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    A Few Words With Crime Fiction Author Extraordinaire James L'Etoile

    Author James L’Etoile spent a big chunk of his adult life in prison. Thankfully, he did so on the correct side of the bars as a probation officer, corrections counselor, hostage negotiator and associate warden. Now retired, L’Etoile uses that wealth of experience as a basis for his excellent John Penley mystery series, once of the best out there. The newest in the series, Bury the Past, came out just a few months ago, and he is already working on the next big thing. We sat down with him recently to talk about his work as a writer, life in the gritty California prison system and how sometimes truth is even weirder than fiction.

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    A Few More Words with "Huntress" Author Alexandra Sokoloff

     

    These days, most writers are loathe to take a stand or say anything that might alienate any part of their audience. Not so for Alexandra Sokoloff, the author behind the brilliant Huntress /FBI series, which deals in explicit detail with the horrors of sexual abuse and human trafficking...and the bloody comeuppance for the monsters who commit such heinous acts. Alex is also unafraid to voice her opposition to the current presidential administration and the role she feels it has in perpetuating a culture that tolerates and even celebrates sexual abuse. I sat down again with her recently to talk about the the new book (Hunger Moon), battling with Trump trolls and the realities of writing screenplays for Hollywood.

     

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    A few Words With: California State Librarian Greg Lucas

     

    California State Librarian Greg Lucas has a daunting daily to-do list: managing the main research and information hub for all things pertaining to the Golden State's illustrious history and heritage. It's a tough job that is equal parts administrator, historian and educator. But anyone who spends any time around him knows Lucas is up to the task. A highly regarded former journalist, Lucas covered the Capitol for various dailies for over 25 years, giving him both a unique insight into the machinations of state government and a deep appreciation for the role California has played in shaping the America we know today. I sat down with him recently to talk about the job, his former life as a Capitol scribe and the reasons why every aspiring writer needs a good library.

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    The Open Mic: A Few Words with "Fake News" Author Tom Chorneau

     

    Unless you've been living in a cave for the last two years you are probably very familiar with the term "fake news." But while it primarily wormed its way into the American lexicon during the 2016 presidential election, the challenge of how to discern legitimate news from agenda-driven faux news stories has been around for a long time. Long enough, in fact, that noted Sacramento capitol reporter Tom Chorneau was already well into his debut novel, "Enterprise Reporting," before most people had ever heard the term. We sat down with him recently to talk about the book, the pros and cons of indie publishing and how a reporter used to daily deadlines deals with the long haul of writing a novel.

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    A Few (More) Words With Pulitzer Prize Winning Editorial Cartoonist Jack Ohman

     

    When we last sat down with Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman In November 2015, he had won every major award a journalist could win except for the Pulitzer Prize. Now he's even won that, taking home the honor in April of last year. A successful author as well as a cartoonist, we sat down with him again recently to talk about the impact the award has had on his work and his other writing.

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