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Carl Hiaasen's golf comeback is overcome by bufo toads, monkeys, rats, and a runaway golf cart
Thirty-two years after he quit the sport of golf, bestselling author and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen returned to the fairways, this time keeping a diary, The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return To A Ruinous Sport (Vintage paperback; May, 2009). Appearing at the 25th anniversary Miami Book Fair International with fellow humorist Roy Blount, Jr., Hiaasen recounted a few tales from his golfing comeback--the time he practiced his chip shot on an invasion of poisonous bufo toads; the day he played on a golf course famous for its monkey business; the time he had to fish his golf cart out of a lake; and the occasion on which his heavyweight training club, which he bought after watching an ad on the Golf Channel--but never used, came in handy with a pack of rats. Hiaasen and Blount wrapped the panel up with questions from the audience on superstition; media overkill in 2008 election coverage; and political intimidation of journalists.

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Rick Atkinson salutes Lucian K. Truscott and the men and women who liberated Italy: Pulitzer Prize winning historian and Washington Post reporter Rick Atkinson presents the second installment in his Liberation Trilogy, which began with the bestseller at the 2008 National Book Festival.

Alexander McCall Smith takes unconventional approach to his 'traditionally built' novels: Bestselling author of No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series Alexander McCall Smith, wearing his trademark Scottish kilt, apologizes for the lack of action in his novels and promises more cake and tea to make everyone feel better.

Patrick McGrath offers dramatic reading of 'Trauma' at Miami Book Fair International: Patrick McGrath reads from his newest gothic novel 'Trauma' at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International.

Marisa de los Santos makes the leap from poetry to prose by way of motherhood: Marisa de los Santos describes her transitions in literature and life and her search for inspiration at the 2008 National Book Festival.

Small press authors, poets and storytellers find big audiences at book fairs: Small presses have their big moments at book fairs.

Cokie Roberts unveils the politcal prowess and power of the 'Founding Mothers': ABC News and National Public Radio reporter Cokie Roberts celebrates early American First Ladies at the National Book Festival, former First Lady Laura Bush's signature annual event in the National Mall.

Richard Price finds humor and colliding worlds in projects of NYC's Lower East Side: Fresh from his former day job writing for the late, great HBO series, 'The Wire,' Richard Price reads from 'Lush Life,' his first novel in five years and takes questions from the audience.

Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian report U.S. atrocities in Iraq, claiming 1.2 million casualties: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and co-author English Al Jazeera reporter Laila Al-Arian report on the 'collateral damage' in the war in Iraq.

Art Spiegelman and Daniel Pink discourse on the discourse of comics: Although he wants a DNA test before he accepts paternity, the 'father of graphic novels,' Art Spiegelman discourses with 'graphic business books' writer Daniel Pink on the language and art of graphic books as seen through the lens of Spiegelman's life and work.

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