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Mike & The Long Beds at Beds at Untitled Town April 25th

It’s a book festival, and Mike’s bringing the band! This year’s Untitled Town lineup is remarkable: Walter Mosley, Jamie Ford, Susan Orlean (long before it published, she critiqued a passage of Truck for me), William Kent Krueger, Nickolas Butler, Andrea Gibson, and more, more, more. On Thursday, April 25, Mike will play a show at the Tarlton Theatre…View post

Headed to Tucson

My presentation will be in the Arizona Daily Star tent, Saturday March 2, 11:30 a.m., and is advertised as follows: Writing From the Middle of Nowhere: A Freelance Life Best-selling author and longtime freelance writer Michael Perry will share a humorous, frank, off-beat look at writing for a living in “flyover” America. Using a tractor…View post

“Roughneck Grace” Choose words carefully when parting

Every week the Wisconsin State Journal runs “Roughneck Grace,” a weekly column written by Mike (many of the columns will be adapted from Mike’s Tent Show Radio monologues). This week’s column, titled, “Choose words carefully when parting” can be seen online here.

New Tent Show Radio Tomorrow: Sweet Water Warblers

If you’re within range of (or can stream) one of these stations tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 9th) we hope you’ll join Mike as he hosts another edition of Tent Show Radio from Big Top Chautauqua. This week’s show features musical guests the Sweet Water Warblers and the Blue Canvas Orchestra performing selections of “From Belfast to Bluegrass.” In between all the…View post

Pre-order: The Milwaukee Anthology

NOTE FROM MIKE: They asked me to share my view of Milwaukee. With respect, I flipped the script. The Milwaukee Anthology, including the piece Mandela’s Milwaukee by Michael Perry, is now available for pre-order here.The Milwaukee Anthology, Edited by Justin Kern, is a book on hope and hurt in one of America’s toughest ZIP codes. In these pages are the stories of…View post