Notable Books author returns home to celebrate Michigan letters

Apr 25, 2014

Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series currently includes ten volumes; Hamilton discusses letting the character 'rest' while he develops works that do not include Alex.
Credit Courtesy of Steve Hamilton

On Saturday, the Library of Michigan Foundation will hold its annual Night for Notables event, honoring the authors of books that were named Michigan Notable Books for 2014. The keynote speaker at tomorrow’s event is Steve Hamilton.  His book “Misery Bay” was a Michigan Notable Book for 2012.

Each year, 20 books from the previous year are chosen for the list. The criteria include books having a Michigan theme, being set in Michigan or the Great Lakes Region, or written by a Michigan resident or native.

Hamilton joins us now to tell us about his work and what the Notable Book Award has meant to his writing career.

Many of his novels feature a character named Alex McKnight, a former Detroit cop who "checks out" to the loneliest place he can find, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.