Colson Whitehead reveals a little of the zombie in all of us
Introduced at the 2012 National Book Festival by Washington Post book critic Louis Bayard, award-winning, internationally acclaimed, bestselling novelist and essayist Colson Whitehead took the stage and, wasting no time, began reading an essay by novelist Jim Phillips titled How to Write, which Whitehead plans to include in a forthcominganthology of writers on writing. Whitehead wrapped his presentation with a reading of the first sentence fromwhat he called his 'second autobiographical novel in a row,' a novel about zombies Zone One, recently released in trade paperback (Anchor; July, 2012), which gave rise to several riffs on New York, Sag Harbor, and the similarities between zombies andreal people, with each fresh reading of the novel's first sentence. Whitehead then took questions from the audience on his inspiration to write a novel about zombies; actor readings for audiobook recordings; and his preparations and experiences as a player/journalist on ESPN's World Series Of Poker.
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Stephen Colbert challenges America to re-become 'the greatness we never weren't' again: The host of Comedy Central's satirical news show The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert returns to BookExpo America for a stimulating discussion of his latest tomes, 'I Am A Pole' and 'America Again.'
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Junot Diaz wins $500,000 MacArthur Foundation 'genius' award: 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award and 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz makes a rare public appearance at the 2012 BookExpo America trade show to promote his second novel 'This Is How You Lose Her' four months before winning the MacArthur Foundation's $500,000 'genius' award.
Jim Lehrer packs his bags for 'Tension City' one more time: Famed journalist, executive editor and former news anchor for PBS NewsHour, Jim Lehrer reviews election impact of candidate's temperament and content from a Presidential debate moderator's point-of-view, swears he's done with Presidential debates in 2011, but prepares for one more as 'Tension City' rolls out in paperback in 2012.
Michael Chabon recalls his journey from the city of the future to LA to 'Telegraph Avenue': Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon reveals his soul-searching journey from racial harmony to outright racism and back to the idyllic lost world of 'Telegraph Avenue.'
Monica Wood, Any Bitter Thing.
Monica Wood celebrates the publication of her third novel, Any Bitter Thing with a reading at Longfellow Books in Portland Maine.
Chris Hayes takes aim at Rush Limbaugh's well-financed, denialist 'alternative empirical reality'.
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John Moeller serves up White House recipes and dishes Presidential memories.
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Cartoonist Noah Van Sciver and writer/editor Russ Kick present a young melancholic Abe Lincoln and the fiction classics, from Gilgamesh to The Picture of Dorian Gray, in a graphic literary art form.