Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 24, 2014

Writers Series announces season lineup


Gabaldon will be presented in July in partnership with The National Cherry Festival. Anchee Min, whose memoir of growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution has been compared to “The Diary of Anne Frank,” will be presented in April in collaboration with Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum “in celebration” of its June conference on China.

And Steve Luxenberg, author of the Washington Post Best Books of 2009-listed “Annie’s Ghosts,” will be presented in partnership with the Michigan Humanities Council. “Annie’s Ghosts” is the Council’s 2013-14 Great Michigan Read selection.

Local author Mardi Link (“When Evil Came to Good Hart,” “Isadore’s Sccret,” “Bootstrapper”) will make her NWS debut as guest host for Luxenberg. The pair met at a 2010 function after each had a book selected as a Michigan Notable Book.

“I read ‘Annie’s Ghosts’ and was riveted,” Link said. “As journalists we’re always trained not to give our own opinions and not to make ourselves or our families the news. But then he uncovered a mystery in his own family and he turned his journalistic eye on his own family. And I think the way that he does that is so masterful. “

Link interviewed Luxenberg in Lansing for a fall Great Michigan Read program and said she hopes to build on their rapport during the NWS event.

“I think the beauty of the National Writers Series is that the conversation flows so organically. Anything can happen. It’s not scripted,” she said.

For more information on the series, visit


The lineup

Feb. 27 Kelly Corrigan

March 17 George Packer

April 8 Steve Luxenberg

April 24 Anchee Min

May 29 Emily Giffin

June 10 Daniel James Brown

June 26 Karin Slaughter

July 7 Diana Gabaldon

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