Archive for April, 2010

Linda Fairstein Interview

April 25th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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Linda Fairstein is a best-selling author and former prosecutor who focused on crimes of violence against women and children. She served as head of the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office from 1976 until 2002 and is the author of a series of novels featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. Her latest effort HELLGATE has just been published by Dutton and is being snapped up by Fairstein fans. During her tenure as Assistant District Attorney Linda was involved in several highly publicized cases including “The Preppy Murder” case against Robert Chambers in 1986 and the “Central Park Jogger” case in 1989.

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Miguel Syjuco Interview

April 18th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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It begins with a body. On a clear day in winter, the battered corpse of Crispin Salvador is pulled from the Hudson River. . . taken from the world is the controversial lion of Philipine literature. Gone, too, is the only manuscript of his final book. . . So begins “Illustrado,” a first novel by Miguel Syjuco winner of the prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize. Join us as I get to know this much praised young author of great talent.

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Graham Robb Interview

April 11th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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Graham Robb is arguably the best biographer of France writing today. His “Discovery of France” won so many awards it would be difficult to enumerate them here. Now Robb has come out with “Parisians,” an adventure history of Paris. But it is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives including an account of Napoleon’s first sexual encounter. For all those who love the city of light and love, you will be enchanted even further by Graham Robb and “Parisians.” Join us as I talk with this preeminent biographer on The Frumkes Show.

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Jane Smiley Interview

April 4th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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Jane Smiley’s name says it all. She is smiley, as well as smart, sassy, saucy, and serious. She won the Pulitzer Prize for A Thousand Acres but has won and deserved many other awards for her numerous novels, non-fiction books, and even young-adult books. Jane is a fascinating woman. She loves horses, animals, and people and observes them in ways only she can do. She informs me provocatively that Missouri is not just a sleepy state, that it can be wildly explosive, that she grew up in a family that loved gossip, that the dark Nordic philosophy that there is no hope and it just goes down hill from there can sometimes make for interesting characters, and that the quirky scientist in Private Life was actually based on a distant relative from her past. Join Jane and me for some lively exchanges and peek into the wonderfully imaginative and complex mind of a gifted American writer.

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