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Archives - August 2012

Author Talk: Courtney Miller Santo, author of The Roots of the Olive Tree

Aug 23, 2012

Courtney Miller Santo’s debut novel, THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE, tells the story of five generations of miraculous firstborn women who live in a house together on a California olive grove. When a geneticist comes to study these marvels of longevity, Erin announces she is pregnant with a firstborn boy and the Keller women's world is blown wide open. In this interview, Santo discusses her extensive research process and shares some of the latest incredible findings about human longevity. She also gives insight into her characters and explains how some of them came into her mind fully formed.

Interview: William Kent Krueger, author of Trickster's Point

Aug 23, 2012

In TRICKSTER'S POINT, the 12th installment in William Kent Krueger's Cork O' Connor series, Cork is sitting on a mountain with a wounded Native-American governor elect. The arrow in the man's chest just happens to belong to Cork, who becomes the primary suspect in the murder. In this interview, conducted by's Joe Hartlaub, Krueger talks about the landscape of his novels, the mythologies he incorporated in the writing of his latest book, and the complexity of  the relationship among Cork, Winona and Jubal.

Author Talk: Stephen White, author of Line of Fire

Aug 16, 2012

Bestselling author Stephen White has written the penultimate novel of his tremendously captivating Alan Gregory series, LINE OF FIRE. The esteemed psychologist has begun to settle into his new life in Boulder, leaving his personal drama behind him --- until a new and troubling patient shows up at his practice, who may serve as a catalyst to send his life spinning out of control.

In this interview, White talks about the privilege and importance of wrapping up a long-running series on his own terms; his inspiration for a new patient of Alan's, whose story is both fascinating and highly unusual; and his plans once he closes the book on this chapter of his writing life.

Interview: Vaddey Ratner, author of In the Shadow of the Banyan

Aug 9, 2012

The atrocities committed in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime will go down in history as some of the vilest abuses of human rights. Emerging from the stranglehold placed by Pol Pot is author Vaddey Ratner, whose debut novel, IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN, is poised to take the literary scene by storm.

Author Talk: Jennie Fields, author of The Age of Desire

Aug 3, 2012

In her latest novel, THE AGE OF DESIRE, Jennie Fields tells the complex story of Edith Wharton and her beloved governess, Anna Bahlmann. She charts their relationship through Edith's passionate affair with a young journalist and describes how even a lifelong bond can be threatened by the very nature of love. In this interview, Fields talks about Edith and Anna's troubled friendship, Edith's love of Paris and what the city meant to her, and how Edith herself influenced Fields' own writing.