Colson Whitehead gets personal in 'Sag Harbor'
Colson Whitehead's award-winning, meteoric literary career blazed briefly in the middle of the 2009 National Book Festival, where the author introduced his 'autobiographical fourth novel' Sag Harbor, now out in paperback (Anchor; June, 2010), set in a predominantly black neighborhood in the summer playground of the ultra rich and famous. Having set the stage with provocative and entertaining visual aides, Whitehead proceeded to read two passages from the book, first introducing his main adolescent characters Benji and Reggie waiting for an older friend with a car to pick them up followed by a passage illustrating the painful adolescent awkwardness of going to a barber shop and coming out with a really bad afro. Whitehead wrapped his performance with a short description of his evolution as a man and a writer.
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Taylor Branch rewinds 'The Clinton Tapes': Pulitzer Prize winning historian Taylor Branch rewinds 'The Clinton Tapes' (now available in paperback) at the 2009 Miami Book Fair.
Christopher Hitchens hitches a ride from BookExpo straight to the New York Times bestseller list: Vanity Fair columnist and iconoclast journalist Christopher Hitchens hits the road after pitching his tell-all memoir at BookExpo America 2010.
BEA 2010 heralds age of e-books along with traditional writer's cramps: The sixteenth annual BookExpo America (BEA) book publishing trade convention brings together all-star authors and industry heavyweights for business and pleasure.
Iggy Pop and The Stooges get their act together and take it on the road again: Hall of Fame rocker Iggy Pop pops by the 2009 Miami Book Fair International with photographer and author Robert Matheu for an interview with Miami Herald culture writer Brett Sokol.
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.
Melvin Jules Bukiet, Strange Fire.
Literary Fiction: Melvin Jules Bukiet is an award-winning writer whose work has been translated into six languages and praised by book critics in major markets across the country. (Chapter I, 15 minutes)
Maureen McLane reveals her free-ranging poetic vision in her National Book Award Finalist, This Blue.
2014 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry and 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Autobiography Maureen McClane reads and talks about six poems from her NBA Finalist, This Blue.
Barry Estabrook uncovers some rotten tomatoes in Tomatoland.
Award-winning activist food writer and author Barry Estabrook decries tomato growing and harvesting processes in Florida.
Carl Hiaasen cleans up Skink without talking down to kids.
Journalist, columnist, bestselling author of fourteen adult novels, and award-winning children's book author Carl Hiaasen brings his adult, foul-mouthed, road-kill eating, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida to a children's bookstore near you.
Mary Pearson wraps up her bestselling Jenna Fox Chronicles with Fox Forever.
Bestselling author Mary Pearson autographs the second book in her Fox Chronicles trilogy at BEA 2011.