memoir

Joy Harjo

From the archive 2017 Joy Harjo talks about Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings and Crazy Brave (W.W. Norton).  We talk about perceived power, flying, stories and the saxophone, and debut her latest song! Joy Harjo gave the Second Annual Robert F. Berkhofer, Jr. Lecture in Native American Studies. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/l44wh28xn4s67iyi3j7qgj3vnai9jhvp.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: March 15, 2017

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Will Schwalbe

From the archive: 2017 Will Schwalbe reads from Books for Living published by Knopf (2017). We talk about joy, connecting books to moments in your life, the 80s, and MMMBop.For more on this author, click here! https://umich.box.com/shared/static/nqtjg9k6kohhvb7as4gg4ommssqkut92.mp3 Download Audio Original recording date: March 9, 2017

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Kazim Ali

From the archive: 2010 Kazim Ali reads from Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press 2009). We talk about gender theory, Yoko Ono, and blurring genre. We also talk about the geography of emotion and the past. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/r41w04kqdpyu1qv1fga5k7x9f84genxo.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: October 13, 2010 Recording date: October 7, 2010 Photo credit: press kit

Nikki Giovanni

From the archives: Nikki Giovanni reads from Chasing Utopia (William Morrow/HarperCollins 2013). We talk about passion and poems, speaking out and spoken word, mothers, grandmothers, watching, and wine.  Stay busy! https://umich.box.com/shared/static/2m47dyisko1ptudxrx8rlhcjesl8o9nb.mp3 Download Audio Conversation recorded on December 11, 2013 photo credit: Nikki Giovanni

Ebony Roberts

Ebony Roberts reads from The Love Prison Made and Unmade: My Story (Amistad 2019). We talk about fathers, fairytales, prisons, resilience and writing memoir.  We talk about Shaka Senghor and his book Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/sadwrm9i13mguauz36z2umanw240nlh0.mp3 Download Audio program recorded: 21 Nov 2019; aired 4 March 2020

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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Jeannie Gaffigan

Jeannie Gaffigan reads from When Life Gives You Pears (Grand Central Publishing 2019). We talk about memoir, comedy writing and The Imagine Society.  We also talk about family, faith, and healing.

Lo Dagerman + Nancy Pick

Lo Dagerman and Nancy Pick read from The Writer and The Refugee (originally published by Norstedts Förlag, Stockholm 2017; English translation 2019). We talk about being a detective in your own family mystery, long term research projects, theater, powerful mothers, inspiration, and translation.

Joanna Howard

Summer host Amanda Uhle talks with Joanna Howard, author of the novel Foreign Correspondent and three short story collections. Her memoir, Rerun Era, is due out in October 2019 from McSweeney’s. We talk about memory and memoir, The Jeffersons, MASH, and growing up in rural America.

Simon Callow

Frank Uhle talks with actor, director, and writer Simon Callow, author of the memoir Being an Actor and acclaimed biographies of Charles Dickens, Richard Wagner, and Charles Laughton. Callow is working on the fourth and final volume of his definitive account of the life of Orson Welles for Jonathan Cape/Viking. They discuss life on the British …

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