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Carl Hiaasen's golf comeback is overcome by bufo toads, monkeys, rats, and a runaway golf cart
Thirty-two years after he quit the sport of golf, bestselling author and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen returned to the fairways, this time keeping a diary, The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return To A Ruinous Sport (Vintage paperback; May, 2009). Appearing at the 25th anniversary Miami Book Fair International with fellow humorist Roy Blount, Jr., Hiaasen recounted a few tales from his golfing comeback--the time he practiced his chip shot on an invasion of poisonous bufo toads; the day he played on a golf course famous for its monkey business; the time he had to fish his golf cart out of a lake; and the occasion on which his heavyweight training club, which he bought after watching an ad on the Golf Channel--but never used, came in handy with a pack of rats. Hiaasen and Blount wrapped the panel up with questions from the audience on superstition; media overkill in 2008 election coverage; and political intimidation of journalists.

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Azar Nafisi cites books of humanities and science as bedrock of democracy and freedom: Bestselling author, Iranian born Azar Nafisi tells why she became an American citizen and what it means to her in her new book 'The Republic of Imagination.'

Mary Gordon, Stuart Dybek, and Russell Banks take a short cut: Mary Gordon, Stuart Dybek, and Russell Banks read their stuff and take a few questions from the audience.

Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana have one at The Last Kind Words Saloon in Miami: Award-winning novelist and co-author Diana Ossana reflect on cowboys, women characters, and over twenty years of writing partnership.

Joyce Carol Oates reads from Lovely, Dark, Deep at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International: Prolific, award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates reads from her Pulitzer Prize nominated collection of short stories, Lovely, Dark, Deep at the Miami Book Fair.

Martin Short stirs his humor with poignancy and empowerment: Canadian-born actor, comedian, singer, producer and now author Martin Short reveals trade secrets and more in his appearance at BookExpo America.

Alan Cumming searches for answers and finds more questions: Alan Cumming tells his family story at BookExpo America 2014 about abuse, identity, and Russian roulette.

Colm Toibin introduces Nora Webster and what it is be an Irish author: Award-winning, bestelling Irish novelist Colm Toibin introduces his heroine, Norah Webster at BookExpo America 2014.

Mona Simpson, Ann Patchett, and Lucinda Franks compare notes on life, lit, and love: Bestselling, award-winning authors Mona Simpson, Ann Patchett, and Lucinda Franks take the stage at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International to talk about their most recent books and compare notes on life, literature, and love.

Maureen McLane reveals her free-ranging poetic vision in her National Book Award Finalist, This Blue: 2014 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry and 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Autobiography Maureen McClane reads and talks about six poems from her NBA Finalist, This Blue.

Fanny Howe makes poetry out of paradox in her 2014 National Book Award Finalist, Second Childhood: Prize-winning American poet, novelist, and short story writer Fanny Howe reads from her 2014 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry, Second Childhood.

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