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National Writers Series: An evening with Adriana Trigiani

Sep 13, 2018

Adriana Trigiani’s novels include The Shoemaker’s Wife and Big Stone Gap, which was made into a movie. Her latest novel is Kiss Carlo. Many of her books draw inspiration from her own family’s history and her Italian-American heritage. Adriana talks this hour with author and actor Benjamin Busch. She started the discussion by telling Ben about her family.

The fall season of the National Writers Series opens in Traverse City tonight with best-selling historian Hampton Sides, who will talk about his newest book, In the Kingdom of Ice.

The book is about a failed attempt to sail to the North Pole in the late 1870s and 1880s by a crew of U.S. Navy sailors.

“It is an amazing story of comradeship, of leadership, of men sticking together through thick and thin to try to make it to safety," Sides says.

He spoke with IPR's David Cassleman about the story, which Hampton Sides says was well-known in the United States at the time – but has since been largely forgotten.


Harlan Coben

Novelist Harlan Coben has thrilled readers for 25 years and sold more than 50 million books, including mysteries, crime novels and books for young adults. Earlier this year, he published The Stranger, a book that one New York Times reviewer says "takes a happy suburban family and destroys it."

Coben will be in Traverse City for an event with the National Writers Series on Thursday, and IPR caught up with him earlier this week.

As he tells IPR's David Cassleman, Coben didn't initially set out to become a writer. But he says it was his love for stories that eventually moved him to become a novelist:


National Writers Series

A best-selling thriller writer is one of the authors coming to Traverse City during this season’s National Writers Series.

Harlan Coben will appear at the Traverse City Opera House in July. He's one of five writers that the National Writers Series has announced are coming in 2015.

The National Writers Series has announced its event lineup for the 2014 Winter, Spring and Summer seasons at the City Opera House in Traverse City. Here's the schedule: 

February 27 - Kelly Corrigan, March 17 - George Packer, April 8 - Steve Luxenberg, April 24 - Anchee Min, May 29 - Emily Griffin, June 10 - Daniel James Brown, June 26 - Karin Slaughter, July 7 - Diana Gabaldon

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Jan 8, 2013

<p><span>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.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> <br /></span></span></p>

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.

Janet Evanovich

Aug 15, 2012

<p><span>Today on the National Writer Series, Doug Stanton talks with Janet Evanovich, author of The Stephanie Plum series and the Wicked series. Stephanie Plum hit the big screen recently when One For The Money became a film.</span></p>

Janet Evanovich

Aug 15, 2012

<p><span>Today on the National Writer Series, Doug Stanton talks with Janet Evanovich, author of The Stephanie Plum series and the Wicked series. Stephanie Plum hit the big screen recently when One For The Money became a film.</span></p>

National Writers Series Announces New Lineup

Jun 12, 2012

<p>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

<p>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

<p>Listen in as local Best-Selling Author Doug Stanton interviews the creator of TV's "Breaking Bad."</p> <p>The next program of the Traverse City National Writers Series air Wednesday and Sunday at 1:00pm in IPR News Radio.</p>

National Writers Series - Sebastian Junger

Jun 15, 2011

<p>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 <em>War</em>, follows an U.S. Army platoon on a 15 month tour through the Korengal Valley Afghanistan.</p>

Humorist Roy Blount, Jr. Speaks In Traverse City

May 11, 2011

Humorist Roy Blount, Jr. Speaks In Traverse City

May 11, 2011

National Writers Series - Paula McLain

May 4, 2011

<p>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.</p>

National Writers Series - Mitch Albom

Apr 20, 2011

<p>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.  </p>

National Writers Series - Sarah Brokaw

Mar 16, 2011

<p>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.</p>

Writers Series Announces Lineup

Jan 6, 2011

<p><em>From Staff Reports</em></p> <p>Organizers of the National Writers Series have announced some of the authors coming to Traverse City this year.</p> <p>Kicking-off the 2011 series, two writers from the television series "Mad Men" will share stories about writing for the small screen.</p> <p>The series continues with Sarah Brokaw, Paula McLain, Roy Blount, Jr., and an evening highlighting Michigan authors including Michael Delp and Bonnie Jo Campbell.</p> <p>Later this fall, satirist David Sedaris will come to town, and t

Writers Series Announces Lineup

Jan 6, 2011

<p><em>From Staff Reports</em></p> <p>Organizers of the National Writers Series have announced some of the authors coming to Traverse City this year.</p> <p>Kicking-off the 2011 series, two writers from the television series "Mad Men" will share stories about writing for the small screen.</p> <p>The series continues with Sarah Brokaw, Paula McLain, Roy Blount, Jr., and an evening highlighting Michigan authors including Michael Delp and Bonnie Jo Campbell.</p> <p>Later this fall,

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."

National Writer's Series - Peter Matthiessen

Nov 10, 2010

<p>Coming up on the National Writer's Series will be Peter Matthiessen's talk last month at the Traverse City Opera House. Matthiessen has written numerous works of fiction and non-fiction including The Snow Leapord, At Play in the Fields of the Lord and In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. He won the national book award twice. He's also one of the founders of The Paris Review.  </p>

National Writer's Series - Peter Matthiessen

Nov 10, 2010

<p>Coming up on the National Writer's Series will be Peter Matthiessen's talk last month at the Traverse City Opera House. Matthiessen has written numerous works of fiction and non-fiction including The Snow Leapord, At Play in the Fields of the Lord and In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. He won the national book award twice. He's also one of the founders of The Paris Review.  </p>

National Writers Series - Mario Batali

Aug 20, 2010

<p>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</p>

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