DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – The Library of Michigan and the Michigan Center for the Book have announced the winner of the 2022 Michigan Author Award: Michael Zadoorian, a lifelong resident of the Detroit area.

He is the critically acclaimed author of four novels, including The Leisure Seeker (an international bestseller that was made into a Sony Pictures Classics film), Second Hand, Beautiful Music, and The Narcissism of Small Differences.

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Two of Zadoorian’s books, Beautiful Music and short story collection The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit are included on the Library of Michigan’s Notable Books list. His work has appeared in The Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, Witness, Great Lakes Review, North American Review, Literary Hub, The Millions, and Huffington Post, and it has been translated into over twenty languages.

The selection committee for Author Award included representatives from the Library of Michigan; Detroit Public Library; Clinton-Macomb District Library; Capital Area District Libraries; University of Michigan Library; Lansing City Pulse newspaper; Michigan Department of Education; Michigan Center for the Book; and Michigan Humanities.

The award is intended to honor lifetime achievements of significant Michigan authors and is based on the quality of the author’s complete body of works.

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Readers can learn more about Zadoorian’s work through his website.