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    • Sherley Anne Williams interview

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    • Sherley begins the interview discussing the connection between her book of poetry, The peacock poems, and her first novel, Dessa Rose. Connie and Sherley, then, spend the majority of the interview discussing, Dessa Rose, a portrait of black and...
    • Gordan Parks interview, 1981

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    • Connie begins her interview of Gordon Parks with surprise that he had written about an Irish-American family in the 1920s. Gordon details his experiences, especially as a Life photographer, that helped him write the novel, Shannon, which he is not...
    • Kim Wozencraft interview, 1993 October

    • Abused women - Fiction
    • Kim Wozencraft discusses her novel, “Notes From the Country Club.” She begins by explaining that her book is about psychiatric evaluations before a murder trial. She talks about how doctors diagnose criminals as mentally incompetent so they...
    • Mary McNamara interview

    • Academy Awards (Motion pictures) - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction
    • Mary McNamara discusses her book, “Oscar Season.” She begins by explaining the plot of the novel, which follows the story of Juliet who is the assistant manager of the Pinnacle Hotel, where all the movie stars visit during Oscar season. Things...
    • Ajay Sahgal interview, 1994

    • Actors - Fiction; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction
    • Ajay Sahgal discusses his novel, “Pool.” He begins by explaining how he gave the book minimal details like a screenplay, and wrote it in 3 acts. The book is about an actor who quits a movie before completion and decides to build a pool by...
    • Tilly Bagshawe interview, 2005

    • Actresses - Fiction; Grandfathers - Fiction; Models (Persons) - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction; Conflict of generations - Fiction; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Domestic fiction; Love stories
    • Tilly Bagshawe discusses her novel, “Adored.” She begins by telling about the plot of the book and the dynamics between Duke and Caroline, the two main protagonists in her novel. Bagshawe also talks about how her characters move from London...
    • 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...
    • Benjamin Stein interview, 1985

    • Adult child abuse victims - Fiction; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction
    • Benjamin Stein discusses his novel, “Her Only Sin.” He begins by introducing his main character, a woman who suffered abuse as a child and can’t tell the difference between real life and movies. This woman grows up to run the largest movie...
    • Warren Adler interview, 2004 April 26

    • Adult children of divorced parents - Fiction; Brothers and sisters - Fiction; Overweight women - Fiction; Married people - Fiction; Single women - Fiction
    • Warren Adler discusses his book, “Children of the Roses.” He begins by explaining that he decided to write the book as a sequel to his previous novel “War of the Roses.” He discusses the effect that divorce has on children and how that...
    • Scott Carpenter interview, 1992 March

    • Aeronautics, Military - Fiction; Action
    • Carpenter’s book is about a former renegade American fighter pilot given command of the US Navy’s top secret submarine, Steel Albatross, to counter a dissident Soviet faction’s attempt to knock out every computer and electronic link in the...
    • Khaled Hosseini interview

    • Afghanistan - Fiction; Families - Fiction
    • Khaled Hosseini discusses his book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” He shares his thoughts on the difficulty of following the success of his first book, “The Kite Runner.” He goes on to detail the plot of the book, which, like his first book,...
    • Lalita Tademy interview, 2001

    • African American families - Fiction; African American women - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Cane River Region (La.) - Fiction; Louisiana - Fiction
    • Lalita Tademy discusses her novel, “Cane River.” She begins by explaining that her book is based on the story of her ancestors who were enslaved in Louisiana. She talks about the different generations of women who were all raised in the same...
    • Susan Straight interview

    • African American families - Fiction; African Americans - Fiction; Tulsa (Okla.) - Fiction
    • Susan Straight discusses her novel, “The Gettin Place.” She begins by explaining that she uses the same characters in other books she has written such as, “I’ve Been In Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots,” and “Blacker Than...
    • Nichelle D. Tramble interview

    • African American men - Fiction; Basketball players - Fiction; Male friendship - Fiction; Rape - Fiction; Oakland (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Nichelle D. Tramble discusses her novel, “The Last King.” She begins by explaining that her book is a sequel to “The Dying Ground.” She talks about her main character Maceo who returns home to help a childhood friend. She describes the...
    • Andrew Winer interview, 2002

    • African American neighborhoods - Fiction; Color blindness in children - Fiction; African Americans - Fiction; Dysfunctional families - Fiction; Race relations - Fiction; Children, White - Fiction; Boys - Fiction
    • Andrew Winer discusses his novel, “The Color Midnight Made.” He begins by explaining that his novel is about a young boy who is a victim of child abuse and befriends a blind boy. Martinson asks Winer to read a passage from the book about how...
    • Mat Johnson interview, 2003 July

    • African American neighborhoods - Fiction; Real estate business - Fiction; Real estate agents - Fiction; Gentrification - Fiction; Ex-convicts - Fiction; Journalists - Fiction; Harlem (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Mat Johnson discusses his novel, “Hunting in Harlem.” He begins by explaining that his book is a story about the recreation of Harlem and bringing in a new community. He introduces his 3 main characters who are released from prison and...
    • Sheneska Jackson interview, 1996

    • African American singers - California - Los Angeles - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Sheneska Jackson discusses her novel, “Caught Up In the Rapture.” The novel is about 2 young women who live in a bad part of South Central Los Angeles and follow their dreams of being in the music business. She talks about how the record...
    • Bebe Moore Campbell interview, 2001

    • African American women - Fiction; African American businesspeople - Fiction; African American business enterprises - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Cosmetics industry - Fiction; Betrayal - Fiction
    • Bebe Moore Campbell discusses her novel, “What You Owe Me.” She explains that her book begins in 1948 when an African American woman befriends a European Jew. The two women go into a cosmetic business together until one betrays the other. ...
    • Denise Nicholas interview, 2005

    • African American women - Fiction; Civil rights movements - Fiction; Young women - Fiction; Southern States - Fiction
    • Denise Nicholas discusses her novel, “Freshwater Road.” She begins by explaining the plot of her book about a teenage girl who joins a theater group in Mississippi during 1964. The book describes the tensions and changes that were happening...

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