What started out as a streaming audio show at Wired in 2000 morphed into this little program in my tiny corner of the Internet.

Author and publisher Brad King hosts The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, this hour-long, one-on-one interview program where authors discuss the horrible choices they made in life that led them down the road to writing. Sometimes there is whiskey. Oftentimes there is cursing. But always entertaining. (My friends wouldn’t lie to me, right?)

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Episode 50: Sara Sligar: The Big Number 50 is here! We’re happy to celebrate that milestone with author Sara Sligar (Twitter, Instagram), who stopped by the Jam to talk about her debut novel, Take Me Apart. Plus, we took a deep dive into the weird insecurities that come from being a writer without all that formal writing training. Oh, and the power of just wandering through your world.

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About Sara Sligar

Sara Sligar is an author and academic based in Los Angeles, where she teaches at the University of Southern California. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and has written for outlets such as McSweeney’sThe HairpinQuartz, and more. Take Me Apart is her first novel.


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