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    • 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...
    • David Yoken interview

    • Drum - Performance; Drum set music; Music experimental
    • David Yoken visits Connie Martinson and plays a percussion piece. He discusses how he brought several different international percussion instruments. He shows his bongo drums, wind chimes, a gong, and an altered set of castanets. He plays an...
    • Niall Williams interview

    • Ireland - Fiction; Fathers and sons - Fiction
    • Niall Williams discusses his book, “The Fall of Light.” He begins by explaining that the novel is set during the years of Ireland’s Potato Famine, which is what he considers the single greatest tragedy in Irish history. He explains that he set out...
    • Olga Silverstein interview, 1994 April

    • Masculinity; Men - Psychology; Boys - Psychology; Mothers and sons; Child rearing
    • Olga Silverstein discusses her book, The Courage to Raise Good Men, which explores how we raise boys to become men. Silverstein presents a series of questions to describe and interpret how cultural definitions of masculinity and femininity impact...
    • Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi interview, 2004 October 12

    • Physicians’ spouses - Fiction; Loss (Psychology) - Fiction; Children - Death - Fiction; Parent and child - Fiction; Married people - Fiction; Physicians - Fiction; Bombay (India) - Fiction
    • Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi discusses his book, “The Last Song of Dusk.” He begins by discussing the book’s plot, which is set in turn of the century India. He explains that in the book he explores the complexity of love through his two central...
    • Rupert Holmes interview

    • Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.) - Fiction; Women composers - Fiction; Jazz musicians - Fiction; San Francisco (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Rupert Holmes discusses his book, "Swing: A Mystery." The story takes place in San Francisco circa 1940. All of the locations mentioned in the book were (and are) real locations. The main character is a band leader named Ray. He is involved...
    • Susan Littwin interview

    • Young adults - United States - Psychology.; Adult children - United States; College graduates - United States; United States - Social conditions - 1980-‬
    • Susan Littwin discusses her book, ‪The Postponed Generation‬, which explores how and why American youth are growing up later in their development than previous generations. Littwin argues that young adults are growing up later because they have...
    • Gene Perret interview, 1984 January

    • Wit and humor - Authorship
    • Gene Perret discusses his book, “How to Write and Sell Your Sense of Humor.” He begins by talking about how he writes jokes for comedians Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller. He began writing jokes when he sent Phyllis Diller some lines, and she decided...
    • Peter Hannaford interview

    • Reagan, Ronald; Reagan, Nancy, 1923-; Presidents - United States - Biography; Presidents' spouses - United States - Biography
    • Peter Hannaford discusses his book, “The Reagans, A Political Portrait.” He says that he set out to write a chronicle and journey of Ronald Reagan to the White House. Hannaford claims that Reagan did not want to close any options once he left...
    • Caleb Carr interview, 1995

    • Serial murders - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Caleb Carr discusses his novel, “The Alienist.” He begins by defining the word ‘alienist’ as a pre-20th century name for a psychiatrist. The novel is set in 1896 New York City, where young men are being forced into mafia-controlled prostitution. ...
    • Sidney Sheldon interview, 1988 November

    • Nuns - Fiction; Spain - Fiction
    • Sidney Sheldon discusses his book, “The Sands of Time.” Sheldon says that the plot is set in Spain and talks about his travels in the country. He describes the Basque region and the assassinations by the Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA). Sheldon also...
    • Dale Brown interview

    • McLanahan, Patrick (Fictitious character) - Fiction; International relations - Fiction; Nuclear warfare - Fiction; Generals - Fiction
    • Dale Brown discusses his book, “Plan of Attack.” He begins by explaining that his long running character Patrick McLanahan is having trouble aging as he turns forty-seven and has some run ins with authority that leads to his demotion in the air...
    • 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...
    • 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 Ricco...
    • Cynthia Ozick interview

    • Bronx (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction; Orphans - Fiction; Nannies - Fiction; Rich people - Fiction; Benefactors - Fiction; Jewish families - Fiction; Refugees, Jewish - Fiction; Children of authors - Fiction; Inheritance and succession - Fiction
    • Cynthia Ozick discusses her book, “Heir to the Glimmering World.” She explains that the story is set in the Bronx during the 1930s, where it follows a family of German refuges, the Mitwisser family, who are provided for by their benefactor James...
    • 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...
    • Gary H. Grossman interview, 2004

    • Presidential candidates - Fiction; Assassination - Fiction; Intelligence service - Fiction; Political crimes and offenses - Fiction
    • Gary H. Grossman discusses his novel, “Executive Actions.” He begins by explaining the role of Russian sleeper agents in America and how many have stayed in the United States after The Cold War. He also talks about how Andropov University set up...
    • Khaled Hosseini interview

    • Afghanistan - Fiction; Families - Fiction
    • Khaled Hosseini discusses his book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” He shares his thoughts on the difficulty of following the success of his first book, “The Kite Runner.” He goes on to detail the plot of the book, which, like his first book, is set...
    • Carol Higgins Clark interview, 1995

    • Reilly, Regan (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Women private investigators - Colorado - Aspen - Fiction; Aspen (Colo.) - Fiction
    • Carol Higgins Clark discusses her novel, “Iced.” She begins by explaining that the book follows her lead character, private investigator Regan Reilly. She talks about how she set her book in Aspen, Colorado and focuses on art theft in small...
    • Gil Bettman interview, 2004

    • Motion pictures - Production and direction; Cinematography; Bettman, Gil, 1948-
    • Gil Bettman discusses his book, “First Time Director.” He begins by saying how important being affirmative and having a set creative goal is when directing your first film. He talks about how Steven Spielberg’s first few directing jobs were in...

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