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    • Dan Chaon interview, 2004

    • Identity (Psychology) - Fiction; City and town life - Fiction; Fate and fatalism - Fiction; Middle West - Fiction
    • Dan Chaon discusses his novel, “You Remind Me of Me.” He begins by explaining that his book is about the struggles and problems of family life. Martinson asks Chaon to read the first paragraph of the book about a young boy who has a near death...
    • Don Curtis and Ingulf Kiland interview, 1986

    • World War, 1939-1945 - Causes; World War, 1939-1945 - Atrocities; World War, 1939-1945- United States; World War, 1939-1945- Personal narratives, American;
    • Brigadier General Don Curtis talks about his career in the Marine Corps during World War I and World War II. He discusses being at Pearl Harbor in the 1920s and watching over the new submarine fleets. He talks about his tours in the United...
    • Sonya Sones interview

    • Middle-aged women - Poetry; Self-realization in women - Poetry
    • Sonya Sones discusses her book, “The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus.” She begins by explaining that she wanted to write about things that have been happening in her life as she gets older. Martinson asks Sones to read a passage about a mother’s...
    • Maria T. Lennon interview, 2005

    • Inheritance and succession - Fiction; War correspondents - Fiction; Women journalists - Fiction; Single mothers - Fiction; Pregnant women - Fiction; Surgeons - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction; Sierra Leone - Fiction
    • Maria T. Lennon discusses her novel, “Making It Up As I Go Along.” She begins by explaining that the book is about a woman who moves from southern California to Africa. She talks about the importance of friendship between new mothers and how...
    • Andrei Codrescu interview, 1999

    • Rapture (Christian eschatology) - Fiction; Messiah - Prophecies - Fiction; Two thousand, A.D. - Fiction; End of the world - Fiction; Millennialism - Fiction; Armageddon - Fiction
    • Andrei Codrescu discusses his novel, “Messiah.” He begins by introducing his main characters and explains how his book is about Christian prophecies in New Orleans. He talks about his main character, a young girl who believes the words of a...
    • Edmundo Paz Soldan interview, 2004 May

    • Assassination - Fiction; Political corruption - Fiction; Love stories - Fiction
    • Edmundo Paz Soldán discusses his book, “The Matter of Desire.” He begins by explaining that he is a professor at Cornell University and talks about how he got his book translated into English from Spanish. The book is about a young man who goes...
    • Kevin Clash interview

    • Puppeteers - United States - Biography
    • Kevin Clash discusses his book, “My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love, and Laughing Out Loud." Clash talks about his parents’ support of his interest in puppetry and his work with Elmo on Sesame Street. ...
    • Lisa Fugard interview, 2006

    • South Africa - Fiction
    • Lisa Fugard discusses her novel, “Skinner’s Drift.” She begins by explaining that the book is about a young girl who grows up in South Africa in the 1980s and then comes back later in life. Fugard talks about her own personal experience growing...
    • Esmeralda Santiago interview

    • Santiago, Esmeralda - Childhood and youth; Puerto Ricans - New York (State) - New York - Biography; Puerto Rico - Biography; New York (N.Y.) - Biography
    • Esmeralda Santiago discusses her book, “When I Was Puerto Rican.” She begins by explaining her immigration to America as a child from Puerto Rico. She talks about the extremely poor living conditions in her village. She discusses her family...
    • Lionel Rolfe and Paul Greenstein interview, 1992

    • Harriman, Job, 1861-1925; Llano Colony (Secular community) - History; Otis, Harrison Gray, 1837-1917; City planning - California - Los Angeles - History; Los Angeles (Calif.) - History - 20th century; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Politics and government
    • Lionel Rolfe and Paul Greenstein discuss their book, “Bread & Hyacinths.” Rolfe begins by explaining that the book is about the founding of Los Angeles and the rise of the labor movement in the 1880s. He talks about how General Harrison Otis...
    • Léon Bing interview, 1993 September

    • Murder - California - Pasadena - Case studies; Teenagers - California - Social conditions - Case studies
    • Léon Bing discusses his book, “Smoked.” She begins by explaining that her book is about three teenage girls who were murdered in an affluent community in Pasadena, CA. She describes the girls’ relationships with drugs, money, and sex at a young...
    • Elaine Feinstein interview, 1985 April 11

    • Jews - Great Britain - Fiction
    • Elaine Feinstein discusses her novel, “The Border.” She begins by explaining that her book is about a Jewish couple who live in Vienna during World War II and must survive the Nazi invasion. She talks about how many Jews would lie to authorities...
    • Amy Fine Collins interview

    • Collins, Amy Fine - Friends and associates; Women automobile drivers - United States; Automobile driver education - Psychological aspects; Automobile driver education teachers - United States; Phobias
    • Amy Fine Collins discusses her book, “The God of Driving.” She talks about how she learned to drive a car and motorcycle at an older age than most people. She describes her driving instructor Attila and how the two struck up an unlikely...
    • Clyde Edgerton interview, 2000

    • City and town life - Fiction; North Carolina - Fiction
    • Clyde Edgerton discusses his novel, “Where Trouble Sleeps.” He begins by explaining that his book is about a tragedy in a small rural town in North Carolina. He talks about his own life growing up in the south, and how he included many of his...
    • Judith A. Jance interview, 2003 August

    • Brady, Joanna (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Fourth of July celebrations - Fiction; Policewomen - Fiction; Sheriffs - Fiction; Cochise County (Ariz.) - Fiction; Arizona - Fiction
    • J.A. Jance discusses her novel, “Exit Wounds.” She begins by explaining that this book continues the series that follows characters Sherriff Joanna Brady and her husband Butch. She talks about how Joanna investigates the death of a woman who...
    • Guy Johnson interview

    • World War, 1914-1918 - Participation, African American - Fiction; African American families - Fiction; African American soldiers - Fiction; African American men - Fiction; Louisiana - Fiction; Oklahoma - Fiction
    • Guy Johnson discusses his novel, “Standing at the Scratch Line.” He begins by talking about how he wanted to write about the life experience of African Americans in the early 1900s. He describes how his main character joins an all-black battalion...
    • Baxter Black interview, 1995 November

    • Cowboys – Fiction; Rodeos – Fiction; Oklahoma City (Okla.) – Fiction;
    • In this interview, Connie and Baxter Black devote the majority of their discussion to talking about Baxter’s writing style, his life as a rancher, roper, and especially, as a cowboy poet and spend very little of their discussion to the specifics of...
    • Walter Anderson interview

    • Anderson, Walter, 1944-; Dysfunctional families - United States; Secrecy - Psychological aspects; Publishers and publishing - United States - Biography
    • Walter Anderson discusses his autobiography, “Meant To Be.” He begins by talking about coming home from the Marines because of the death of his father. During this time, his mother reveals to him that another man was actually his biological...
    • Mary Rourke interview, 2006

    • Jesus Christ. - Miracles - Fiction; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint. - Fiction; Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Galilee - Fiction; Women in the Bible - Fiction; Galilee (Israel) - History - Fiction
    • Mary Rourke discusses her novel, “Two Women of Galilee.” She begins by explaining how she decided to write Biblical fiction after reading about women who were hardly mentioned in the New Testament. She introduces her main character Joanna, who...

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