Tom Wolfe - Miami Book Fair International video

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2012 Miami Book Fair International: Tom Wolfe, "Back to Blood" - Tom Wolfe speaks about his latest novel, "Back to Blood," during the opening night of the 2012 Miami Book Fair International.  The novel presents Mr. Wolfe's take on the city of Miami.  Mr. Wolfe will be interviewed by former Miami mayor, Manny Diaz, and take questions from the book fair audience.  The Miami Book Fair International is held annually in November on the campus of Miami Dade College. Tom Wolfe is the author of several nonfiction titles, including "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," "The Pump House Gang," and "The Right Stuff," which was a recipient of the National Book Award for General Nonfiction.  He has also the author of the novels, The Bonfire of the Vanities," "A Man in Full," and "I Am Charlotte Simmons."  For more, visit:

New Year's Resolution Reading List: 9 Essential Books on Reading and Writing | Brain Pickings: "As far as New Year’s resolutions go, hardly anything does one’s mental, spiritual, and creative health more good than resolving to read more and write better. Today’s reading list addresses these parallel aspirations. And since the number of books written about reading and writing likely far exceeds the reading capacity of a single human lifetime, this omnibus couldn’t be — shouldn’t be — an exhaustive list. It is, instead, a collection of timeless texts bound to radically improve your relationship with the written word, from whichever side of the equation you approach it."

The Author of ‘Swamplandia!’ on the Florida Everglades - "By EMILY BRENNAN
Published: November 14, 2012 “SWAMPLANDIA!,” a novel by Karen Russell that was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, is named for the fictional gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades it depicts. Wildly imaginative, the book takes the reader through eerie mangrove swamps, expansive saw grass prairies and kitschy roadside attractions. “On the West Coast, everyone would ask, ‘How did you come up with that?,’ ” recalled the 31-year-old Miami native. “But in Florida, it was just realism. People would say, ‘The dad character — that’s got to be Jungle Leary.’ ”For the novel and her forthcoming book of short stories, “Vampires in the Lemon Grove,” Ms. Russell retraced her childhood trips to the Everglades. Below are edited excerpts from a conversation with her about rediscovering them. Q. Where in the Everglades would you go as a child? A. . . . As you go back toward Miami, it’s a completely different ecosystem from the Gulf. My mother would take us biking on this trail in Shark Valley, a saw grass prairie lined with alligators. It’s pretty severe looking, like an African savanna, just a few inches lower in elevation than the green mangroves, and this creates such a different landscape.

Joan Didion on Keeping a Notebook | Brain Pickings: "As a lover — and keeper — of diaries and notebooks, I find myself returning again and again to the question of what compels us — what propels us — to record our impressions of the present moment in all their fragile subjectivity. From Joan Didion’s 1968 anthology Slouching Towards Bethlehem (public library — the same volume that gave us her timeless meditation on self-respect — comes a wonderful essay titled “On Keeping a Notebook,” in which Didion considers precisely that . . . "

Bookshelves don't lie
Chicago Tribune
Until recently I owned just two books that were composed of little else but pictures of people's bookshelves. Not nearly enough. One book I received last year for Christmas, a compendium of pictures of author's bookshelves, a sort of literary ...

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Biblioracle: Breaking up with a book
Chicago Tribune
It's OK … If I stop reading a book … Before I've finished it. If my informal survey of people I run into on a weekly basis is accurate, then 70 percent of you are reacting in horror, 20 percent are nodding in agreement, and 10 percent are asking ...

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From book to birth certificate: Twilight, Divergent and The Hunger Games ...
Vancouver Sun
“If kids and teenagers are exposed to a name not considered stylish – one that doesn't necessarily appeal to parents at that point because it's a little bit 'out there' – they'll grow up seeing it in a different way,” says Laura Wattenberg, author of ...

Weekend picks for book lovers
9:50AM EST November 17. 2012 - What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY's picks forbook lovers include new 4-star fiction from Barbara Kingsolver and Alice Munro, plus Louise Erdich's National Book Award-winning novel The Round House.

Minneapolis writer's secret: Tap inner 11-year-old
Huffington Post
MINNEAPOLIS — Barely known in a literary field dominated by brand names like "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," William Alexander scored the National Book Award for Young People's Literature by tapping into his burning love for books when he was 11 ...

Not Your Momma's Book Club
Chicago Tribune
We chose it after a book we did not like, as a light summer read, but we read it as the independent, adult women we are. The book was light, but as we discussed it at length we dove into the positive role model that Katniss is. We found the story ...

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Liberty Ross Goes Topless In A Suit At Kate Moss' Book Party (PHOTO, POLL)
Huffington Post
To fete the launch of Kate Moss' new book, the 34-year-old joined the supermodel author along with Marc Jacobs, Florence Welch, Donna Karen and more at the London Bookmarc store on Thursday. So how did she dress to impress the fashion elite?

Author Aims To Curb 'Entitlement' Of Millennials With New Book ...
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Author Aims To Curb 'Entitlement' Of Millennials With New Book. November 17, 2012 4:00 AM. View Comments. More Activity. Facebook Activity. What's this? Add to Timeline - What's This. Click "Log in" to publish what you read to Facebook ...
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The Book Booth- Thanksgiving Edition | The Political Carnival
By Paddy
On to books. This week the National Book Foundation announced this year's National Book Awards for this year. I have no quibbles here, as I haven't read any of these books (still working on 2007 award winners), but Louise Erdrich is a fine writer and I suspect well-deserving of ... In happier news, National League Cy Young Award winner, and all-around good guy, R.A. Dickey, author of this year's autobiography Wherever I Wind Up, has inked a deal to write three children's books.
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Apple removes book from iTunes bookstore due to racy cover ...
By Graeme McMillan
Never particularly regarded as being particularly active in the fight against censorship, Apple has reportedly removed an eBook from the iTunes bookstore not because of the content of the book, but because of the image used on the book's cover. The novel in ... “What about New York Book Revieweditions of Dud Avocado, Tyrant Banderas, or our very own The Days of Abandonment? NOPE! ... In a later comment to the thread, the publisher added “The author is Syrian-born. Is it too ...

Video panel today on Hitchens's last book, and a CNN interview with ...
By whyevolutionistrue
The Miami book fair is having a live panel today on Mortality, Christopher Hitchens's last book—a collection of Vanity Fair pieces on his esophageal cancer. It'll be webcast at the following time (Eastern Time U.S), at this link, and is followed by ...
Why Evolution Is True

National Book Awards Dinner Reinvents Itself -
Organizers of the National Book Awards dinner have added show business ... can submit as manybooks as it wants in any category as long as the author is an ...

Bethany House Division Homepage | Baker Publishing Group
Bethany House Signs CEO of Large Nonprofit for Two Books: Peter Greer to Explore the Dark Side... With this Ring. Marian Wells · The Wedding Dress. E- Book ...

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