Community Read





The Next Generation of One Book, One Community!

In Fall of 2019, after a year's hiatus, the community read returns, twice as good as ever.

 We've partnered with Munising to bring you two regional books and programming spanning Marquette and Alger counties.

The books are...

The Living Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis & Harborless by Cindy Hunter Morgan.

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.



Maritime History in Photos with Jack Deo
Sept. 5, 6:30 pm, Frazier Boat House (Lake Superior Theatre)

For kids: knot-tying, forts, free books and sundaes!
Sept. 12, 5:30-6:30 pm, U.P. Children’s Museum

Marquette Lighthouse and Museum Special Tour
Sept.12, 6:30 pm (donation)

Kayaking from Grand Marais, MN to Grand Marais, MI: Thomas Renkes
Sept. 16, 7 pm, Peter White Public Library

Book talks
Sept. 18, Living Great Lakes 11:30 am; Harborless 12:15 pm, Peter White Public Library

Author Cindy Hunter Morgan Presentation
Sept. 19, 7 pm, Peter White Public Library Community Room  

The Edmund Fitzgerald: The Stories—The Song
Sept. 30, 7 pm, Peter White Public Library Community Room

Author Jerry Dennis Writing Workshop
Oct. 9, 4 pm, NMU Olson Library

Jerry Dennis Presentation and Q&A
Oct. 9, 7 pm, Northern Center

Poetry Splash Open Mic
Date, time TBD, Ore Dock Brewing Co.

Weather & Shipwrecks: Matt Zika, National Weather Service
Date, time, TBD, NMU Olson Library


Shipwreck Tour Boat Cruise
Sept. 7, 1 pm, Munising (Sept. 14 weather date).
Special group rate of $27 per person. Must pre-register with Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours, 387-4477 or

Water Music with Dan Truckey & The Knockabouts
Sept. 7, 7 pm, Falling Rock Café

Au Sable Light Station Hike & Tour
Sept. 14 and Sept. 21, 8:45 a.m. $3

Author Cindy Hunter Morgan Presentation
 Sept. 20, 6 p.m., Munising Library

Maritime History in Photos with Jack Deo
Sept. 23, 6:30 pm, Munising Library

Alger Underwater Preserve Presentation with director Pete Lindquist
Oct. 1, 6 pm, Munising Library

Author Jerry Dennis Presentation
Oct. 9, noon, Munising High School Gymnasium

For more information on the program, please go to




The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312331030
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 2004

Harborless (Made in Michigan Writers) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814342428
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wayne State University Press - March 6th, 2017