The Write Question

Thursday 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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 is produced by Montana Public Radio and also broadcast by Spokane Public Radio, KSJD transmitting to the Four Corners area from Cortez, CO, and Yellowstone Public Radio, transmitting to eastern Montana and Northern Wyoming, as well as through the Public Radio Exchange.

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TWQ is supported by Humanities Montana - connecting kids to community, supporting vital cultural institutions, and encouraging community conversations - and by Public Radio Listeners.

The Write Question is produced by Chérie Newman. Executive producer, Michael Marsolek; studio engineer, Beth Anne Austein.

Special thanks to Barbara Theroux and Kim Anderson.

The music in some programs was written and performed by John Floridis.


by Cornelia Funke

Random House Books for Young Readers, 2015

Ruffleclaw is the third in a series of books by Cornelia Funke which includes Emma and the Blue Genie and The Pirate Pig. This story tells the tale of an earth monster who lives under the shed in Tommy's family's yard. Unlike his neighbor earth monsters, whose burrows are filled with wood-lice and trash, Ruffleclaw loves all things human, and lines his home with sweaters and other trinkets stolen from humans over the years.

Mother Goose's Pajama Party 

by Danna Smith 

Illustrated by Virginia Allyn

Doubleday Books for Young Readers 2015

When my children were infants, I used to strap them in their carrier and go walking up the mountain that I live on, chanting nursery rhymes in rhythm with my steps. Back at home, while nursing, I would read through collections of nursery rhymes to brush up on the ones I learned as a child and discover the ones I missed.

Everything, Everything

by Nicola Yoon

Delacorte Press 2015

Madeline is allergic to everything. Literally. She has a rare disease that is a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency which requires her to remain in her environmentally controlled home at all times. Anyone who comes in has to go through a one-hour decontamination process, which means that the only people she sees are her mother, her nurse, Carla, and an occasional tutor.

There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight

by Penny Parker Klostermann

illustrated by Ben Mantle

Random House 2015

There can never be too many re-writings of “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly..” at least if you are preschool or early elementary age. And the repetition of the familiar pattern with unexpected elements makes this first picture book by Penny Parker Klostermann fun for kids and adults alike.

Over in the Wetlands: A Hurricane-on-the-Bayou Story

by Caroline Starr Rose & Rob Dunlavey

Schwartz & Wade Books, 2015

“Over in the wetlands

where the silky mist weaves,

Dragonfly lights on a slender reed.

Field Trip

by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen

Wendy Lamb Books 2015

Gary Paulsen first teamed up with his son Jim Paulsen to write Road Trip in 2013, in which teenage Ben Duffy and his father head off on a road trip with the family dog, Atticus to rescue a border collie. The rescued pup, Conor, joins the crew in this companion book, which takes place as Ben is trying to convince his parents to let him go to boarding school at a hockey academy.

Vincent and the Night

by Adele Enersen

Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015

Vincent is an infant, portrayed in color photographs on every page of this delightful picture book. His surroundings are depicted in pen and ink drawings.

“One evening, Vincent decided he didn't want to go to bed. The night was rolling in like a woolly black blanket, ready to tuck him in...”

And as it does, Vincent takes hold of a thread of that woolly blanket that is the night and begins to unravel it! He uses the thread to construct new images: a cat, a violin, musical notes that transform into flies...

The great Montana author Ivan Doig passed away today at 75. Here's an archived interview with Ivan Doig from "The Write Question".

'Okay to think your own thoughts...'

Sep 11, 2014

"Okay to take pictures. Okay to sit on turtle. Okay to let your dog out. Okay to think your own thoughts (crackpot though they might well be)." These words greet all who visit the domain of 95-year-old Montana artist Bill Ohrmann. 

Kenneth Turan is a film critic for NPR and the LA Times. He's the author of Not To Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From A Lifetime of Film.

In our Clip of the Week Turan explains why Hollywood movies seem to be losing some of their luster as they target ever larger audiences.