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.

Bonnie Jo Campbell grew up in western Michigan, and her stories draw on her experiences with the dark side of rural life. Her latest collection of short stories is called “Mothers, Tell Your Daughters.” She talks this hour with poet, essayist, and undertaker Thomas Lynch. Campbell starts off the program talking about her book “American Salvage.”

National Writers Series: An evening with Susan Casey

Jan 14, 2016

Susan Casey is former editor-in-chief for O, the Oprah Magazine. She’s the author of three books: “The Devil’s Teeth,” about great white sharks, “The Wave,” about the people who surf and study giant waves, and her latest, “Voices In the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins.”

National Writers Series: An evening with Sarah Chayes

Dec 10, 2015

Sarah Chayes has worked as a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio and lived for a decade in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Her latest book is called “Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security.” Chayes grew up being interested in international affairs by having parents who were active in several presidential administrations. She talks this hour with Jack Segal, former diplomat and co-chair of Traverse City’s International Affairs Forum. Segal started off asking Chayes what it was like growing up with parents who were prominent in Washington politics.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh's first novel, The Language of Flowers, is about a foster child aging out of the system. Her second and latest book, We Never Asked for Wings, takes on immigration and education. Vanessa Diffenbaugh's books tackle big topics that highlight regular peoples' struggles and triumphs. Diffenbaugh talked to Sarah Bearup-Neal, a writer and artist from Glen Arbor.

National Writers Series: An evening with Harlan Coben

Aug 6, 2015

Mystery and thriller writer Harlan Coben says a writer needs three things: inspiration, perspiration, and the most important, desperation. Harlan Coben's novels have debuted at the top of the New York Times bestseller list seven times. His book "Tell No One" was made into a French film of the same name. Coben's latest novel is "The Stranger." To start off the evening's event at the City Opera House, Traverse City mayor Michael Estes presented Harlan Coben with a key to the city. Doug Stanton began the conversation telling Coben he's had quite a year.

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