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Maureen McLane reveals her free-ranging poetic vision in her National Book Award Finalist, This Blue
With a brief introduction by National Book Foundation Executive Director and author Harold Augenbraum, award-winning American poet, critic, and professor at New York University Maureen Mclanen, a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Autobiography and 2014 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry, took the stage at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International and read the first poem called A Situation in her NBA Finalist collection This Blue, recently released in time for National Poetry Month in trade paperback(Farrar, Straus & Giroux; March, 2015). Revealing her breadth of interests in history and humanity, McLane went on to read That Man, a poem inspired by the ancient Greek lyric poet Sappho; a poem titled Quiet Car about a train ride on Amtrak; and OK Fern, a poem poking fun at pastoral poetry. McLane wrapped her appearance with a question from Augenbraum, explaining how she taps experience to write poetry in 'fits of unciousness'.

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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.

George Clinton and Questlove cover doo wop to hip hop with Ben Greenman: Multiple awards winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon George Clinton and Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, founder of the thinking person's hip hop group, The Roots, the highly influential, hit record-selling hip hop group since 1995 and currently nightly performers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, do a literary duet, orchestrated by co-author and The New Yorker editor Ben Greenman, on their memoirs covering R&B from doo wop to hip hop.

Siri Hustvedt, Susan Minot, and Francine Prose lead the way with passion and intellect in fiction: Three of America's leading contemporary literary fiction writers take the stage to read from and talk about their work.

Roz Chast finds balance between personal experience and art in her NBA Finalist graphic memoir: Staff cartoonist at The New Yorker and bestselling childrens and adult graphic books author Roz Chast talks about the things aging parents avoid talking about and reads from her National Book Award Finalist Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

Anand Gopal reports from Afghanistan and finds No Good Men Among the Living: Afghanistan correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor, Anand Gopal reads from his NBA Finalist No Good Men Among the Living and talks about his investigation.

Rabih Alameddine rocks a 72-year-old woman's voice in his NBA Finalist: An Unnecessary Woman: Jordan-born American-based Guggenheim Fellow, painter, and author Rabih Alameddine reads from his 2014 National Book Award Finalist and talks about the challenges of writing in a woman's voice.

Evan Osnos meets the new China in its Age of Ambition and brings home the 2014 National Book Award: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Book Award-winning author Evan Osnos reads from his NBA winner: Age of Ambition and talked about how he gained the trust of ordinary Chinese people to write his popular 'Letters from China' blog, the basis of his award-winning non-fiction book.

Phil Klay reads 'Bodies' from National Book Award winning short story collection: Redeployment: U.S. Marine Corps Iraq War veteran Phil Klay reads from his National Book Award winning collection of short stories: Redeployment.

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