X.A-Novel-GMR-2017-18-200x300X: A Novel

by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon
The 2017-2018 Great Michigan Read, co-written by Malcolm X’s third daughter, is a riveting and revealing novel for teens and adults, which follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world. Malcolm Little’s parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that’s a pack of lies—after all, his father’s been murdered, his mother’s been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school.

Placing X: A Novel in Michigan Cultural History

September 27 at 7:00 pm, Program Room A
Join historian Dr. Michelle S. Johnson as she discusses the life and times of Malcolm X, focusing on his years growing up in Michigan, the lasting legacy of his teachings, the Civil Rights Movement, and the impact on Michigan’s cultural history.

X: A Novel Book Discussion

October 5th at 7:00 pm, Program Room B
Teens and adults, join us in discussing this Great Michigan Read! The first five folks to register at the Youth Desk will receive a free copy of the book. Registration required.

An Evening with Kekla Magoon

October 11 at 7:00 pm, Program Room A
Award-winning young adult author Magoon, co-author of X: a Novel with Ilyasah Shabazz, youngest daughter of Malcom X, will speak as part of a Michigan Humanities Council sponsored author tour.
The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities.