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Episode 13: Halle Butler

The Downtown Writers Jam

Release Date: 02/04/2015

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The Downtown Writers Jam

Episode 59: Hosho McCreesh: Saddle up to the bar, y'all as author Hosho McCreesh and Brad talk about the world of DIY writing, publishing, and drinking. You're going to want to leave the top of the bottle for this one.  Lord knows they did. Oh, and make sure you check out Hosho's audio project, .

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Episode 58: Andrew Altschul: If you're a fan of the show, you've heard Brad talk about the MFA versus kludge writer divide. Today, it comes to the Jam! Author Andrew Altschul stopped by to talk about his latest book, . In between their shared love of dogs and the outdoors, they slipped into that oh-so-writerly debate. Sidle on up to the bar for an insider conversation on what it means to be a writer.

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Episode 57: Dr. Hilary Green: On this episode of the Jam, Brad and author Dr. Hilary Green talk the importance of oral culture and the difficulty of tracking down those shared stories. The driving force of that discussion, Hilary's book, , which grew out of her research into the stories and data that history texts have forgotten. And that research came—in part—from a question her mother asked! 

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Episode 56: Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky: This is one of those podcasts where you're going to learn a thing or two! Historian Lindsay Chervinsky stopped by the Jam to discuss her book, More than once, Brad found himself saying "I had no idea that's how this whole thing worked." You will, too. But, it wasn't all work. They also talked baseball and hiking!

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Episode 55: Michael Seese: Author went from writing business books to writing children's books. But he did that in the most modern way possible. He wrote , tapping the story on his phone while his young son was at football practice. The only unexpected consequence: now he has two more books to write because the other children are waiting for their stories!

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Episode 54: Louise Fein: Sometimes a conversation stays with me long after the interview. That was the case with novelist , whose book  ( in the U.S.) is out in May. We talked of her family's escape from Germany in the thirties, her rediscovering a history she didn’t know, and staking claim to a voice about a place—and a culture—to which she is forever connected.

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Episode 53: Trevor Wood show art Episode 53: Trevor Wood

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I'm never quite sure what we're getting into on the Jam. In this episode, author and playwright took me on a journey that weaved through his time in the Royal Navy, then to becoming a playwright, and on to writing his first novel, . Most writers travel a circuitous path on their way to publishing, but Trevor's is one of the most interesting we'd had on the show. Buckle up and pour a stiff drink.

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When you get two hillbillies behind the microphone, you never know where the conversation is going to go. Author Tommy Jenkins stopped by the Jam to talk about his new graphic novel, , living in Appalachia, and the learning curve both he and I went through in terms of understanding race and class in America. Oh, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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This conversation could have gone on all day. (Don't worry, it doesn't!) Author Samantha M. Bailey stopped by the show to talk about her debut thriller, . Her road to publication was neither smooth nor fast. But the journey proved worthwhile. As did the unexpected turns she took along her way.

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The Big Number 50 is here! We're happy to celebrate that milestone with author Sara Sligar (, ), who stopped by the Jam to talk about her debut novel, . Plus, we took a deep dive into the weird insecurities that come from being a writer without all that formal writing training. Oh, and the power of just wandering through your world.

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Halle Butler's novel Jillian is getting rave reviews. I had the chance to sit down with her last November -- before the book came out -- to talk about writing while drinking tea in the office of Curbside Splendor Publshing in Chicago. It was also her first official interview, which made for an even better time.