TRAVERSE CITY — Multiple New York Times bestselling authors, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a popular poet are among the guests scheduled for this year’s National Writers Series.
The National Writers Series fall season lineup announced Monday afternoon features six authors who have written books on everything from werewolves and equal rights to Mideast conflicts, a Chicago female detective and a Spanish cheese to literally die for.
Series founder Doug Stanton said the selection process has several aims, among them: a diverse mix of books as well as male and female authors; who has a good book coming out; who is available, and unexpected surprises.
“It’s also a mix of what we think people will read in Traverse City, as well as authors who can be a good fit for the high school students in the Front Street Writers program,” Stanton said.
The National Writers Series, founded in 2009, is a year-round book festival bringing award-winning authors, journalists and storytellers together with thousands of fans in downtown Traverse City. The Front Street Writers program is a NWS partnership with the Traverse Area Public Schools to offer a one-of-a-kind writing workshop for high school students. Proceeds from NWS events help support the program.
The dates, authors, recent works and hosts announced are:
-- Sept. 5: Benjamin Perry, author of “Red Moon” a literary allegory about werewolves and human equal rights struggles. He will be interviewed by guest host Jeremiah Chamberlin, associate director of the University Michigan writing program, writer, and poetry editor.
-- Sept. 27: Michael Paterniti, “The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese,” which Paterniti found at Zingerman’s deli in Ann Arbor. It led him on a lengthy journey to write about an unfolding mystery, blood feud and much more. Guest host is Doug Stanton, co-founder of the Series and author of New York Times best-sellers “In Harm’s Way” and “Horse Soldiers.” Paterniti, who gave Stanton his first magazine assignment years ago, also wrote “Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain.”
-- Sept. 30: Jamie Ford, author of critically acclaimed best-seller “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” which has been translated into 34 languages. His newest novel is “Songs of Willow Frost,” set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle. It will hit bookstores on Sept. 10. Guest host is Rich Fahle, founder and CEO of Astral Road Author Media and Bibliostar.
-- Oct. 14: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel, author of “The Good Soldiers,” and a staff writer for the Washington Post’s national reporting team. He won the Pulitzer for explanatory reporting in 2006 for a series about U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius award” in 2012. Stanton is guest host.
-- Oct. 30: Nikki Giovanni, American icon, poet, Oprah “Living Legend” and author of 27 books on poetry, nonfiction, children’s literature and recordings. She has taught at Virginia Tech since 1987 and is a “distinguished professor” there. Guest host is Leigh Haber, books editor for “ O, The Oprah Magazine”and coordinator of the Oprah Book Club.
-- Nov 5: Long-time mystery writer Sara Paretsky, creator of female private eye, V.I Washawski in 1982, Chicago social activist and community organizer. Guest host is Nancy Baker, program director for Evanston Scholar in Illinois and a NWS board member.
All events are at the City Opera House and start at 7 p.m.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Aug. 27, 2013. All tickets can be purchased at the City Opera House box office, by phone at 231-941-8082, and online at www.cityoperahouse.org.
For more information about the National Writers Series, authors, their books and awards, visit: www.nationalwritersseries.org