Author Archives: S-U

  • Naomi Shihab Nye
    From the archive: 2012 In a special live Living Writers evening event celebrating WCBN FM’s 40th Anniversary, Naomi Shihab Nye reads from Transfer (BOA Editions Ltd 2011) and also There is No …

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  • Emma Straub
    From the archive: 2012 Emma Straub reads from her debut novel Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (Riverhead Books 2012). We talk about research in Hollywood, the Herrick Library, New York City, Twitter, …

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  • Will Schwalbe
    From the archive: 2017 Will Schwalbe reads from Books for Living published by Knopf (2017). We talk about joy, connecting books to moments in your life, the 80s, and MMMBop.For more on this …

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  • Arthur Sze
    Arthur Sze reads from Sight Lines, (Copper Canyon Press 2019) the 2019 National Book Award winner for poetry. We talk about poems in a series, the natural world, and language systems.
  • Lisa Taddeo
    Summer host Amanda Uhle talks with Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster 2019), about women’s desire and how it’s intertwined with judgement from others, how to build layered …

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  • Aisha Sabatini Sloan
    Aisha Sabatini Sloan reads from DREAMING OF RAMADI IN DETROIT (1913 Press 2017). We talk about interconnectedness, vulnerability,  art, Galway Kinnell, and a Detroit ride-along.
  • Patti F. Smith, Britain Woodman, and Michael Andreoni
    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 …

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  • Elizabeth Schmuhl
    Elizabeth Schmuhl reads from Premonitions (Wayne State University Press 2018). We talk about colors, numbers, poems, dance, the natural world, and “pantsuit power.” https://umich.box.com/shared/static/v7v59zfvm1c1eljht8jdnocyqwi9cm3x.mp3   Download Audio  
  • Luke Shaefer
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Luke Shaefer, co-author with Kathryn Edin of $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.  They talk about how poverty in the U.S. has deepened and expanded …

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  • Keith Taylor
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with poet & Pal of the Podcast Keith Taylor about his latest collection Ecstatic Destinations (Alice Greene & Co 2018).  They talk about Canada, park benches and …

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  • Julia Turshen
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Julia Turshen about Feed the Resistance: Recipes and Ideas for Getting Involved (Chronicle Books 2017); they talk about about writing about food and eating, the important role …

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  • Jim Shepard
    Jim Shepard reads from his story collection The World To Come (Vintage 2018).  We talk about natural disasters, humanity, keeping in contact with the notion of play, last lines and beagles. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/dtmbbuhksupwi5c1fc670u8wi0dxeyg0.wav Download Audio  
  • David Sedaris
    David Sedaris  came to town with his  essay collection When You Are Engulfed in Flames (Little, Brown 2008).  In this conversation, we talk about the wonders of the public library, Tobias Wolff and Matt Damon, …

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  • Leah Stewart
    Leah Stewart reads from her novel What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw (Putnam 2018). We talk about identity, researching character, being an observer, voice and Cincinnati.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/kaqy5cga1mjtxiju7wcmsdm50fhnie4o.mp3 Download Audio
  • Russell Thorburn
    Russell Thorburn reads from Somewhere We’ll Leave the World (Wayne State University Press 2017).  We talk about wandering, Philip Levine, and garage bands.  We also talk about being haunted by Lake Superior and being poet laureate …

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  • Nate Staniforth
    Magician Nate Staniforth reads from his first book Here Is Real Magic (Bloomsbury 2018). We talk about believing you can write, finding an agent, and the wonder of magic. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/iab0a217i6syghyy1hhovt9s34ubdrtb.mp3 Download Audio
  • Jennifer Traig
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Jennifer Traig, author of Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood, Well Enough Alone: A Cultural History of My Hypochondria, editor of The Autobiographer’s Handbook and many other titles. …

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  • Douglas Trevor
    Douglas Trevor reads from his latest collection of stories The Book of Wonders (six one seven books 2017).  We talk about Radiohead, putting together a book of connected stories, invention, the number 9, melancholy …

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  • Mike Stax
    Mike Stax, editor/publisher of Ugly Things magazine and the author of Swim Through The Darkness speaks with Frank Uhle about folk/rock and psychedelic music, fanzine publishing, and private investigators. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/abhz5qaajqxrnlx5upyph26clmpsx7rp.mp3 Download Audio
  • Frances Stroh
    This show and the next has a special focus on Detroit, in part to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 uprising.  Frances Stroh, author of Beer Money, talks about her family’s …

