Department of History pres.
Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation
A talk with author Steve Luxenberg
Presented by the University of Michigan History Club, Department of American Culture, and Department of American History.
STEVE LUXENBERG is an associate editor at The Washington Post and an award-winning author. During his forty years as a newspaper editor and reporter, Steve has overseen reporting that has earned many national honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes.
His new nonfiction book, Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation, was published in 2019. It was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice, as well as a Best Book of the Month by Amazon and Goodreads. It has been featured in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and The Economist.
His first book was the critically-acclaimed Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret, honored as a Michigan Notable Book and selected as the 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read. During that year, Annie’s Ghosts was the focus of a state-wide series of events and discussions.
A frequent speaker, Steve has given talks and participated in conversations about his books, journalism, and nonfiction writing at conferences, universities, and book festivals, and has made occasional guest appearances on radio and television.
Steve’s journalistic career began at The Baltimore Sun, where he worked for 11 years. He joined The Post in 1985 as deputy editor of the investigative/special projects staff, headed by assistant managing editor Bob Woodward. In 1991, Steve succeeded Woodward as head of the investigative staff. From 1996 to 2006, Steve was the editor of The Post’s Sunday Outlook section, which publishes original reporting and provocative commentary on a broad spectrum of political, historical and cultural issues.
Steve is a graduate of Harvard College. He grew up in Detroit, where Annie’s Ghosts primarily takes place. He and his wife, Mary Jo Kirschman, a former school librarian, live in Baltimore. They have two grown children, Josh and Jill.
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