Announcing the Official Book Selection of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010.

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Jerry Dennis' book, 'The Living Great Lakes: Searching For The Heart Of The Inland Seas' is the title selected as the focus of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010. This year's theme is Michigan.

An eleven-member selection team, composed of community members, educators, students and librarians from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area chose the book Wednesday night after two hours of deliberation. The other title under consideration was 'Arc of Justice: Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in The Jazz Age' by Kevin Boyle.

The winner of the “Best Book of 2003” by the Outdoor Writers Association of America,'The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas' chronicles author Jerry Dennis’ travels as a crew member on the tall-masted schooner Malabar on a four-week trip through the waters of Lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. The author, a resident of Traverse City, Michigan, reminisces on a lifetime spent near the lakes and interweaves his personal journey with stories from the biologists, fishermen and sailors that he met during his travels.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010 is scheduled to occur January through February 2010, with multiple opportunities for the community to become involved. For more information, visit the website.


That's great! I was hoping they'd choose "The Living Great Lakes". I think it encompasses the theme of Michigan much better than the other. The other covered just a small portion of Michigan. The Great Lakes are synonymous with Michigan and is something identified with by everyone in the state.

It was an excellent book as well and I can't wait to see what types of lectures, speakers and programs they have to go along with it in the new year!

"Yes, Michigan! The feeling's forever." :)

I was hoping this one would be selected, too. I have really enjoyed reading the other books; but it will be nice to have multiple views of our great treasure. Plus, Jerry Dennis is a terrific and engaging writer.

I like this writer.

I'm writing a Choose-Your-Move shipwreck book for eight-year-olds and decided to set it on an ore freighter—which led me to this book. Thank you, Jerry Dennis, for taking me along on your adventures by way of a great read. It has the perfect mix of detail (natural science, history, sailing technology) and narrative storytelling. I am inspired to venture to the U.P. and Lake Superior next summer, long overdue.