Donated by Connie Martinson to the Drucker Institute and the Transdisciplinary Studies Program at Claremont Graduate University, the Connie Martinson Talks Books Collection consists of more than 2,500 television interviews with prominent authors of fiction and nonfiction taped over the last 30 years. Included in the collection are interviews with Maya Angelou, Ray Bradbury, Al Gore, Rosa Parks, Gore Vidal, Barack Obama, Studs Terkel and Joyce Carol Oates.
The "Connie Martinson Talks Books" television series originates from L.A. CityView Channel 35 and can be seen on government-access cable outlets around the country and PBS in New York—and now in the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.
Connie Martinson grew up in Boston and graduated from Wellesley College, where she was awarded the Davenport Prize for Speech and Literature. She worked as an editor for Writer magazine in Boston before moving to Los Angeles with her husband, film and television director Leslie Martinson. Prior to parlaying her love of literature into a self-financed half-hour television series on books, she was involved in public relations for the Coro Foundation and taught at UCLA and the University of Judaism.
Under the direction of the Drucker Institute (www.druckerinstitute.com) and Transdisciplinary Studies Program, the Connie Martinson Talks Books Collection will be digitized and new interviews added on an ongoing basis over the next several years.