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Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman

The stories of one Cambodian family are intricately braided together in Alan Lightman’s first work of fiction in seven years. Three Flames portrays the struggles of a Cambodian farming family against the extreme patriarchal attitudes of their society and a cruel and dictatorial father, set in a rural community that is slowly being exposed to the modern world and its values. Ryna is a mother fighting against memories of her father’s death at the hands of the Khmer

Thu, Jan 21

Martha Teichner

Martha Teichner

Traverse City native Martha Teichner, now a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning,” brings her heartwarming book, When Harry Met Minnie, to the National Writers Series Feb. 4. It was a chance encounter at the Union Square Farmer's Market that changed Teichner's world forever. As fate would have it, her friend knew someone who was dying of cancer, from radiation exposure after 9/11, and desperate to find a home for her dog, Harry. He was a Bull Terrier ― the same breed

Thu, Feb 4

Diane Rehm

Diane Rehm

For many years esteemed radio host and author Diane Rehm has been a fierce advocate for physician aid in dying. Now, in her book, When My Time Comes, just out in paperback, Rehm addresses one of the toughest subjects for families to talk about — death. Through personal stories about her mother’s death and her late husband’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Rehm examines patient autonomy, personal choice and physician aid in dying. She also talks with clergy, ...

Thu, Feb 25

Imbolo Mbue

Imbolo Mbue

"We should have known the end was near." So begins Imbolo Mbue’s powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, it tells of a people living in fear amid environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of cleanup and financial reparations to the villagers are made—and ignored. The country’s ...

Fri, Mar 19

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio brings to light remarkable stories of hope and resilience in her searing debut, The Undocumented Americans. She’ll be at the National Writers Series April 8. Cornejo Villavicencio has read a vast amount of books about immigrant life in America and has hated almost all of them. She could not see herself or her friends in the sad, “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” memoirs that permeated much of the existing literature. In her ...

Thu, Apr 8

Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is on a roll and shows no sign of slowing down. He’ll be at the National Writers Series April 22 with a riveting historical thriller, Hour of the Witch. While movie fans are streaming The Flight Attendant starring Kaley Cuoco on HBO Max, based on Bohjalian’s 2018 book, theater-goers are raving about the stage adaptation of Midwives, his 1997 book that introduced Bohjalian to legions of fans. In March 2020, he published the ...

Thu, Apr 22

Rochelle Riley

Rochelle Riley

Every famous person was once a child who, in some cases, overcame great obstacles to achieve success. That’s the enduring lesson of That They Lived, which features the biographies and photographs of famous African Americans. Muhmmad Ali’s bike was stolen when he was twelve years old and the police officer he reported the crime to suggested he learn how to fight before he caught up with the thief. Bessie Coleman, the first African American female aviator, ...

Thu, May 13

Mary Doria Russell

Mary Doria Russell

An inspiring historical novel about “America’s Joan of Arc,” we meet Annie Clements, the courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike against the largest copper mining company in the world. At the age of 25, Annie had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. She’d spent her whole life in the copper-mining town of Calumet, Michigan, where men risked their lives for meager salaries while their wives cleaned houses of the elite, dreading the ...

Wed, May 26