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Paul Auster offers reports from the interior of America, the cosmos, and a boy's hopes and fears
With a brief introduction by Miami Dade College adjunct professor and former National Vice-President of the Distinction Society Grace Sans, award-winning screenwriter, film director, and bestselling author Paul Auster stepped up to the microphone to read snippets from Part I of his four-part, second person memoir while showing photos from the 110 photos in Part IV of his moral, political and intellectual journey through the post-war fifties and into the turbulent 1960s, Report from the Interior (Picador; May, 2014), beginning with the dawning of self-consciousness as a six-year old in 1953, when he began learning about the stars, the earth, and the cosmos. Next, Auster read from his impressions of H.G. Wells'War of the Worlds and early TV shows starring William Boyd and Gabby Hayes in Hopalong Cassidy Westerns. Auster read a piece detailing fallen heroes of his youth, including Thomas Edison, the great inventor who, Auster later learned, his father had worked for briefly, but was soon fired when Edison realized his father was Jewish. After a passage in which Auster reported on both the good and bad sides of his character, Auster recalled the years of living in fear of nuclear bombs, rockets, and polio; the impact of anti-semitism in American Jewish life, reflected in American baseball, movies, and politics; and his teen years marked by American Bandstand, pimples, and braces.

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Joyce Carol Oates celebrates the 40th novel in her 50-year writing career at the National Book Fest: One of America's most prolific and widely acclaimed, award-winning authors, Joyce Carol Oates takes the stage at the 2013 National Book Festival to review her long-running career of 50 years and 40 novels at the 2013 National Book Festival.

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