NamesakeUPDATED 11/6/17

Do you have a family recipe or an immigrant story to share? Or a story about your name or family tree?

As part of the upcoming Big Read celebration of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake, Dearborn Public Library is sending out a call for entries for two community anthologies that will feature family recipes in one and immigration or name stories in the other. 

December 31  is the new deadline to submit your recipe or family or name story at for publication consideration.

Family recipes passed down from generation to generation would be ideal, but any original family recipe is eligible for consideration.

The story can be about you or one of your relatives, whether of current or previous generations.

This program is open to all ages and anyone is welcome to participate.

The published family stories and recipes are one part of programming planned for The Big Read Dearborn 2018 that will center on The Namesake and ask us all “What’s in a Name?”

The Namesake is a captivating saga that follows a young immigrant family as they try to hold onto their past and embrace their future after leaving India for America.

The Big Read is presented by Dearborn Public Library in partnership with several local community organizations including DFCU Financial, the Henry Ford, the Arab American National Museum, the Dearborn Community Fund, the Dearborn Public Schools, the City of Dearborn Department of Public Information, Artspace, Dearborn Public Library Foundation, Dearborn Library Commission, Friends of the Library-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Dearborn Mardigan Library, Henry Ford College Eshleman Library, AAUW Dearborn, Beaumont Medical Library, the East and West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities, the Dearborn Inn, Green Brain Comics, and Dearborn Heights Libraries.

The kickoff will be March 18, 2018, from 3-5 p.m. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. The wrap up party will be on April 28, 2018, from 2-4 p.m. at the Henry Ford Centennial Library. There will be many more fun and educational events planned in March and April for all ages. Visit or for updates.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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