California smog envelops the Vincent Thomas Bridge, a blimp and shipping yard cranes in the shipyards of the Port of Long Beach in 2003.

Who's the real-life inspiration for L.A. noir?

Dec 30, 2014
The L.A. Times traces the life of private detective Samuel Marlowe.
Posted In: los angeles, fiction

The Ukrainian rebel who started as a sci-fi writer

Aug 5, 2014
"We have this...fascinating phenomenon of a sci-fi writer playing real war games.”
Posted In: ukraine, Russia, science fiction, fiction

The Market Was Down

Feb 21, 2014
A short story from the collection 'One More Thing'
Posted In: humor, fiction

'The Prince of Risk' and financial thrillers

Dec 25, 2013
Marketplace host David Gura talks to author Christopher Reich about his novel Prince of Risk.
Posted In: espionage thrillers, fiction

Born on Inauguration Day: Words to live by

Jan 17, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-winning author -- and Inauguration-Day baby -- Robert Olen Butler discusses his work and and the role that presidential characters play in his fiction.
Posted In: fiction, writing

Walter Mosley touches on economic injustice, race in 'Shoot My Man'

Feb 9, 2012
Walter Mosley's new book, "All I Did Was Shoot My Man," is more than a mystery novel. Both Mosley and his recurring protagonist, Leonid McGill, take on issues of economic injustice, inequality and the inevitable world of capitalism we live in.
Posted In: fiction, class, poverty

Son of Strelka, Son of God. Voice of Barack Obama.

Jul 12, 2011
Dan Warren is creating stories based on snippets he pulls from the audio book version of the President's autobiography. It's a sort of word colla...
Posted In: fiction, Obama