If you like books and you’re interested in the lives of Michigan governors, mark down the evening of April 2 in Lansing.
The Library of Michigan will host its annual ceremony recognizing 20 of the best books featuring Michigan writers or subjects from 2015. Each year’s list of Michigan Notable Books is characterized by variety as well as talent. You’ll learn about literary treasures that would otherwise escape you.
I’ll participate in a panel discussion along with two other biographers of Michigan governors who have won Notable Books recognition in years past. It’ll be enjoyable to talk about Gov. William Milliken, the subject of my biography, who will have turned 94 by then.
The longest-serving governor of Michigan and a Republican, Milliken is an admirable man — whose moderation is almost undetectable in his political party today.
I’m looking forward to hearing from the biographers of the late governors G. Mennen Williams and John Swainson. Larry Glazer, author of Swainson’s story, wrote an overlooked masterpiece about a complicated, heroic and tragically flawed man.
Michigan books deserve a night of their own each year. My brother and I will soon be offering up our second volume spotlighting Michigan-born or Michigan-associated authors, and hope to have copies fresh from the printing press April 2.
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