2018

Anna Clark

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. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ajeb29klv4p6f8wgrayjrtf8rcaqvm2p.mp3 Download Audio    

Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Mokhtar Alkhanshali about being the subject of Dave Eggers’ book The Monk of Mokha (Knopf 2018).  They also talk about grandmas, coffee and Yemen. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/01nyx916uc0vxfx4rll4din3n72yoce1.mp3 Download Audio  

Richard Russo

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. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/vbplqwtdlvdvdlli163momz8smnkls6b.mp3 Download Audio *taped on June 6th, 2018, anniversary of D-Day

Julia Turshen

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. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/mpsfzr71c242msjgkt2ejfdftxkbpelg.mp3 Download Audio photo credit: still from Now and Again …

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Fatima Farheen Mirza

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. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/66b34k83hj3coxlriljljd36qsx9txi2.mp3 Download Audio  

Hannah Pittard

Guest host Amanda Uhle speaks with Hannah Pittard about her novel Visible Empire (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2018), book tours, writing inspired by true events, racism, siblings, and the legacy of loss. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/bepu5pqkqachio6g20wp6r8za9ifd95b.mp3 Download Audio  

Lillian Li

Lillian Li 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.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/bmg1opeocqzitx4yxcdd1n9r7x2zdci1.mp3 Download Audio

Michael A. Ferro

Michael A. Ferro reads from his debut novel Title 13 (Harvard Square Editions 2018). We talk about navigating the writing world, postmodernists, humor writing, government workers and the wood wasp. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/qllig86wx3a6r6pot56l6h721xrk1t1b.mp3 Download audio

Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard reads from his story collection The World To Come (Vintage 2018).  We talk about natural disasters, humanity, keeping in contact with the notion of play, last lines and beagles. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/dtmbbuhksupwi5c1fc670u8wi0dxeyg0.wav Download Audio  

Michael Zadoorian

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. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/enhrgyos1736cpc07c8xc29t0xb11id4.mp3 Download Audio