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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...
    • 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...
    • 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. ...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Peter Hay interview, 1991 December

    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - History
    • Peter Hay discusses his book, “MGM: When the Lion Roars.” He begins by explaining that this book was written in conjunction with a 6-hour film about the production studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer. He talks about famous movies MGM made, and how it...
    • Rosa Parks interview, 1992 February

    • African Americans - Alabama - Montgomery - Biography; Civil rights workers - Alabama - Montgomery - Biography; Segregation in transportation - Alabama - Montgomery - History - 20th century; African Americans - Civil rights - Alabama - Montgomery -...
    • Rosa Parks discusses her book, “Rosa Parks: My Story.” Parks talks about her grandparents and her mother who was a teacher. She goes on to discuss her involvement in the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), trying...
    • 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...
    • Robert Olen Butler interview, 1985

    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Fiction
    • Robert Olen Butler discusses his novel, “On Distant Ground.” He begins by explaining that his book is about a Vietnam veteran who is on trial. He talks about how prisons were set up in Vietnam by the American troops. He describes visions that...
    • Joseph Wambaugh interview, 1992 January

    • Fugitives from justice - Fiction; Palm Springs (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Joseph Wambaugh discusses his book, “Fugitive Nights.” Wambaugh describes the characters and the storyline set in Palm Springs, California. He goes on to say that when writing a script, it is character driven, and that the characters are their...
    • Trudi Alexy interview, 2003 July 29

    • Simon - Religion; Simon - Correspondence; Alexy, Trudi - Correspondence; Alexy, Trudi - Religion; Marranos - Latin America - Religious life; Marranos - Latin America - Social life and customs; Priests - Latin America; Jews - identity; Jews -...
    • Trudi Alexy discusses her book, “The Marrano Legacy.” She begins by discussing how the book chronicles the personal correspondence between two strangers from different countries who shared the experience of discovering in their adolescence that...
    • Robert Tanenbaum interview

    • Karp, Butch (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Ciampi, Marlene (Fictitious character) - Fiction; Terrorists - Fiction; New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Robert Tanenbaum discusses his novel, “Escape.” He begins by explaining that this book is part of his series that follows the main characters Butch Karp, the New York City District Attorney, and his wife Marlene Ciampi. He talks about how the...

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