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  • All fields: California
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    • Nigey Lennon interview, 1991 July

    • Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 - Homes and haunts - California; Bohemianism - California - History - 19th century; Authors, American - 19th century - Biography; Journalists - United States - Biography; California - Intellectual life - 19th century;...
    • Nigey spends the first segment of the interview discussing Twain’s experiences in California and the American West. Nigey believes that Twain’s experiences as a “frontier” journalist nurtured his literary skills because frontier journalism...
    • R.J. Smith interview

    • African Americans - California - Los Angeles - Intellectual life - 20th century; African American arts - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century; African American neighborhoods - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century;...
    • R.J. Smith discusses his book, “The Great Black Way.” He begins by discussing some of the historical figures that his book explores, such as, Chester Himes who fathered the black detective novel. He explains how in the 1940s when President...
    • Bill Boyarsky interview, 2008

    • Unruh, Jesse, 1922-1987; Unruh, Jesse, 1922-1987 - Influence; California. Legislature. Assembly - Speakers - Biography; Politicians - California - Biography; Legislators - California - Biography; Center parties - United States - Case...
    • Bill Boyarsky discusses his biography, “Big Daddy.” He begins by talking about the early life of politician Jesse Unruh. He talks about Jesse’s college education through the G.I. Bill and his time serving in the Navy. He discusses how...
    • Lionel Rolfe interview, 1991 July

    • American literature - California - Los Angeles - History and criticism; American literature - 20th century - History and criticism; Authors, American - Homes and haunts - California - Los Angeles; Bohemianism - California - Los Angeles; City and...
    • Lionel begins the interview discussing the important roll living and writing in California and especially Los Angeles has had on American Literature. Lionel and Connie spend majority of interview tracing out the different writers who lived in...
    • Victor Villaseñor interview, 2002

    • Villaseñor, Victor - Family; Authors, American - 20th century - Family relationships; Mexican Americans - California, Southern - Biography; Mexican American families - California, Southern; Mexican American authors - Family relationships; Family -...
    • Victor Villaseñor discusses his book, “Thirteen Senses.” He says the book follows the first years of his parents, Salvador and Lupe’s marriage. Villaseñor talks about his father’s interactions with an avocado farmer and how they helped...
    • Kevin Starr interview, 2005

    • California - History
    • Kevin Starr discusses his book, “California: A History.” Starr begins by talking about the Spanish operating through the Pacific in the 1500s. He goes on to talk about the Jesuit order and its power, Alta, California, and Junipero Serra. ...
    • Paul D. White interview

    • School improvement programs - California; Problem youth - Education - California; Youth with social disabilities - Education - California; West Valley Leadership Academy (Canoga Park, Calif.)
    • Paul White discusses his book, “White’s Rules.” He begins by explaining that he is a teacher “of reject kids.” White runs the West Valley Leadership Academy, which is a public charter school in Canoga Park, California. The kids that are...
    • Cupcake Brown interview

    • San Francisco (Calif.) - Biography; San Diego (Calif.) - Biography; Inner cities - California - San Diego; African Americans - California - San Diego - Social conditions; African American families - California - San Diego; African Americans -...
    • Cupcake Brown discusses her book, “A Piece of Cake.” She begins by explaining that the book is a memoir of her life. Her story starts when she was eleven years old and her mother dies unexpectedly. She is then subjected to a series of abusive...
    • MaryEllen Bell Ray interview

    • Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.) - History - Juvenile literature; Los Angeles (Calif.) - History - Juvenile literature; Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.) - History; Los Angeles (Calif.) - History
    • MaryEllen Bell Ray discusses her book, “The City of Watts.” She begins by explaining that this book came from an oral history project on the city of Watts, California. She talks about the history of Watts and how it was a great place to...
    • Harry Crosby interview, 1982

    • Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) - History; Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) - Social life and customs; Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) - Biography
    • Harry Crosby discusses his book “Last of the Californios,” which he wrote and took photographs for. He begins by explaining the word Californio, which was a term used by settlers to describe indigenous people from Baja, California. The...
    • Kirk Russell interview, 2005 February 14

