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Archives - April 2001

Interview: Martha Grimes, author of Cold Flat Junction

Apr 20, 2001

April 20, 2001

Fans of Martha Grimes have long been familiar with her Richard Jury series, mysteries that often evolve in the quaint villages and colorful pubs of England. Her remarkable characterizations and intuitive sense of human nature raise her novels far above the level of the genre they've been assigned. Her departures from that series have been acclaimed, as well, for their rich prose and literary essence. In this interview with's Ann Bruns, Martha Grimes reveals her frustrations with being labeled a mystery writer, her curiosity with her character "the Girl", and much more!

Interview: Jan Karon, author of A Common Life: The Wedding Story

Apr 13, 2001

April 13, 2001

Millions of readers have discovered Jan Karon's fictional town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With the publication of A COMMON LIFE, the sixth volume in the series, they have good reason to be joyous. This much-anticipated book goes back in time to recount the wedding and courtship of the beloved characters Father Tim and Cynthia Coppersmith. Join's Shannon McKenna as she chats with Karon about the year's biggest wedding, the great citizens of Mitford, and her writing life.

Interview: Donald E. Westlake, author of Bad News

Apr 6, 2001

April 6, 2001

Hands down the laugh-out-loud funniest crime fiction writer out there today, yesterday, and most likely tomorrow, Donald E. Westlake is back with a new Dortmunder novel, BAD NEWS. Join's Senior Writer, Joe Hartlaub --- who, by the way, puts Westlake right up there with Hemingway on his list of great American writers --- as he chats with Westlake about the evolution of John Dortmunder, his short lived foray into the world of westerns, the interplay between his multiple personalities and much more.