David Mitchell Interview

July 18th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


For a writer who has twice been nominated for the Mann Booker Prize, called a “genius” by the New York Times, and reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review by Dave Eggers, David Mitchell is surprisingly modest about his achievements. Listen in while David tells me about his reverence for Ursula Le Guin, how he conceived “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet,” what his advice to other writers is, and how he keeps his life in fine harmony.

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Jane Smiley Interview

April 4th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


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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Richard Peck Interview

November 7th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


It may sound strange, but Richard Peck reminds me somehow of a James Ellroy for youngsters. This Newberry-Award-winner, and National Book-Award-finalist, with sixty or seventy books to his credit, mines the fields of horror, caper, mystery, the occult, and history for his legions of young-adult fans. He enthralls them and enraptures them because he is a natural story-teller. Peck’s mind works in unusual and original ways; nor is he a shrinking violet when asked for opinions. He voices them in the same commanding, and intimidating manner as Ellroy. He is bright, articulate, talented and fun. Do listen to Richard and I discuss Peck’s world.

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Lisa See Interview

May 28th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


shanghai-girlsShanghai was once the Paris of Asia, beautiful women, gangsters, gambling, mystery and adventure. Lisa See sets her elegantly written novel of two sisters, in the Shanghai of 1937 to 1957, the period when the city was at its most glamourous and dangerous. See who wrote Peony In Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, as well as The Interior, and Dragon Bones, reaches new heights with “Shanghai Girls,” We talk briefly about the party her friend Amy Tan will be throwing for her and to which I am invited. Tune in and join our conversation.

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Interview with Flora Fraser

May 10th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


pauline-bonaparteFlora Fraser, the elegant biographer of Pauline Bonaparte, who incidentally is the stepdaughter of playwright Harold Pinter (Nobel Prize 2005) who married her mother, Lady Antonia Fraser, stops by to discuss Napoleon’s sister who was once considered the most beautiful woman in Europe. Not only was Pauline Bonaparte beautiful, she was also apparently frisky and kinky. . .

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Interview with Adam Gopnik

May 3rd, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


angels-and-agesWhile Adam is probably best known as an essayist and commentator for The New Yorker he is also the author of the widely admired memoirs “Paris To The Moon,” and its sequel “Through The Children’s Gate.” In our interview Adam talks with me about “Angels and Ages,” a recent book about Darwin and Lincoln. Adam is smart and articulate. . . .I think you’ll enjoy our exchange.

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Angela Von Der Lippe Interview

March 15th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


the-truth-about-lou1This charming scholar and senior editor at Norton has written a fascinating book about Lou Andreas Salome, celebrated muse to Nietzsche, and Freud among others. What makes some women so alluring? Find out on this show.

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Graham Robb Interview

November 1st, 2007 by Lewis Frumkes


the-discovery-of-franceTHE DISCOVERY OF FRANCE has been called the greatest book about travelling through France by bicycle ever written.

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Alan Furst Interview

March 1st, 1997 by Lewis Frumkes


the-foreign-correspondent1Alan on his recent book THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT. Alan owns the spy novel from 1936 to 1944.

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