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Legends of the Fall book cover
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One of the greatest Michigan-based writers of his generation died over the weekend. We remember Jim Harrison with Bill Castanier, who writes about books for the Lansing City Pulse.


If we’re lucky, our memories are mostly of happy times and not too many regrets, but that’s definitely not the case for the protagonist in Sebastian Faulks’ new novel. Scott Southard reviews "Where My Heart Used to Beat."


We’re a long way off from Halloween, but our book reviewer Scott Southard has this scary book review to get your adrenaline pumping. Here is Scott’s take on "Mr. Splitfoot" by Samantha Hunt.


The MSU Department of Theatre has brought one of literature’s most timeless tales, "Pride and Prejudice," to the stage. We take the occasion to revisit what makes the novel so beloved, and find out what kind of contemporary twist MSU is bringing to the classic story.


No one has had quite the impact on Western literature that William Shakespeare has. His 37 plays have been turned into hundreds of movie adaptations and been performed countless times on stages across the world. Current State book reviewer Scott Southard gives us his take on one of the latest reinterpretations of the Bard of Avon.


In the second part of Scott Pohl’s conversation with Mahtob Mahmoody, author of “My Name is Mahtob”, she describes forgiving her father for holding her and her mother captive in Iran when she was a child. 

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In “Not Without My Daughter,” Betty Mahmoody told the story of how her then-husband took her and her daughter from their Michigan home to Iran and held them captive, and how they escaped to return to the U.S. 

Jeanne Van Wieren of Williamston is a poet and artist who has published a holiday-themed book inspired by life in Michigan. We talk with her about “Solstice Dance."


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April Van Buren / WKAR

A new exhibit at the MSU Libraries celebrates the 150th anniversary of "Alice in Wonderland." Current State's April Van Buren took a tour.


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Courtesy of Bryce David Salazar

Lansing writer Bryce David Salazar has published his first novel. She Sees Metaphors will be released Friday at an event at The Robin Theatre in Lansing. Current State's Scott Pohl talks to Salazar about the book.

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Courtesy photo / Five Count Publishing

ESPN football analyst Ray Bentley has written his first novel. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with him about “Driftwood.” Bentley also has high expectations for the Michigan State football team this season.


Mardi Jo Link photo
Sarah Brown / Courtesy photo

In 2013, Mardi Jo Link published “Bootstrapper,” recounting her post-divorce life running a small farm in northern Michigan. Now, she’s back with a new book about her lifelong friendship with seven other women. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Mardi Jo Link about “The Drummond Girls.”


Current State discusses the history of Asian Americans in Michigan with the editor of a new book on the topic.


Literature can be a window into the history and culture of the place where it is written. Current State talks to freelance journalist Anna Clark about her new book exploring Michigan’s “literary luminaries.”


We writers tend to take short stories for granted. They are practice. They are something students do in a class. They are throwaway ideas for a collection or a blogsite. Most recently, publishers have been asking authors to create short stories as a means for introducing a novel to an audience, sort of an awkward attempt at a prequel. Check out this free short story, now come back and buy the book!

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