Michael Cunningham follows 'The Hours' with inter-species love story
With an introduction by National Public Radio book critic Maureen Corrigan, bestselling author Michael Cunningham charmed several hundred booksellers at BookExpo America 2005 eager to hear about his follow-up to The Hours (Picador; November, 2002), the surprise bestseller which was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep. With grace and wit, Cunningham confessed that his new novel Specimen Days (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; June, 2005) was the novel he always wanted to write. Combining ghost story and sci-fi genres and weaving Walt Whitman through the three linked novellas that comprise the book, Specimen Days begins in industrial New York City in the 1860's and ends in a futuristic love story between a 4 1/2 foot lizard from another planet and a cyborg. Cunningham also talked about how his role as writer is both humbling and inspiring. Afterward, Cunningham autographed Specimen Days for a long line of fans.
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