Andre Dubus III tells the story of his life--from poverty stricken fighter to heavyweight writer
Hosting a BookExpo America 2008 breakfast panel of authors that included Magic Johnson and Philippa Gregory, award-winning star of big and little screens Alec Baldwin introduced Boston-born novelist, Andre Dubus III to a sold out crowd of over 800 booksellers and industry professionals in Los Angeles two days before his latest novel, The Garden of Last Days (W.W. Norton; June, 2008) officially went on sale. Dubus promptly bared his soul to the book industry, revealing the depths of poverty of his childhood belying the aristocratic sound of his hand-me-down name. Pulling no punches, Dubus went on to portray himself as a violent young man, filled with rage, ready to avenge injustice in any bar, anytime with a fist in someone's face, until, after several arrests, he turned to boxing. Dubus reflected on how he turned his life around when he discovered the power of fiction and ultimately hung-up his boxing gloves, closing his presentation with a William Faulkner quote on what it takes to be a successful writer.
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Judith 'Miss Manners' Martin lets her hair down in Venice: Better known as 'Miss Manners,' the author of several books on 'excruciatingly' proper behavior, and former Washington Post reporter, Judith Martin lets her hair down and reveals her true passion for the historic, romantic city of Venice.
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