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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Emily Fridlund

Emily Fridlund

Author Emily Fridlund pens her second book, the darkly comic short story collection Catapult

Author Emily Fridlund joined Reading Group Choices at 702WI, RGC’s event center in Madison, to meet fans and read from her new book, Catapult. She kindly took the time to answer a few questions about her formative influences, favorite books, and fictional characters she most identifies with.

Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, Catapult follows Emily Fridlund’s acclaimed debut novel History of Wolves.

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Avi

Avi

Avi talks about war, childhood, and his inspiration for The Button War

In The Button War, master of historical fiction Avi delivers a fierce account of the boys in a war-torn Polish village who are determined to prove themselves with a simple dare that spins disastrously out of control. Reading Group Choices interviewed him about the book, his methodology for writing, and the culture created in his striking novel.

Q: Why did you pick buttons as the object of the boys’ dare in The Button War?

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Shawn Francis Peters

The Infamous Harry Hayward

Shawn Francis Peters writes a heart-pounding account of the “Minneapolis Monster” in his newest book.

Shawn Francis Peters recently visited Verona Public Library in Wisconsin to read and discuss his work with an audience. Shawn also kindly took the time to answer our Q&A after he shared part of his book.

702WI: What book changed your life?​
Shawn Peters: When I was in high school in Baltimore in the 1980s, I read Truman Capote’s classic true-crime book In Cold Blood. I couldn’t believe it! Here was a riveting, dramatic book—and it wasn’t a novel. It sort of opened up my mind to the possibilities of nonfiction as a genre, right on down to the sentence level. Capote’s sentences really sang. I read the book just as I was starting to identify myself as a writer, and it provided a kind of “eureka!” moment. I thought, “Hey, maybe I could do something like this someday.”

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Michael Perry

Michael Perry

Memoirist, humorist, singer-songwriter: Michael Perry is a man of many talents

Michael Perry recently visited 702WI, the home of Reading Group Choices, to read and discuss his work with an audience. Michael also kindly took the time to answer our Q&A after he shared part of his memoir. His latest book—Danger, Man Working—draws on 15 years of writing.

702WI: What book changed your life?​
Michael Perry: When I was in third grade our family received a box of secondhand clothes.

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RGC Authors Featured on TTBOOK

To The Best of Our Knowledge (TTBOOK), a Wisconsin Public Radio show, has featured a host of RGC Authors who’ve come to town to read at our home base, 702WI.

Go deeper in the world of each book and the creative process of each author by reading articles about the authors and listening as host Anne Strainchamps conducts insightful interviews.

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Devin Murphy

History comes to life in this stunning novel with a moral dilemma at its core

Devin Murphy

Devin Murphy’s debut novel The Boat Runner charts the coming-of-age story of a Dutch man during WWII. He kindly took the time to answer our questions during a recent reading at 702WI.

702WI: What book changed your life?​
Devin Murphy: All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren. When I first starting writing, Warren’s novel gave me a sense of how flawed, yet complex, a character could be and showed me that if such a character has a big story to tell,

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