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Walter Mosley, Jeff and Ann Vandermeer, and John Scalzi explore an alternate universe
With an introduction by blog poster, Sci-Fi author and creative writing teacher Ryan Britt, award-winning mystery and afrofuturist visionary author Walter Mosley, award-sinning sci-fi authors John Scalzi, Ann and Jeff Vandermeer stepped onto the stage at BookExpo America 2012 sans space suits or tin foil hats to explore the profound, literary realities of alternative universes and the art of fiction. Mosley launched the panel discussion with comments on how sci-fi weirdness prepares us for the future, which is not so far from the present as it may seem, followed by the Vandermeer husband and wife team introduced their new compendium of 'strange and dark stories,' The Weird (TOR Books; May, 2012), and Scalzi offered anecdotal evidence of 'the weird' of sci-fi influencing tech design and social norms in the present. Britt then steered the panel to a discussion of the need for 'the familiar' within 'the weird', pointing to Scalzi's new novel, Redshirts (TOR Books; January, 2013), a takeoff of the classic Star Trek, followed by a conversation about the form and function of holograms and time travel in light of a novella in Mosley's new book,The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion recently released in paperback (TOR Science Fiction Reprint; March, 2013). Britt wrapped the panel with a spirited discussion on the real or imagined distinctions between 'literary' vs.'genre' fiction.

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Junot Diaz 'waos' Miami with readings of 'Alma' and 'Wildwood': Award-winning author Junot Diaz took the packed audience at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International by storm with readings and extended conversations on cultural and political issues, shedding light on his artistic points of view.

Dave Barry riffs on Florida elections and lunatics in the insane city: Pulitzer Prize winning humorist and bestselling author Dave Barry riffs on voter laws, soccer parents, and the truth about the nation's 'Insane City,' Miami.

Anne Rice reviews her storied career from Lestat to Sleeping Beauty with a stopover in New Orleans: The queen of gothic fiction Anne Rice takes the stage at the 2012 New York Comic Con for a no-holds-barred interview with SiriusXM Book Radio host Kim Alexander.

Kirstie Alley bares her soul for all to read in 'The Art of Men': Award-winning actress, comedian, author, and entrepreneur Kirstie Alley lets her hair down at the 2012 BookExpo America trade show to promote her new book, 'The Art of Men.'

Lori Andrews lays down the law on the dangers of social media: Internationally-recognized lawyer Lori Andrews warns of 'the death of privacy' at the 2012 Miami book fair International.

Jon Meacham duels David Brooks over Jefferson and Hamilton political influences in American history: Pulitzer Prize winning biographer, former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, and executive editor the Random House book publishing house, Jon Meacham engages in a lively debate with New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks over the adversarial politics and personalities of America's founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

T.C. Boyle reads the whole lie and nothing but 'The Lie': Award-winning, bestselling author T.C. Boyle reads his best known short story, 'The Lie,' at the 2012 National Book Festival.

Barbara Kingsolver finds the enduring qualities of novels in the rapidly changing world of books: Award-winning, widely acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver presents her new novel, 'Flight Behavior,' at the 2012 BEA.

Colson Whitehead reveals a little of the zombie in all of us: Award-winning, internationally acclaimed, bestselling novelist and essayist Colson Whitehead presents his new zombie-fest novel, 'Zone One.'

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