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    • D.J. Waldie interview

    • Los Angeles Region (Calif.) - Biography; Los Angeles Region (Calif.) - Politics and government; Los Angeles Region (Calif.) - History; Los Angeles Region (Calif.) - Social life and customs
    • D.J. Waldie discusses his book, “Where We Are Now: Notes From Los Angeles.” He begins by explaining how the book is a compilation of essays on the meaning of place in Los Angeles. He stresses the importance of building community within Los Angeles...
    • Michael Mewshaw interview, 2006

    • Mewshaw, Michael, 1943- - Family; Mewshaw, Michael, 1943- - Relations with women; Novelists, American - 20th century - Biography; Birthparents - Identification
    • Michael Mewshaw discusses his autobiography, “If You Could See Me Now.” He begins by explaining that he had a girlfriend in college who put her daughter up for adoption, and the girl found him later in life looking for her mother. The daughter...
    • Vendela Vida interview, 2003

    • Young women - Fiction; Victims of crimes - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Nurses - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction; Philippines - Fiction
    • Vendela Vida discusses her novel, “And Now You Can Go.” Martinson asks Vida to read a passage from the book about a man who holds a woman at gunpoint in a park. She discusses how she had initially written a much different book, but edited out...
    • Trey Ellis interview

    • Motivational speakers - Fiction; Cults - Fiction; Satire
    • Trey Ellis discusses his book, “Right Here, Right Now.” He begins by introducing the characters in the book and talking about the main character’s background as a motivational speaker turned cult leader. He talks about keeping the readers unsure...
    • Joseph Heller interview

    • Novelists, American - 20th century - Biography
    • Joseph Heller discusses his book, “Now and Then: From Coney Island to Here.” Heller talks about his half-siblings and losing his father at the age of five. He then talks about participating in psychoanalysis because of dreams and repressed...
    • Lynn Peril interview, 2006 September 14

    • Women college students - United States - Attitudes; Women - United States - Identity; Women - Education (Higher) - United States; Women college students - United States - History - 20th century; Education, Higher - United States - History - 20th...
    • Lynn Peril discusses her book, “College Girls.” She talks about how she wanted to show the history of women at college and how they’ve changed over the years. She talks about how women explore new situations while being away from home for the...
    • Dr. Judith Kuriansky interview, 1984

    • Sex (Psychology); Psychosexual disorders; Interpersonal relations;
    • Dr. Kuriansky begins the interviewing discussing some of the questions that people have about relationships and sex. Connie and Judith also discuss how she handles the responsibility that comes with answering people’s questions about sex and...
    • Maya Angelou interview, 1983 June

    • American poetry African American authors
    • Maya Angelou discusses her book, “Now Sheba Sings the Song,” with illustrations by Tom Feelings. Angelou recites poems from the book and says Feelings gave her the paintings because he believed they could be turned into a book. Angelou talks...
    • Ray Bradbury interview, 2007

    • Fantasy fiction, American; Science fiction, American; Science fiction
    • Ray Bradbury discusses his book, “Now and Forever.” He begins by explaining that this book is a compilation of two of his older novellas, “Somewhere a Band is Playing” and “Leviathan ’99.” He talks about how Katherine Hepburn and Herman Melville...
    • H. G. Bissinger interview, 1990

    • Permian High School (Odessa, Tex.) - Football; Football - Social aspects - Texas - Odessa
    • H. G. Bissinger discusses his book, “Friday Night Lights.” He begins by describing his time watching the 1988 Permian High School football team in the town of Odessa, TX. He talks about the culture of a small town and how everyone rallies for...
    • Jerry Yellin interview, 1995

    • World War, 1939-1945- United States; World War, 1939-1945- Personal narratives, American; United States - History - 1945- - Biography; Japan - History - 1945- - Biography
    • Jerry Yellin discusses his autobiography, “Of War and Weddings.” He begins by explaining that he was a pilot during World War II who bombed Tokyo, and now his son is marrying a Japanese woman. He talks about how he got into the Air Force and how...
    • Jeff Britting interview, 2005 February 06

    • Philosophers - United States - Biography; Novelists, America - 20th century - Biography; Rand, Ayn
    • Jeff Britting discusses his book, “Ayn Rand.” He begins by explaining that the book is a biography of Ayn Rand, the vocal proponent of individualism and capitalism. Britting then shares some of the details of Rand’s life. He explains that at age...
    • Robert Eversz interview, 2005 February 14

    • Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction; Ex-convicts - Fiction; Paparazzi - Fiction; Women photographers - Fiction; Zero, Nina (Fictitious character) - Fiction
    • Robert Eversz discusses his book, “Digging James Dean.” He begins by explaining that this is the fourth book in his Nina Zero series. He details how his heroine, ex-convict Mary Alice Baker, who now goes by the name Nina Zero, is working as a...
    • Joel Rapp interview, 2004 May

    • Rapp, Joel; Television writers - United States - Biography; Screenwriters - United States - Biography; Gardeners - United States - Biography; Radio broadcasters - United States - Biography
    • Joel Rapp discusses his autobiography, “Radio, TV, Mother Earth, & Me.” He begins by explaining that his father was a television program writer, and both of his parents were vaudeville actors. He talks about attending the University of Southern...
    • John Truby interview, 2007

    • Storytelling
    • John Truby discusses his book, “The Anatomy of Story.” He begins by explaining that the book is about the 22 essential elements of a good story. He talks about how important it is for an author to be able to give a short premise of his story and...
    • Elizabeth Kendall interview

    • Mothers and daughters
    • Elizabeth Kendall discusses her book, “American Daughter.” She begins by explaining that she was driving her car as a teenager, and got in an accident that killed her mother. She talks about growing up in an affluent part of St. Louis, Missouri. ...
    • John Allen Paulos interview, 2003

    • Investments - Psychological aspects; Stock exchanges - Psychological aspects; Stock exchanges - Mathematical models; Investment analysis; Stocks
    • John Allen Paulos discusses his book, “A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market.” He begins by discussing how people advertise stocks on the Internet. He talks about his decision to write the book after being involved in the WorldCom scandal, and...
    • Judith Freeman interview, 2008

    • Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959 - Relations with women; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography; Detective and mystery stories - Authorship
    • Judith Freeman discusses her novel, “The Long Embrace.” She begins by explaining that she read a lot of Raymond Chandler’s work in the 1980s and was fascinated by his life. She talks about Chandler’s move to Los Angeles and how he meets his wife...
    • Manil Suri interview

    • Love, Maternal - Fiction; Mothers and sons - Fiction; India - Fiction
    • Manil Suri discusses his novel, “The Age of Shiva.” He begins by explaining that he wrote this book from the point-of-view of a 17 year old girl who seduces her older sister’s boyfriend. The girl goes from living in a very liberal household to a...
    • Stephen J. Cannell interview

    • Scully, Shane (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Police - California - Los Angeles - Fiction; Police corruption - Fiction; Judicial error - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Stephen J. Cannell discusses his novel, “Three Shirt Deal.” He begins by explaining that this is another book in the series that follows his character Shane Scully. He talks about how Shane’s wife Alexa gets shot in the head and her personality...

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