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Anne Rice: An Interview with the Vampire Writer

Anne Rice
Neal Carruth, NPR News /
Anne Rice

For the past quarter-century, novelist Anne Rice has created a supernatural realm centered around her native New Orleans. She gained fame in 1976 with Interview with the Vampire, a book that introduced Lestat -- one of the liveliest undead characters in fiction, a Louisiana aristocrat made immortal by a vampire's kiss.

Rice's latest novel is Blood Canticle, and Lestat plays a major role. So does the author's stately Greek Revival mansion, where NPR's Liane Hansen sat down for a conversation with Rice.

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Liane Hansen
Liane Hansen has been the host of NPR's award-winning Weekend Edition Sunday for 20 years. She brings to her position an extensive background in broadcast journalism, including work as a radio producer, reporter, and on-air host at both the local and national level. The program has covered such breaking news stories as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the capture of Saddam Hussein, the deaths of Princess Diana and John F. Kennedy, Jr., and the Columbia shuttle tragedy. In 2004, Liane was granted an exclusive interview with former weapons inspector David Kay prior to his report on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The show also won the James Beard award for best radio program on food for a report on SPAM.