Revell Authors Selected as Michigan Notable Book Award Winners

Revell, a division of 鶹ƽ, is pleased to announce that Susie Finkbeiner, author of The All-American, and Erin Bartels, author of Everything Is Just Beginning, have been selected as 2024 Michigan Notable Book Award Winners.

Michigan Notable Book (MNB) began in 1991 and is “designed to pay tribute and draw attention to the many people, places, and things that identify Michigan life as unique and vibrant.” Each year, MNB selects twenty books published the previous year that are set in Michigan or the Great Lakes or are written by Michigan authors. The genres can vary from fiction to nonfiction, but the topics and issues are “close to the heart of Michigan residents.” For a complete list of Michigan Notable Book Award winners, please click .

Dr. Michael Rice, Michigan’s State Superintendent, stated, “We grow in our lives when we open our eyes and minds to the rich experiences of others through fiction and nonfiction. This year’s Michigan Notable Books provide opportunity for young and old alike to bring knowledge and perspective into their lives about what others have seen and lived. Books should be mirrors that reflect our own lives, as well as windows for us to see others.”

Susie Finkbeiner and Erin Bartels will be honored at the annual Night for Notables reception on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the Library of Michigan. They will also participate in library tours throughout Michigan to discuss their books and engage with local communities.

Revell offers their congratulations to both Susie Finkbeiner and Erin Bartels and would like to thank Michigan Notable Books for recognizing their rich stories that highlight Michigan.

The All-American by Susie Finkbeiner (July 11, 2023; ISBN 9780800739362; 鶹ƽ ISBN 9781493436293; $16.99; Paper) In this 1950s coming-of-age story, two sisters are left reeling when their father is accused of being a member of the Communist party. Bertha finds a haven with the All-American Girls Baseball League. Flossie finds herself in an unexpected friendship. Both are about to discover how much good there is in the world—even in the hardest of circumstances.

Susie Finkbeiner is the author of All Manner of Things, Stories That Bind Us, The Nature of Small Birds, and A Cup of Dust. The All-American is her ninth novel. Susie is a two-time Michigan Notable Book honoree, a Shakespeare enthusiast, and an amateur actress. She and her husband live in West Michigan with their three teenaged children. Learn more about her at

Everything Is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels (January 17, 2023; ISBN 9780800741655; 鶹ƽ ISBN 9781493439720; $17.99; Paper) On the night of December 31, 1989—as the Berlin Wall is coming down, the Soviet Union is inching toward democracy, and anything seems possible—a down-on-his luck musician crashes a party and crosses paths with the accomplished and enigmatic young heir to a fading musical dynasty, forever altering both of their futures.

Erin Bartels writes character-driven fiction for curious people. She is the award-winning author of We Hope for Better Things, The Words between Us, All That We Carried, The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water, and The Lady with the Dark Hair. She infuses her fiction with her own passions, including painting, gardening, photography, sewing, hiking, and playing guitar. Erin has been a publishing professional for more than twenty years and lives with her husband and their teenage son in Mason, Michigan.

Revell, a division of 鶹ƽ, publishes books that help bring the Christian faith to everyday life. Whether through fiction, Christian living, self-help, marriage, family, or youth books, each Revell publication reflects relevance, integrity, and excellence.

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