Susi's Station Notes: The Great Michigan Read

Sep 18, 2013

I am so pleased to tell you that this month WKAR will join with the Michigan Humanities Council when it launches its fourth Great Michigan Read.

This statewide reading and discussion program explores our past, present and future through discussion of a single literary title.

This year, the biennial program encourages discussion about family secrets, mental health, genealogy and immigration through its selection of Annie’s Ghosts, written by Detroit native and Washington Post Associate Editor Steve Luxenberg.

Annie’s Ghosts is part memoir, part detective story and part history that recounts Luxenberg’s experience of discovering an unknown aunt and searching for answers as to why his mother kept her a secret.

The Great Michigan Read kicks off Tuesday, September 24, with events planned in Pinckney and Lansing.

Look for an author interview on Current State on September 24 and some video segments on WKAR-TV.

Included are a discussion hosted by Pinckney Community Schools at 9:30 a.m. and an official welcoming event at 7 pm. in Lansing hosted by the Michigan Humanities Council.

The welcoming public event will feature Luxenberg and Traverse City author Mardi Link and be held in the forum of the Michigan Historical Center in downtown Lansing (717 W. Allegan St.)  After a one-hour discussion, attendees are invited to the State Museum on the second floor of the Historical Center for refreshments, a tour of the museum, and an opportunity for book signings by Luxenberg and Link. This event is free and open to the public, but requires advance registration at