Category Archives: 2015

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.

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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.

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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 about writing in long hand, outlines, and fast books.

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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 writing process itself.

We also hear great songs from Motown and a clip of Rev. C. L. Franklin.

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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 The New Yorker.

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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.

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