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Rene Descartes once said, “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries”
The National Writers Series in Traverse City, Michigan, is a year-round book festival and a destination for conversations with today’s finest authors—conversations about what it means to be alive today.
We want to move our audiences toward an understanding of issues and ways of life that exist outside of our rural boundaries. And we want them to connect with each other inside the confines of the historic and beautiful City Opera House.
Our monthly author events have earned Traverse City the moniker of Michigan’s “Book City.” Over the past decade, we’ve become an integral part of the region’s cultural vibe and downtown economy. Traverse City is now considered the cultural hotspot of Michigan.
Nearly 9,000 people attend our author events each year, and tens of thousands more listen to the conversations on subsequent broadcasts aired on Interlochen Public Radio in northwest Michigan, WKAR in Lansing, and WDET in Detroit, as well as UpNorth Media community television and YouTube.
Our authors have included some of the top writers in the country: Alice Walker, Margaret Atwood, Jodi Picoult, Sebastian Junger, David Sedaris, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, and Harlan Coben—more than 140 authors in all
What’s it like for a visiting author? Here’s what New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani had this to say:
“The National Writers Series is a magnificent program that brings writers and readers together on the glorious shores of Lake Michigan in Traverse City. Their hospitality, insight as fellow authors, and the in-depth conversation about the things that matter is a celebration of books, reading and ideas where the audience and participants leave inspired.”
About our Raising Writers Programs
Since founding our Writers Series in 2010, we’ve spread our wings to support young readers and writers in all kinds of ways.
Storytellers are makers. They create worlds and futures otherwise unimagined. We hope that someday one of our young storytellers will return to the Opera House to talk about their newest best-selling book, and how their love of writing was nurtured early on by the National Writers Series.
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