2015 Interviews

  • Alison Bechdel
    From the archive: 2015 Alison Bechdel talks about her books The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, and Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama all published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. We talk about drawing and immediacy – and the self as character – and family. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/alobpgc2m5hj4gubpjwftlmn78n5oimg.wav Download Audio For …

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  • Jean Valentine
    From the archive: 2015 Poet Jean Valentine reads from Break the Glass and Shirt In Heaven (Copper Canyon Press). We talk about memory, elegy, music and dreaming. Take heart. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/i56bxlhpmjr9i15j1pvi5g701m4npi6v.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! Original airdate: April 22, 2015
  • Michael J. Sandel
    Michael J. Sandel discusses his book What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets published in 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. We talk about markets, values and the common good. What is a market economy vs a market society? And how do we want to live together? https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ek6q55edhjnm1gklku013q8eia268mop.wav Download Audio
  • B.A. Shapiro
    B.A. Shapiro reads from her novel The Muralist published this November by Algonquin Books. We talk about using statistics as a plot device, moving back and forth between historical fiction set in 1939 to the present day, and blending fact and fiction. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/2o7wj0msjyrs26up9ymjxcsmqbxr95o9.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!  show date: December …

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  • Jamaal May
    Jamaal May reads from his first book Hum (2013) published by Alice James Books. Our conversation ranges across subjects from InsideOut Detroit, first books, second books, music, to Organic Weapon Arts. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/dpacfxp3w4w422rf6iwmz3dywstdeape.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!  
  • Julia Holter
    Musician Julia Holter talks about her latest album Have You in My Wilderness with guest host Elizabeth Wason. They talk about writing music, making field recordings, what life is like when you’re bankrolled by a record label, and which is more fun: Scoring a film, or acting in one. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/2ndfxgk5wqmiwhzcpaju3o7y4wq8jif6.wav Download Audio For more about …

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  • Masha Gessen
    Writer, activist and Wallenberg Medalist Masha Gessen discusses her book The Brothers: The Road to An American Tragedy published by Riverhead Books. We talk about her current book project and her books The Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot. We also talk …

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  • David Maraniss
    David Maraniss discusses his latest book Once In A Great City: A Detroit Story published by Simon & Schuster. We talk about researching in the labor archives at Wayne State, interviewing over a hundred people for this project including Berry Gordy Jr and Martha Reeves, and discovering the mystical element of the story through the …

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  • Ann Goldstein
    Translator Ann Goldstein reads from her latest work, the fourth and final Neapolitan novel, The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante published by Europa Editions. We talk about working on such a long term project as the Neapolitan series, the process and magic of translation, the Italian language, and the copy department at …

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  • Claire Vaye Watkins
    Claire Vaye Watkins reads from her novel Gold Fame Citrus published by Riverhead Books. We’ll talk about invention, faith, the desert, water. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/0uvm9plrirhfm721senvelq5t8k8wbly.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Tyree Guyton
    Detroit’s own Tyree Guyton talks about his current exhibits at UMMA The Art of Tyree Guyton: A Thirty-Year Journey and What Time Is It? Tyree Guyton, New Work at the GalleryDAAS. We talk about his amazing Heidelberg Project, grandfather Sam Mackey, magic and vision. And polka dots. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/mh456zljh0xwdfuhht7nu33uleluwbfs.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click …

