Traverse City Events: National Writers Series Summer-Fall 2012 Line Up

Traverse City Events: For the fourth consecutive year the National Writers Series of Traverse City is bringing in nationally and internationally known writers, editors, and journalists for the 2012 Summer-Fall Season. In response to the massively positive reaction to past events, the National Writers Series has brought in almost twice the number of authors, lowered ticket prices, and created discounts for book groups. One exciting new program is the "Whatta Book Deal." For $38, readers recieve a signed copy of the guest author's book, tickets and prime seating at the event, and access to a private reception.

The goal of this largely volunteer-run organization is to bring the Traverse City community into close contact with some of America's best story-tellers, and they achieve just that. Called one of the "preeminent authors series in the county" by Poets and Writers, Traverse City's National Writers Series is worth checking out. Take a look through the Series line up, and you may see the opportunity to engage in conversation with your favorite author! Tickets go on sale June 12 at noon for Friends of the NWS, and beginning June 17, advanced tickets are available for the general public. They can be purchased at the City Opera House Box Office.

2012 Summer-Fall Series

Janet Evanovich
July 9, 2012, 7 p.m., City Opera House

Number One New York Times best-selling author Janet Evanovich is kicking off the National Cherry Festival with a discussion of her most recent success, Wicket Business. Like most of Evanovich's work, Wicked Business features a sassy modern heroine, a mysterious and sexy man, and a twisting plot. Evanovich began her career as a romance novel, but gained superstar status with her novel One for the Money, recently made into a film featuring Katherine Heigl. She will be on stage with National Writers Series founder Doug Stanton, and has generously consented to allocate a portion of the evening's funds to the NWS Scholarship Fund.

Lee Child
September 18, 2012, 7 p.m., City Opera House

Named the "best thriller writer in the business" by the Boston Globe, Lee Child is the creator of the 'Jack Reacher' series. Driven by a complex and hauntingly relatable hero and spare, lyrical prose, Child's series has rocked to international fame. The author, whose works have been published in over ninety five different countries, will discuss both his life and latest novel A Wanted Man with NWS founder and fellow author Doug Stanton.  

Maggie Stiefvater

September 27, 2012, 7 p.m.. City Opera House

Bring the young adults in your life (or simply your curiosity about the latest in young adult fiction) to An Evening with Maggie Stiefvater- one of the most critically acclaimed new authors on the literary scene. Stiefvater's novel The Scorpio Races is currently under contract with Warner Brothers, and her series the Wolves of Mercy Trilogy has been compared to Romeo and Juliet in it's emotional scope. At this event, Stiefvater will be sitting down with book reviewer Lynn Rutan, whose blog "Bookends" is the go-to for the best in young adult fiction. Though Steifvater is a young adult author, her books are written with such intelligence and imagination that they appeal to all ages of curious readers.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
October 11,  2012, 7 p.m. City Opera House

At the age of 22, Ali fled an arranged marriage in Somalia, escaping to the Netherlands where she finished university, and was eventually elected to Parliment. Both admired and highly controversial, Ali has since dedicated her considerable talents for communication to creating awareness and discussion of the ways in which religious fanaticism affects women. Her novels Infidel and Nomad were both greeted with praise for both their inspiring content, and beautiful prose. Ali, now a U.S. resident and founder of the AHA Foundation, which works to 'protect and defend the rights of women and girls in the West from oppression justified by religion and culture" will be joined in conversation by Jack Segal, local foreign policy expert and former senior political advisor to the NATO Commander.

Benjamin Busch
November 8, 2012, 7 p.m. City Opera House

Author, actor, photographer and former Marine Corps Officer, Busch brings a vast and varied body of experience to all of his work. As both an artist and a soldier, the relationship between destruction and creation works in a pivotal way in his new memoir Dust to Dust which he will be discussing at his Traverse City appearance. A Michigan resident, Busch is one of the first to participate in the NWS Introduces program. which aims to promote new authors.

Michael Connelly
November 29, 2012, 7 p.m. City Opera House

Known in the book world as "today's Dostoevsky of crime literature", Michael Connelly is the creator of detective Harry Bosch, an unconventional detective on beat in Los Angeles, and author of The Lincoln Lawyer which was made into a film in 2011. Connelly has sold over 45 million of his novels, which are known for being psychological thrillers, playing with some of life's perplexing moral dilemmas. He will be discussing his latest novel The Black Box (published November 26, 2012) and greater body of work with Michigan crime writer Bryan Gruley, whose own work is often placed in the Twin Lakes area.  

For more information on the National Writers Series, visit their new online home.
To purchase tickets, visit the City Opera House Box Office
106 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Monday-Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
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