Between The Lines

WMUK's weekly show on the literary community in Southwest Michigan. Between The Lines airs on Fridays at 7:50 a.m., and 4:20 p.m.

Tim Coburn

University student Emily Shapiro disappears in Michigan after a sexual assault. It’s a fictional story that its author, Allison Leotta, based on 12 years of experience as a federal prosecutor in Washington D.C., where she worked on cases involving sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children. Leotta’s 2017 "Michigan Notable Book" is The Last Good Girl (Touchstone, 2016).

E. Scott Sommers

For Ephraim Scott Sommers, the author of The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire (Tebot Bach, 2017), writing poetry is how he works through his feelings about the violence he has experienced during his lifetime.

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Doug Stanton is a journalist, lecturer, screenwriter, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers. In his new book, The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War (Scribner, 2017), Stanton tells the story of Stan Parker, a story Parker had been trying to tell for half a century.

Goran Duvancic

How often have you heard that happiness is a choice? It’s the New Age thing to say. But Scott Stabile disagrees. He says it’s not a choice because we can’t choose our emotions. Stabile is the author of Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-open Heart (New World Library, 2017). He’s not about to apologize for feeling grief, either. When he finally allowed himself to feel grief about great tragedy in his life, he says that helped him become a better person.

Viki Redding

Although Travis Mulhauser now lives in North Carolina, his years growing up in Petoskey, Michigan, are never far from the surface. Michigan is often the vivid background in his stories, as it is in his debut novel, Sweetgirl (Ecco/Harper Collins, 2017), a 2017 Michigan Notable Book.