Fiction

Tom Wolfe: "I Am Charlotte Simmons" (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

November 30, 2004

Diane talks with novelist Tom Wolfe about his new satire on college life. The book's narrator is an innocent 18-year-old freshman grappling with issues of sex and status at an elite, fictional university.

Orhan Pamuk: "Snow" (Knopf)

October 7, 2004

The internationally acclaimed Turkish writer explores the collision of Western values with Islamic fundamentalism in his latest novel. A middle-aged poet returns from years of political exile to a remote Turkish town. Trapped by a...

Susanna Clarke: "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" (Bloomsbury)

September 16, 2004

A former cookbook editor presents her first novel, which was ten years in the making. It's the story of two men in the early nineteenth century, trying to restore magic as an everyday part of life in England.

Lorraine Adams: "Harbor" (Knopf)

August 25, 2004

In 1999 and 2000, then-reporter Lorraine Adams was writing about Algerian immigrants who came under suspicion in the investigation of a terrorist plot to attack during celebrations of the new millennium. Her first novel is based on her...

Laura Lippman:"By A Spider's Thread" (William Morrow)

July 27, 2004

Former newspaper reporter Laura Lippman presents the latest in her series of novels featuring private investigator Tess Monaghan. In this case, Tess untangles secrets in the past of a man who hires her to find his missing wife and children.

Walter Dean Myers: "Shooter" (Amistad)

July 1, 2004

The shocking and tragic shootings at Columbine High School five years ago left many wondering what would cause a young person to commit such acts. Walter Dean Myers talks about his newest novel, the story of a school shooting as told...

Edna Buchanan: "Cold Case Squad" (Simon & Schuster)

June 25, 2004

She won a Pulitzer Prize for her police-beat reporting before becoming a best-selling novelist. Edna Buchanan presents her latest novel of suspense. It's the first in a new series revolving aorund four Miami police detectives who breathe...

Kent Haruf: "Eventide" (Knopf)

June 23, 2004

In "Plainsong," novelist Kent Haruf wrote about the ranchers and townsfolk of Holt, Colorado, a fictional community on the high plains of eastern Colorado. He tells Diane why he chose to show a darker side of life in Holt in his...

Barry Lopez: "Resistance" (Knopf)

June 22, 2004

In Barry Lopez's new work of fiction, nine people living abroad are called to the U.S. to speak with security authorities about their work. They choose instead to go underground, leaving behind revealing, often politically charged personal...

Karen Joy Fowler: "The Jane Austen Book Club" (Marian Wood Books)

June 9, 2004

The author describes her latest book about an "all-Jane-Austen-all-the-time" reading group. Karen Joy Fowler explains the premise behind her contemporary comedy of manners.

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