I Love You Paris but You’re Bringing Me Down – Baldwin
On November 24, Kate Sullivan interviews Rosecrans Baldwin who discusses his life in Paris, his return to North Carolina, and the next step for him now that Paris is a distant light.
Rosecrans Baldwin’s most recent book is “Paris, I Love You but You’re
Bringing Me Down” (GQ’s Best Books of 2012). His debut novel “You Lost Me There” was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2010, TIME and
Entertainment Weekly’s Best Books of Summer 2010, and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.
Rosecrans writes for a variety of magazines and reviews books for NPR’s All Things Considered. His Kindle article, “Our French
Connection,” was selected as a notable essay for Best American Essays
2013. He has taught creative writing at the University of North
Carolina – Chapel Hill, Duke University’s Center for Documentary
Studies, and Miami Dade College’s Miami Writers Institute, where he
was an author-in-residence in 2013. He is a founding editor of the
online magazine The Morning News.
The Gathering Wind: Hurricane Sandy and HMS Bounty
Author Gregory Freeman, an award-winning writer discusses the tragic events surrounding the devastating hurricane that destroyed towns in New York City and New Jersey, and took the tall ship bounty to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Freeman talks with host of the About the Books broadcast on November 3 at 5 PM, live from New York.
Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize
For decades, Alice Munro wrote short stories from her Canadian home near Lake Huron, part of Ontario’s western region. She insisted she wanted to retire from writing, but as most writers know, those stories that wander around in their minds eventually demand to be written. Perhaps very good, because Munro, who wrote “The View From Castle Rock” (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf), is the 2013 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Her short story collections, of which there are more than a dozen, include “The View From Castle Rock” and “Too Much Happiness.”
Munro’s selection in Stockholm by the Swedish Academy included the comment that she is a “master of the contemporary short story.”
For more, visit the site: www.nobelprize.org
Book Awards – Anisfield Wolf – Cleveland Foundation
Kate Sullivan discusses the Anisfield-Wolf book awards with the event’s new director (Karen Long, a former reporter) who reveals details about the new direction for the event, now in the 78th year.
Award-winning novelist Kevin Powers wrote “The Yellow Birds” in answer to the question, “What was it like over there?”
His poetic arsenal of literary phrases answers the question by providing his readers’ five senses with an enduring answer to one man’s perspective on war.
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Winners of the 78th Annual
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards include:
• Laird Hunt, Kind One, Fiction
• Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds, Fiction
• Eugene Gloria, My Favorite Warlord, Poetry
• Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree, Nonfiction
• Wole Soyinka, Lifetime Achievement
Past winners include five writers who went on to win Nobel prizes – Nadine Gordimer, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Toni Morrison, Wole Soyinka, and Derek Walcott.
“The 2013 Anisfield-Wolf winners are exemplars who broaden our vision of race and diversity,” said Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who chairs the jury. “This year, there is exceptional writing about the war in Iraq, slavery on a Kentucky pig farm, the Filipino experience in the U.S., and the complexity of families in which a child is radically different from parents.”
Book Expo 2013 – Manhattan
Manhattan’s 2013 Book Expo provided more than 700 authors with outstanding platforms to announce upcoming books.
Paul Harding’s private book signing for his newest novel, Enon, was packed. Harding, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his previous book, Tinkers, was in great form and graciously signed the advanced reader’s editions of Enon (launch date is September 10, 2013). The book is being released by Random House (Harding’s previous book was with Bellevue Literary Press–he has jumped ship) and a note from Susan Kamil, editor-in-chief at Random House, sets the tone for the new relationship:
“Like the hundreds of thousands of readers who discovered and embraced Paul Harding’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Tinkers, I was astounded by Paul’s transcendent language, his insights into human nature, his uncanny ability to bring detail and sensation to vivid life…so that a reader is wholly immersed in the object, the place, hte feeling. Now it’s my great pleasure to put the advance reading copy of Enon, Paul’s extraordinary new novel, in your hands.”
Interviews at the C-SPAN BookTV bus included many authors during this year’s BEA conference, with a favorite author, Ishmael Beah (Radiance of Tomorrow/Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) discussing his book, which is to be released in January 2014.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilbert King
Gilbert King, author of Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 2013.
He appears Sunday, May 5, on the WordSmitten About the Books broadcast. He discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning book with Kate Sullivan, host of the show.
King has written about Supreme Court history and the death penalty for the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine’s history blog, Past Imperfect. He lives in New York City with his wife, two daughters, and a French Bulldog named Louis.
The Scent of Scandal
Craig Pittman appears on the WordSmitten “About the Books” broadcast to discuss his recent book, “The Scent of Scandal.” The segment airs live from NYC and Pittman will discuss his work as a journalist (he writes environmental columns for the Tampa Bay Times) and as an author.
Pittman has also written freelance stories about manatees, the Everglades, offshore drilling and other topics for Smithsonian, Planning, Sarasota and Gulfshore Life magazines, winning two first-place awards from the Florida Magazine Association. He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two children.
In February, he taught a session on manuscript revision at the 7th Annual WordSmitten Writing Conference at the St. Petersburg Museum of History (SPMOH.com) and appeared on the panel with bestselling author Tom Robbins, entertainment attorney Peter Dekom, Eckerd College professor Sterling Watson, and WEDU-TV host and author Cathy Unruh.
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Tom Robbins Master Class Fiction :: February 23, 2013
Robbins will teach a master class in fiction and this writing workshop is a rare event. He does not appear in public very often and has offered to teach a master class on the topic of creative writing (novels and short stories). Robbins is a bestselling author (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Another Roadside Attraction, Jitterbug Perfume, Skinny Legs and All, and many more).
Luncheon panelists include Margo Hammond (former book editor of the Times), Cathy Unruh (WEDU-TV and author of Taming Me), Sterling Watson (Eckerd College professor of creative writing and author of bestselling novels), and Kate Sullivan (host of About-the-Books.com radio broadcast).
Register early. Seating is limited.
Advance registration ends December 31, 2012
Regular registration begins January 1, 2013
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