Florida Book Review http://wlrn.org en Florida Book Awards Winners Aren't Just Accomplished Writers http://wlrn.org/post/florida-book-awards-winners-arent-just-accomplished-writers <p>The Florida Book Awards (FBA) panel had it all—brilliant readings, thought-provoking discussion, and a harmonica solo. It featured four of the 2011 award winners. Leonard Nash, himself an FBA winner and then judge, introduced the writers with a combination of standard credentials and lesser known facts.</p><p>Lynne Barrett (general fiction award) read from her story collection&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lynnebarrett.com/magpies.html"><em>Magpies</em></a>. In "One Hippopotamus," a story comes to light and a romance unfolds thanks to a so-Florida event—a thunderstorm-induced power outage.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:20:17 +0000 Bob Morison 4972 at http://wlrn.org Florida Book Awards Winners Aren't Just Accomplished Writers Book Fair One-Liners: Duncan's Accent Makes Everything Sound Right With The World http://wlrn.org/post/book-fair-one-liners-duncans-accent-makes-everything-sound-right-world <p>Ed Irvin <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/16-candles-140-characters-molly-ringwald-miami-book-fair">isn't short of kind things to say</a>, whether it's about a male or female author. Here's his latest feedback:&nbsp;</p><p>"Glen Duncan, author of <em>Talulla Rising</em>, wastes no time on small talk, launching straight into his reading. His accent brings a hypnotic, sleep-inducing serenity to his words, even as he describes a werewolf tearing the throat from a woman."</p><p></p> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:47:46 +0000 Heather Hernandez 4930 at http://wlrn.org Pork, Pain, Bananas And All The Usual Poetry Stuff http://wlrn.org/post/pork-pain-bananas-and-all-usual-poetry-stuff <p>This was the event to end all events. A beautiful poetry reading by Campbell McGrath, Kevin Young, Richard Blanco, and Dana Gioia. Young dealt us pork and pain. McGrath bathed us in banana and creatures from the bay. Blanco showed us the shame in Legos, and Gioia recited his classic verse with effortless style.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:38:35 +0000 Ashley Jones 4929 at http://wlrn.org Pork, Pain, Bananas And All The Usual Poetry Stuff Book Fair One-Liners: Things We Still Don't Get About Women http://wlrn.org/post/book-fair-one-liners-things-we-still-dont-get-about-women <p>Annik Adey-Babinsky, of the Florida Book Review, shared this with us earlier:</p><p>"Building Three Chapman Hall: Naomi Wolf begins by telling the audience that she wrote&nbsp;<em>Vagina: A New Biography</em>, because she found that western society's understanding of female sexuality was 40 years out of date."</p><p>One book and 40 more years current, I'm&nbsp;still on the fence about society having women down to a science.</p> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:13:10 +0000 Heather Hernandez 4928 at http://wlrn.org Book Fair One-Liners: Things We Still Don't Get About Women 16 Candles, 140 Characters: Molly Ringwald At The Miami Book Fair http://wlrn.org/post/16-candles-140-characters-molly-ringwald-miami-book-fair <p></p><p>There's a lot of swooning to be done when a well-known Brat Packer decides to spend part of her day reading to you from her new book&nbsp;<em>When it Happens to You</em>. Here are just a few of the many endearing comments we've spotted on the web today about Molly Ringwald:</p><p><em>"The audience releases a collective groan when the presenter announces that Molly Ringwald will only be</em> <em>signing books following her reading. No DVDs, posters, or other memorabilia."</em> - Ed Lavin</p> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:05:34 +0000 Heather Hernandez 4924 at http://wlrn.org 16 Candles, 140 Characters: Molly Ringwald At The Miami Book Fair Graphic Novelists Opt To Kill Shakespeare http://wlrn.org/post/graphic-novelists-opt-kill-shakespeare <p>Kill Shakespeare! Those are the first words to which my engineer boyfriend Adam was attracted when we arrived at the Book Fair (other than "ham and cheese croissant"). He beelined to the colorful table and picked up a book with a quill pen drawn on the cover, and we were greeted by Conor McCreery's friendly, "Hello! Do you like graphic novels?" Both Adam and I are fairly indifferent, and I think Conor could tell, but he didn't miss a beat. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 18:57:35 +0000 Sarah Mason 4921 at http://wlrn.org Graphic Novelists Opt To Kill Shakespeare Book Fair One-Liners: Cool Nickname, Thanks Autocorrect http://wlrn.org/post/book-fair-one-liners-cool-nickname-thanks-autocorrect <p></p><p>Ed Irvin reminds us why we can't always trust technology to have our backs:</p><p>"Siobhan Vivian,&nbsp;<font size="2">c</font>o-author of&nbsp;<em>Burn for Burn</em>, comparing stories of name butcherings, says her college writing professor took to calling her Soybean because that's what Microsoft Word auto-corrected her name to."&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><i>Ed Irvin is a contributor to the&nbsp;<a href="http://floridabookreview.com/" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); " target="_blank">Florida Book Review</a>.</i></p> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 17:50:17 +0000 Heather Hernandez 4918 at http://wlrn.org Book Fair One-Liners: Cool Nickname, Thanks Autocorrect Miami Book Fair Panel: Mystery Writers Are All Business And Pleasure http://wlrn.org/post/miami-book-fair-panel-mystery-writers-are-all-business-and-pleasure <p></p><p>The Mystery Writers of America panel were all business. At least, they were until they became mystery writers. The panel, held in what the moderator called "the recovery room," featured three members from the association: James Grippando, Jeffrey Siger, and Sharon Potts. All three members were "over-educated lawyers and business people who have fallen upon hard times as writers."