Chérie Newman

Host and Producer

Chérie Newman is an arts and humanities producer and host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. Her weekly literary program, The Write Question, is broadcast on several public radio stations, and available online at PRX.org and MTPR.org.

Her articles, essays, and book reviews have been published in Montana Magazine, High Country News, the University of Montana Alumni Newsletter, Whitefish Review, the Billings Gazette, the Missoulian, Montana Senior News, Outside Bozeman Magazine, and on numerous websites.

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Literary Nonfiction
12:41 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Jo Deurbrouck's Story of Adventure, Friendship and Tragedy on the Last of the West's Great Rivers

Anything Worth Doing: A true story of adventure, friendship and tragedy on the last of the West's great rivers, by Jo Deurbrouck

During this program, Chérie Newman talks with Jo Deurbrouck about her nonfiction book, Anything Worth Doing: A true story of adventure, friendship and tragedy on the last of the West's great rivers, which won a 2012 National Outdoor Book Award.

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William Marcus talks with Organizers
9:56 am
Fri May 31, 2013

St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival

The Muir String Quartet will perform in St. Timothy's July 14, 2013.

William Marcus talks with Diana Neely and Muriel Ramerman about the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, which runs June 30th - August 25th at St. Timothy's Chapel in Southern Cross, east of Georgetown Lake.

http://www.sttimothysmusic.org

2013 Season

Bel Canto
Members of the Muir Quartet & Guests
Brig Urias, classical guitar
The Ringling 5
Jim Rotondi, trumpet, and David Morgenroth, piano.

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Literary Fiction
8:44 am
Wed May 29, 2013

The Monsters Rule in Sharma Shields' Short Stories

Favorite Monster, stories by Sharma Shields

Chérie Newman talks with Spokane author Sharma Shields about the stories in her collection, Favorite Monster, winner of an Autumn House Fiction Prize. Shields also reads two short passages from the book.

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Memoir
3:16 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Susanna Sonnenberg's Revealing Memoir About Female Friendships

She Matters: A Life In Friendships, by Susanna Sonnenberg

During this program, Susanna Sonnenberg talks about her new memoir, She Matters: A Life In Relationships, and the evolution of her friendships with women.

From the Publisher:

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Literary Fiction
3:21 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Gregory Spatz Writes Portraits of Darkness and Light

During this program, Chérie Newman talks with Spokane author Gregory Spatz about his collection of stories Half as Happy.

A grieving couple rents a desperate landlord’s house in an effort to recover lost intimacy. Twins are irrevocably separated by events both beyond and within their control. A nighttime prank and its gruesome aftermath forge human connections no one could have anticipated.

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Memoir
11:32 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Joe Wilkins Explores the Lives of Boys and Men in Eastern Montana

The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up in the Big Dry, by Joe Wilkins

During this week's program, Chérie Newman talks with author and poet Joe Wilkins about his memoir The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up in the Big Dry. He also reads from the book and reads two poems from his new collection, Notes From The Journey Westward.

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Literary Fiction
1:59 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Sherril Jaffe Talks About Creative Inspiration and Stories

You Are Not Alone & Other Stories, a collection by Sherril Jaffe

San Francisco-based author Sherril Jaffe talks about creative inspiration and reads from her award-winning collection, You Are Not Alone & Other Stories.

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A homeless woman takes up residence in a man's closet; a detective solves cases by feeling the emotions of the perpetrators; a woman happens upon a swingers' club in the back of a tire shop; a couple struggling with their pets' protracted endgame puts out a hit on them; and a man's mother, newly dead and buried, calls him to ask if she can visit.

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The Write Question

The Write Question is a program that features authors from the western United States, including James Lee Burke, Maile Meloy, Thomas McGuane, Kim Barnes, Robert Wrigley, Jess Walter, Pam Houston, Barry Lopez, and hundreds of others.

The Write Question
10:42 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Pam Houston Draws a Fine Line Between Fiction and Nonfiction

During this program, Chérie Newman talks with Pam Houston about her book Contents May Have Shifted, a novel which Houston admits is about 87% true. So why didn't she publish it as a memoir? Newman wants to know. The answer has to do with the public's perception of truth and, of course, publishing industry lawyers.

About Contents May Have Shifted:

Stuck in a dead-end relationship, this fearless narrator leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds a comfort zone in the air, “feeling safest with one plane ticket in her hand and another in her underwear drawer.”

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