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.

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."

Jason Matthews worked as an intelligence officer in the CIA for 33 years. Now retired, he's the author of a novel called "Red Sparrow," a fast paced spy thriller that draws on his life with the agency. Matthews was a guest this May at the National Writers Series in downtown Traverse City. NWS founder and New York Times bestseller Doug Stanton sat down with Matthews to talk about his debut novel and the exciting life of intrigue that led up to it.

Nathaniel Philbrick is a renowned scholar and a champion sailor who has a passion for history and the open water. He's the bestselling author of books such as "In the Heart of the Sea" and "Mayflower." Philbrick was a guest this May at the National Writers Series in downtown Traverse City. He sat down with Rich Fahle to talk about his latest book "Bunker Hill," about the Boston battle that ignited the American revolution.

Nathaniel Philbrick is a renowned scholar and a champion sailor who has a passion for history and the open water. He's the bestselling author of books such as "In the Heart of the Sea" and "Mayflower." Philbrick was a guest this May at the National Writers Series in downtown Traverse City. He sat down with Rich Fahle to talk about his latest book "Bunker Hill," about the Boston battle that ignited the American revolution.

Gillian Flynn started as a film critic at the age of 7 when her father showed her movies like Alien and Psycho. As an adult, and after writing for 10 years as a television critic, she was laid off. She began a new career writing her first novel in 2007 titled Sharp Objects. Flynn was a guest this month at the National Writers Series in downtown Traverse City. She sat down with host Doug Stanton to talk about her new book Gone Girl

The Story Of An Escape From North Korea

Apr 9, 2013

Shin Dong-Hyuk escaped from a North Korean labor camp. A camp where he expected to die young. Blain Harden tells the story about Shin’s escape in his most recent book, Escape from Camp 14. He was the guest earlier this month at the National Writers Series in downtown Traverse City. He spoke with Jack Segal, a former U.S. Department of State official. 

Today on the National Writers Series, host Doug Stanton sits down with Chip Johannessen. Johannessen is the executive producer and writer of Showtime’s award-winning television show “Homeland”. And this past year, “Homeland” made television history when it did something no other show has done in 25 years: it won four out of five of the major drama awards at the Emmys.

Buzz Bissinger’s bestseller Friday Night Lights became a hit TV series. Now he has a new book. It’s called Father’s Day. It tells the true story of the author’s twin sons – one who earned his Master’s Degree – the other who struggles with unremitting learning disabilities to this day. Buzz Bissinger is visiting Traverse City for the National Writers Series and he’ll be our guest on Points North.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Jan 8, 2013

Today on the National Writers Series, columnist and author Jack Segal sits down with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ali is an admired activist and political figure whom, in 2005, was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the World.

Michael Connelly

Jan 7, 2013

Today on the National Writers Series, host Bryan Gruley talks with Michael Connelly, a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author. Connelly has sold over 45 million copies of his novels. He can be seen playing himself on the ABC television show Castle.

New York Times bestselling Author Maggie Stiefvater brought a new audience to the Natinal Writers Series at the first young adult author to appear on the City Opera House stage.  <span>Bookends blogger and young adult reviewer Lynn Rutan guest hosted the conversation with Stiefvater, who offered an energetic and entertaining look into her career as a young adult novelist.

National Writers Series Announces New Lineup

Jun 12, 2012

Downtown Traverse City will soon play host to a homicidal fairy, a he-man adventurer and a female bounty hunter. At least, the authors who created these characters will visit. The new schedule for the National Writers Series was announced today. On the list of visiting authors is Maggie Stievfater - creator of fantasy for young adult readers and New York Times bestseller Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher books. The schedule also features bestselling author Janet Evanovich. She's written a series of novels featuring Stephanie Plum - a bounty hunter in Trenton, New Jersey.

National Writers Series Announces New Lineup

Jun 12, 2012

Downtown Traverse City will soon play host to a homicidal fairy, a he-man adventurer and a female bounty hunter. At least, the authors who created these characters will visit. The new schedule for the National Writers Series was announced today. On the list of visiting authors is Maggie Stievfater – creator of fantasy for young adult readers and New York Times bestseller Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher books. The schedule also features bestselling author Janet Evanovich. She’s written a series of novels featuring Stephanie Plum – a bounty hunter in Trenton, New Jersey.

Join us for the National Writers Series broadcast, featuring a conversation between authors Paula McClain and Jodi Picoult. They talk about the craft of writing, their inspiration, and why making a movie out of a book is sort of like giving up a baby for adoption.

National Writers Series: Vince Gilligan

Feb 29, 2012

Listen in as local Best-Selling Author Doug Stanton interviews the creator of TV's "Breaking Bad."

Novelist Jodi Picoult will appear at the National Writers Series in Traverse City this year. The line-up for the winter and spring was announced today.

Picoult has written nearly 20 books, including the best seller 19 Minutes, a fictional account of a high school shooting in a small town.

Also coming to the book festival in Traverse City this year are journalist and author Anna Quindlen and Michael Sandel, the host of the PBS show "Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?".

Today on the National Writers Series, war correspondent, filmmaker and author, Sebastian Junger. Junger has written about the world's most dangerous professions, from sailors to fire fighters to soldiers. His most recent book War, follows an U.S. Army platoon on a 15 month tour through the Korengal Valley Afghanistan.

Humorist Roy Blount, Jr. Speaks In Traverse City

May 11, 2011

The National Writers Series continues tonight, with an appearance by humorist Roy Blount, Jr.

Blount has written 22 books including his latest, "Alpahabetter Juice : the Joy of Text." It's a sequel to "Alphabet Juice."

He's a regular on "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me." 

I talked with him in the studio earlier today and laughed heartily. Our entire discussion (about 20 minutes) is posted above.

National Writers Series - Paula McLain

May 4, 2011

This week on the National Writer's Series, Paula McLain author of "The Paris Wife".  Set in the 1920's this novel chronicles the marriage of Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway.

Mitch Albom talks about starting his career as a sports reporter, tells of his low expectations for his bestselling memoir Tuesdays with Morrie and tells all you need to know about football legend Bo Schembechler. 

National Writers Series - Sarah Brokaw

Mar 16, 2011

Sarah Brokaw says whatever else is going on in woman's life when she nears forty, their biggest worry is the calendar. The daughter of former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw, spoke about her book, Fortytude at the National Writer Series in Traverse City this month. Hear an evening with Sarah Brokow on IPR News Radio.

Writers Series Announces Lineup

Jan 6, 2011

Organizers of the National Writers Series have announced some of the authors coming to Traverse City this year.

Kicking-off the 2011 series, two writers from the television series "Mad Men" will share stories about writing for the small screen.

The series continues with Sarah Brokaw, Paula McLain, Roy Blount, Jr., and an evening highlighting Michigan authors including Michael Delp and Bonnie Jo Campbell.

Later this fall, satirist David Sedaris will come to town, and there will be a thrillers and crime-writers event.

National Writers Series

Jan 6, 2011

You're invited to join IPR News Radio for the next program in the Traverse City National Writers Series. The program was recorded in the Traverse City Opera House and features New York Times best-selling authors Karl Marlantes and Philip Caputo. The pair published two of the most influential books ever written about Vietman: Marlantes' "Matterhorn" and Caputo's "A Rumor of War."

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