National Writers Series

Interviews and IPR broadcasts of Traverse City's National Writers Series, founded by Interlochen alumnus and New York Times bestselling author Doug Stanton.

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National Writers Series
1:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

National Writers Series - George Packer

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George Packer is a journalist, novelist, and playwright. His new book, "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America," won the 2013 National Book Award for nonfiction. Packer is a staff writer for the New Yorker and has contributed numerous articles on foreign affairs, American politics, and literature to many publications. He spoke at the National Writers Series with his friend Benjamin Busch, author of the memoir "Dust to Dust."

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National Writers Series
9:16 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Kelly Corrigan

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Kelly Corrigan is the author of three memoirs about mothers, fathers, children, and the journey to fully appreciate them. Corrigan is also a YouTube sensation, a contributor to "O: The Oprah Magazine," and a cancer survivor. Her latest book is "Glitter and Glue." Corrigan spoke with Rich Fahle, founder of bibliostar.tv.

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Writers & Writing
11:54 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Author Benjamin Busch On Al Qaeda's Rebound

Benjamin Busch
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  Benjamin Busch is a writer, actor and Iraq war veteran. His photography has been displayed at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City and he has been a featured author at the Traverse City National Writers Series. Today Busch joins other Iraq war veterans on The Takeaway to reflect on Al Qaeda's rebound. The show starts at 2:00pm on IPR News Radio.

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National Writers Series
1:08 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Sara Paretsky: Crime Novelist Digs Into WWII Rubble

Sara Paretsky with Nancy Baker
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Sara Paretsky is the author of 16 crime novels featuring her star protagonist, female private eye V.I. Warshawski. In her latest book, "Critical Mass," V.I. uncovers secrets buried in the rubble of World War II. Paretsky spoke with Nancy Baker, who serves as program director of Evanston Scholars in Evanston, Illinois.

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National Writers Series
1:15 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Nikki Giovanni: Poet Expresses Racial Pride

Nikki Giovanni with Leigh Haber
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Nikki Giovanni is a the author of many collections of poetry, as well as works of nonfiction and children's literature. Giovanni's creative output spans more than 40 years and expresses her strong racial pride and respect for family. Her latest book, "Chasing Utopia," is a highly personal combination of poetry and memoir. Our host today is books editor at O Magazine, Leigh Haber.

    

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National Writers Series
2:34 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Author David Finkel On War And Its Effects

Author David Finkel and Doug Stanton.
National Writers Series

Journalist David Finkel talks about war and the ongoing effect it has on those who fight. Finkel is a staff writer at the Washington Post and the author of two books about the war in Iraq, from the point of view of those who fought in it. "The Good Soldiers" follows the lives of soldiers on the front lines in Baghdad. In his latest book, "Thank You For Your Service," Finkel revisits these solders' lives after coming home.

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National Writers Series
12:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

National Writers Series - Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford is the author of two novels, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," and his latest, "Songs of Willow Frost." Both take place in Seattle, where Ford grew up. His books are informed by the city's history, and also his feelings of melancholy toward his childhood home. On this program for the National Writers Series, Jamie Fordtalks with host Rich Fahle about why he's so attached to telling stories from this particular place.

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National Writers Series
12:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

National Writers Series - Michael Paterniti

Michael Paterniti says the greatest storyteller he ever met is a cheese maker in the small Spanish village of Guzman. Paterniti's latest book is called The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and World's Greatest Piece of Cheese. For a previous book, Paterniti ended up on a cross-country road trip with Albert Einstein's brain in the trunk of the car. His literary non-fiction has appeared in magazines such as Outside, Rolling Stone, and Esquire. He spoke with Doug Stanton at the Traverse City Opera House.

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National Writers Series
12:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

National Writers Series: Benjamin Percy On Transcending Genre

Benjamin Percy (right) on stage with Jeremy Chamberlin. PHOTO: National Writers Series.

Benjamin Percy’s critically acclaimed novel "Red Moon" began as a 6th grade report on werewolves.

"You know, I received a B-minus on this paper,” he told a crowd at the City Opera House in Traverse City. “Which is one of the many reasons it feels so good to say--you know, to hold this book in my hands and say, 'In your face, Mrs. Ziegenhagen!’" 

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National Writers Series
12:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Temple Grandin: The Author Of 'The Autistic Brain' And 'Animals Make Us Human'

Temple Grandin (left) on stage with guest host Laura Hohnhold of Byliner.

Temple Grandin says too many kids with autism are coddled, that teachers and parents sometimes don't realize what their kids are capable of.

"Half the people in Silicon Valley have got some degree of Asperger's," she says.

In this episode from the Traverse City National Writers Series: Temple Grandin talks about growing up in the 1950s with autism, and how she gained a foothold in a traditionally male field. She has revolutionized the slaughterhouse industry.

She's also a prolific writer. Her most recent book is "The Autistic Brain."

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