nonfiction

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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

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

John Barr and Dan Murphy

John Barr and Dan Murphy talk about their book Start By Believing: Larry Nassar’s Crimes, the Institutions that Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster (Hachette Books 2020). We talk about investigative reporting, making a book, choosing a narrative arc, and the responsibility of telling this story.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/00g19rkijka48s7byfkqvs5wfuoyxx88.mp3 Download Audio  

Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer talks about We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2019).  We talk about climate change mattering in our daily lives, about the power of choices, and about burgers, and lions.

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.

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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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.

Shelly Oria

Summer host Amanda Uhle talks with Shelly Oria, author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014), and coauthor of the digital novella, CLEAN, commissioned by WeTransfer and McSweeney’s.  In September of 2019, Indelible in the Hippocampus, an anthology of writings from the #metoo movement, compiled and edited by Oria, will be …

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Sarah Vowell

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 …

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Lisa Taddeo

Summer host Amanda Uhle talks with Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster 2019), about women’s desire and how it’s intertwined with judgement from others, how to build layered and complicated characters as a journalist, and the incredible feat of reporting on the lives of these three American women over the course …

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