Alan and Ed talk about meeting John W. Campbell, how science fiction authors actually predicted the coming of the atomic bomb, and sci-fi as social commentary. Alan then opens up about his experiences working in Hollywood, meeting famous directors and turning movie scripts such Star Wars, Alien, Star Trek, and Transformers into novels. Did you know Alan talked about Warner Brothers Cartoons with singer Alice Cooper while waiting to see Star Wars…before anyone else had seen it.
Other topics include Alan’s current projects, the Alan Dean Foster Papers at the ASU Libraries, Alan’s scrapbooks, radio scripts, and the preservation of media.
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Introduction by Joyce Martin Curator, Labriola American Indian Data Center
American Indian Studies Assistant Professor Dr. David Martinez interviews Dr. Cahill
(Recorded April 16, 2012)
The Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award encourages scholarship which crosses multiple disciplines or fields of study, is relevant to contemporary North American Indian communities, and focuses on modern tribal studies, modern biographies, tribal governments or federal Indian policy. The judging panel is comprised of Dr. Donald Fixico and Dr. Katherine Osburn from the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and Dr. David Martinez from American Indian Studies. Each year the winner of the book award is invited to the Labriola Center for an award presentation and to speak about his or her book.
Silko has won prizes, fellowships, and grants from such sources as the National Endowment for the Arts and The Boston Globe. She was the youngest writer to be included in The Norton Anthology of Women’s Literature for her short story “Lullaby.” In 1981 she won a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant. Silko has continued to be a force in American Indian literature in both the fiction and non-fiction genres.
ASU Libraries will host a free five-part reading and discussion series called “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination.” The series explores Jewish literature and culture through scholar-led discussions of contemporary and classic books on a common theme. The series will explore the theme of Neighbors: The World Next Door. The library is one of over 250 libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series developed by Nextbook and the American Library Association (ALA). Local support for the series is provided by the Jewish Studies Program at ASU, Hillel at ASU, The Newman Center at ASU, The ASU Department of English, and The Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Phoenix. The first program will explore Journey to the End of the Millennium by A.B Yehoshua and will be held on Tuesday, August 26 at 7:00 PM. All programs will be held at Hayden Library on the Tempe campus. For details or to register, please visit lib.asu.edu/events/ or contact Rachel Leket-Mor, 480-965-2618, firstname.lastname@example.org.Additional books will be discussed once per month at the library. These books are Isaac Babel’s Red Cavalry (September 23), Bernard Malamud’s The Assistant (October 28), Gish Jen’s Mona in the Promised Land (November 18), and Jan T. Gross’ Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland (December 9).
Associate professor Joe Lockard from the ASU Department of English will lead a discussion of the book at each session. Lockard teaches comparative ethnic literatures and has published on Jewish literature and representations of Jews. His latest book is Watching Slavery: Witness Texts and Travel Reports (Peter Lang, 2008) and he directs the Antislavery Literature Project.