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Alison Bechdel

From the archive: 2015 Alison Bechdel talks about her books The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, and Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama all published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. We talk about drawing and immediacy – and the self as character – and family. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/alobpgc2m5hj4gubpjwftlmn78n5oimg.wav Download Audio For …

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Jean Valentine

From the archive: 2015 Poet Jean Valentine reads from Break the Glass and Shirt In Heaven (Copper Canyon Press). We talk about memory, elegy, music and dreaming. Take heart. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/i56bxlhpmjr9i15j1pvi5g701m4npi6v.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! Original airdate: April 22, 2015

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. What is a market economy vs a market society? And how do we want to live together? https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ek6q55edhjnm1gklku013q8eia268mop.wav Download Audio

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. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/2o7wj0msjyrs26up9ymjxcsmqbxr95o9.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!  show date: December …

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Jamaal May

Jamaal May reads from his first book Hum (2013) published by Alice James Books. Our conversation ranges across subjects from InsideOut Detroit, first books, second books, music, to Organic Weapon Arts. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/dpacfxp3w4w422rf6iwmz3dywstdeape.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!  

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. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/2ndfxgk5wqmiwhzcpaju3o7y4wq8jif6.wav Download Audio For more about …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins reads from her novel Gold Fame Citrus published by Riverhead Books. We’ll talk about invention, faith, the desert, water. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/0uvm9plrirhfm721senvelq5t8k8wbly.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!