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Steve Luxenberg

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Steve Luxenberg, a Washington Post associate editor, is an award-winning author and journalist. During 30+ years with The Post, he has overseen reporting that has earned numerous honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes. Twitter: @sluxenberg.

Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation, his second book, will be published in Feb. 2019 (W.W. Norton). As a work in progress, Separate won the 2016 J. Anthony Lukas Award for excellence in nonfiction writing.

Early praise for Separate comes from Katherine Boo, bestselling author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity ("deeply moving, devastatingly relevant"); Walter Isaacson, bestselling biographer of Steve Jobs, B
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Steve Luxenberg Pleased to say that my second nonfiction book will be published in February 2019 by W.W. Norton. The title is "Separate: A Story of Race, Resistance,…morePleased to say that my second nonfiction book will be published in February 2019 by W.W. Norton. The title is "Separate: A Story of Race, Resistance, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation." In 2016, it won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, honoring excellence in nonfiction.

Here's a bit about the book: Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court case synonymous with “separate but equal,” drew remarkably little attention when the justices announced their decision on May 1896. Yet it is one of the most compelling and dramatic stories of the nineteenth century.

Told through the eyes of the people caught up in the case—the New Orleans resisters who brought it, the best-selling author recruited to argue it, the Supreme Court justices who heard it—"Separate" snakes its way through a half-century of American history, beginning at the dawn of the railroad age, when passengers found themselves asking a new question: Where do I sit?

Many of the book's underlying themes resonate with issues alive today. The Lukas judges said this in making their award: " 'Separate" is a rich, complex, and all too human story, replete with ironies and unintended consequences. This is 'big history,' deeply researched and well told."

Now, two years later, the manuscript has gone from "in progress" to "finished." I hope the completed work lives up to their advance praise!
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Pleased to say that my second nonfiction book, Separate: A Story of Race, Resistance, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation (W.W. Norton), now has a publication date: February 12, 2019. A couple of years ago, the judges of the J. Anthony Lukas Awards chose Separate for its 2016 Work-in-Progress prize, honoring excellence in nonfiction.

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“Just as secrets have a way of breaking loose, memories often have a way of breaking down. They elude us, or aren’t quite sharp enough, or fool us into remembering things that didn’t quite happen that way. Yet much as a family inhabits a house, memories inhabit our stories, make them breathe, give them life. So we learn to live with the reality that what we remember is an imperfect version of what we know to be true.”
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“Secrets, I've discovered, have a way of working free of their keepers.”
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“Without really trying, I have become a collector of other families' secrets. Whenever I tell someone about my detective work, the first question is invariably something like this: 'Can you tell me the secret?' Sure, I say. The next question often is: 'Want to hear my family's secret?”
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“Without really trying, I have become a collector of other families' secrets. Whenever I tell someone about my detective work, the first question is invariably something like this: 'Can you tell me the secret?' Sure, I say. The next question often is: 'Want to hear my family's secret?”
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“But what do I believe?”
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“Stories rarely begin at the beginning, but every storyteller has to begin somewhere, and Anna chooses to start this story with shame.”
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