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    • Michael Datcher interview, 2001

    • Datcher, Michael, 1967-; Datcher, Michael, 1967- - Childhood and youth; Poets, American - 20th century - Biography; African American families - California - Los Angeles; Fatherless families - California - Los Angeles; Journalists - United States -...
    • Michael Datcher discusses his book, “Raising Fences.” He begins by talking about his early life and his choice to live with his adopted family over the real family who gave him up. Martinson asks him to read a passage about his adoption and how...
    • Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum interview

    • Jewish families - Fiction; Spirits –Fiction; Poland - Fiction
    • Lisa Rosenbaum discusses her book, “A Day of Small Beginnings.” She begins by discussing the book’s plot, which starts with the protagonist, Itzik who protects three small Jewish boys from a Polish peasant, only to result in the accidental death of...
    • Micheline Aharonian Marcom interview, 2006 April

    • Armenians - Lebanon - Beirut - Fiction; Beirut (Lebanon) - Fiction
    • Micheline Aharonian Marcom discusses her novel, “The Daydreaming Boy.” She begins by talking about why she decided to write the book from a man’s point of view during the Armenian genocide. She discusses life in Beirut in the early 1960s when it...
    • Zadie Smith interview

    • Assimilation (Sociology) - Fiction; Interracial marriage - Fiction; Genetic engineering - Fiction; Fate and fatalism - Fiction; Ethnic relations - Fiction; Male friendship - Fiction; Race relations - Fiction; Immigrants - Fiction; London (England)...
    • Zadie Smith discusses her book, “White Teeth.” Martinson begins by describing the scene at the beginning of the novel and asks Smith about the title of the book. Smith responds by saying that teeth reoccur in the book and that teeth are symbolic...
    • Aimee Liu interview, 2003

    • Aircraft accident victims' families - Fiction; Intelligence officers - Fiction; Americans - India - Fiction; Americans - China - Fiction; Mothers and sons - Fiction; Missing persons - Fiction; Ex-prostitutes - Fiction; India - Fiction; China -...
    • Aimee Liu discusses her novel, “Flash House.” She begins by explaining how a ‘flash house’ is another name used for a house of prostitution. The story centers in New Delhi, where a young woman is helping girls get out of the prostitution business...
    • Cindy Guidry interview, 2008

    • Guidry, Cindy; Guidry, Cindy - Relations with men; Single women - United States - Biography; Man-woman relationships - United States
    • Cindy Guidry discusses her book, “The Last Single Woman in America.” She begins by explaining that the book is a collection of essays she wrote to herself. She talks about what its like to be a single woman in Hollywood and having all married...
    • Ray Shell interview

    • Drug addicts - Fiction; Crack (Drug) - Fiction
    • Ray Shell discusses his novel, “Iced.” He begins by explaining that his book is about how a family deals with the death of a child from drugs. He talks about how he sang for Broadway and was a member of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s orchestra. Martinson...
    • Clive Barker interview, 1988 October

    • Horror fiction; Fantasy fiction
    • Clive Barker discusses his novel, “Imajica.” He begins by explaining the plot of the book and how a jealous husband hires a hit man to kill his philandering wife. Barker talks about how good fantasy books bring familiar elements into the story...
    • 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...
    • Merrill Joan Gerber interview

    • Older women - Fiction; Jewish women - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Merrill Joan Gerber discusses her novel, “Anna In Chains.” She begins by explaining that her book is fiction, but is based on her mother’s adventures in life. She talks about her main character Anna, a widow who is recovering from an illness who...
    • David Wolstencroft interview

    • Intelligence officers - Fiction; Friendship - Fiction; Assassins - Fiction
    • David Wolstencroft discusses his novel, “Good News, Bad News.” He begins by explaining that his book is about two co-workers who think the other is a spy. He talks about the differences between espionage in Britain and in the United States. He...
    • Michael Shermer interview

    • Science - Miscellanea; Science - Philosophy
    • Michael Shermer discusses his book, “Science Friction.” He begins by explaining that the book is a collection of essays that explore the barriers and biases that both plaque and fuel science. In these essays he faces such questions as: how does...
    • Alan Rifkin interview, 2004 February

    • Boys - Fiction; Men - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Alan Rifkin discusses his book, “Signal Hill.” He begins by describing how living on the outskirts of Los Angeles inspired his stories. He talks about children of divorced families and the psychological trauma that they can grow up with. He...
    • David Frum interview, 2004

    • War on Terrorism, 2001-; Terrorism - Prevention - Government policy - United States; World politics - 1995-2005; United States - Politics and government - 2001-; United States - Foreign relations - 21st century;
    • David Frum discusses his book, “An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror,” co-authored with Richard Perle. Frum talks about weapons of mass destruction and asks whether Saddam Hussein had the ability to create the weapons. He says Al-Qaeda...
    • Marion Elizabeth Rodgers interview, 2006

    • Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography; Journalists - United States – Biography; Editors - United States – Biography
    • Marion Elizabeth Rodgers discusses her biography, “Mencken.” She begins by discussing H. L. Mencken’s early issues with censorship at Harvard, and how he is known for his freedom of speech. She talks about Mencken’s legacy towards a sentimental...
    • Dan Barden interview

    • Wayne, John, 1907-1979 - Fiction
    • Dan Barden discusses his novel, “John Wayne.” He begins by explaining that his father was a contractor who was hired to renovate John Wayne’s home, and the two men became drinking buddies. He says that he decided to write this novel because he...
    • Geoffrey Wolff interview, 2003

    • O'Hara, John, 1905-1970; Novelists, American - 20th century - Biography
    • Geoffrey Wolff discusses his biography, “The Art of Burning Bridges.” He begins by explaining the early life of author John O’Hara: his father left his family with little money and O’Hara desperately wanted to go to Yale. He began his writing...
    • 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...
    • Frances Weaver interview

    • Weaver, Frances; Older women - United States - Biography; Self-realization in old age - United States; Grief
    • Frances Weaver discusses her autobiography, “I’m Not as Old as I Used to Be.” She begins by explaining about how she self-published her first book and talks about the importance of believing in yourself. She gives advice for older women in her...
    • Gigi Levangie Grazer interview, 2003 July

    • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction
    • Gigi Levangie Grazer discusses her novel, “Maneater.” She begins by talking about the inspiration for her book and how she takes notes while having lunch with her friends in Hollywood. Martinson asks Grazer to read a passage from the beginning of...

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