Monday 19 January 2009: Amy Chua/Catharine Bramkamp
The on air version of Booktown for 19 January has been pre-empted for special Martin Luther King Day programming. Since I had already arranged some interviews before remembering this (it's only happened every year since Booktown began), I contacted the authors to see if they were willing to appear in an online only Booktown. They were.

I first talked with Amy Chua, John Duff Jr Professor of Law at Yale Law School, about her most recent book Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Arise and Why They Fall. We referred several times to her earlier book World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability (both available in paperback from Anchor Books). I have a recording of my earlier interview with Amy Chua somewhere (probably on a cassette) and will link it to this post when I find it.

I then talked with Nevada City native Catharine Bramkamp, who now lives in Sonoma County, about her new mystery novel Time is of the Essence (A Few Little Books Press). We referred at times to her earlier novel Woman on the Verge of Wyoming, her first mystery Death Revokes the Offer and her upcoming sequel. Catharine will talk about all of these books at Booktown Books & Tomes, 107 Bank Street in Grass Valley at 10:30 AM on Saturday 24 January. I talked with Catharine about Woman on the Verge of Wyoming on 26 June 2006.

To hear this program, click here.

Today is also Edgar Allen Poe's 200th birthday, but I was unable to reach his publicist.

posted by Eric Tomb and others 7:50 PM

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