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Emma Straub

From the archive: 2012 Emma Straub reads from her debut novel Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (Riverhead Books 2012). We talk about research in Hollywood, the Herrick Library, New York City, Twitter, and working as a bookseller. We also talk about short stories and her collection Other People We Married (Riverhead Books) also out this …

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Peter Ho Davies

From the archive: 2016 Peter Ho Davies reads from his novel The Fortunes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016).  We talk about structure, identity, stereotype, Detroit, and China. We also talk about truth and fiction, citizenship, Joe Strummer, and other things we are thankful for. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/epbf2z6atq1qj7g9irlo15i1einvduwo.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: November 23, 2016 For more on this author, …

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Lorrie Moore

From the archive: 2009 Lorrie Moore reads from her novel A Gate at the Stairs (Knopf 2009). We talk about the music of writing within the novel and the short story.  We also talk about being part of a community–and writing about loss–our collective and individual sorrows–our awkwardness and joy. And a few words about …

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ZZ Packer

From the archive: 2010 ZZ Packer reads from Buffalo Soldiers, her novel-in-progress.  We talk about Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Riverhead Books 2003) and about sending stories out into the world–and how much work it actually takes to have someone say that your prose is “effortless.” We also talk about politics, revision, and what “Sometimes You Get …

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David Mitchell

From the archive: 2012 David Mitchell reads from his novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Random House Trade paperback 2011).  We talk about “word nerdery” and future novels circling one’s head like planes in a holding pattern.  We also talk about Dejima, Cloud Atlas and how music means everything, or close to it. …

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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

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.

Markus Zusak

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

Wayétu Moore

Wayétu Moore reads from She Would Be King (Graywolf Press 2018). We talk about magical realism, origin stories, Liberia, and One Moore Book.