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    • Edna O’Brien interview

    • Ireland - Fiction; Psychopaths - Fiction; Murder victims - Fiction; Serial murderers - Fiction
    • Edna O’Brien discusses her book, “In the Forest.” She begins by explaining that the novel is based on the real events of the triple homicide that shocked Ireland in 1994. She explains how a man abducted a young woman, her son, and a priest and...
    • Jacob Pressman interview, 2002

    • Jewish sermons, American; History, Modern - 20th century - Sermons
    • Jacob Pressman discusses his book, “Dear Friends.” He begins by explaining that he is a rabbi and this book is a compilation of his sermons from the 1930s to today. He describes how he picked his favorite sermons from the 4,000 that he has...
    • Ron McLarty interview, 2005 January 24

    • Life change events - Fiction; Loss (Psychology) - Fiction; Sisters - Death - Fiction; Middle-aged men - Fiction; Overweight men - Fiction; Travelers - Fiction; Cycling - Fiction
    • Ron McLarty discusses his book, “The Memory of Running.” He begins by explaining that he always knew he wanted to be a writer and that he wrote a lot while he was in the army. This book is the third of ten he has written, but the only one that has...
    • Joyce Maynard interview

    • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 - Fiction; Fathers and daughters - Fiction; Loss (Psychology) - Fiction; Mothers - Death - Fiction; Teenage girls - Fiction; Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction; California - Fiction
    • Joyce Maynard discusses her book, “The Usual Rules.” She begins by explaining that she wanted to explore how the events of September 11th took normal lives and threw them into turmoil. She then discusses the characters and the plot, which begins...
    • Joseph Heller interview

    • Israel - Kings and rulers - Fiction; Bible. O.T. - History of Biblical events - Fiction; David, King of Israel - Fiction
    • Joseph Heller discusses his book, “God Knows.” Heller begins by explaining that the novel is the story of King David told by David from his deathbed. Heller uses humor to relate the events of David’s life as the warrior king of Israel, husband of...
    • Gore Vidal interview, 1990 February

    • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction
    • Gore Vidal discusses his book, “Hollywood.” He begins by explaining that the book opens in 1917 with the birth of the film industry in California. The cast of characters includes such legends as Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Franklin D....
    • Ralph G. Martin interview

    • Charles, Prince of Wales, 1948- - Marriage; Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997 - Marriage; Princes - Great Britain - Biography; Princesses - Great Britain - Biography; Marriages of royalty and nobility - Great Britain
    • Ralph G. Martin discusses his biography, “Charles & Diana.” He begins by explaining how Prince Charles of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer met aboard a cruise ship while windsurfing. He describes the couple’s early lives and the rocky relationship...
    • Al Gore interview, 1992 February 18

    • Environmental policy; Environmental protection; Human ecology
    • Al Gore discusses his book “Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit.” He describes how human actions and decisions can endanger or protect the Earth’s ecosystem and stresses how the Earth’s inhabitants face a global environmental...
    • Dale Brown interview

    • McLanahan, Patrick (Fictitious character) - Fiction; International relations - Fiction; Nuclear warfare - Fiction; Generals - Fiction
    • Dale Brown discusses his book, “Plan of Attack.” He begins by explaining that his long running character Patrick McLanahan is having trouble aging as he turns forty-seven and has some run ins with authority that leads to his demotion in the air...
    • Lee Stringer interview, 2004 June 25

    • Problem children - United States - Biography; Hawthorne - Cedar Knolls School; Stringer, Lee
    • Lee Stringer discusses his novel, “Sleepaway School,” in which he recounts both his years at Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, a school for children at risk, and the years and events that landed him there. He explains how growing up poor and black in a...
    • Joseph Wambaugh interview, 1989 February

