Author Archives: T Hetzel

John Ganiard

A conversation with Literati Bookstore’s John Ganiard. We talk about upcoming events and ways to be involved at the bookstore as well as some winter book picks and what’s on the horizon (is it too early to look forward to spring?). We also read Mary Oliver poems and talk typewriters.

 

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Leland de la Durantaye

Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Leland de la Durantaye, author of Hannah vs. the Tree (McSweeney’s 2018). A Michigan native, De la Durantaye is currently a professor, critic, and translator based in Los Angeles. They talk about the book’s Michigan setting, the power of families in novels, and much more.

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photo credit: Rosalie Atkinson

Samantha Irby

Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Samantha Irby, author of the bestseller We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty. Samantha is also creator of the blog Bitches Gotta EatMeaty is currently being developed as a comedy series with FX, starring Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson. They will talk about humor, feminism, Michigan, and snacks.

 

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Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender joins Living Writers via phone from California and reads part of her short story “Tiger Mending” from The Color Master (Vintage & Anchor Books 2013).

We talk about creativity + limitation, exhilaration, Virginia Woolf + a room of one’s own, and consequences.

In the last quarter of the episode, T reads the prologue to Aimee Bender’s novel An Invisible Sign of My Own.

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Aimee Bender’s Playlist includes: Night Shift (Commodores), Decatur (Sufjan Stevens), In the Bleak Mid-Winter (Jane Siberry), Alejandro (Lady Gaga), You Said Something (PJ Harvey), and This is the Day (The The).