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  • Doree Shafrir
    Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Doree Shafrir, Senior Culture Writer at Buzzfeed and author of the novel Start Up, which skewers startup culture and tackles workplace sexual harassment, the ever changing role of …

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  • Erin and Philip Stead
    Philip and Erin Stead, Caldecott-winning writer/illustrators of A Sick Day For Amos McGee and the forthcoming Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine talk with guest host Amanda Uhle about writing and illustrating children’s books, working with the ghost of Mark …

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  • Laura Hulthen Thomas
    Laura Hulthen Thomas reads from her debut collection of stories States of Motion published by Wayne State University Press as part of the Made in Michigan Writers Series.  We talk about place as character, process and habit.  …

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  • Keith Taylor
    Keith Taylor reads poems from his collection The Bird-while out with Wayne State University Press from the Made in Michigan Writers Series.  We talk about spring, driving to Muskegon to see the ruff, and Poets at Michigan.   …

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  • Little Bang Theory: Terri Sarris, Doug Shimmin & Frank Pahl
    Little Bang Theory–Terri Sarris, Doug Shimmin and Frank Pahl– talk about their work and about the Ann Arbor Film Festival featuring the film A Page of Madness with musical accompaniment by Little Bang Theory–with Ichiro Kataoka …

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  • Rebecca Solnit
    Rebecca Solnit reads from The Mother of All Questions (Haymarket Books) the final book of essays in the trilogy that began with Men Explain Things to Me.  We talk about politics, silence, language …

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  • Nick Tobier
    Nick Tobier reads from Looping Detroit: A People Mover Travelogue published by Maize Books, Michigan Publishing.  We talk about everyday places, elephants, monorails, Utopia Toolbox, and offering interruptions. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/bsxc9a6qc0suzldvs2bv68vrbu5izaou.mp3 Download Audio For more on this …

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  • Amanda Uhle & 826Michigan Young Writers
    Young writers from 826 Michigan read their poems and stories and talk about their writing process for WCBN’s annual fundraiser. Featuring: Josiah (age 10) & his mother, Lisa Luella (6) & her …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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. …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • Lisa Russ Spaar
    Lisa Russ Spaar talks about her book The Hide-and Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry.  We also talk about London, Dickinson, ineffability and experience. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/a06catdzinzaj7elt3iq8agmrdbtrtqx.wav Download Audio
  • Kodi Scheer
    Kodi Scheer reads from her debut story collection Incendiary Girls published by New Harvest. We talk about magical realism, horses, the mind and body, and Prairie Lights. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/q58hafor3c9mso9qvnpgqz1tus5ruxxu.wav Download Audio For more about …

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  • Jane Smiley
    Jane Smiley, author of A Thousand Acres (1991), talks about horses, King Lear, research and writing a novel. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/1jscyjnryzuiiwzn9j2mefm81y4291mi.wav Download Audio  
  • Alexander McCall Smith
    Alexander McCall Smith read from his novel in the Isabel Dalhousie series The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds published by Pantheon Books. We talk about working in a series, Edinburgh, and suspension of disbelief. …

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  • Philip Stead and Erin Stead
    Philip Stead and Erin Stead talk about their picture books, including the Caldecott Medal winning book A Sick Day for Amos McGee, and Erin Stead’s If You Want to See A Whale and …

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  • Karin Slaughter
    Karin Slaughter read from her novel Criminal published by Delacorte Press. We talk about what it takes to write a thriller. We also talk about saving our public libraries and writing from a …

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  • Anne Stevenson
    Anne Stevenson reads from her book Astonishment from Bloodaxe Books in the UK and her “Selected Poems” published in 2008 by The Library of America for The Poetry Foundation. We talk about her undergraduate …

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  • Dava Sobel
    Dava Sobel reads from A More Perfect Heaven:  How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos published by Bloomsbury. We talk about when she first heard the term science writing and how once–while interviewing B.F. Skinner–she felt like …

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  • Cole Swenson
    Cole Swensen reads from Try and The Book of One Hundred Hands published by University of Iowa Press.  We talk about her work in translation.  We also talk about why Cole calls Paris her writing place and why Iowa …

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  • Michael Shilling
    Michael Shilling reads from his debut novel Rock Bottom from Little, Brown & Company.  We talk about writing from multiple character perspectives.  We also talk about humor and pacing–and the challenge of creating a story …

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  • textsound
    textsound: an online audio publication: two of the founding editors, Anna Vitale and Laura Wetherington, join T in the studio.  We talk about textsound’s mission and vision–and the experimental idea.  We also …

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