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Barbara Hambly interview
Hambly, Barbara
Martinson, Connie
Publication Information
The Drucker Institute
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Connie Martinson Talks Books
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Barbara Hambly discusses her book, “Graveyard Dust.” She begins by explaining the local history of New Orleans, which serves as the backdrop for her novel. Hambly details the racial and cultural history of the antebellum period and the world in which her main character, Benjamin January lives in. The plot begins when Benjamin’s sister, Olympe, who is a voodoo practitioner, is arrested for murder. Hambly goes on to explain her writing process and how she developed the character of Benjamin January as the ideal lead in a historical murder mystery. She also details the rigorous research she conducted not only concerning the history of New Orleans, but also such topics as Voodoo and medicine. From there she goes on to discuss the history of Voodoo and its practice in modern society.
moving image
New Orleans (La.) - Fiction
Free African Americans - Fiction
African American men - Fiction
January, Benjamin (Fictitious character) - Fiction
Time Period
Nineteenth century
United States
New Orleans (La.)
Betacam tape: Excerpt of show with Martinson interviewing Barbara Hambly before the commercial break and Lisa Zeidner after the break.
Connie Martinson Talks Books -

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