Florida Book Review

Sammy Mack

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. Lynne Barrett (general fiction award) read from her story collection Magpies . In "One Hippopotamus," a story comes to light and a romance unfolds thanks to a so-Florida event—a thunderstorm...

Ed Irvin isn't short of kind things to say , whether it's about a male or female author. Here's his latest feedback: "Glen Duncan, author of Talulla Rising , 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." Ed Irvin is a contributor to the Florida Book Review .

Pork, Pain, Bananas And All The Usual Poetry Stuff

Nov 18, 2012
Ashley Jones

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. I was in poetry heaven-these guys wove such beautiful pieces out of everyday objects, unthinkable pain, and all the usual poetry stuff. But, the coolest part, I think-and this is the...

Book Fair One-Liners: Things We Still Don't Get About Women

Nov 18, 2012
Sammy Mack

Annik Adey-Babinsky, of the Florida Book Review, shared this with us earlier: "Building Three Chapman Hall: Naomi Wolf begins by telling the audience that she wrote Vagina: A New Biography , because she found that western society's understanding of female sexuality was 40 years out of date." One book and 40 more years current, I'm still on the fence about society having women down to a science. Annik Adey-Babinski is a contributor to the Florida Book Review .

Jenna DeTrapani

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 When it Happens to You . Here are just a few of the many endearing comments we've spotted on the web today about Molly Ringwald: "The audience releases a collective groan when the presenter announces that Molly Ringwald will only be signing books following her reading. No DVDs, posters, or other memorabilia." - Ed Lavin "I look up, and there is MOLLY RINGWALD....

Graphic Novelists Opt To Kill Shakespeare

Nov 18, 2012
Kill Shakespeare/Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery

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. He launched into a description of the graphic novel...

Book Fair One-Liners: Cool Nickname, Thanks Autocorrect

Nov 18, 2012
Siobhan Vivian

Ed Irvin reminds us why we can't always trust technology to have our backs: "Siobhan Vivian, c o-author of Burn for Burn , 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." Ed Irvin is a contributor to the Florida Book Review .

Sammy Mack

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." That seemed to be the theme of the discussion, which started with Grippando who "fell off the wagon" when he quit...

Writer Josip Novakovich, was quoted on Twitter from Eileen Spiegler. 'No point in traveling, because the world changes so fast, it comes to you.' - Josip Novakovich #mbfi — eileen spiegler (@espiegler) November 17, 2012

Sammy mack

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. 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.”...

Book Fair One-Liners: Author Hanna Rosin's Top Three

Nov 17, 2012
Sammy Mack

Diana Moskovitz is tweeting from Hanna Rosin's talk at Miami Book Fair International today. The End of Men is not a feminist manifesto or delusional, @ hannarosin says. #MBFI — Diana Moskovitz (@DianaMoskovitz) November 17, 2012 “We need to think hard about who is in charge and the way the world is moving,” @ hannarosin says. #MBFI — Diana Moskovitz (@DianaMoskovitz) November 17, 2012 Hearing @ hannarosin recount what one sorority girl told her, “Men really are the new ball and chain.” #MBFI ...

Sammy Mack

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. We're waiting to see Lemony Snicket, the elusive author of the multi-volume An Unfortunate Series of Events books, which to date have sold over sixty milllion copies. Forty-five minutes later, I'm sitting in the auditorium waiting for the mysterious Mr....

Miami Book Fair International visitor, @glenn_ebooks, tweeted a memorable moment from Harvard professor, Michael Sandel, today. We’ve become a market society not just a market economy and it’s slowly destroying us - Michael Sandel at #MBFI — glenn (@glenn_ebooks) November 17, 2012

Delving Into Past Lives At The Miami Book Fair

Nov 17, 2012
Jan Becker / Florida Book Review

The volunteers at the Book Fair have a rough job herding the audience into their seats before each event. As I entered Chapman Auditorium for the Evening with Drs. Brian and Amy Weiss, I asked one of the volunteers where I should sit. He answered, "I d 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. The room was packed and the volunteers were very busy, trying to make sure all of the seats filled in an orderly...

Book Fair One-Liners: Youth Know Nothing

Nov 17, 2012

Erica K. Landau tweets from the talk of American author, Camille Paglia, in today's Miami Book Fair International. Paglia goes off on postmodernism and that youth know nothing and that the left has nothing to offer them. #firsttwominutes #MBFI — Erica K. Landau (@riotwoman) November 17, 2012