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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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • David Baldacci interview, 1996

    • United States presidents; Political fiction
    • David Baldacci discusses his novel, “Absolute Power,” which takes place in Washington DC, where a character Luther is set out to rob a mansion, but accidentally witnesses the President of the United States having an affair with the lady of the...
    • 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...
    • John Badham interview, 2006

    • Motion pictures - Production and direction; Motion picture acting
    • John Badham discusses the book he co-authored with Craig Modderno entitled, “I’ll Be in My Trailer.” He begins by talking about some of the movies he directed like “Saturday Night Fever” and “War Games.” He tells anecdotes of...
    • David Skal interview, 2004

    • Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912. Dracula; Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912 - Adaptations; Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912 - Film and video adaptations; Horror tales, English - History and criticism; Vampire films - History and criticism; Dracula, Count (Fictitious...
    • David J. Skal discusses his book, “Hollywood Gothic.” He begins by talking about the different depictions and looks of the character Count Dracula. Skal describes Bram Stoker’s decision to name the character Dracula, and how Stoker decided...
    • Nichelle D. Tramble interview

    • African American men - Fiction; Basketball players - Fiction; Male friendship - Fiction; Rape - Fiction; Oakland (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Nichelle D. Tramble discusses her novel, “The Last King.” She begins by explaining that her book is a sequel to “The Dying Ground.” She talks about her main character Maceo who returns home to help a childhood friend. She describes the...
    • 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...
    • 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),...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • David Benioff interview, 2008

    • Survival - Fiction; Saint Petersburg (Russia) - History - Siege, 1941-1944 - Fiction
    • David Benioff discusses his novel, “City of Thieves.” He begins by explaining how his book is set in 1942 in Communist Russia, and how Jewish intellectuals were targeted and persecuted at the time. Benioff describes that although his work is...
    • Linda Palmer interview

    • Television soap operas; Murder mysteries
    • Linda Palmer discusses her book, “Love is Murder.” She begins by explaining how she came up with the idea for the plot, which is a murder mystery set in the world of daytime soap opera television. Palmer explains that prior to writing mystery...
    • 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...
    • Mel Stuart interview, 2002

    • Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory (Motion picture); Film adaptations - History and criticism; Motion pictures; Motion pictures - Casting - United States
    • Mel Stuart discusses his book, “Pure Imagination.” The book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory which Stuart himself directed. He explains that his young daughter asked him to make a film...
    • 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...

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