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    • Michael Walsh interview 2003 February 21

    • Madden, Owney, 1891-1980 - Fiction; Irish American criminals - Fiction; Prohibition - Fiction; Criminals - Fiction; Hot Springs (Ark.) - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Michael Walsh discusses his book, “And All the Saints.” He begins by explaining why he chose to write in the first person as Owney Madden, an Irish gangster who lived during the early 1900s. He discusses how the book is based on real events...
    • Betsy Blair interview, 2003 January 28

    • Blair, Betsy, 1923-2009; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography
    • Betsy Blair discusses her book, “The Memory of All That.” She begins by describing the beginning of her career in New Jersey dancing in a chorus line. It was during this time in her life that she met, then choreographer, Gene Kelly whom she...
    • Barnaby Conrad interview, 1987 March

    • Conrad, Barnaby, 1922 - Alcohol use; Betty Ford Center; Substance abuse - Patients - Rehabilitation - California; Alcoholics - United States - Biography
    • Barnaby Conrad discusses his book, “Time is All We Have: Four Weeks at the Betty Ford Center.” Conrad talks about his alcoholism and his relationship with his friend, Artie Shaw. He then describes some of the people he met at the Betty Ford...
    • Mel Torme interview, 1988 October

    • Tormé, Mel, 1925-1999; Singers - United States - Biography
    • Mel Torme discusses his autobiography, “It Wasn’t All Velvet.” He elaborates on his multi-faceted career as a composer, lyricist, conductor, musician, actor, and more. He explains what a work day for him usually consists of and what projects...
    • Ray Bradbury interview, 2004 May

    • Actresses - Fiction; Older women - Fiction; Motion picture actors and actresses - Fiction; Private investigators - California - Los Angeles - Fiction
    • Ray Bradbury discusses his book, “Let’s All Kill Constance." He explains that the plot is set in 1960s Los Angeles and follows an unnamed writer who serves as the novel’s narrator. The mystery begins with a visit from an aging Hollywood...
    • Walter Anderson interview, 1988 November

    • Anderson, Walter, 1944-; Risk-taking (Psychology); Security (Psychology); Self-actualization (Psychology); Celebrities - United States - Interviews; Celebrities - United States - Psychology
    • Walter Anderson discusses his book, “The Greatest Risk of All.” He begins by explaining that he believes people need to learn to take more risks. He talks about his abusive childhood and how he learned to overcome obstacles. He describes his...
    • Judith Viorst interview, 1987 March

    • Loss (Psychology); Self-actualization (Psychology)
    • Judith Viorst discusses her book, “Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies and Impossible Expectations that All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow.” She says she studied at a psychoanalytic institute and talks about great...
    • Maya Angelou interview, 1986

    • Angelou, Maya; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography; Entertainers - United States - Biography; African American authors - Biography
    • Maya Angelou discusses her book "All of God’s Children need Traveling Shoes". She talks about a story in the book regarding her visit to Germany for a performance. While she was there she brought a long an Israeli guest to a breakfast with a...
    • Russell Means interview, 1995 October

    • Means, Russell, 1939-; American Indian Movement; Oglala Indians - Biography; Indians of North America - Government relations - 1934-
    • Russell Means discusses his book, "Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means." The book is not only about his life, but the experience of the American Indian. His parents moved to San Francisco so he wouldn't have to...
    • Rob Kendt interview, 2005 March 07

    • Motion pictures - Casting - United States; Television programs - Casting - United States
    • Rob Kendt discusses his book, “How They Cast It.” He begins by explaining what “break down services” are and how casting directors are trying to unionize. He explains that casting directors are the unsung heroes of film and television. He...
    • Thomas Thompson interview

    • Sobhraj, Charles; Leclerc, Marie Andrée; Murderers - Biography; Murder - Southeast Asia - Case studies; Murder - Europe - Case studies
    • Thomas Thompson discusses his book, “Serpentine.” He begins by explaining that his book is a non-fiction account of Charles Sobhraj, a hypnotist and murderer. He describes how Sobhraj would befriend tourists in a foreign country and poison...
    • Ray Bradbury interview, 2002

    • Science fiction - Authorship; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography; Bradbury, Ray, 1920-
    • Ray Bradbury discusses his book, “Let’s All Kill Constance,” and Jerry Weist’s biography of him, “Bradbury: An Illustrated Life: A Journey to Far Metaphor.” Martinson begins by reading an excerpt from “Let’s All Kill Constance.” ...
    • Elie Wiesel interview, 1986

    • Jews - Persecutions - Soviet Union - Fiction; Soviet Union - History - 1925-1953 - Fiction
    • Elie Wiesel discusses his book, “The Testament.” He begins by saying that both Fascism and Communism deny the value of man in the name of an abstract humanity that will never occur, that will never take shape. Because of this, cruelties were...
    • Jacqueline Bassan interview, 2003 July 29

    • Music; Jews Music; Music by Jewish composers
    • Jacqueline Bassan discusses her book, “From Shul to Cool.” She begins by explaining the inspiration behind the book, which came from her own love of music and how she grew up listening to music in Shul, learning Yiddish folk songs, show tunes,...
    • Janet Carnay and Laura Wine Paster interview, 1992

    • Jewish women - United States; Feminism - United States; Women in Judaism - United States
    • Janet Carnay and Laura Wine Paster discuss their book, “The Jewish Women’s Awareness Guide.” They begin by explaining that the book was written by a group of 5 women, all different ages, that gives the perspectives of a wide range of...
    • Michael André Bernstein interview, 2004 May

    • Galicia (Poland and Ukraine) - Fiction; Aristocracy (Social class) - Fiction; Intelligence officers - Fiction; Jewish preaching - Fiction; Revolutionaries - Fiction; Conspiracies - Fiction; Rabbis - Fiction; Europe - History - 1871-1918 - Fiction
    • Michael André Bernstein discusses his novel, “Conspirators.” He begins by explaining how he is a professor in Berkeley, CA and teaches English and comparative literature. He describes the plot of his book: a play writer who must go back over...
    • Charles Rappleye interview, 1991

    • Rosselli, Johnny; Criminals - United States - Biography; Mafia - United States - History - 20th century
    • Charles Rappleye discusses his book, “All American Mafioso.” He begins by explaining the early life of Johnny Rosselli, a hit man for the mafia. He talks about how Rosselli was born in Boston, moved to Chicago, and became friends with Al...
    • Jan Goldstein interview, 2004

    • Young women - Fiction; Grandmothers - Fiction; Despair - Fiction
    • Jan Goldstein discusses his novel, “All That Matters.” He begins by explaining that his book is about a young woman who is depressed and builds a relationship with her grandmother. He talks about the struggles his characters go through and...
    • Thomas Hine interview, 2002

    • Consumers - History; Consumption (Economics) - History; Shopping - History; Retail trade - History
    • Thomas Hine discusses his book, “I Want That!” He begins the interview by explaining consumer history and questioning the power that possessions have over people. He talks about the first department stores which began in the 1850s, and how...

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