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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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Judith Merkle Riley interview, 1994 June

    • Witches - Fiction; Young women - Fiction; Paris (France) - History - Louis XIV, 1643-1715 - Fiction
    • Judith Merkle Riley discusses her novel, “The Oracle Glass.” She begins by explaining that her book is about a network of women in the 17th century who relied on their oracle powers to tell people’s futures. She discusses her job as a professor...
    • Timothy Steele interview, 1985

    • Poetry
    • Timothy Steele discusses his book, “Sapphics Against Anger & Other Poems.” Steele begins by explaining why he chose to write poetry rather than alternative forms of writing such as, short stories, novels and plays. He goes on to read several of his...
    • 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...
    • Dorothy Winbush Riley interview, 1993 August

    • Quotations, English; African Americans - Quotations; Blacks - Quotations
    • Dorothy Winbush Riley discusses her book, “My Soul Looks Back, ‘Less I Forget.” She begins by explaining that her book is a compilation of quotes from African American people. She talks about how she initially self-published her book, but after...
    • Lisa Fugard interview, 2006

    • South Africa - Fiction
    • Lisa Fugard discusses her novel, “Skinner’s Drift.” She begins by explaining that the book is about a young girl who grows up in South Africa in the 1980s and then comes back later in life. Fugard talks about her own personal experience growing...
    • Jasmine Guy interview

    • Shakur, Afeni; Shakur, Tupac, 1971-1996 - Family; African American women - Biography; Civil rights workers - United States - Biography; Women revolutionaries - United States - Biography; African Americans - Civil rights - History - 20th century;...
    • Jasmine Guy discusses her book, “Afeni Shakur.” She begins by exploring Afeni Shakur’s ties to her land and the sense of disenfranchisement that she has lived with her whole life. Guy details Shakur’s early life growing up as Alice Faye Williams...
    • 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...
    • Dan Chaon interview, 2004

    • Identity (Psychology) - Fiction; City and town life - Fiction; Fate and fatalism - Fiction; Middle West - Fiction
    • Dan Chaon discusses his novel, “You Remind Me of Me.” He begins by explaining that his book is about the struggles and problems of family life. Martinson asks Chaon to read the first paragraph of the book about a young boy who has a near death...
    • Michael Connelly interview, 1996

    • Serial murders - Fiction; Police murders - Fiction; Journalists - Fiction
    • Michael Connelly discusses his novel, “Poet.” He begins by explaining that this is the fifth book he has written, but the first that follows his character detective Jack McEvoy. Martinson asks Connelly to read the first paragraph of the novel. ...
    • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni interview

    • East Indian American women - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Divorced mothers - Fiction; Dreams - Fiction; California - Fiction; India - Fiction
    • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni discusses her novel, “Queen of Dreams.” She begins by explaining that the book is about a woman who finds out that her dead mother was a dream interpreter. She discusses the girl's close relationship with her mother,...
    • Esmeralda Santiago interview

    • Santiago, Esmeralda - Childhood and youth; Puerto Ricans - New York (State) - New York - Biography; Puerto Rico - Biography; New York (N.Y.) - Biography
    • Esmeralda Santiago discusses her book, “When I Was Puerto Rican.” She begins by explaining her immigration to America as a child from Puerto Rico. She talks about the extremely poor living conditions in her village. She discusses her family...
    • Lisa Zeidner interview

    • Hotels; Swimming; Traveling sales personnel
    • Lisa Zeidner discusses her book, “Layover.” She begins by explaining that the plot follows the character, Claire Newbold who is grieving over the death of her son. Life becomes even more difficult for Claire when her husband admits to having an...
    • 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 obstacles. ...
    • Carol Dine interview

    • Adult child abuse victims - United States - Biography; Cancer - Patients - United States - Biography; Poets, American - 20th century - Biography; Dine, Carol
    • Carol Dine discusses her book, “Places in the Bone.” She begins the interview by explaining that the book is a memoir of her life as a child of an abusive father. She shares her thoughts on her father’s physical, verbal, and emotional abuse. Later...
    • E. Duke Vincent interview, 2005

    • Hell's Kitchen (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction; Italian Americans - Fiction; Jewish teenagers - Fiction; Male friendship - Fiction; Mafia - Fiction; Gangs - Fiction
    • E. Duke Vincent discusses his novel, “Mafia Summer.” He begins with his personal story of growing up in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York. He talks about how he was connected to prominent members of the Italian mafia, and how he did...
    • Larry Domnitch interview, 2005

    • Jews - Persecutions - Russia - History - 19th century; Jewish soldiers - Russia - History - 19th century; Jewish children - Government policy - Russia - History - 19th century; Russia - Armed Forces - Recruiting, enlistment, etc. - History - 19th...
    • Larry Domnitch discusses his book, “The Cantonists.” He begins by explaining the name of the book and how the cantonists were a group of Jewish boy soldiers who were forced to fight for the Russian army under Tsar Nicholas I. He then goes into...

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