About Anna's new book: From tiny towns necklacing the Great Lakes to towering old cities, the landscape of the two peninsulas has stirred more than a century of the nation's greatest writers. With equal parts reportage, literary criticism, and history, "Michigan Literary Luminaries" was created as a labor of love. It is a peek into the contemporary and classic literature that is unified by its sense of place in the North Country: our feeling for nature, hard work, community, social class, and the uncertainty that comes with not having enough and of having too much. From Elmore Leonard to Robert Hayden, their writing is idiosyncratic and ambitious, at once surreal and worldly-wise. Their work invigorated the public imagination with intelligence, honesty and grace. By questioning the myth of the American Dream, they themselves wrote new myths.