Heather McElhatton

Writer and Independent Producer
Minnesota Public Radio
hmcelhatton@mpr.org

Heather McElhatton is a writer and independent producer whose work as appeared on Minnesota Public Radio. Her commentaries and stories have been heard nationally on This American Life, Marketplace, Weekend America and Sound Money. McElhatton hosted the literary series Stage Sessions, a live variety show at the Fitzgerald Theater, which combines written word, live music and comedy. She has written several novels, including "Pretty Little Mistakes," "A Million Little Mistakes," "Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single," and "Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Married."

Heather McElhatton Feature Archive

It's getting to that time of year when many people across the state are a little blue. The holidays are a memory. New Year's resolutions are already out the door. Plus, the cold and short days will be around for another few months. A local security guard/poet provides some solace for the winter-weary. (01/28/2005)
Joyce Carol Oates's enigmatic new novel, The Falls, is part historical thriller, part dysfunctional family portrait. (10/01/2004)
Anchee Min's new novel, "Empress Orchid," is a wordsmith's treasury of unique phrases, economical dialogue, and rich imagery. (04/02/2004)
Neil Gaiman describes his work with his friend and the illustarator of "Coraline," Dave Mckean. (01/19/2004)
Producer Heather McElhatton explores the structure, tone, and metaphor of A Brief History of the Flood. (12/18/2003)
Producer Heather McElhatton explores where "Dry" belongs among categorizations of fiction, non-fiction, and creative non-fiction. (11/03/2003)
Talking Volumes Producer Heather McElhatton discusses the atmosphere, sudden change and the metaphor of the purple hibiscus. (10/21/2003)
Talking Volumes Producer Heather McElhatton discusses the themes of quietness, pathos, and return in Anna Quindlen's novel, "Blessings." (09/02/2003)
It's been 18 years since Margaret Atwood's novel "The Handmaid's Tale" first hit book stands, but its powerful story of a society that trades liberty for security—in part by controlling the rights of women—has lost none of its hold. (04/14/2003)
Author and former MPR reporter Leif Enger writes a series of journal entries while on his book tour in 2001. His debut novel, "Peace Like a River," a Talking Volumes selection, is the subject of critical acclaim. (12/19/2001)