Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Anna Clark about The Poisoned City (Metropolitan Books 2018), an acclaimed, thorough account of the causes, crisis, and aftermath of the Flint, Michigan water disaster. They talk about tragedy, courage, resilience, and the way forward.
Richard Russo reads from Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life (Knopf 2018). We talk about looking backwards to make sense of things, creativity and mental illness, voice and honesty, Springsteen, and destiny.
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 of food in today’s resistance movement–and diversity and inclusion in the food industry.
Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Fatima Farheen Mirza about her novel A Place For Us (SJP for Hogarth/Penguin 2018); they talk about family relationships, the challenges of writing a first novel, and how characters can live on after a story is done.
LillianLi reads from her debut novel Number One Chinese Restaurant (Henry Holt 2018). We talk about family, a donkey fable, working at a restaurant, and asking yourself questions as a writer. We also talk about duck.
MichaelZadoorian 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.