Pageturners, Schoolcraft College’s book discussion club, will host a special Meet the Author event featuring the author of Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret, the book selected for the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read project. Detroit native and associate editor of the Washington Post, Steve Luxenberg, will discuss Annie’s Ghosts, what inspired the book and his insights into the writing process with students, faculty, staff and the community during his visit on Thurs., Jan. 30 at 1:15 p.m., in the VisTaTech Center, main campus in Livonia.
Annie’s Ghosts is part memoir, part detective story, and part history. As the author tries to understand his mother’s reasons for hiding her sister’s existence, Luxenberg 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. Annie’s Ghosts is a story about family secrets, personal journeys, genealogy, mental disability and illness, poverty, and immigration. It is a story of re-framing one’s self-understanding once a family secret is revealed, providing insight into how our identities are shaped by learning something shockingly new about our family history.
Two additional student-led book discussions will be held on Mon., Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. and Tues., Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m. in the Bradner Library on the main campus in Livonia. In addition to the Meet the Author event and book discussions, Pageturners will host a movie screening of Stories We Tell on Wed., Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. in Liberal Arts on the main campus in Livonia. Stories We Tell is a documentary by Sarah Polley that explores her family’s secrets—including one intimately related to Polley’s own identity, and looks at the relationship between Polley’s parents including the revelation that the filmmaker was the product of an extramarital affair.
Upcoming Pageturners book discussions and events
will focus on The Great Gatsby in February and Picking Cotton in March. All Pageturners events and activities are free and open to the public. Copies of the selected books are available at the Schoolcraft College Bookstore at a discounted price.
The Great Michigan Read
is a biennial program of the Michigan Humanities Council that creates partnerships with schools, libraries, museums, religious organizations and other organizations in Michigan for a statewide reading discussion, focusing on a single literary title. The program is intended for young adults to senior citizens with a broad goal of making literature more accessible and appealing while also encouraging residents to learn more about the state of Michigan, its history and future.