    • California - Fiction; Marquez, John (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Poachers - Fiction; Poaching - Fiction; Bear hunting - Fiction; Government investigators - Fiction; California. Dept. of Fish and Game - Fiction
    • Kirk Russell discusses his book, “Night Game.” He begins by explaining that this is the second book in his John Marquez Crime Novel series. Russell shares that in this book the main character, John Marquez, works for a Special Operations Unit...
    • T.C. Boyle interview

    • Marijuana industry - California - Fiction; Businesspeople - California - Fiction; Park, Mungo, 1771-1806 - Fiction; Discoveries in geography - Fiction; Explorers - Fiction; Africa, West - Fiction; United States - Social life and customs - 20th...
    • T. Coraghessan Boyle discusses three of his books, “Greasy Lake & Other Stories,” “Water Music,” and “Budding Prospects: A Pastoral.” In “Greasy Lake & Other Stories,” Boyle asks what would it have been like if Dwight D. Eisenhower...
    • Elyn Saks interview

    • Saks, Elyn R., 1955-; Gould School of Law - Faculty - Biography; University of California, San Diego. School of Medicine - Faculty - Biography; Schizophrenics - Biography; Mental illness - Biography; Schizophrenia - Case studies; Schizophrenics -...
    • Elyn Saks discusses her book, “The Center Cannot Hold.” She begins by explaining that the reason she wrote the book was to give hope to those who suffer from schizophrenia and to help others better understand the condition. The book is the...
    • Caitlin Rother interview

    • Murder - California - Case studies; Deleon, Skylar, 1979-; Hawks, Jackie, d. 2004; Hawks, Thomas, d. 2004; Homicide - California - Case studies
    • Caitlin Rother discusses her book, “Dead Reckoning.” She begins by explaining that her book is a case study about a murder in California. She talks about how Skylar Deleon killed Thomas and Jackie Hawks by throwing them off their yacht and...
    • Tony Cohan interview

    • Cohan, Tony - Homes and haunts - California; Cohan, Tony - Childhood and youth; Cohan, Tony - Family; Novelists, American - 20th century - Biography; Terminally ill parents - California; Fathers and sons - California; Hollywood (Los Angeles,...
    • Tony Cohan discusses his book, “Native State.” He begins by discussing his last book, which was a memoir called “On Mexican Time” and was more of a travel narrative. He then explores his new book and how it is a memoir chronicling his life...
    • Lou Cannon interview, 1997

    • King, Rodney; Los Angeles (Calif.). Police Dept; Riots - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century; Racism - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century; African Americans - Civil rights - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th...
    • Lou Cannon discusses his book, “Official Negligence.” He begins the interview by explaining what caused the Watts riots and how the courts ruled against Rodney King. He describes how he was a journalist for the Washington Post and came to Los...
    • William Rehder interview, 2003 August

    • Thieves - California - Los Angeles - Case studies; Robbery investigation - California - Los Angeles - Case studies; Bank robberies - California - Los Angeles - Case studies; United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation - Officials and employees -...
    • William Rehder discusses his book, “Where the Money Is.” He begins by explaining that Los Angles has been the bank robbery capitol of the world since 1979 and that the minute a bank is robbed it involves the F.B.I. Rehder explains that it was...
    • Brett Paesel interview

    • Paesel, Brett; Mothers - California - Los Angeles - Biography; Motherhood - California - Los Angeles - Anecdotes; Character actors and actresses - California - Los Angeles - Biography; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Biography
    • Brett Paesel discusses her book, “Mommies Who Drink.” She begins by explaining that her book is a collection of essays about things she and her friends have experienced. She talks about her time acting on the television shows, “Curb Your...
    • Lionel Rolfe interview, 1998

    • Rolfe, Lionel, 1942-; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography; Journalists - California - Biography
    • Lionel Rolfe discusses his autobiography, “Fat Man on the Left: Four Decades in the Underground.” He begins by explaining that he spent his early years growing up in California. He talks about how a PBS television movie was done on his...
    • Icy Smith interview, 2003 August

    • Chinese Americans - California - Los Angeles - History; Chinese Americans - California - Los Angeles - History - Pictorial works; Los Angeles (Calif.) - History; Los Angeles (Calif.) - History - Pictorial works
    • Icy Smith discusses her book, “The Lonely Queue.” She begins the interview by talking about her immigration from Hong Kong to Los Angeles and her background growing up in poverty and moving to America for an education. She goes into the...

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