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John Smolens is the 2010 Michigan Author award winner

Andrew Norton

Author John Smolens is the recipient of the 2010 Michigan Author award. Smolens' latest fiction novel, The Anarchist, is a historical novel that depicts the William McKinley's assassination. The Michigan Author award is -

Sponsored jointly by the Michigan Center for the Book (a program of the Library of Michigan), Sleeping Bear Press and the Michigan Library Association, this annual award honors a Michigan writer for his or her contributions to literature based on an outstanding published body of work.

Smolens is a Marquette resident and is currently a professor of English at Northern Michigan University. His previous novels, Cold: A Novel and Fire Point were set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.