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.

New episodes are aired as they become available on Fridays at 1 p.m. on IPR News Radio. 

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.

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."

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.

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