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Richard Price finds humor and colliding worlds in projects of NYC's Lower East Side
Having lost his day job at the end of the fifth and final season of HBO's The Wire, Richard Price has set aside his celebrated Hollywood (The Color Of Money) and TV screenplay writing career and returned to the more nocturnal life of writing novels, appearing at the 2008 National Book Festival to read from Lush Life (Macmillan/Picador reprint; March, 2009), his first novel in five years. After his reading, Price peppered his audience with wisecracks and wisdom, emblematic of his famous talent for smart, pithy dialog, taking fifteen questions from the audience in less than twenty-four minutes, including: what it was like to write for The Wire; separating fiction and reality through the lense of his celebrated novel Clockers; cannibalizing his own life vs.empathizing with other lives to write fiction; research and personal interaction in the worlds he writes about; issues of racism, urban housing projects, gentrification and worlds colliding in Lush Life; what his favorite books are (answer: the dictionary); how he knew he wanted to become a writer; the story behind the title of Lush Life; working with actors and writing screenplays; developing storylines; a typical day in his writing process; his views on the nature of humor; the influences in his family life as he was growing up; his take on Amazon and amateur reviews; and teaching kids reading and writing in schools.

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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.

Jane Mayer nominated for NBCC award for her book exposing 'The Dark Side' of U.S. torture policies: New Yorker correspondent Jane Mayer sheds light on 'the dark side' of the Bush Administration's war on terror.

James McBride sticks another feather in his hat--historical novels: Multi-talented jazz saxophonist, musical composer, journalist, bestselling memoirist and novelist James McBride presents historical novel 'Song Yet Sung' at the 2008 National Book Festival.

Salman Rushdie blends East and West cultures in 'The Enchantress of Florence': Award-winning British Indian novelist and essayist, knighted for his 'services to literature,' Salman Rushdie is interviewed by Washington Post Book World editor Marie Arana at the 2008 National Book Festival 20 years after the publication of 'Satanic Verses' and the ensuing death threats that drove him into hiding for ten years.

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson shows game-changing moves in '32 Ways to Be a Champion In Business': Basketball legend Magic Johnson appears at BookExpo America 2008 to talk about his latest game-changing moves.

Azar Nafisi brings her 'portable home' to BookExpo: Iranian academic, free speech activist, and bestselling author of 'Reading Lolita in Tehran,' Azar Nafisi introduces her memoir, 'Things I've Been Silent About,' at BookExpo America 2008.

Ted Turner gets 'back on top' with autobio, charm, and swagger: Ted Turner turns on the charm at BookExpo America 2008 and predicts his autobiography will be 'a home run' that will put him 'back on top.'

Francine Prose reads like a writer at the National Book Festival and Miami Book Fair: Francine Prose hits the road (like a writer) for 'Goldengrove' with reading stops before packed audiences at the 2008 National Book Festival and Miami Book Fair International.

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