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Richard Price

From the archives: 2008 Richard Price reads from his novel Lush Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008) .  We talk about Manhattan’s Lower East Side and his method for finding the story.  We also talk about screenwriting versus the novel, dynamic dialogue and The Wire. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/u9zo8g3uwnrhm26t8174clcgrdbv17jz.mp3 Download Audio   Photo credit: Lorraine Adams Original airdate: …

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Celeste Ng

From the archives: Celeste Ng reads from her novel Little Fires Everywhere (Penguin Press 2017). We talk about creating suspense, Shaker Heights, and shifting perspectives.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/bh63s41y9bdps22bdj4c1jb9iu7c2wiu.mp3 Download Audio Original air date: October 12, 2017

Alice Walker

From the archives Alice Walker talks about Zora Neale Hurston, voting, activism, inheritance, offerings,”This Human Journey,” and gardens.

Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey reads from Certain American States: Stories (Picador 2018) in a special Fundraiser 2020 episode of Living Writers. We talk about websites, irresolution, humor, dogs, and her novel Pew out in May 2020. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/6nsuxt01prerwl2fs1uywmqiqwb721f8.mp3 Download Audio WCBN Fundraiser 2020: visit www.wcbn.org to pledge on-line

Kiley Reid

Kiley Reid reads from her debut novel Such A Fun Age (Putnam 2019). We talk about listening to your characters, writing about class and race, and building strong plots.

Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott reads from The World Doesn’t Require You: Stories (Liveright Publishing Corporation/W.W.Norton & Company 2019). We talk about narrative forms, beautiful lines and building a world. We also talk about imagination, characters, and Cross River. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/l7rkdqd76w1x8ndjmxbp8kpst4qgbrut.mp3 Download Audio  

Adrienne Brodeur

Guest host Amanda Uhle speaks with Adrienne Brodeur, author of Wild Game (HMH, 2019) about keeping our parents’ secrets, the art of memoir writing, and gourmet meals by the sea. Brodeur co-founded the fiction magazine Zoetrope: All-Story with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, was an editor at Harcourt, and currently serves as Executive Director of Aspen Words, a …

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Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc reads from False Bingo (FSG Originals 2019). We talk about tactical elements of the writing life.  We also talk about being playful, about finding and building community, and about a frog.

Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak reads from Bridge of Clay (Knopf 2018). We talk about the lives of boys, long projects, structure and redemption.

Michigan Quarterly Review

Michigan Quarterly Review editor Khaled Mattawa, guest editor Benjamin Paloff and contributor Jeremiah Chamberlin talk about the Fall 2019 issue of Michigan Quarterly Review: What Does Europe Want Now?  We talk about MQR’s mission, its history since 1962, and its future.  We also talk about the issue’s central question, and the poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interviews …

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