2016

Peter Ho Davies

From the archive: 2016 Peter Ho Davies reads from his novel The Fortunes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016).  We talk about structure, identity, stereotype, Detroit, and China. We also talk about truth and fiction, citizenship, Joe Strummer, and other things we are thankful for. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/epbf2z6atq1qj7g9irlo15i1einvduwo.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: November 23, 2016 For more on this author, …

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Michele Oka Doner

From the archive: 2016 Michele Oka Doner talks about her photobook Into the Mysterium (Regan Arts).  We talk about curiosity and wonder, her life-long study of the natural world, and Miami Beach.We also talk about being a student at Michigan in the 60s. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/afn7swhl64ldoj5qak76u54xfl896kup.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: November 2, 2016 For more about this …

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Tarfia Faizullah

From the archive: 2016 Tarfia Faizullah reads poems from Seam, chosen for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (Southern Illinois University Press). We talk about writing a long sequence. We also talk about imagination and research–and the unforgotten. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/4gfgj7m3dm24p5m2pic9u0otvrc2gmt9.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: November 30, 2016 For more about this poet, click here!

Amanda Haimerl

Amy Haimerl, author of Detroit Hustle,  talks with Amanda on books, writing, Detroit, money, home ownership, finance, and everything else they’ll try to cover in one sweet hour. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/j7brbdrdunbii0onpvts80meno6mcfdc.mp3 Download Audio To visit this author’s website, click here!

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 have never before been in the public eye. We also talk about Attica’s legacy, and its implications for today. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/5u7xo4z769qcevlj61you7seylc4bq9m.mp3 Download Audio To …

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Stephen M. Ward

Stephen M. Ward talks about his book In Love and Struggle: The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs out with University of North Carolina Press in their Justice, Power, and Politics series.  We talk about social justice, political movements, activism and what it looks like to dedicate your life to revolution. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/gcm8c5753r24rf4hc2c0y597f04q5934.mp3 Download Audio For more about this author, click here!

Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer reads from his novel Here I Am published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. We talk about process, reflex and intuition. We also talk about valuing writing as an act of personal expression.  And how he is not the same person who wrote his first two books.

Angela Dillard

Angela D. Dillard talks about her book Faith in the City: Preaching Radical Social Change in Detroit published by the University of Michigan Press.  We talk about good and bad religion, labor unions, activism, and key figures in Detroit’s history from the 30s to the 60s–and how this connects to Detroit today. For more about this author, click here!

Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George reads from the crime novel in her Inspector Lynley Series A Banquet of Consequences out in paperback from Viking/Penguin Books.  We talk about developing characters over the course of a long series and about researching your novel when it is set in another country.  We also talk about creating suspense.   For more about the author, click here!

Christopher Hebert

Christopher Hebert reads from Angels of Detroit: A Novel out with Bloomsbury.  We talk about the long term project, letting characters lead you to the next story, and the rust belt.   For more about the author, click here!