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
1:12 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Emily Giffin: Not Just 'Chick Lit'

Emily Giffin speaks with guest host and journalist Stefanie Murray
Credit Allen Kent

Emily Giffin has written seven novels that have been commonly described by critics as "chick lit," but Giffin takes exception to that characterization. Her novel "Something Borrowed" was made into a movie starring Kate Hudson and John Krasinski. Giffin's latest book, "The One and Only," debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list at number one for hardcover fiction. Guest host and journalist Stefanie Murray talks to Emily Giffin for this broadcast from the National Writers Series.


National Writers Series
7:39 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Anchee Min

Min speaks with guest host Ron Hogan
Credit Allen Kent

On this program from the National Writers Series, memoirist Anchee Min talks about growing up in Shanghai during Mao's communist cultural revolution. Anchee Min worked in a labor camp as a teenager, and later was recruited as an actress at Madame Mao’s Shanghai Film Studio. In 1984 she moved to the United States, knowing no English. Eight years later she wrote her memoir "Red Azalea." Min speaks with guest host Ron Hogan, creator of the literary website Beatrice.com.

National Writers Series
8:24 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Steve Luxenberg

Credit Alan Newton

On this National Writers Series program, Steve Luxenberg talks about the family secret that inspired his book "Annie's Ghosts." Luxenberg has worked for more than 30 years as a newspaper editor and reporter and is currently an associate editor at the Washington Post. "Annie's Ghosts" was named to The Washington Post’s Best Books list of 2009. It was also honored as a Michigan Notable Book for 2010 by the Library of Michigan.  Steve Luxenberg spoke with guest host Mardi Link, who recently sold the movie rights to her own memoir "Bootstrapper."


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

National Writers Series - George Packer

Credit Allen Kent

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

Credit Allen Kent

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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