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  • Clare Croft
    Michigan’s own Clare Croft reads from her book Dancers As Diplomats: American Choreography in Cultural Exchange published by Oxford University Press. We talk about cultural diplomacy, interviewing in research, and We Are the World. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/svxiwvva18bi8sg3qg757cqs7hmpj248.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Cat Warren
    Cat Warren reads from What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, Inc. We talk about science journalism and creative nonfiction. We also talk about working dogs — cadaver dogs, particularly. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/3vvtr2vnlq47zw29fiofds91dcihnfg1.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Hilary and Mike Gustafson
    This Summer Reads special edition of Living Writers features Hilary and Mike Gustafson from Literati Bookstore. We talk about books that are great for summer. Also, about the much anticipated release of Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman published by HarperCollins. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/11wvl9h97th2xsm77rxnvg8nd2f8chx2.wav Download Audio For more on Literati, click here!
  • Diane Cook
    Diane Cook reads from her debut story collection Man V. Nature published by Harper; it’s also an Indie Next Pick. We talk about the wild, the surreal, and about survival. We also talk about This American Life and NELP. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/96c7kmfx9mqero9mo9k5nqi0d7s1f6d5.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Bird Center of Washtenaw County
    This special edition of Living Writers features the Bird Center of Washtenaw County with guests Executive Director Carol Akerlof, and Center Manager Gabby Costello and Board Member Stephanie Douglass-Carpenter (that’s right! Living Writers’ very own Stephanie!) We’ll be talking birds – and about the Bird Center mission and how you can be involved. We also …

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  • Elizabeth Berg
    Elizabeth Berg reads from her latest novel The Dream Lover published by Random House. We talk about historical fiction, singing in a band, and the life and loves of George Sand. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/jqyygwlycngo2sq71nq2vzbzlwoxnybw.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Lloyd Cole
    Lloyd Cole talks about his album STANDARDS released by Omnivore in 2014. We also talk about a seed for a song, time passing, golf, and notebooks. Are you ready to be heart broken? https://umich.box.com/shared/static/oqoivdh9wthowlxtw8oyymhrrbuji5q2.wav Download Audio For more about the artist, click here!
  • Courtney Maum
    Courtney Maum reads from her debut novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You out in paper with Touchstone. We talk about the ten year odyssey of making this book, love notes, organic links and lamination. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/012yost0dp2gzrmzsfpdmyopari2c4eu.wav Download Audio To visit the author website, click here!
  • Richard Siken
    Richard Siken reads from his new collection of poems War of the Foxes published by Copper Canyon Press. We talk about fables, animals, collections and the need for making. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ei14zg5u2mi2r2be47hev91wiz6imlt4.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Kelly Link
    Kelly Link reads from her collection of short stories Get In Trouble published by Random House. We talk about writing a story without something “magical” in it. We also talk about taxidermy, Ray Bradbury, the uncanny, and about being haunted by hill house. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/i1fmcy8op4odhld3smq0jbey0xxtdbjq.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Martin Espada
    Martin Espada reads poems from The Trouble Ball (Norton 2011) and The Republic of Poetry (2006) and talks about his collection of essays The Lover of a Subversive Is Also a Subversive (The University of Michigan Press: Poets on Poetry Series 2010). We talk about practical poetry and a sense of urgency. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/x4agut9757dfmcr9u8tmv62c7plzixj6.wav Download Audio …

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  • Norton Juster
    Norton Juster reads from his classic The Phantom Tollbooth reissued for its 50th Anniversary by Knopf (2011). We talk about the imagination and the lands beyond. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/a83bz9kzq92ibe1s8rj95m34isqkilfx.wav Download Audio
  • Katie Hartsock
    Poet Katie Hartsock reads from her chapbook Hotels, Motels, and Extended Stays published by Toadlily Press in the book A Good Wall from their Quartet Series, with an introduction by Laura Kasischke.  We talk about imagined places and real places on the same map, moose, and colorful sayings.  Bonus poet: Linda Tomol Pennisi calls in …

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  • Sergio Troncoso
    Sergio Troncoso reads from his novel The Nature of Truth (Arte Publico Press 2014). We talk about crossing borders, love of philosophy in literature, and tenacity. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/z5pj37059yhrldysbet3hhsfoncxodiu.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Michael Morse
    Poet Michael Morse reads from Void and Compensation out with Canarium Books. We talk about Simone Weil, grace and being lost. We also talk about myths, the structure of a book, and wings. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/tfjnp9fwzpp6u195nyt1g4vwj6t13mbu.wav Download Audio
  • Lorna Goodison
    Poet Lorna Goodison reads from her many lovely books. We talk about place, friends, family, songs and joy –and what is coming next. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/qla96vecf4bya9qmuoav3wis6459d5hy.wav Download Audio Show replayed November 2017.