Representative of modern American Literature, the conversations with authors in this book are evenly divided between men and women who bring to life the experiences of natives, immigrants, slaves and rebels. As a whole, they address the enduring themes of freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
Following is a list of the authors interviewed. For further information about the interviews please refer to the supporting document.
Rudolfo Anaya - Zia Summer
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Sister of My Heart
Russel Banks - Cloudsplitter
Nora Okja Keller - Comfort Woman
Dr. Leonard Shlain - The Alphabet Versus the Goddess
Barbara Chase-Riboud - The President's Daughter
A.A. Carr - Eye Killers
Lan Cao - Monkey Bridge
Hal Sirowitz - My Therapist Said
Kate Horsley - Crazy Woman
Dennis McFarland - A Face at the Window
Martha Cinader was an on-air arts producer for WBAI/Pacifica Radio in New York City during the 1990's, during which time she hosted a weekly arts magazine that featured author interviews. She now recognizes that these conversations were part of her literary education.
Martha would like to see the interviews in this collection used for literary and cultural studies in anthologies and classrooms.
Currently living in Greenville SC, with her husband and three sons, she blogs about being a virgin homesteader, among other things. Her forthcoming novel, Marvelina, is a fairytale for grown women.