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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Alain Elkann interview

    • Venice (Italy) - Fiction; Rich people - Fiction; Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945 - Fiction
    • Alain Elkann discusses his novel, “Piazza Carignano.” He begins by explaining that his book is about a young Italian man who finds out that his uncle was a Fascist and a Jew. He describes why many Italian Jews went to Concentration Camps. ...
    • Alan Brennert interview

    • Women - Hawaii - Fiction; Leprosy - Patients - Fiction; Kalaupapa (Hawaii) - Fiction; Molokai (Hawaii) - Fiction
    • Alan Brennert discusses his novel, “Moloka’i.” He begins by explaining that the island of Moloka’i near Hawaii was designated as a colony for people who had leprosy. He follows the story of a young girl who has leprosy and her struggles...
    • 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...
    • Alan Zweibel interview, 2005

    • Runners (Sports) - Fiction; Marathon running - Fiction; Middle-aged men - Fiction; Overweight Men - Fiction; Doppelgängers - Fiction; Businessmen - Fiction; New Jersey - Fiction; New York City Marathon - Fiction
    • Alan Zweibel discusses his book, “The Other Shulman.” He begins with how the novel is incredibly autobiographical with a few minor changes. He talks about the importance of marathon running and its connection with overcoming fears and...
    • Alev Lytle Croutier interview, 2002 September 27

    • World War, 1914-1918 - Turkey - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Plantation life - Fiction; Women - Turkey - Fiction; Silk industry - Fiction; Dwellings - Fiction; Turkey - Fiction
    • Alev Lytle Croutier discusses her book, “Seven Houses.” She begins by discussing the plot of the novel, which is set against the backdrop of twentieth century Turkey. The book tells the story of the Ipekci silk-making family that begins during...
    • Alex Abella interview, 1998

    • Mexican Americans - Fiction; Santeria - Fiction; AIDS (Disease) - Patients - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Alex Abella discusses his novel, “Dead of Night.” He begins by explaining that Santeria is the fastest growing religion in the United States. He talks about how his book is based on a real medical case of a man who murdered his victims in...
    • Alfredo Véa interview

    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Veterans; Lawyers; Public housing; Vietnam
    • Alfredo Véa discusses his novel, “Gods Go Begging.” He begins by explaining the plot of the novel, which follows the character Jesse Pasadoble. Jesse is a Vietnam veteran who now works in San Francisco as a defense attorney. Jesse is haunted...
    • Alice Randall interview

    • Russian teachers - Fiction; Mothers and sons - Fiction; Football players - Fiction; Interracial dating - Fiction; Parent and adult child - Fiction; African American families - Fiction; African American women college teachers - Fiction; Pushkin,...
    • Alice Randall discusses her book, “Pushkin and the Queen of Spades.” She begins by explaining the plot of the novel, which follows Winsor Armstrong who is a Harvard-educated professor of Russian literature whose son, Pushkin-who she named after...
    • Aljean Harmetz interview, 1997

    • Kidnapping - Fiction; Single mothers - Fiction; California, Southern - Fiction
    • Aljean Harmetz discusses her novel, “Off the Face of the Earth.” She begins by explaining that her book is about a young boy who gets kidnapped. She talks about how her book is a suspense thriller which emphasizes the mother/child...
    • Allison Burnett interview

    • New York (N.Y.) - Fiction; Poets - Fiction; Young men - Fiction; Gay men - Fiction
    • Allison Burnett discusses his book, “House Beautiful.” He begins by detailing the plot of the novel which tells the story of a summer in New York city in which B.K. Troop, a bipolar, alcoholic, homosexual turns his Manhattan brownstone into a...
    • Amos Oz interview

    • Israel; Conflict of generations - Fiction; Parent and adult child - Fiction; Young men - Fiction
    • Amos Oz discusses his book, “The Same Sea.” He explains that the novel contains several characters whose lives are intertwined. The plot is set in Israel and follows the character Albert, an accountant whose wife Nadia has died. Albert’s son...
    • Amy Ephron interview

    • Female friendship - Fiction; Man-woman relationships - Fiction; Secrecy - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Amy Ephron discusses her novel, “One Sunday Morning.” She begins by talking about prohibition in the 1920s and compares the era to that of the early 2000s. She talks about her characters’ journeys throughout the book and how she wanted to...
    • Ana Menéndez interview, 2004

    • Guevara, Ernesto, 1928-1967 - Fiction; Cuban American women - Fiction; Illegitimate children - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Americans - Cuba - Fiction; Revolutionaries - Fiction; Women - Cuba - Fiction; Birthmothers - Fiction; Miami...
    • Ana Menéndez discusses her novel, “Loving Che.” She begins by describing the use of photography in her book to give the story a non-fiction quality. She explains that “Loving Che” is about a young girl in Miami who wants to get to know...
    • Andrea Seigel interview, 2004 June

    • High school students - Fiction; Grandparent and child - Fiction; Foster parents - Fiction; Teenage girls - Fiction; Orphans - Fiction; Orange County (Calif.) - Fiction‬
    • Andrea begins the interview talking about her motivations in writing a book about a teenage girl who had psychological problems that could not be subsumed under the usual troubles that teenage girls experience. Connie and Andrea spend the majority...
    • 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...
    • Andrew O’Hagan interview

    • Catholic Church - Clergy - Fiction; Problem youth - Fiction; Scandals - Fiction; Memory - Fiction; Scotland - Fiction
    • Andrew O’Hagan discusses his novel, “Be Near Me.” He begins by describing the plot of the book about how a Catholic priest finds ways to connect to children. He talks about the importance of Scottish legends, folktales, and customs. ...
    • 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...
    • Ann Darby interview, 1990

    • Women - California, Southern - Fiction; Nineteen sixties - Fiction
    • Ann Darby discusses her novel, “The Orphan Game.” She begins by explaining that her book is about a family who must deal with their teenage daughter’s pregnancy. She talks about the connection of the young girl to older characters in the...

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