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Mary Gordon, Stuart Dybek, and Russell Banks take a short cut
We last saw Russell Banks reading his bestselling novel, Lost Memory of Skin at the Miami Book Fair International in 2011. We caught up with him again at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International reading the first paragraph from each story his new collection of stories, A Permanent Member Of The Family (Ecco Reprint; September, 2014). Stuart Dybek followed with a reading of a short story titled 'The Start of Something' from his new collection of short stories Ecstatic Cahoots (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; June, 2014). Award-winning, bestselling author Mary Gordon read her novella titled The Liar's Wife from her collection of four novellas, called by the same name, The Liar's Wife (Anchor Reprint; July, 2015). A question and period followed in which Banks, with Gordon and Dybek offering slightly different answers, discuss the short story form; dybek, and the others, offered views on writing short stories versus novels; Gordon offered insight into end-of-life issues; Banks begins a discussion on whether he ever attends another other author event at book fairs; Gordon describes her version of an 'ur wasp' in The Liar's Wife; in response to her book The Shadow Man, Gordon weighs in on the role of the daughter in search of her father who turns out a myth; Gordon and Russell held forth on their preference of formats of book fair panels like the one they were on; and they all chimed in on the difficulties of short form fiction.

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Mona Simpson, Ann Patchett, and Lucinda Franks compare notes on life, lit, and love: Bestselling, award-winning authors Mona Simpson, Ann Patchett, and Lucinda Franks take the stage at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International to talk about their most recent books and compare notes on life, literature, and love.

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Fanny Howe makes poetry out of paradox in her 2014 National Book Award Finalist, Second Childhood: Prize-winning American poet, novelist, and short story writer Fanny Howe reads from her 2014 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry, Second Childhood.

John Cleese declares 'there is no hope' for this mad world, and he's 'never been happier' for it: English actor, comedian, writer and film producer John Cleese, in an interview with NPR's books associate editor, Petra Mayer, decries failed democracy and a world gone mad, declares 'there is no hope' and insists he's 'never been happier' knowing there is nothing that can be done.

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