Triple the fun on Living Writers with guests Patti F. Smith and Britain Woodman talking about Vanishing Ann Arbor (The History Press 2019) and Michael Andreoni talking about his short story collection The Window Is A Mirror (bhc Press 2018). We talk about Ann Arbor’s story, then, and now; putting together a long form history; paths to being a writer; and, storytelling, passion and writing the life you know.
David Maraniss reads from his twelfth book A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father (Simon & Schuster 2019).
We talk about what it means to be American, the Spanish Civil War, 1952 and now, HUAC, and his father’s typed imperfect S.
We also hear his father’s full statement that he was not allowed to read at the witness table in Room 740 of the Federal Building in Detroit in March 1952.
Michigan’s own Ken Mikolowski talks about 50 Years of The Alternative Press. We talk about free poems + functional art, mission and passion. We also talk history, stories and humor.
Free Poems and Functional Art: 50 Years of The Alternative Press Exhibit in the Audubon Room of Hatcher Graduate Library.
Polly Rosenwaike reads from her debut stories Look How Happy I’m Making You (Doubleday 2019).
We talk about stories, motherhood, characters, agents and babies.
Jessica Abel reads from her latest book Growing Gills: How to find creative focus when you’re drowning in your daily life (2017). We talk about radio, podcasts, graphic novels, comics, self-publishing, creative focus and doing what you believe in.
photo credit: Jessica Abel
Ellen Muehlberger reads from Moment of Reckoning: Imagined Death and Its Consequences in Late Ancient Christianity (Oxford University Press 2019). We talk about the postmortal, compulsion, morality and violence. We also talk about working on the big project, the making of a new idea– and then the making of the book.
Fulla Abdul-Jabbar talks about her work with the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival. We also talk about experimental film art, spoken word, Green Lantern Press, and Exquisite Dogs.