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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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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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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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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.


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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!

Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, John Dos Passos.

John Hermann. A few of those names are more familiar than the last one, but John T. Hermann was indeed a member of the influential “lost generation” of writers.  And the author, who wrote a book that was banned in 1926, grew up in Lansing.

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Brittany Gibbons is a writer and performer who has made a name for herself in the arena of positive self image, specifically regarding women considered to be plus-sized. Tonight, she’ll appear at the Schuler book store in the Eastwood Towne Center to talk about her book, “Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It.”

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The 28th Rally of Writers is Saturday in Lansing. The annual one-day conference will bring together leading Michigan writers like “Bootstrapper” author Mardi Jo Link, author and WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael and others with audiences who love reading and aspire to write themselves. The keynote speaker will be Jack Lessenberry, whose essays on Michigan politics are seen in publications across the state and heard on our Michigan Public Radio Network sister station in Ann Arbor, Michigan Radio.

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