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(Press Release provided by National Writers Series)

TRAVERSE CITY: The National Writers Series is thrilled to announce the author line-up for the fall 2016 season. Online ticket sales start Monday, August 15. Be sure to note there are three different venues this season, so pay particular attention to each event’s location. For tickets, call The City Opera House at 231-941-8082 (excluding Paola Gianturco event). For tickets to Paola, call Milliken Auditorium at 231-995-1573. Ask about saving 20 percent when you subscribe to the whole season (excluding Paola’s event).

Saturday, September 17, 7 p.m./Milliken Auditorium/Paola Gianturco

At the age of 55, Paola left a highly successful career to travel for a year collecting stories and photos of women fighting for education, health, the environment, and preserving their culture. She never went back. Her latest book, Grandmother Power, is a photo portrait of activist grandmas around the world. The Dennos Museum is hosting Paola’s photo exhibit and a 6 p.m. pre-event reception with complimentary beverages and appetizers for ticket holders.

Guest host is photojournalist Tony Demin.

Tickets are available at 231-995-1573 and NWS Friends get $5 off!


Friday, October 7, 7 p.m./City Opera House/David Maraniss

Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss wrote a mesmerizing book Once in a Great City, A Detroit Story focusing on Detroit in its heyday year of 1963. His mission: “To show what Detroit gave to America.”

Guest host is bestselling author John U. Bacon.





Thursday, October 20, 7 p.m./City Opera House/Margaret Atwood

Literary legend Margaret Atwood will take the stage as our 100th author! Atwood’s latest book is Hag-Seed, which is her take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a play of enchantment, retribution and second chances.





Saturday, October 22, 7 p.m./Lars Hockstad Auditorium/Ann Patchett

CommonwealthYou asked and we delivered. Ann Patchett will be here discussing her new book Commonwealth, an enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

Bestselling author Doug Stanton, who attended Iowa Writers Workshop with Ann Patchett, will be our guest host.





Sunday, October 23, 7 p.m./City Opera House/Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult sold out The City Opera House in 2012 when she was last here. Her discussion of her new book small great things promises to be lively and provocative. It is a page-turning plot with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart.

IPR music host and producer, Kate Botello will be our guest host.

As a special bonus, we’re offering ticket buyers a terrific advance deal for all three of these events—$10 off, or a 35% discount—for a new, hardcover book (cheaper than Amazon!). Also, for this Amazing Women’s Weekend, folks who buy two tickets and a book can save an additional $5!


Friday, November 4, 7 p.m./City Opera House/Kyle Mills

Kyle Mills has filled the shoes of the late “thriller” author Vince Flynn. His first book soared to the top of The New York Times bestseller list, and we fully expect he’ll have the same success with his newest Order to Kill.

Guest host is bestselling author Doug Stanton.





Monday, December 5, 7 p.m./City Opera House/Daniel Bergner


And last but not least is Dan Bergner, a gifted, immersion journalist whose book, Sing for Your Life, is the NWS Community Reads choice. Bergner follows Ryan Speedo Green, an African American with a big voice and an even bigger dream—the Metropolitan Opera stage, where he’ll sing in La Boheme this fall. We’re inviting EVERYONE, young and old, to read this inspiring book before the big event on December 5.

IPR’s Kate Botello will again be our guest host.



For more information about the National Writers Series fall lineup, visit


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