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The Write Question
Program Website: http://thewritequestion.blogspot.com/
The Write Question is a weekly, half-hour program that explores
writing and publishing in the Western United States. Chérie
Newman, a producer with Montana
Public Radio, interviews writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
And, occasionally, a publisher or editor. The program includes readings
and information about the publishing process. The Write Question
receives funding from Humanities
Montana and the Montana Cultural Trust.
A homeless woman takes up residence in a man's closet; a detectives solves cases by feeling the emotions of the perpetrators; a woman happens upon a swingers' club in the back of a tire shop . . . In her story collection, You Are Not Alone, Sherril Jaffe presents fifteen tales set in San Francisco that follow in the style of Franz Kafka, using dream logic to illuminate the great human themes of death, love jealousy, anger, desire, and the nature of the soul.
In his memoir The Mountain and the Fathers, Joe Wilkins explores the life of boys and men in the unforgiving, harsh world north of the Bull Mountains of eastern Montana in a drought afflicted area called the Big Dry, a land that chews up old and young alike. Rather than dwell on grief or ruin Wilkins posits that it is our stories that sustain us.
A grieving couple rents a desperate landlord's house in an effort to recover lost intimacy. Twins are irrevocably separated by events both beyond and within their control. A night-time prank and its gruesome aftermath forge human connections no one could have anticipated. Each of the eight stories in Gregory Spatz's 190-page collection, Half as Happy, has the depth of a novel.
In her second memoir, She Matters: A Life In Friendships (a testimony to the emotional significance of the intense bonds between women), Susanna Sonnenberg illuminates the friendships that have influenced, nourished, inspired, and haunted her. Her method of storytelling is investigative and ruminative. Her result: fearlessly observed portraits of friendships that will inspire all readers to consider the complexities of their own relationships.
By all rights, the comic tales in Sharma Shields' collection Favorite Monster, with their cyclopses and serial killers, werewolves and writers, medusas and managers, ought to collapse into lighthearted whimsy. Instead they unfold into objects of extraordinary beauty and darkness, rendered in prose that can turn on a dime from deadpan to profound.