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Iggy Pop and The Stooges get their act together and take it on the road again
With an introduction by Miami Herald, Slate, and New York Times pop culture journalist Brett Sokol, rock 'n roll innovator James Newell Osterberg, Jr., better known as Iggy Pop and photographer and author Robert Matheu took the stage at the 2009 Miami Book Fair to tell the story of the recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group known as The Stooges through pictures and anecdotes covering the 40-year history of the iconic band, beginning with what Iggy Pop called their 'Children of the Corn' days in the late 1960's. Using pictures from Robert Matheu's photo journal, The Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story (Abrams; October, 2009), which includes many photos shot by Matheu himself and a forward by another rock icon--Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop describes his performance techniques for 'getting noticed' and engaging audiences with often stunning and sometimes shocking stagecraft, including stage diving, where he was one of the first to rock and rollers to dive into the crowd while performing. Next, Pop and Matheu described on the famous Vogue and first 'Stooges' album photo shoots, and how the images reflected The Stooges. Robert Matheu then took the audience on a retrospective tour of The Stooges performances in photos taken throughout the 1970's, and Iggy Pop wrapped the presentation with comments on the 2003 re-union of The Stooges and their music today, complete with worldwide tour (currently playing throughout Europe in 2010) compared to their early incarnation.

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NY Book Week comes to life as thousands of authors, publishers, and booksellers converge on BEA 2010: The annual migration of book people to BookExpo America every year brings over 1,000 authors together with booksellers, publishers, and distributors from all over the world to talk about books of all kinds and all formats.

Scott Turow pleads guilty to breaking his vow never to write a sequel to 'Presumed Innocent': Bestselling mystery suspense novelist and former Assistant U.S. Attorney turned white collar criminal defense lawyer Scott Turow showed up at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International to talk about a book he was writing at the time, which is landing in bookstores across the country on May 4--the sequel to his blockbuster first novel 'Presumed Innocent'.

Billy Collins goes 'ballistic' with a touch of deadpan humor: Former U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003) Billy Collins reads new and selected poems from his most recent collection, now available in trade paperback, as well as a couple of his other notable collections, at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International.

Robert Hass plants new seeds in Miami that grow into 'The Apple Trees at Olema': The Pulitzer Prize winning American poet, Robert Hass, who served as U.S. Poet Laureate from1995-1997, reads some new and previously published poems, which are now released in his new collection 'The Apple Trees At Olema'.

Kay Ryan kicks off National Poetry Month with 'The Best Of It': U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan reads poems from four of her collections at the 2009 National Book Festival.

Heather Graham and James Grippando surf the crime waves from Miami to Boston for inspiration: Miami trial lawyer and bestselling author of the Jack Swyteck suspense novels James Grippando and Heather Graham, bestselling author of the Harrison investigation crime novel series, as well as prolific bestselling romance novelist under her married name of Heather Graham Pozzessere, appear at the 2009 Miami Book Fair to surf the crime waves with their fans.

Russell Banks shows he's one of America's leading writers in more ways than one: Russell Banks the history and goals of the Cities of Refuge North America, which he co-founded, and two refugee authors, Irakli Kakabadze of the Republic of Georgia and Sarah Mkhonza of Swaziland, as well as Nobel Prize-winning poet and Cities of Refuge Executive Director Derek Walcott.

James Patterson has so many story ideas he needs 'co-writers' to write them all: America's most prolific bestselling author, James Patterson takes time out from writing to talk about his career at the 2009 National Book Festival.

Van Lustbader, Hogan, Chevalier, and Powell go Hollywood (for better or worse): Bestselling authors Eric Lustbader, Chuck Hogan, Tracy Chevalier, and Julie Powell discuss the leap from book to movie with Booklist editor Brad Hooper at the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

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