Tom Wolfe recasts NY's Bonfire of the Vanities as Back to Blood in Miami
With an introduction from WPBT2 TV's COO Dolores Sukhdeo to a packed audience at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and bestselling fiction and non-fiction chronicler of America's best and worst Tom Wolfe took the stage for an in-depth examination of Wolfe's latest novel, Back To Blood, recently released in trade paperback (Little, Brown & Company; July, 2013), his first novel set in Miami, a city whose influx of immigrants from around the world, bringing with it both crime and innovation, has cast it in the role of America's future. Wolfe and Diaz then went on to review the impact of two of Miami's most visible immigrants in recent years, former Police Chief in Mayor Diaz's administration John Timoney and Sgt. Angel Calzadilla, recenlty deceased hostage negotiator, department spokesman, and executive assistant to the Police Chief. In response to Diaz's question about Wolfe's prodigious literary research, Wolfe mused about Miami's famous Hialeah Racetrack and pink flamingos and the ways in which Miami's vibrant art community is a significant driver of real estate and community revivals. Wolfe wrapped his presentation with recollections of his famous literary brush-up with the iconic writers John Updike, John Irving, and Norman Mailer in which Wolfe called them the 'Three Stooges' for their negative reviews of his work. Wolfe then took questions from the audience on hip hop music, the Miami sociological landscape, and what he meant when he once called sex 'God's little joke'; the impact on Miami of its bi-lingual heritage; what he learned from his research for the novel I Am Charlotte Simmons and the impact YouTube and cell phones have on dating rituals; the connection between Bonfire of the Vanities and Back to Blood; and the prospects for a spanish translation of Back to Blood.
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