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New collection of stories focuses on the “variety of people and voices and issues” in the Rust Belt

Apr 27, 2018

There’s a new collection of stories from Michigan and other Midwest states called Voices from the Rust Belt. Twenty-four writers deal with diverse topics ranging from witnessing segregation, exploring childhood events that leave their mark on adulthood, and some quirks of history where we live.

“I wanted to select essays ... that would best sort of give those who may be less familiar with the region a sense of the diversity and variety of people and voices and issues here,” says the collection’s editor, Anne Trubek. “As well, of course, giving people from the region that sense of what we have going for us, what we’re struggling against, and the amazing writers in this region.”

Trubek sat down with Stateside’s Lester Graham to discuss some of the stories, as well as how the anthology came together and what she wants people to take away from the collection. A few of the stories discussed include "The Kidnapped Children of Detroit" by Marsha Music, "Love and Survival: A Flint Romance" by Layla Meillier, and "Can Detroit Save White People?" by Aaron Foley.

Listen to the interview above.

Anne Trubek will be speaking at Literati Bookstore on Wednesday evening, May 2nd in Ann Arbor.

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