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Archives - May 2012

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

May 11, 2012

My own great-grandmother, Winifred Rodgers White, will turn 104 this month. For the last two decades, she’s made her home in a small town in Northern California that is known for its olive groves. Although Anna is not Winnie, and Kidron is not Corning, the two are very much the heart of this book.

Interview: Kevin Pyle, author of Take What You Can Carry

May 4, 2012

Two disparate tales, set decades apart, converge in Kevin C. Pyle’s sweetly compelling and movingTake What You Can Carry. The creator of the book shared his insights into the story with us.

Interview: Lila Quintero Weaver, author of Darkroom

May 4, 2012

In the early 1960s, Lila Quintero Weaver’s family moved to the very small southern town of Marion. While they were Hispanic, their skin tones were “different” enough that they saw racism rear its ugly head. We talked to the author about her deeply personal memoir. 

Interview: Marc Cameron, author of Act of Terror

May 3, 2012

In Marc Cameron’s new thriller, ACT OF TERROR, Special Agent Jericho Quinn returns to investigate a rash of mass violence sweeping across the United States. In this interview, conducted by’s Joe Hartlaub, Cameron shares the various things he has in common with Quinn, including a love of motorcycles, a background in martial arts, and a knowledge of advanced weaponry. He also talks about how he became an author after over 20 years in law enforcement and recommends some of his favorite books and writers.

Interview: Alison Bechdel, author of Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

May 3, 2012

In the midst of reading Alison Bechdel’s newest memoir, ARE YOU MY MOTHER?, an amazing thing happens: You begin to realize how truly universal this story is, regardless of the type of relationship you have with your own mother. The analytical search for identity forms and shapes us, and the older we get, the more we want to trace our foundations and understand the nature vs. nurture conflict that went us within our own beings as we developed.