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Writers & Writing

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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.

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  • Many years ago I traveled to Nepal with seven women to trek in the Himalayas. One member of the group—I’ll call her Janet—had researched everything and…
  • In the mid-19th century, a persuasive Mormon leader named James Jesse Strang led hundreds of followers to Beaver Island in the middle of Lake Michigan.…
  • When I was growing up in Grand Rapids in the 1950s, my mother had a “cleaning lady” named Gladys, a soft-spoken colored woman who helped with housework. I…
  • Walking outdoors on a summer morning, I uncoil the hose and turn on the faucet. Then I bend to inhale the wet, metallic smell of water pouring out of the…
  • When I was a kid, our family vacations were often road trips to scenic destinations. And since this was the 1950s, there were no clean, friendly “rest…
  • When my young daughter was diagnosed with cancer, we were all shocked and terrified. Then, gradually, we found the strength to go forward—and it was a…
  • A cloud is following me around today, casting a shadow on my life. I feel lonely and discouraged—but when I try to figure out why, nothing comes to mind.…
  • I stay in the tent until my husband tells me the coffee is perking. It’s one of the few luxuries available out here in the woods. Slowly, I roll out of my…
  • It wasn’t a fancy scarf, just a strip of red and blue plaid that I wrapped around my neck in the winter. On really cold days, I pulled the edge up over my…
  • It’s almost too warm to jog but I lace up my shoes anyway. There’s no traffic this morning because it’s Sunday and the streets are quiet. The only cars…