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Literary Michigan

Michigan is famous for its auto manufacturing industry, based in Detroit, especially General Motors and Ford.  It also has the largest number of car-less islands in the US. Detroit now makes more than cars, though, and is the home of the high-end bicycle, the Shinola. Whether or not you can afford a Shinola, a bike is worth having (or renting) while visiting Michigan, as you will notice especially on our Mackinac Island stop. On one of the state’s many scenic bike and walking trails, explore nature and follow in the footsteps, or nearby bike paths, of some of the amazing writers who have lived and visited there.

Michigan is also known as the home of numerous high profile Motown recording artists, most notably Stevie Wonder, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, and the Jackson 5, all introduced to worldwide media through the leadership of Berry Gordy more than a half century ago. A book that describes the phenomenon can be read about here: https://bookshop.org/books/motown-the-sound-of-young-america. Geographically, if the Motown Museum were added to our literary path, it would be the first stop.

Check out the Michigan Author Adventures Trail to plan your trip and see literary places connected to the state’s many writers. Click any link below for author and place information.

A. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Coldwater

B. Sojourner Truth, Battle Creek

C. Ellen G. White, Battle Creek

D. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Morrison Lake

E. Meindert DeJong, Holland, Grand Rapids

F. Ernest Hemingway, Petoskey

G. Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City

H. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Grand Marais

And while you’re traveling, listen to Motown!