E.L. Doctorow: "Sweet Land Stories" (Random House)

May 24, 2004

Acclaimed novelist E.L. Doctorow joins Diane to discuss his new collection of short stories, whose settings span America, from Alaska to rural Illinois to the White House in Washington DC.

Barbara Taylor Bradford: "Emma's Secret" (St. Martin's Press)

February 11, 2004

Know as the "Grande Dame of Modern Women's Literature," Barbara Taylor Bradford published her first best-selling novel, "A Woman of Substance," 25 years ago. She talks about her career and why in her latest book she...

Pete Hamill: "Forever" (Little Brown) (Rebroadcast)

December 31, 2003

New York journalist and author Pete Hamill's latest novel is about an Irish immigrant magically granted eternal life... but only if he stays on the island of Manhattan. Hamill talks with Diane about the city's 250-year history.

Norman Rush: "Mortals" (Knopf)

July 31, 2003

Norman Rush has authored three works of fiction, all set in Botswana. He presents his new novel, a story of marriage, spying, and obsession.

Carolyn Parkhurst: "The Dogs of Babel" (Little Brown)

July 25, 2003

Author Carolyn Parkhurst talks about her story of a widower who tries to teach his dog to speak in order to unravel the mysterious circumstances of his wife's death, and why she thinks it has become one of this summer's hottest reads.

Dani Shapiro: "Family History" (Knopf)

July 14, 2003

In Dani Shapiro's new novel, an adolescent daughter becomes upset and withdrawn after a summer at camp, and what seems at first like ordinary teen behavior soon threatens to tear apart a family. Shapiro talks with Diane about how her own...

Adriana Trigiani: "Lucia, Lucia" (Random House)

July 9, 2003

The best-selling author of the "Big Stone Gap" trilogy shifts the setting from small town Virginia to Greenwich Village in Manhattan in her latest novel. Adriana Trigiani draws on her own Italian American heritage to tell the story...

Readers' Review: Yann Martel's "The Life of Pi"

June 18, 2003

The June Readers' Review panel talks about this harrowing account of a shipwrecked boy trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat for 227 days with a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

Lois Lowry: "The Silent Boy" (Houghton Mifflin)

May 22, 2003

Since 1977, Lois Lowry has been a Newbery Medal-winning writer for children, but her 29 books are widely read by people of all ages. Her latest novel presents the story of a friendship between a bright, curious young girl and a strangely...

Readers' Review: Leif Enger's "Peace Like a River"

May 21, 2003

The May Readers' Review panel talks about Leif Enger's tale, set in Minnesota in the early 1960s and told by an asthmatic 11-year-old boy. It's both the story of a man on the run from the law, and of a family's struggle to do what's right.

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