(Vintage 2018). We talk about natural disasters, humanity, keeping in contact with the notion of play, last lines and beagles. Jim Shepard reads from his story collection The World To Come
Michael Zadoorian reads from his new novel Beautiful Music (Akashic Books 2018). We talk about his factory-town approach to writing and his strong sense of place; we also talk about his father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, his novel The Leisure Seeker and Italy.
David came to town with his essay collection Sedaris 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, and fact checking. We also talk about balancing humor, unstable fables and little known ant facts.
*archives: taped June 9, 2008
*photo credit: Ingrid Christie
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.
Weike Wang reads from her debut novel
Chemistry now out in paperback (Vintage Books 2018).
We talk about voice, nontraditional chapters and leaps, writing the second book, dogs and fun facts about chemistry.
Raymond McDaniel reads from his latest collection The Cataracts (Coffee House Press 2018).
We talk about the ocean, 1981,
, lyrical narrative and being a citizen.
Mohja Kahf reads from Hagar Poems (University of Arkansas Press 2016).
We talk about the intersecting stories of Hagar, Abraham and Sarah, traditional narratives, and reconfiguring stories for the current moment–and Mohja also reads poems from the new manuscript.
Mohja Kahf with Rima Hassouneh of The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies in the station lobby post-show.
Robert Yoon is a political journalist, current Knight-Wallace Fellow and host of “The J Word,” WCBN’s public affairs program about journalism and current events.
We talk about photos with heroes, the Michigan Daily, speech writing for Al Gore, directing political research at CNN, the art of humor
writing, visiting Korea, and the life of Doris Miller.
We talk about reconstructing a life through photographs, the editor’s eye, and what is happening with Maier’s copyright and legacy.
Gerald Vizenor was in town to present the 2018 Robert F. Berkhofer Jr. Lecture in Native American Studies.
We talk about haiku, sound and motion, ethical experience, and choosing chance.
Many thanks to Joseph Gone, Scott Lyons, Stephanie Elliott Prieto, Jason Voss, Frank Uhle, Department of American Culture, Native American Studies, and the Berkhofer Jr Lecture Series.
Gerald with Kat and Steve in the station lobby post-show