Author and Washington Post editor Steve Luxenberg was kind enough to comment on my recent review of his book Annie’s Ghosts (see Annie’s Ghosts-Made in Detroit). At the end of my piece (which I have since changed), I questioned why he was overlooked as a Michigan Notable Book for 2009. As Mr. Luxenberg explains, “Books published in 2009 become eligible for the 2010 list, which will be announced in December…” thus, in my opinion, leaving him a top contender for next year’s list.
What Are Michigan Notable Books?
Each year, the Library of Michigan selects up to 20 published titles over the last year that celebrate Michigan people, places, or events. Stretching back to 1991, the Michigan Notable Books began as the Read Michigan program but switched its name in 2004.
Anywhere between 250 to 400 Michigan-related titles are reviewed each year. Book selections are highly competitive and are reviewed by a board of 10-16 members who come from various literary backgrounds. The program is supported by sponsors and grants handled by the Library of Michigan Foundation.