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Maureen McLane reveals her free-ranging poetic vision in her National Book Award Finalist, This Blue
With a brief introduction by National Book Foundation Executive Director and author Harold Augenbraum, award-winning American poet, critic, and professor at New York University Maureen Mclanen, a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Autobiography and 2014 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry, took the stage at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International and read the first poem called A Situation in her NBA Finalist collection This Blue, recently released in time for National Poetry Month in trade paperback(Farrar, Straus & Giroux; March, 2015). Revealing her breadth of interests in history and humanity, McLane went on to read That Man, a poem inspired by the ancient Greek lyric poet Sappho; a poem titled Quiet Car about a train ride on Amtrak; and OK Fern, a poem poking fun at pastoral poetry. McLane wrapped her appearance with a question from Augenbraum, explaining how she taps experience to write poetry in 'fits of unciousness'.

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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.

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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.

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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