Summer host Amanda Uhle talks with historian, author, journalist, essayist, and actress Sarah Vowell. Vowell has written seven nonfiction books on American history and culture, was a contributing editor to This American Life from 1996 to 2008, and was the voice of Violet Parr in the animated film The Incredibles and its sequel.
We talk about what it means to be an American historian in 2019, researching nonfiction with primary sources, and infusing memoir and personal experience into the process of telling others’ stories.
This conversation was taped live-on-stage at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on April 4, 2019 for Penny Stamps Speaker Series.
Triple the fun on Living Writers with guests Patti F. Smith and Britain Woodman talking about Vanishing Ann Arbor (The History Press 2019) and Michael Andreoni talking about his short story collection The Window Is A Mirror (bhc Press 2018). We talk about Ann Arbor’s story, then, and now; putting together a long form history; paths to being a writer; and, storytelling, passion and writing the life you know.
Ellen Muehlberger reads from Moment of Reckoning: Imagined Death and Its Consequences in Late Ancient Christianity (Oxford University Press 2019). We talk about the postmortal, compulsion, morality and violence. We also talk about working on the big project, the making of a new idea– and then the making of the book.
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.