One Book, One Community selection announced
Annie's Ghosts (July 8, 2013)
Young adults to seniors are encouraged to read and discuss the memoir.
The highlight of Boyne Reads 2013 will be a visit by Luxenberg to Boyne City on Nov. 13. The author will meet with Boyne City High School students at an assembly during the school day, and with the community at an evening presentation.
"We are fortunate to have an author of Steve's caliber come to Boyne City for Boyne Reads," said library director Cliff Carey. "We receive tremendous support for this event and we appreciate the efforts of the Friends of the Library and Boyne Reads committee members who make this possible."
"At Boyne City public schools, we are very excited about our involvement in the Boyne Reads program again this year," said school media specialist and Boyne Reads committee member Cindi Place. "The book 'Annie's Ghosts' provides opportunities for valuable lessons in a variety of subject areas, and having a successful author talk with the students is priceless."
"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, 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.
Luxenberg is an associate editor at The Washington Post, and has worked for more than 30 years as a newspaper editor and reporter. A graduate of Harvard College, he grew up in Detroit, where "Annie's Ghosts" primarily takes place.
"Annie's Ghosts" was named to The Washington Post's Best Books of 2009 list and was honored as a Michigan Notable Book for 2010 by the Library of Michigan. It was featured on NPR's All Things Considered and on the Diane Rehm Show. Other media coverage included articles or reviews in Parade, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, The Buffalo News and The Jerusalem Post.
The Boyne District Library has multiple copies of the book and ebook, and it is also available for purchase at Local Flavor, Boyne City's locally owned book store.
"We encourage the whole community to get involved in Boyne Reads," Carey said. "This is a fascinating story and a great opportunity to bring our community together."
The Michigan Humanities Council has chosen "Annie's Ghosts" for its biennial Great Michigan Read program, and Boyne District Library is one of more than 150 libraries, museums, schools, book stores and other organizations throughout the state partnering with the agency.
One Book, One Community -- Boyne Reads began in 2005 with Jodi Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper." In following years, authors Chris Bohjalian, Catherine Ryan Hyde, David Oliver Relin and Robert Kurson have highlighted the event. The stated goal of Boyne Reads is to encourage reading, create community and promote the exploration of ideas, culture and knowledge through books.
For more information about Boyne Reads, call (231) 582-7861, or visit the library's website at www.boynelibrary.org.