The Write Question

Thursday 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Write Question is a program that features authors from the western United States, including James Lee Burke, Maile Meloy, Thomas McGuane, Kim Barnes, Robert Wrigley, Jess Walter, Pam Houston, Barry Lopez, and hundreds of others.

The Write Question is produced by Montana Public Radio and also broadcast by Spokane Public Radio, KSJD transmitting to the Four Corners area from Cortez, CO, and Yellowstone Public Radio, transmitting to eastern Montana and Northern Wyoming, as well as through the Public Radio Exchange.

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TWQ is supported by the Paul Allen Family Foundation, Humanities Montana - connecting kids to community, supporting vital cultural institutions, and encouraging community conversations - and by Public Radio Listeners.

The Write Question is produced by Chérie Newman. Executive producer, Michael Marsolek; studio engineer, Beth Anne Austein.

Special thanks to Lisa Simon, David Moore, Barbara Theroux, and Kim Anderson.

The music in this program was written and performed by John Floridis.

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Podcasts

Literary Fiction
9:25 am
Wed June 12, 2013

A World Series Ring, a Three-Legged Dog, and a Thirst for Self-Destruction

High and Inside, a novel by Russell Rowland

Pete Hurley is not the first person to have the idea that building his dream house in the country will bring him some kind of peace and happiness. But he may be the first to arrive in Montana with a World Series ring, a three-legged dog, and a thirst for self-destruction.

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Monday Poems
10:49 am
Mon June 10, 2013

"Gathering Mint," a poem by Laurie Wagner Buyer

Graining the Mare: The Poetry of Ranch Women, edited and with photographs by Teresa Jordan

He woke quiet, ate potatoes and eggs
sitting alone on a cottonwood stump in the sun.

At noon he took a rifle, burlap bag, and handful
     of dried apples,
saddled the glass-eyed gelding, corralled
     the wayward mare,
whistled one long high note for the hound
     and was gone.

It was late the first summer, river running
     low, meadow grass tassels paled by wind.
I weeded the garden one faded row at a time
     while the goats lazed in barn shade
and the mare paced,
     nickering again and again.

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Literary Nonfiction
12:41 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Jo Deurbrouck's Story of Adventure, Friendship and Tragedy on the Last of the West's Great Rivers

Anything Worth Doing: A true story of adventure, friendship and tragedy on the last of the West's great rivers, by Jo Deurbrouck

During this program, Chérie Newman talks with Jo Deurbrouck about her nonfiction book, Anything Worth Doing: A true story of adventure, friendship and tragedy on the last of the West's great rivers, which won a 2012 National Outdoor Book Award.

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Literary Fiction
8:44 am
Wed May 29, 2013

The Monsters Rule in Sharma Shields' Short Stories

Favorite Monster, stories by Sharma Shields

Chérie Newman talks with Spokane author Sharma Shields about the stories in her collection, Favorite Monster, winner of an Autumn House Fiction Prize. Shields also reads two short passages from the book.

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Memoir
3:16 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Susanna Sonnenberg's Revealing Memoir About Female Friendships

She Matters: A Life In Friendships, by Susanna Sonnenberg

During this program, Susanna Sonnenberg talks about her new memoir, She Matters: A Life In Relationships, and the evolution of her friendships with women.

From the Publisher:

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Literary Fiction
3:21 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Gregory Spatz Writes Portraits of Darkness and Light

During this program, Chérie Newman talks with Spokane author Gregory Spatz about his collection of stories Half as Happy.

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 nighttime prank and its gruesome aftermath forge human connections no one could have anticipated.

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Literary Fiction
1:59 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Sherril Jaffe Talks About Creative Inspiration and Stories

You Are Not Alone & Other Stories, a collection by Sherril Jaffe

San Francisco-based author Sherril Jaffe talks about creative inspiration and reads from her award-winning collection, You Are Not Alone & Other Stories.

BOOK DESCRIPTION
A homeless woman takes up residence in a man's closet; a detective solves cases by feeling the emotions of the perpetrators; a woman happens upon a swingers' club in the back of a tire shop; a couple struggling with their pets' protracted endgame puts out a hit on them; and a man's mother, newly dead and buried, calls him to ask if she can visit.

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The Write Question
10:42 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Pam Houston Draws a Fine Line Between Fiction and Nonfiction

During this program, Chérie Newman talks with Pam Houston about her book Contents May Have Shifted, a novel which Houston admits is about 87% true. So why didn't she publish it as a memoir? Newman wants to know. The answer has to do with the public's perception of truth and, of course, publishing industry lawyers.

About Contents May Have Shifted:

Stuck in a dead-end relationship, this fearless narrator leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds a comfort zone in the air, “feeling safest with one plane ticket in her hand and another in her underwear drawer.”

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