2018 Books: "Harborless" & "The Living Great Lakes"


Harborless     The Living Great Lakes


After taking a year hiatus, the One Book One Community program, a partnership between Northern Michigan University and the Marquette County community, has returned with a new name and new partner. Two Books Two Communities expands the 13-year-old program with the addition of a second book and a series of events held in Munising as well as in Marquette.

This year’s books are: 


by Cindy Hunter Morgan

The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas

by Jerry Dennis

Harborless is a collection of poems informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks, is part history and part reinvention. The poems explore tragic wrecks in rivers and lakes, finding and forming artistic meaning from destruction and death. Each poem begins in a real, historical moment. Harborless is a 2018 Michigan Notable Book and winner of the 2017 Moveen Prize in Poetry. Cindy Hunter Morgan teaches creative writing and book arts at Michigan State University. She is also the author of two chapbooks: The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker, which won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition, and Apple Season, which won the Midwest Writing Center's 2012 Chapbook Contest. 

Cindy Hunter Morgan will be presenting in Marquette on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Peter White Public Library Community Room and in Munising on Friday, September 20 at 6 p.m. at the Munising Library.

The Living Great Lakes is the story of an epic journey on The Malabar, a two-masted schooner the author helped sail from Lake Michigan to Bar Harbor, Maine. Battling storms and internal strife, the crew of five navigate the lakes and their connecting waterways, traverse the Erie Canal and a flooding Hudson River, and make their way around Manhattan to Long Island Sound and up the Atlantic coast to Maine. Awards include the 2004 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Best Book of the Year from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and 2004 Michigan Notable Book. Dennis’s essays, poems, and short fiction have appeared in more than 100 publications, including The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, American Way and Gray’s Sporting Journal. His many books cover topics ranging from fishing and canoeing, to ice caves, animals and ecosystems.

Jerry Dennis will be presenting on Wednesday October 9 at noon at the Munising High School Gymnasium and 7 p.m. at NMU’s Northern Center. He will also hold a writing workshop at NMU Olson Library at 4 p.m.

Click on the Events tab to see many more events celebrating these two titles!

Download the Libby app and you can access an ebook version of Harborless or an ebook and audio version of The Living Great Lakes via your local library for free.

THANK YOU to these generous donors for providing funding for programming:

  • Northern Michigan University Office of the Provost
  • Marion Vander Veen Great Lakes Education Fund via Marquette Community Foundation
  • Peter White Public Library
  • Munising Public School Library
  • "Book Angel" via Northern Michigan University Foundation

We welcome donations! GIVE online through the NMU Foundation, and note One Book One Community.