Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret, will be in Saginaw and Midland on Tuesday, Jan. 28 for three public discussions on his book and its topics as part of the Great Michigan Read.

The Great Michigan Read, presented by the Michigan Humanities, is a biennial program that invites all Michiganians to join a statewide discussion surrounding a single literary title. MH partners with hundreds of schools, libraries, book clubs, museums, religious organizations and more around the state to create this discussion and the hundreds of connected events taking place throughout the state.

Annie’s Ghosts is part memoir, part detective story and part history. As Luxenberg, a Detroit native and Washington Post associate editor, tries to understand his mom’s reasons for hiding her sister’s existence, he takes readers on a journey into his mother’s world of the 1930s and ’40s where he explores how a poor, immigrant family manages life with a child who has special needs.

Each event is free and open to the public featuring an author presentation, audience question-and-answer session and an opportunity for a book signing. These events are part of the Great Michigan Read author tour, which brings Luxenberg to various regions of the state throughout the program year.

The author tour schedule for Jan. 28 in the Bay Region is as follows:

  • 9 a.m. – Swan Valley High School, 8400 Ohern Road, Saginaw
  • Noon – Castle Museum, 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw (event with Public Libraries of Saginaw)
  • 7 p.m. – Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 St. Andrews St., Midland

Luxenberg is available for media interviews in advance of these events. For scheduling, please contact Kate Bartig, Michigan Humanities, at or (517) 372-7770.

About the Michigan Humanities

The Michigan Humanities is a private, nonprofit organization created to foster a better understanding of each other and our state through local cultural, historical and literary experiences for all. The Council was founded in 1974 and is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and individual donors. For more information on future programs, upcoming grant opportunities or how you can support these efforts, please visit or call (517) 372-7770.