    • Rape - Investigation - England - Leicestershire - Case studies; Murder - Investigation - England - Leicestershire - Case studies; DNA fingerprinting
    • Joseph Wambaugh discusses his book, “The Blooding.” He begins by saying that the technique of genetic fingerprinting developed by Alex Jeffreys was used to solve the case of two murdered girls in Leicester, England. Wambaugh states that he used...
    • Norman Mailer interview, 1984

    • Authors - Fiction; Provincetown (Mass.) - Fiction
    • Norman Mailer discusses his book, “Tough Guys Don’t Dance.” Mailer details the plot, which is set in Provincetown, Massachusetts and follows the protagonist Tim Madden. Madden is an alcoholic writer who is attracted to wealthy blondes. When he...
    • Russell Andrews interview, 2004 February

    • Police - New York (State) - Long Island - Fiction; Serial murders - Fiction; Long Island (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Russell and Connie begin the discussion talking about the plot and characters in Russell’s thriller about the murder of a young female journalist, that draws Russell’s protagonist, a small-town Long Island cop, into a dangerous investigation that...
    • Yaacov Lozowick interview

    • Israel - History, Military; Israel - Public opinion; Jews - Palestine - History - 20th century; Antisemitism; Zionism; War - Moral and ethical aspects; Public opinion - Arab countries; Jews - Public opinion; Arab - Israeli conflict
    • Yaacov Lozowick discusses his book, “Right to Exist.” He begins by explaining how he spent most of his life advocating peace and a rational compromise between Israel and Palestine, until the Palestinians rejected a peace offer made by Israeli...
    • Brock and Bodie Thoene interview

    • World War, 1939-1945 - Europe - Fiction; Americans - Europe - Fiction; Women journalists - Fiction; Europe - Fiction
    • Brock and Bodie Thoene discuss their novel, “The Twilight of Courage.” They describe how the book took one year to write with 8 months of research and 4 months of writing. The novel is a historical fiction account of events during World War II. ...
    • Sonia Levitin interview

    • Denmark - History - German occupation, 1940-1945 - Fiction; Denmark - History - German occupation, 1940-1945 - Juvenile fiction; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Denmark - Fiction; World War, 1939-1945 - Underground movements - Denmark - Fiction;...
    • Sonia Levitin discusses her book, “Room in the Heart.” She begins by explaining that the book deals with the historic events of the Nazi invasion of Denmark during World War II. To tell the story, Levitin alternates between the narratives of two...
    • Glen David Gold interview

    • Carter, Charles J. - Fiction; Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923 - Fiction; Presidents - Fiction; Magicians - Fiction
    • Glen David Gold discusses his novel, “Carter Beats the Devil.” He begins by discussing how he wanted to write a book about the fictional life of a real magician, and the daily events that would have occurred in a magician’s life. He talks about...
    • Andre Dubus interview

    • Florida - Fiction; Saudi Arabians - United States - Fiction; Sex-oriented businesses - Fiction; Life change events - Fiction; Older women - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Stripteasers - Fiction
    • Andre Dubus discusses his book, “The Garden of Last Days.” He begins by discussing the central character of the book, April. April is a single mother who works in a strip club to support her and her daughter. The plot thickens when April crosses...
    • Edward Gonzalez interview, 2002

    • Intelligence officers - Fiction; Americans - Cuba - Fiction; College teachers - Fiction; Cuba - History - 1959-1990 - Fiction
    • Edward Gonzalez discusses his novel, “Ernesto’s Ghost.” He begins by talking about his travels to Cuba in 1974 to study the Cuban Revolution. He talks about how his father was fighting for the revolution but became disillusioned in his later...
    • Matthew Pearl interview, 2003 May

    • Dante Alighieri, 1265 – 1321 – Appreciation – Fiction; Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809 – 1894 – Fiction; Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803 – 1882 – Fiction; Authors – Fiction; Insects – Fiction; Boston (Mass.) – Fiction;
    • For the majority of the interview, Matthew discusses the historical events that background his novel about a series of murders that parallel the punishments and obscene deaths detailed in Dante’s Inferno. Matthew also discusses why he wrote the...

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