Tag Archives: nonfiction

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 and translations within MQR 58:4.

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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.

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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 published by McSweeney’s. We talk about living abroad, the power of #metoo, and the challenges of compiling a book of essays about an evolving social movement.

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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 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.

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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 of eight years.

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Patti F. Smith, Britain Woodman, and Michael Andreoni

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.

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Michael Andreoni with Gina and Steph

David Maraniss

David Maraniss reads from his twelfth book A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father (Simon & Schuster 2019).

We talk about what it means to be American, the Spanish Civil War, 1952 and now, HUAC, and his father’s typed imperfect S.

We also hear his father’s full statement that he was not allowed to read at the witness table in Room 740 of the Federal Building in Detroit in March 1952.

 

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Jessica Abel

Jessica Abel reads from her latest book Growing Gills: How to find creative focus when you’re drowning in your daily life (2017). We talk about radio, podcasts, graphic novels, comics, self-publishing, creative focus and doing what you believe in.

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photo credit: Jessica Abel