Jim Daniels' new collection Birth Marks has seen much success since its Fall 2013 publication, so it's no surprise that the book has been named a Michigan Notable Book for 2014 by the Library of Michigan. Based greatly on his experiences growing up and living in the city of Detroit, Daniels' new book speaks directly to Michigan natives. For 2014, 20 books were selected, each celebrating Michigan people, places, and events. "The Michigan Notable Books Program helps to show what is 'great' about the Great Lakes State," said State Librarian Nancy Robertson. "It is amazing to see the quality of books that are written focusing on Michigan year after year ... the program helps to tell Michigan's complete story through the voices of talented historians, creative writers, illustrators, essayists and poets ... This list helps to steer people to the 'good stuff'." A poet of the working-class and city streets, Jim Daniels’ 14th poetry collection travels from Detroit to Ohio to Pittsburgh, from one post-industrial city to another, across jobs and generations. Daniels focuses on the urban landscape and its effects on its inhabitants as they struggle to establish community on streets hissing with distrust and random violence. "Michigan is rich in talented writers, history, and resources," said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. "Our Notable Books for 2014 express the wonderful variety of character, tone, and flavors that are purely Michigan. This year's Notable Books appeal to people of all ages and will continue to build a Culture of Reading here in Michigan." To see the entire 2014 Michigan Notable Books list, visit the Library of Michigan website. To purchase your own copy of Birth Marks, visit the BOA Bookstore.
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