</p> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 16:24:35 +0000 Sarah Mason 4916 at http://wlrn.org Miami Book Fair Panel: Mystery Writers Are All Business And Pleasure Book Fair One-Liners: The World Changes So Fast, It Comes To You http://wlrn.org/post/book-fair-one-liners-world-changes-so-fast-it-comes-you <p>Writer&nbsp;Josip Novakovich, was&nbsp;quoted on Twitter&nbsp;from Eileen Spiegler.</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>'No point in traveling, because the world changes so fast, it comes to you.' - Josip Novakovich <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23mbfi">#mbfi</a></p>— eileen spiegler (@espiegler) <a data-datetime="2012-11-17T20:28:49+00:00" href="https://twitter.com/espiegler/status/269899919345717248">November 17, 2012</a></blockquote> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 4902 at http://wlrn.org Writer Junot Diaz Turns His Talk Into A Comedy Show At The Miami Book Fair http://wlrn.org/post/writer-junot-diaz-turns-his-talk-comedy-show-miami-book-fair <p></p><p></p><div><div><p>Everybody knows Junot Diaz is a cool cat. A slick dude, a sharp-talker. He’s also a literary superstar. Mix brilliance with sly wit and you’ve got a fantastic reading.</p><div><p></p><p><font size="2">Tonight, Junot Diaz made an evening stop at the Miami Book Fair. At 6:45 pm, the Dominican-American writer sauntered up to stage wearing a faded red t-shirt and glasses. Diaz casually leaned on the podium, scanned the crowd and said, “It’s great you all came out here. It’s Monday…and you’ve got plenty of shit to do on Monday.” </font></p><p></p> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 20:29:18 +0000 Jennifer Maritza McCauley 4901 at http://wlrn.org Writer Junot Diaz Turns His Talk Into A Comedy Show At The Miami Book Fair Book Fair One-Liners: Author Hanna Rosin's Top Three http://wlrn.org/post/book-fair-one-liners-author-hanna-rosins-top-three <P>Diana Moskovitz is tweeting from Hanna Rosin's talk at Miami Book Fair International today.</P> <BLOCKQUOTE class=twitter-tweet> <P>The End of Men is not a feminist manifesto or delusional, @<A href="https://twitter.com/hannarosin">hannarosin</A> says. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 4899 at http://wlrn.org Book Fair One-Liners: Author Hanna Rosin's Top Three Author Lemony Snicket Is A No-Show At Miami Book Fair International http://wlrn.org/post/author-lemony-snicket-no-show-miami-book-fair-international <DIV> <DIV> <DIV> <P><FONT size=2>&nbsp;&nbsp;</FONT></P><FONT size=2>I'm standing in a line dominated by tousle-headed kids, grandparents with tousle-headed kids, and soccer moms with tousle-headed kids. The antsy kids range in age from seven to fifteen years old. There are about three hundred of us in total. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 19:30:00 +0000 Louis K. Lowy 4898 at http://wlrn.org Author Lemony Snicket Is A No-Show At Miami Book Fair International Book Fair One-Liners: We've Become A Market Society, And It's Destroying Us http://wlrn.org/post/book-fair-one-liners-weve-become-market-society-and-its-destroying-us <p>Miami Book Fair International visitor, @glenn_ebooks,&nbsp;tweeted a memorable moment from Harvard professor, Michael Sandel, today.</p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>We’ve become a market society not just a market economy and it’s slowly destroying us - Michael Sandel at <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23MBFI">#MBFI</a></p>— glenn (@glenn_ebooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/glenn_ebooks/status/269871546699493376" data-datetime="2012-11-17T18:36:05+00:00">November 17, 2012</a></blockquote> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:57:23 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 4897 at http://wlrn.org Delving Into Past Lives At The Miami Book Fair http://wlrn.org/post/delving-past-lives-miami-book-fair <P>The volunteers at the Book Fair have a rough job <FONT size=2>herding the audience into their seats before each event. As I entered Chapman Auditorium for <FONT size=2>the</FONT> Evening with Drs. Brian and Amy Weiss, I asked one of the volunteers where I should sit. He answered, "I <FONT size=2>d</FONT>on't care where you sit, as long as you don't run nobody over." Looking around, I could see this might be a bit of a concern. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:40:27 +0000 Jan Becker 4896 at http://wlrn.org Delving Into Past Lives At The Miami Book Fair Book Fair One-Liners: Youth Know Nothing http://wlrn.org/post/book-fair-one-liners-youth-know-nothing <P>Erica K. Landau tweets from the talk of American author, Camille Paglia, in today's Miami Book Fair International.</P> <BLOCKQUOTE class=twitter-tweet> <P>Paglia goes off on postmodernism and that youth know nothing and that the left has nothing to offer them. <A href="https://twitter.com/search/%23firsttwominutes">#firsttwominutes</A> <A href="https://twitter.com/search/%23MBFI">#MBFI</A></P>— Erica K. Landau (@riotwoman) <A href="https://twitter.com/riotwoman/status/269855676682100737" data-datetime="2012-11-17T17:33:01+00:00">November 17, 2012</A></BLOCKQUOTE> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:00:52 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 4895 at http://wlrn.org