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    • Rollene Saal interview, 1995

    • Group reading - United States
    • Rollene Saal discusses her book, “The New York Public Library Guide to Reading Groups.” She begins by explaining that the New York Public Library started their reading groups for women who had children and wanted to read together. She talks about...
    • Michael Datcher interview, 2001

    • Datcher, Michael, 1967-; Datcher, Michael, 1967- - Childhood and youth; Poets, American - 20th century - Biography; African American families - California - Los Angeles; Fatherless families - California - Los Angeles; Journalists - United States -...
    • Michael Datcher discusses his book, “Raising Fences.” He begins by talking about his early life and his choice to live with his adopted family over the real family who gave him up. Martinson asks him to read a passage about his adoption and how...
    • Esmé Raji Codell interview, 2004 January

    • Children - Books and reading - United States; Reading promotion; Reading - Parent participation; Oral reading; Children’s literature - Bibliography
    • Esmé Raji Codell discusses her book, “How to Get Your Child to Love Reading.” She begins by explaining that her book gives parents tip on how to stimulate a child’s imagination through books. She talks about how she was a children’s bookseller...
    • 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...
    • Micheline Aharonian Marcom interview, 2006 April

    • Armenians - Lebanon - Beirut - Fiction; Beirut (Lebanon) - Fiction
    • Micheline Aharonian Marcom discusses her novel, “The Daydreaming Boy.” She begins by talking about why she decided to write the book from a man’s point of view during the Armenian genocide. She discusses life in Beirut in the early 1960s when it...
    • Dani Shapiro interview, 2003 May 15

    • Andover (Mass.) - Fiction; Infants - Fiction; Teenage girls - Fiction; Brothers and sisters - Fiction
    • Dani Shapiro discusses her book, “Family History.” She begins by sharing the basic plot of the book that follows the narrator, Rachel Jenson who is a housewife and art restorer married to Ned, a former painter. The couple live in a small town in...
    • Zadie Smith interview

    • Assimilation (Sociology) - Fiction; Interracial marriage - Fiction; Genetic engineering - Fiction; Fate and fatalism - Fiction; Ethnic relations - Fiction; Male friendship - Fiction; Race relations - Fiction; Immigrants - Fiction; London (England)...
    • Zadie Smith discusses her book, “White Teeth.” Martinson begins by describing the scene at the beginning of the novel and asks Smith about the title of the book. Smith responds by saying that teeth reoccur in the book and that teeth are symbolic...
    • 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 business...
    • Cindy Guidry interview, 2008

    • Guidry, Cindy; Guidry, Cindy - Relations with men; Single women - United States - Biography; Man-woman relationships - United States
    • Cindy Guidry discusses her book, “The Last Single Woman in America.” She begins by explaining that the book is a collection of essays she wrote to herself. She talks about what its like to be a single woman in Hollywood and having all married...
    • Ray Shell interview

    • Drug addicts - Fiction; Crack (Drug) - Fiction
    • Ray Shell discusses his novel, “Iced.” He begins by explaining that his book is about how a family deals with the death of a child from drugs. He talks about how he sang for Broadway and was a member of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s orchestra. Martinson...
    • 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...
    • 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 relationship. ...
    • Clive Barker interview, 1988 October

    • Horror fiction; Fantasy fiction
    • Clive Barker discusses his novel, “Imajica.” He begins by explaining the plot of the book and how a jealous husband hires a hit man to kill his philandering wife. Barker talks about how good fantasy books bring familiar elements into the story...
    • Guy Johnson interview

    • World War, 1914-1918 - Participation, African American - Fiction; African American families - Fiction; African American soldiers - Fiction; African American men - Fiction; Louisiana - Fiction; Oklahoma - Fiction
    • Guy Johnson discusses his novel, “Standing at the Scratch Line.” He begins by talking about how he wanted to write about the life experience of African Americans in the early 1900s. He describes how his main character joins an all-black battalion...
    • Merrill Joan Gerber interview

    • Older women - Fiction; Jewish women - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Merrill Joan Gerber discusses her novel, “Anna In Chains.” She begins by explaining that her book is fiction, but is based on her mother’s adventures in life. She talks about her main character Anna, a widow who is recovering from an illness who...
    • David Wolstencroft interview

    • Intelligence officers - Fiction; Friendship - Fiction; Assassins - Fiction
    • David Wolstencroft discusses his novel, “Good News, Bad News.” He begins by explaining that his book is about two co-workers who think the other is a spy. He talks about the differences between espionage in Britain and in the United States. He...
    • 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 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 and...
    • Didi Conn interview, 1998

    • Grease (Motion picture); Film adaptations - History and criticism
    • Didi Conn discusses her book, “Frenchy’s Grease Scrapbook.” She begins by explaining that she is the actress that played the character Frenchy in the motion picture adaptation of “Grease.” The book is a compilation of photographs Conn’s mother...
    • Marion Elizabeth Rodgers interview, 2006

    • Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography; Journalists - United States – Biography; Editors - United States – Biography
    • Marion Elizabeth Rodgers discusses her biography, “Mencken.” She begins by discussing H. L. Mencken’s early issues with censorship at Harvard, and how he is known for his freedom of speech. She talks about Mencken’s legacy towards a sentimental...

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