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Mary-Catherine Harrison to receive the 2015 Bookwoman Award

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September 04, 2015

University of Detroit Mercy Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison has been awarded the 2015 Bookwoman Award by the Women’s National Book Association Detroit Chapter. The award, which honors women in the book world who have made significant contributions to libraries, literacy or publishing, has been given biannually since 1991.

Mary-Catherine HarrisonHarrison specializes in Victorian literature, the psychology of reading and narrative theory. She received UDM’s Agere ex Missione Award in 2012 and the Faculty Achievement Award in 2013.

In 2014, Harrison established RX for Reading Detroit as a way to expand children’s access to books and support the involvement of families in literacy. RX for Reading Detroit is a nonprofit initiative that collects and distributes new and gently used children’s books to identified areas of need throughout the city, and offers reading material that accurately reflects the diverse communities in which we live. The organization has donated more than 15,000 books to children in the community, established 15 RX for Reading Detroit clinic libraries in low-income health and dental clinics and partnered with local schools and Head Start programs to read with more than 150 kids. The organization recently expanded to form RX for Reading Ypsilanti.

Harrison will be presented with the award on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at BRAVO Cucina Italiana, 17700 Haggerty Road, Livonia, Mich. Tickets are $25, and include lunch. A cash bar will be available. For more information, contact Tanya Davidson at Tanyareahdavidson@gmail.com or send checks payable to “Women’s National Book Association-Detroit,” addressed to Treasurer Margaret E. Auer, 28444 Los Olas Drive, Warren, MI 48093 by Sunday, Sep. 27.

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