John Enger is a journalist, novelist and woodworker.

Truth can be slippery. John Enger goes after it.

John Enger tells stories for a living. He’s tracked down local legends and hermits to share their voices. He’s captured the depth of pain caused by school shootings and carried his microphone into white supremacist rallies and armed marches — places where public radio is often not welcome.

His award-winning work reaches one million listeners each week on Minnesota Public Radio, and countless more through the dozens of platforms that pick up his stories, including USA Today, NPR, U.S. News & World Report and other national and regional publications.

The truth can be slippery. Enger goes after it. And he brings that ethic to fiction.

Novels are made up. Lies, by definition. But in his debut manuscript, Radium, Enger portrays the world he sees. A version of rural America that can’t fit in a four minute radio story. He builds his characters with empathy — writes their flaws in clean lines. He gives them strength to rise up and be redeemed, or not redeemed, if they so choose. And there‚Äôs truth in that, as well. Is there not?


Listen to an audio clip of Enger’s manuscript, Radium:

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