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    • Samuel Shem interview, 1997

    • Psychiatrists - Fiction; Psychiatric hospitals - Fiction; New England - Fiction
    • Samuel Shem discusses his book, Mount Misery, an exposé which explores one doctor’s-Roy Bash, the protagonist from Shem’s first novel-experience, as a doctor-in-training, at a psychiatry hospital. Shem recounts how his protagonist, Roy Bash,...
    • Merrill Joan Gerber interview, 2004 December 20

    • Suburban life - Fiction; Middle class - Fiction; California, Southern - Fiction
    • Merrill Joan Gerber discusses her book, “This is a Voice from your Past.” She begins by discussing how she uses experiences from her own life in her writing. Her book is a collection of short stories that begins with a story in which the...
    • Lisa Scottline interview, 2004 June 21

    • Rosato & Associates (Imaginary organization) - Fiction; Women lawyers - Fiction; Philadelphia (Pa.) - Fiction
    • Lisa Scottoline discusses her book, “Killer Smile.” She begins by explaining the plot which follows the protagonist, Mary, a lawyer that works in an all female firm. She is assigned a case in which she researches an Italian man who was wrongly...
    • Janet Fitch interview

    • Women murderers - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Foster children - Fiction; Young women - Fiction
    • Janet Fitch discusses her book, “White Oleander.” She explains that the book follows the protagonist, Astrid, who is the only child of a single mother. Ingrid, Astrid’s mother is an eccentric poet who murders a man for rejecting her. The novel...
    • Myla Goldberg interview, 2000

    • Jewish families - Fiction; Jewish girls - Fiction; Spelling ability - Fiction
    • Myla Goldberg discusses her book, “Bee Season.” Goldberg describes the protagonist, Eliza, and her spelling bee competition win. She also describes Eliza’s family and her father’s observant Judaism. Goldberg says character development is organic...
    • Joseph Finder interview

    • Business intelligence - Fiction; Success in business - Fiction; Corporate culture - Fiction; Commercial crimes - Fiction; Deception - Fiction
    • Joseph Finder discusses his book, “Paranoia.” He begins by discussing the research he did into competition amongst American technology companies and how there is more espionage going on between these companies today then there was during the Cold...
    • 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...
    • Walter Mosley interview

    • Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction; Missing persons - Fiction; African American men - Fiction; Private investigators - California - Los Angeles - Fiction; Rawlins, Easy (Fictitious character) - Fiction
    • Walter Mosley discusses his book, “Cinnamon Kiss.” He explains that in the novel the protagonist, Easy Rawlins, finds himself in desperate need of money, in order to pay for medical treatment for his daughter. In an attempt to acquire the funds he...
    • Boris Akunin interview, 2003 May 15

    • Fandorin, Erast (Fictitious character); Detectives
    • Boris Akunin discusses his book, “Winter Queen.” He begins by sharing that this novel is the first from the Erast Fandorin series of historical detective novels that will eventually consist of 16 books. Akunin explains that the book’s protagonist,...
    • Daniel Price interview

    • Celebrities - Fiction; Rap musicians - Fiction; Public relations consultants - Fiction
    • Daniel Price discusses his book, “Slick.” He begins by sharing the plot of the novel that follows the protagonist, Scott, who is a media operative. In the beginning of the book Scott is hired by a hotel chain to promote the opening of a new hotel...
    • Brad Geagley interview, 2005 February 14

    • Egypt - History - To 332 B.C. - Fiction; Ramses III, King of Egypt - Fiction
    • Brad Geagley discusses his book, “Year of the Hyenas.” He begins by discussing how the book is a murder mystery set in ancient Egypt when the kingdom was at the height of its glory and power. Geagley explains that as a backdrop for his detective...
    • Jacqueline Winspear interview

    • London (England) - Fiction; Dobbs, Maisie (Fictitious character) - Fiction; World War, 1914-1918 - Veterans - Fiction; Women private investigators - England - London - Fiction
    • Jacqueline Winspear discusses her book, “Maisie Dobbs.” She begins by discussing the book’s plot. She explains that the protagonist, Maisie Dobbs began her working life at the age of thirteen as a servant in a mansion, only to be discovered reading...
    • Reed Farrel Coleman interview, 2005 February 7

    • New York (N.Y.) - Fiction; Retirees - Fiction; Legislators - Fiction; Missing persons - Fiction; Ex-police officers - Fiction; Private investigators - New York (State) - New York - Fiction; Prager, Moe (Fictitious character) - Fiction
    • Reed Farrel Coleman discusses his book, “The James Deans.” He begins by explaining that this is the third novel in his Moe Prager Detective series and is set in the early 1980s. His protagonist Moe Prager is New York private investigator. In the...
    • Charles Johnson interview, 1990 August

    • Slave trade - Fiction; African Americans - Fiction
    • Charles Johnson discusses his book, “Middle Passage.” He says the “middle passage” is the journey from the African west coast to the United States. Johnson describes the protagonist, Rutherford Calhoun, a former slave, his brother, Jackson, and...
    • Amos Oz interview, 1997

    • Oz, Amos - Childhood and youth; Authors, Israeli - Biography; Israel - Fiction
    • Amos Oz discusses his book, “Panther in the Basement.” Oz describes the protagonist, twelve-year-old, Proffy, during the British occupation of Palestine. He talks about treason and Proffy’s relationship with his father. Oz goes on to discuss his...
    • Lia Schallert interview, 2005 August

    • Young women – Fiction; World War, 1939–1945 – Virginia – Fiction; Hospitals – Employees – Fiction; Rape victims – Fiction; Women clerks – Fiction; Virginia – Fiction;
    • Lia begins the interview discussing the semi-autobiographical nature of her book that is nonetheless, she insists, still a work of fiction in which her “imagination” takes over. For the majority of the interview, Lia discusses a number of the...
    • Martin Amis interview

    • London (England) - Fiction
    • Martin Amis discusses his book, “Yellow Dog." He explains that the novel charts the lives of five very different men. The central protagonist is Xan Meo, who in the beginning is depicted as a modern Renaissance Man, but later suffers a personality...
    • T.C. Boyle interview, 1990 October

    • Japanese - Travel - United States - Fiction
    • T.C. Boyle discusses his book, “East is East.” He describes the young protagonist, Hiro Tanaka, an outcast whose mother is Japanese and father is an American hippie. Boyle goes on to discuss the storyline of the book, set at a writer’s colony in...
    • Chieh Chieng interview, 2005 March 07

    • Chinese American families - Fiction; Americans - China - Hong Kong - Fiction; Mothers - Death - Fiction; Missing persons - Fiction; Young men - Fiction; Orange County (Calif.) - Fiction; Hong Kong (China) - Fiction
    • Chieh Chieng discusses his book, “A Long Stay in a Distant Land.” He begins by sharing that the book explores the life of the protagonist Louis Lum who is a recent college graduate and working at a hot rod magazine. Louis’ family seems to be cursed...

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