Camilla Lackberg Interview

May 2nd, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

the-ice-princess1Everyone knows Steig Larsson, but Camilla Lackberg another young Swedish writer was voted Swedish Writer of the Year for 2005. Her crime books have already sold a million and a half copies and with the publication of The Ice Princess, these figures will undoubtedly be eclipsed. Camilla had been called Sweden’s new Agatha Christie and indeed while she is charming and engaging, and sweet as sugar, she takes her blood and dagger writing very seriously. Tune in and meet one of Sweden’s best young writers.

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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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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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Yann Martel Interview

March 28th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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This has been a week of Mann awards. . .  first Yann Martel who won the Mann Booker Prize for Life of Pi in 2002, then Miguel Syjuco who won the 2008 Mann Asian Award. In Beatrice and Virgil Henry receives a letter from a taxidermist offering a puzzle he cannot resist. An epic journey results with a donkey and a howler monkey that allows Martel to explore profound issues of life, art, and truth.  Martel is no dunce, and has strong and well-developed views.

You will enjoy our exchanges.

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Fernanda Eberstadt Interview

March 21st, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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I’ve known Fernanda for many years and once arrived for a book party at her father’s house a week too late. She is a lovely elfin sort of woman with a fey affect that is both sincere and charming. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and many other journals of opinion. She is fascinated by gypsies, has lived in Europe for many years.  She is the author of Little Money Street, and The Furies and her latest novel Rat, is winning much praise in literary circles. Listen in as I reacquaint myself with Fernanda.

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Adam Thirlwell Interview

March 14th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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Adam Thirlwell is a literary wunderkind according to British buzz. Politics, his first novel, which was published in 2003, has been translated into thirty languages. In the same year, Granta listed him among its best young British novelists, and the New York Times has referred to him as a “prodigy,” and “unstoppable.” His Delighted States also much praised, won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2008, and The Escape, just out and which FSG has characterized as a swift, sad, farce of sexual mayhem is the reason Adam comes to me. How could I resist a swift, sad farce of sexual mayhem. Tune in and meet Adam. . . at the very least he is a charming young man, and if the force be with him an icon in the making.

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Sam Lipsyte Interview

February 28th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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Sam Lipsyte is a funny man who has written a funny book. The author of the story collection Venus Drive and the novels The Subject Steve, and Homeland, and winner of the Believer Book Award, Sam Lipsyte is taking the literary world by storm with his new novel The Ask. The Ask is the story of a development officer at a small undistinguished college in New York whose life is a series of tragi-comedies. It is hysterically funny, and inventive on every page. Join Sam, who also teaches creative writing at Columbia University, and I as we explore his life and new celebrity in the publishing world.

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Joe Hill Interview

February 21st, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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Joe Hill is not only the award-winning author of Heart- Shaped Box, 20th Century Ghosts, and now Horns, he is also a super-nice guy, who is bright, witty, and fun to talk to. He also writes comic books. For all of you who may be wondering is Joe Hill really the son of Stephen King and Tabitha King, the answer is yes he is, and on the Frumkes show he candidly speaks with me about his relationship with his distinguished father and mother. All I can say is if I were Stephen King I’d be proud as hell of this young man who is not only a loving and devoted son, but an outsized talent of the first magnitude. Imagine trying to mine the same genre as Stephen King and bringing to it a totally original voice and style. I picked up Horns and couldn’t put it down. The word dynasty suddenly seems apt.

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T.C. Boyle Interview

February 14th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes

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T.C. Boyle, or Tommy Boyle, who made up his middle name Corraghasan or however the hell you spell it, is wildly imaginative, funny, and a great story-teller. Wild Child, his latest collection of short stories is a perfect example.  However if you’ve never read, met or heard Tommy before do drop into the Frumkes show and hear the two of us laugh and carry on. By the way T.C. Boyle lives in a house in Montecito California in which Frank Lloyd Wright one of his heroes, once lived.

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