Writers & Writing

This is your source for NPR author interviews, recent broadcasts from the Traverse City National Writers Series, and IPR's radio series Michigan Writers on the Air. You can also find NPR authors & interviews here.

South Of Superior

Aug 3, 2011

A new novel tells the story of a remote northern lumber town, turned tourist destination. It's an idyllic place on the shore of Lake Superior. It's also a place of harsh winters, poverty, hard work, and small-town infighting. Author Ellen Airgood joins us this week to discuss her debut work: South of Superior.

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.

Laughing Whitefish

May 25, 2011

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.

National Writers Series

Jan 6, 2011

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.

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."

This month on Michigan Writers on the Air, Aaron Stander will be having a conversation with Jerry Dennis about his award winning book, The Living Great Lakes. Then he'll be talking with Doug Stanton and Megan Raphael about the fall season of the Traverse City National Writers Series. And at the end, regular contributor, poet and essayist Fleda Brown, will read from her recently released  book, Loon Cry:  Selected and New Michigan Poems.

Coming up on the National Writer's Series, Mario Batali talks about slaving away for other chefs, running fine restaurants in New York and escaping to northern Michigan in the summer. Plus he and the owner of Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor swap stories about novelist Jim Harrison and someone in the audience asks if those secret ingredients on Iron Chef are really secret. Find out on the National Writer's Series.

Aaron Stander continues the broadcasts of the National Writers Series in Traverse City, this week featuring Thomas Lynch, author of “The Undertaking – Life Studies from the Dismal Trade."  Lynch is renowned for his charismatic stage presence and captivating manner of storytelling in front of live audiences.

Tom Brokaw spoke in Traverse City last month as part of the National Writers Series. The television anchor and journalist talked about his best-selling books including, "The Greatest Generation" and "Boom! Voice of the Sixties." The speech airs on IPR News Radio Tuesday night at 9pm and Wednesday afternoon at 1pm.

Veteran journalist, and author, Tom Brokaw was in Traverse City earlier this month for the National Writers Series at the City Opera House. He also stopped by Traverse City West Senior High school to talk with students from all over the region. The talk he gave for students: Tweet is a verb, writing is forever.

Tom Brokaw At The National Writers Series

May 12, 2010

Long-time television news anchor and author Tom Brokaw will be speaking tonight at the City Opera House in Traverse City.

It's part of the National Writers Series.

Before addressing the sold out crowd, he'll talk to students at Traverse City West Senior High School about the role social media can play in how we record our lives.

Aaron Stander will continue the broadcasts of the National Writers Series in Traverse City, this week featuring Mary Karr, author of The Liars Club.

Traverse City's National Writers Series continues this evening with author Rhoda Janzen. Listen in to her chat with IPR about her memoir, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.

Aaron Stander hosts our premiere broadcast of the National Writers Series in Traverse City, featuring the advice goddess, Amy Alkon, author of I See Rude People

The first full year of Traverse City's National Writers Series begins this week at the City Opera House.

Nationally syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon is the first author in a season that will include best-sellers Tom Brokaw, James Bradley, Peter Matthiessen and others.

Traverse City resident Doug Stanton is one of the founders of the National Writers Series.

He says the series won't simply be another author reading.

The first full year of Traverse City's National Writers Series begins this week at the City Opera House.

Nationally syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon is the first author in a season that will include best-sellers Tom Brokaw, James Bradley, Peter Matthiessen and others.

Traverse City resident Doug Stanton is one of the founders of the National Writers Series.

He says the series won't simply be another author reading.

New York Times bestseller Elmore Leonard ("Road Dogs" 2009) and his son, novelist Peter Leonard ("Trust Me" 2009) speak as part of the Traverse City National Writers Series. This series features lively conversations with prominent writers, from novelists and short story authors to journalists and television writers. This presentation was recorded in the City Opera House in Traverse City.

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