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Literary Michigan

Michigan has long been recognized for its automakers, such as General Motors and Ford, as well as its internationally popular recording history associated with Motown. Ironically, Michigan has the largest number of car-less islands in the US. A bike is worth having (or renting) while visiting, especially if you include our Mackinac Island stop. On one of the state’s many scenic bike and walking trails, you can explore nature and follow in the footsteps, or nearby bike paths, of some of the amazing writers who have lived and visited there.

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. In addition to these places, an excellent article about Michigan writers can be found here: https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit.

A. Dudley Randall, Detroit
B. Sojourner Truth, Battle Creek
C. Ellen G. White, Battle Creek
D. Meindert DeJong, Holland, Grand Rapids
E. Ernest Hemingway, Petoskey
F. Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City
G. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Grand Marais


Legendary lyricists associated with Detroit are featured at the Motown Museum, at 2648 W. Grand Boulevard in Detroit.

A Michigan house that is not open to the public but has an historical literary connection is that of Edgar Rice Burroughs, who occasionally lived there as a young man. Read about his life in the area here:

The Michigan Author Adventures Trail appears below.