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Joan Walsh reviews politics of race and class in America's past, present, and future
With an introduction by The Miami Herald's nationally syndicated columnist and author of the YA novel Flight to Freedom Ana Veciana-Suarez, Salon.com editor-at-large, MSNBC political analyst, and bestselling author Joan Walsh joined Lori Andrews and Hanna Rosin (stay tuned!), for a wide-ranging panel on social media, the role of men, and race, class and politics in America past, present and future. Walsh began her presentation with a review of her new book, What's the Matter with White People (Touchstone; April, 2013), first examining the rise and fall of the middle class in 20th century America, followed by reflections on the future of race and class politics in light of President Obama's midwestern auto-workers firewall in the 2012 election. The panel wrapped with questions from the audience, during which Walsh commented on social integration of Irish Caholics in early 20th century America, and whether definitions of race and class are interchangeable.

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Walter Mosley, Jeff and Ann Vandermeer, and John Scalzi explore an alternate universe: Award-winning mystery and astrofuturist visionary author Walter Mosley explores alternative universes with sci-fi authors John Scalzi, Ann and Jeff Vandermeer at BookExpo America.

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.

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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