Meet the Author: Steve Luxenberg. On Thursday, April 15, Steve Luxenberg will discuss his book Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into A Family Secret. Described as part detective story, part social history, and part memoir, the book revolves around his mother’s decision to hide the existence of a disabled sister, Annie. Luxenberg, a Washington Post editor and Detroit native, pieces together the story of his mother’s motivations, his aunt’s unknown life, and the times in which the two women lived. His search takes him to imperial Russia and Depression-era Detroit, through the Holocaust in the Ukraine and the Philippine war zone, and back to the large mental institutions where Annie and many others were lost to memory.
Meet the Author: Steve Lehto. On Wednesday, May 12, Steve Lehto will discuss his book Michigan’s Columbus: The Life of Douglass Houghton, a biography of the state’s first geologist from 1837 until his death at age 36 in 1845. Houghton’s 1841 annual report detailed the rich copper deposits found in the Keweenaw Peninsula. By suggesting those deposits could be mined successfully and profitably, Houghton helped foster Michigan’s subsequent mining boom. This is Lehto’s second time on ichigan Notable Book list. He made the 2007 list for Death’s Door: The Truth Behind Michigan’s Largest Mass Murder, an account of the 1913 Christmas Eve tragedy at Italian Hall in Calumet.
Both author appearances will be held at 7:00 PM in the Friends Auditorium. Each author will sign and sell copies of his book after each event. Registration is suggested. Contact the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727 or register online.
The 2010 Michigan Notable Books list is the Library of Michigan's annual selection of up to 20 books reflective of Michigan's diverse ethnic, historical, literary, and culture experience. The books are either written by a Michigan resident or address a Michigan-related topic.
The 2010 Michigan Notable Authors Book Tour is made possible thanks to support from the Michigan Humanities Council, Cooley Law School, ProQuest, the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Auto Owners Insurance, the Michigan Center for the Book and NA Publishing Inc.