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The Great Michigan Read—One Family’s Story of Mental Illness

This year’s installment of the Michigan Humanities Council’s biannual community reading program promises to be an incisive conversation starter about a very pressing subject: mental health care in Michigan.

Starting in November, community members are invited to read Detroit native Steve Luxenberg’s remarkable memoir, Annie’s Ghosts : A Journey into a Family Secret. Luxenberg’s story involves the discovery of a close relative who lived her entire adult life sequestered in a state mental institution.

A community book discussion will get us started talking about the impact of mental illness on families and communities. In January, a panel discussion featuring community mental health experts will discuss Annie’s Ghosts through the prism of treatment and community action. Our Great Michigan Read experience culminates with a visit from author Steve Luxenberg who will share dramatic details of his very personal journey.

The Great Michigan Read is an initiative of the Michigan Humanities Council. Funding for this program is made possible in part with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council and made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Meijer.

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