bestseller list for November

screenshot-2017-01-01-07-07-23MICHIGAN BESTSELLER LIST NOVEMBER 2016

1) Jan Shoemaker, Flesh and Stones: Field Notes from a Finite World (Bottom Dog Press)

2) M.L. Liebler, Heaven was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond (Wayne State University Press)

3) Desiree Cooper, Know the Mother: Stories (Wayne State University Press)

4) Kristin Bartley Lenz, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go (Elephant Rock Productions)

5) Kim Harrison, The Operator (Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster)

6) Patricia Polacco, Because of Thursday (Simon & Schuster)

7) David Livermore, Driven by Difference: How Great Companies Fuel Innovation Through Diversity (Amacom Books)

8) Lomas Brown, If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Lions—Stories from the Detroit Lions Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box (Triumph Books)

9) John Sandford, Escape Clause: A Virgil Flowers Novel (G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Books USA) [tied]

9) Aaron Foley, How to Live in Detroit without Being a Jackass (Belt Publishing) [tied]

U.P. BESTSELLER LIST NOVEMBER 2016

1) M.L. Liebler, Heaven was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond (Wayne State University Press)

2) Josh MacIver-Andersen, On Heights & Hunger (Outpost 19)

3) Rachel May, The Benedictines: a novella (Braddock Avenue Books)

4) Mardi Link, Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan (University of Michigan Press)

5) Loren R. Graham, The Tale of a Grand Island Chippewa (University of California Press)

6) Beatrice H. Castle, The Grand Island Story (John M. Longyear Research Library) [tied]

6) Rachel May, Quilting with a Modern Slant: people, patterns, and techniques inspiring the Modern Quilting Community (Storey Publishing) [tied]

6) John Smolens, Wolf’s Mouth: A Novel (Michigan State University Press) [tied]

9) Joseph Heywood, Buckular Dystrophy (Lyons Press/Rowman & Littlefield)

10) Gordon Henry Jr., The Failure of Certain Charms: and Other Disparate Signs of Life (Salt Publishing)

The Michigan Best Seller List for November 2016 lists books about Michigan topics, written by Michigan authors, and/or published by Michigan publishers, compiled from twelve Michigan bookstores: The Book Beat in Oak Park, www.thebookbeat.com; Dog Ears Books in Northport, www.dogearsbooks.net/; Falling Rock Café and Bookstore in Munising,fallingrockcafe.com; Great Lakes Books & Supply in Big Rapids, greatlakesbook.com; Kazoo Books in Kalamazoo, www.kazoobooks.com; Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor,nicolasbooks.com; Pages Bookshop in Detroit, http://www.pagesbkshop.com/; Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, www.saturnbooksellers.com; Schuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Okemos, schulerbooks.com; and Snowbound Books in Marquette,
www.snowboundbooks.com/

 

Help choose the new poet laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

2016-10-09-15-44-13You can help choose the next Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula! In 2017, a new Poet Laureate of the U.P. will be named for a two-year term. To serve as Laureate, the nominee must have a strong connection to the Upper Peninsula and agree to promote an appreciation of poetry and the region during their tenure. 

The final nominees for Poet Laureate of the U.P. were chosen by the public; out of a list of 17 names, the following six received the majority of votes. Congrats to all!

Martin Achatz

Sally Brunk
Kathleen Heideman
Kathleen Carlton Johnson
Beverly Matherne
Saara Myrene Raappana

The new Poet Laureate will be selected by public vote, as well. Check back soon for the start of the official voting period at http://www.readwritelive.org/poet-laureate-of-the-up.html.

BESTSELLER LIST FOR OCTOBER

screenshot-2016-11-28-15-02-03MICHIGAN BESTSELLER LIST FOR OCTOBER 2016

1) Nicole Curtis, Better Than New: Lessons I’ve Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me) (Artisan Books/Workman Publishing Company)

2) Landis Lain, Baby’s Daddy (Brown Girl Books)

3) Thomas C. Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines (Revised Edition) (Harper Perennial)

4) Kristin Bartley Lenz, The Art of Holding on and Letting Go (Elephant Rock Productions)

5) Tom Stanton, Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society that Shocked Depression-Era Detroit (Lyons Press)

6) Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons go to Birmingham—1963 (Yearling Books/Charles Scribner’s Sons)

7) Dave Coverly, Night of the Living Shadows: A Speed Bump & Slingshot Misadventure (Henry Holt and Company/Macmillan)

8) Kristina Riggle, Vivian in Red (Polis Books)

9) Vince Flynn, Order to Kill: A Mitch Rapp Novel (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)

10) John U. Bacon, Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football (St. Martin’s Press)

 U.P. BESTSELLER LIST FOR OCTOBER 2016

1) Joy Morgan Dey, agate (Lake Superior Port Cities)

2) Eric Sevareid, Canoeing with the Cree: A 2,250-Mile voyage from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay (Borealis Books)

3) Margaret Noodin, Weweni: poems in Anishinaabemowin and English (Wayne State University Press) [tie]

3) Gerald Wykes, A Beaver Tale: The Castors of Conners Creek (Wayne State University Press) [tie]

5) Jerry Dennis, Canoeing Michigan Rivers: A Comprehensive Guide to 45 Rivers (Completely Revised & Updated) (Thunder Bay Press)

6) Betsy Bowen, Tracks in the Wild (University of Minnesota Press) [tie]

6) Beatrice H. Castle, The Grand Island Story (John M. Longyear Research Library) [tie]

6) Ron Strickland, The North Country Trail: The Best Walks, Hikes, and Backpacking Trips on America’s Longest National Scenic Trail (University of Michigan Press) [tie]

6) Anton Treuer, Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask (Borealis Books) [tie]

10) Mardi Link, Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan (University of Michigan Press)

The Michigan Best Seller List for October 2016, compiled by Ron Riekki from eleven Michigan bookstores: The Book Beat in Oak Park, www.thebookbeat.com; Bookbug in Kalamazoo, bookbugkalamazoo.com; Dog Ears Books in Northport, www.dogearsbooks.net/; Great Lakes Books & Supply in Big Rapids, greatlakesbook.com; Falling Rock Café and Bookstore in Munising, fallingrockcafe.com; Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, nicolasbooks.com; North Wind Books in Hancock, bookstore.finlandia.edu; Pages Bookshop in Detroit, http://www.pagesbkshop.com/; Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, www.saturnbooksellers.com; and Schuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Okemos,schulerbooks.com.  These stores support Michigan books, authors, and publishers.

 

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