Sunday, April 17, 2011

NPR internview: Donna Leon

I've been reading the Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti series for a number of years and am happy to see there is a new book. I like the characters and the stories and she tells a good story. As they wrote in the NPR interview, she does a good job of keeping it real (she has lived in Italy for many years, so the sense of place is alive and real, too) and keeping readers engaged in the story.

So when I stumbled on the interview with her, I want to share that. There is also a link on the page to the audio recording of the interview. There is an excerpt from the new book, Drawing Conclusions, on the website, too.

Oh - and I found the interview after following a link to an article about controversy regarding the "Three Cups of Tea" author's accuracy in his memoir - which led me to a story about a "Robot Journalist" who/which (?) wrote a better and more accurate sports article than the human reporter - which led me to this interview.

... Several authors in the news today (there were a couple other stories I didn't read) ...

Click here to read the interview and an excerpt the latest book starring Commissario Brunetti:  Venetian Verite: Donna Leon's Gritty Italian Mystery 
"Writer Donna Leon has lived in Venice, Italy, for three decades, and in that time she has published 20 crime novels featuring the suave detective Commissario Guido Brunetti.  
Like the rest of the series, the latest Brunetti thriller, Drawing Conclusions, features plenty of red herrings, glasses of wine and servings of pasta. In fact, the new book begins with Brunetti being called away from dinner to investigate the death of a widow. Although the medical examiner has declared that she died of a heart attack, Brunetti is suspicious and applies his considerable detective skills to get to the truth.... "