The half-hour conversation with radio talk show host Michael Warren Thomas of station WYSL (1040 AM) in Rochester, New York covered Fitzgerald's latest novel but also touched on the novelist's two earlier works, The Fracking War and Fracking Justice.
Michael Warren Thomas hosts four programs each Saturday. Fitzgerald's interview was on Discover The Finger Lakes which focuses on events and people the Finger Lakes region. This was Fitzgerald's fourth appearance on the program.
In the interview Thomas noted how Fitzgerald's fictional works reflect real-world, real-time events interspersed with the actions of the journalist characters, as well as cast of villains.
Thomas also asked about the current anti-press climate being pushed by President Donald Trump in which he labels the press "the enemy of the people."
Fitzgerald noted that Trump's barrage has been damaging. But Fitzgerald said he is equally concerned about how much the decline of newspapers and journalism - particularly in small towns - continues to be devastating to civic life.
"People need a source of information that they trust," he said.
The full interview can be heard here: MWT interview with Michael Fitzgerald.
Book Launch Monday at Book Passage in SF
|Michael J. Fitzgerald|
The event is an official book launch party of Left Coast Writers and is open to the public.
The Book Passage event will include a talk by Fitzgerald, a question-and-answer session with the audience and a book signing.
Copies of The Devil's Pipeline will be available for purchase at the bookstore.
The latest novel has drawn praise from three Bay Area writers, Rita Gardner (author of The Coconut Latitudes), Steve Early (Refinery Town and The Remaking of an American City) and Elizabeth Claman (The Prodigal Wife and other novels).
"Fitzgerald's third novel might be his best," Claman said.