2016 Interviews

  • Peter Ho Davies
    From the archive: 2016 Peter Ho Davies reads from his novel The Fortunes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016).  We talk about structure, identity, stereotype, Detroit, and China. We also talk about truth and fiction, citizenship, Joe Strummer, and other things we are thankful for. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/epbf2z6atq1qj7g9irlo15i1einvduwo.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: November 23, 2016 For more on this author, …

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  • Michele Oka Doner
    From the archive: 2016 Michele Oka Doner talks about her photobook Into the Mysterium (Regan Arts).  We talk about curiosity and wonder, her life-long study of the natural world, and Miami Beach.We also talk about being a student at Michigan in the 60s. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/afn7swhl64ldoj5qak76u54xfl896kup.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: November 2, 2016 For more about this …

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  • Tarfia Faizullah
    From the archive: 2016 Tarfia Faizullah reads poems from Seam, chosen for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (Southern Illinois University Press). We talk about writing a long sequence. We also talk about imagination and research–and the unforgotten. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/4gfgj7m3dm24p5m2pic9u0otvrc2gmt9.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: November 30, 2016 For more about this poet, click here!
  • Amanda Haimerl
    Amy Haimerl, author of Detroit Hustle,  talks with Amanda on books, writing, Detroit, money, home ownership, finance, and everything else they’ll try to cover in one sweet hour. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/j7brbdrdunbii0onpvts80meno6mcfdc.mp3 Download Audio To visit this author’s website, click here!
  • Heather Ann Thompson
    Heather Ann Thompson reads from Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy published by Pantheon Books.  We talk about process and research — and uncovering documents and artifacts that have never before been in the public eye. We also talk about Attica’s legacy, and its implications for today. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/5u7xo4z769qcevlj61you7seylc4bq9m.mp3 Download Audio To …

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  • Stephen M. Ward
    Stephen M. Ward talks about his book In Love and Struggle: The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs out with University of North Carolina Press in their Justice, Power, and Politics series.  We talk about social justice, political movements, activism and what it looks like to dedicate your life to revolution. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/gcm8c5753r24rf4hc2c0y597f04q5934.mp3 Download Audio For more about this author, click here!
  • Jonathan Safran Foer
    Jonathan Safran Foer reads from his novel Here I Am published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. We talk about process, reflex and intuition. We also talk about valuing writing as an act of personal expression.  And how he is not the same person who wrote his first two books.
  • Angela Dillard
    Angela D. Dillard talks about her book Faith in the City: Preaching Radical Social Change in Detroit published by the University of Michigan Press.  We talk about good and bad religion, labor unions, activism, and key figures in Detroit’s history from the 30s to the 60s–and how this connects to Detroit today. For more about this author, click here!
  • Elizabeth George
    Elizabeth George reads from the crime novel in her Inspector Lynley Series A Banquet of Consequences out in paperback from Viking/Penguin Books.  We talk about developing characters over the course of a long series and about researching your novel when it is set in another country.  We also talk about creating suspense.   For more about the author, click here!
  • Christopher Hebert
    Christopher Hebert reads from Angels of Detroit: A Novel out with Bloomsbury.  We talk about the long term project, letting characters lead you to the next story, and the rust belt.   For more about the author, click here!
  • Eileen Pollack
    Eileen Pollack reads from her latest novel A Perfect LIfe published by Ecco.  We talk about writing a scientific detective story, genetic markers, uncertainty and risk.  We also talk about a book finding its time and publisher.   For more about the author, click here!
  • Alexander Weinstein
    Alexander Weinstein reads from his debut collection of stories Children of the New World published by Picador.  We talk about writing speculative short fiction.  We also talk about rockets, empathy, teaching, and translation.   For more about the author, click here! photo credit: Jessica Spilos
  • Bryan Burrough
    Bryan Burrough is in the studio with his latest book DAYS OF RAGE: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence published by Penguin Books. We talk about interviewing members of the underground who have never before told their stories – and about the 1970s, when bombings by domestic underground groups were …

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  • Leslie Jamison
    Leslie Jamison reads from her essay collection The Empathy Exams published by Graywolf Press. We talk about anthems, manifestos, pain and the soundtrack for driving on one Michigan night.  https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ij3gk6bu1clmztx0lktq7t74cq7kt938.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Zilka Joseph
    Zilka Joseph reads from her book of poems Sharp Blue Search of Flame, published by Wayne State University Press. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/3yslk8qf6hrfva9uxcdtq9bhse290ugl.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Laila Lalami
    Laila Lalami reads from her novel The Moor’s Account published now in paperback by Vintage & Anchor Books. We talk about historical fiction: the historical record and the historical imagination. We also talk about the mind of the writer, choices, structure and voice. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/1b85kwi08ghamnset8fp1h8wtf1t3edt.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Diane Rehm
    Diane Rehm reads from her latest book On My Own published by Borzoi Books, an imprint of Knopf.  We’ll talk about determination, dignity and light. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/2d9ztj5xugrxfqg7vf34m5a44wltyu70.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!    
  • N. Scott Momaday
    N. Scott Momaday visited Ann Arbor to give the Inaugural Robert F. Berkhofer, Jr. Lecture on Native American Studies. We talk about stories, poems, and names – and also the Big House. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/5ev86egj53u7tmzy7da9415anc92f31c.wav Download Audio
  • R.J. Fox
    R.J. Fox reads from his debut novel Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine published by Fish Out of Water Books. We are joined in the studio by Jon and Laurie Wilson, the publishers. We talk music and travel and love stories. What could be better? https://umich.box.com/shared/static/1eybkety41xgxhtjw3b6yvouxcz6maga.wav Download Audio For more about the author, …

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  • Rebecca Scherm
    Rebecca Scherm reads from her novel Unbecoming by Viking.  We talk about research, international settings, and creating characters. Also, athenticity – and heists. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/568o568y9uwa2zrrpn5xui11ibe7xkus.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Paul Auster
    Paul Auster reads from his novel Sunset Park published by Henry Holt. We talk about writing from multiple character perspectives. We also talk about poems and coincidence and New York City. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/t0almr3sn6szeah0qj8rkwjep38mn9kn.wav Download Audio show date: October 29, 2010