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Joyce Carol Oates celebrates the 40th novel in her 50-year writing career at the National Book Fest
Journalist, author, and literary critic for The Washington Post and National Public Radio's Fresh Air Maureen Corrigan introduced one of America's most prolific and widely acclaimed, award-winning authors, Joyce Carol Oates, to a standing room only audience under a big tent on the National Mall on a rainy Sunday afternoon at the 2013 National Book Festival. Beginning with reflections on her creative roots, from crayons to reading and storytelling and her childhood with only one book of Edgar Allen Poe short stories and a radio for entertainment on a farm in Lockport, NY, where she attended a one room schoolhouse with a windowsill for a library. Oates then introduced her latest bestseller, The Accursed, recently released in trade paperback (HarperCollins; November, 2013), the 40th novel in her illustrious writing career that began in 1963, and the last in her post-modern Gothic Saga, which began with Bellefleur in 1980, and was followed by A Bloodsmoor Romance (1982), and Mysteries of Winterthurn (1984). Oates then took questions from the audience on meta-linguistics, speech vs. written language, and literacy among today's youth; her views on adolescence, female maturation, and morality as portrayed in her famous 1996 short story , Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?; the differences in perspectives on life between youth and their elders; the response to The Accursed of her Princeton University colleagues, where she has been a professor since 1978 and a comparison of Woodrow Wilson's Princeton and the Princeton of today; the purpose and effects of her 'cooling off periods' in her writing process; identity issues in the context of the roles we play; and the work of Mark Twain.

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Sofi Oksanen measures the effects of war and fascism with stockings and a 'lipstick index': Finland's global literary rock star Sofi Oksanen, award-winning author of 'Purge,' takes the stage at the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair to review her writing career and newest bestseller 'When the Doves Disappeared' with Iranian-born Swedish author and book critic Athena Farrokhzad.

Richard Ford travels to Goteborg, Sweden for a review of Canada: Pulitzer Prize winning, bestselling author shares his literary themes, characters, landscapes, and use of language in his most recent novel, Canada, in an interview with Swedish author, book crtic Ingrid Elam at the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair.

Don DeLillo receives the first Library Of Congress Fiction Prize at the 2013 National Book Festival: Award-winning, bestselling author Don DeLillo takes the Library of Congress prize from Dr. James H. Billington and sits down to an interview with Marie Arana at the 2013 National Book Festival.

Follow your heart to the 30th annual Miami Book Fair, November 17-24: Celebrate the 30th annual Miami Book Fair International, the nation's largest and longest-running book fair featuring over 300 world-famous and emerging voices in literature, November 17-24, 2013.

Naomi Wolf weaves new science and personal experience into a 'goddess array': Bestselling author and cultural iconoclast Naomi Wolf reboots research into female sexuality with some major new updates.

Chris Hayes takes aim at Rush Limbaugh's well-financed, denialist 'alternative empirical reality': American political commentator on the MSNBC cable news network and bestselling author Chris Hayes takes down Rush Limbaugh and right wing 'denialists' in his debut at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International.

Nikky Finney goes fishing for knowledge, truth and beauty: National Book Award-winning poet and teacher Nikky Finney weaves anecdotes of the people and events of her life with readings of her poetry.

Camille Paglia calls on artists to drop their 'snark' masks and show genuine emotion: University of the Arts professor, social critic, bestselling author, and self-described 'dissident feminist' Camille Paglia throws down the gauntlet to the Miley Cyruses of the world at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International.

John Lewis marches on, 1963-2013: John Lewis, the last living man who spoke at the famous March on Washington of 1963 where Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his immortal 'I Have A Dream' speech, invokes the spirit and passion of the day.

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