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Walter Mosley, "Easy" Writer
His new book: Little Green (Doubleday), in which Easy Rawlins returns after a life-threatening car accident and lets it fly in L.A., summer-of-love style.

On writing: "The job of the writer is to give somebody an escape but have them feel they are getting something more."

On reading in summer: "I read in the bathtub no matter the season—if I'm near water, a book is going to come out."

Most looking forward to readying: "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John le Carré. He's a wonderful writer. I recently saw the latest movie version and it made me want to reread all his George Smiley books."

Background check: "My father was a custodian at a public school in Los Angeles. I would wander around the library when there was no one there but me, him, and a couple of other people cleaning, and go through books. There was infinite time."
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