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James McBride opens new doors to John Brown and Harpers Ferry with fiction
With an introduction by Washington Post national political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, bestselling author and jazz musician James McBride took the stage at the 2013 National Book Festival to present his latest bestseller and 2013 winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books; August, 2013), an historical novel imagining the life of staunch slavery abolitionist John Brown and his famous raid on Harpers Ferry with a small group of supporters just eighteen months before the U.S. Civil War broke out over slavery. Having reviewed the historical background of his story, McBride read from the first chapter of his award-winning novel and introduced Brown's sidekick dubbed 'Little Onion', a young slave wearing a sackcloth smock, who Brown, having shot the slave's master, flees the scene with, having mistaken the boy for a girl. McBride wrapped his presentation with comments on the nuances of historical fiction before taking questions from the audience on researching the John Brown story; his views on U.S. progress in civil rights since the Civil War; his reflections on Mark Twain, Spike Lee, and his Mom; and his thoughts on language in Huckleberry Finn and The Color Of Water.

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Joyce Carol Oates celebrates the 40th novel in her 50-year writing career at the National Book Fest: One of America's most prolific and widely acclaimed, award-winning authors, Joyce Carol Oates takes the stage at the 2013 National Book Festival to review her long-running career of 50 years and 40 novels at the 2013 National Book Festival.

Sofi Oksanen measures the effects of war and fascism with stockings and a 'lipstick index': Finland's global literary rock star Sofi Oksanen, award-winning author of 'Purge,' takes the stage at the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair to review her writing career and newest bestseller 'When the Doves Disappeared' with Iranian-born Swedish author and book critic Athena Farrokhzad.

Richard Ford travels to Goteborg, Sweden for a review of Canada: Pulitzer Prize winning, bestselling author shares his literary themes, characters, landscapes, and use of language in his most recent novel, Canada, in an interview with Swedish author, book crtic Ingrid Elam at the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair.

Don DeLillo receives the first Library Of Congress Fiction Prize at the 2013 National Book Festival: Award-winning, bestselling author Don DeLillo takes the Library of Congress prize from Dr. James H. Billington and sits down to an interview with Marie Arana at the 2013 National Book Festival.

Follow your heart to the 30th annual Miami Book Fair, November 17-24: Celebrate the 30th annual Miami Book Fair International, the nation's largest and longest-running book fair featuring over 300 world-famous and emerging voices in literature, November 17-24, 2013.

Naomi Wolf weaves new science and personal experience into a 'goddess array': Bestselling author and cultural iconoclast Naomi Wolf reboots research into female sexuality with some major new updates.

Chris Hayes takes aim at Rush Limbaugh's well-financed, denialist 'alternative empirical reality': American political commentator on the MSNBC cable news network and bestselling author Chris Hayes takes down Rush Limbaugh and right wing 'denialists' in his debut at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International.

Nikky Finney goes fishing for knowledge, truth and beauty: National Book Award-winning poet and teacher Nikky Finney weaves anecdotes of the people and events of her life with readings of her poetry.

Camille Paglia calls on artists to drop their 'snark' masks and show genuine emotion: University of the Arts professor, social critic, bestselling author, and self-described 'dissident feminist' Camille Paglia throws down the gauntlet to the Miley Cyruses of the world at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International.

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