The more we learn about this year's Miami Book Fair authors, the more it looks like a fantastical dinner party where Jesus Christ and Winston Churchill come over for Limoncello and shrimp carbonara. As we announced last week, the lineup already includes a cocktail of Sir Michael Caine, Jonathan Franzen, Greil Marcus, Patti Smith, and Gay Talese. (Read the rest of the 15 Book Fair author highlights here.)
But wait, wait, there's more. Consider the following deep cuts from the Miami Book Fair author lineup.
If Amy Sedaris and Chelsea Handler had a baby, and it grew up and somehow had flaming red hair, then it would be Julie Klausner. She wrote a book on dating, I
Don't Care About Your Band: What I Learned From Indie Rockers, Trust
Funders, Pornographers, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, Felons and Other Guys
I've Dated. It's spun off from her Modern Love column where an indie
rocker savagely blows her off. Will Ferrell bought the film rights and is developing an HBO comedy series on Klausner's book. How's that for an endorsement.
According to a New York Times critic, novelist Ann Beatie "lays out on a
dissecting table the behavior of her disaffected post-counterculture
yuppies and then leaves it up to the reader to do the anatomizing." Hear about one of her cultural autopsies at the fair this November.
Lauded by McSweeney's, Aimee Bender writes novels like The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, where a girl can taste emotions in food. She's been published in Granta, GQ, Harper's, Tin House, Opium Magazine, and The Paris Review. Must be nice.
National Book Award-winning Ron Chernow is a biographer that has chronicled America's great minds in Alexander Hamilton, The House of Morgan, and Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. When asked why he chooses historical subjects, he said "I have developed a very strong partiality for the dead: they
don't talk back, they don't sue, and they don't have angry relatives."
Michael Cunningham, who won the Pulitzer for The Hours, will discuss his latest novel By Nightfall, which infiltrates the dysfunction of the New York art world. We hope it includes someone donning a prosthetic nose.
Kwame Appiah Anthony shows up on a lot of required reading lists as a leading pop philosopher. He'll discuss his book The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen. Our guess: very slowly.
yes, daughter of John, has written books on alcoholism and sex
addiction but now turns her keen eye to a more understated obsession,
Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women.
A writer and humorist for The New Yorker, Ian Frazier has been described by The Believer as a "master of both distilled insight and utter nonsense." His books - Great Plains, Family, On the Rez - examine places and people with curiosity and a sense of humor. Do us next!
Two of Sue Miller's novels (The Good Mother, Inventing the Abbotts) were adapted into films. Her most recent novel The Lake Shore Limited is part of the growing genre of September 11 literature.
Walter Mosley is best known for his crime fiction series, Easy Rawlins, where a black private investigator is immersed in L.A.'s Watts neighborhood.
Brother of Tobias Wolff, Geoffrey Wolff wrote about secretive social networks at Princeton in The Final Club and about his Gatsby-esque father in Duke of Deception. In his latest, The Hard Way Around: The Passages of Joshua Slocum, he chronicles the first man to sail around the world.
Nick Zinner plays guitar in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs,
but he's also a noted art photographer. In his new book, Please
Take Me Off the Guest List, his tour images are paired with essays by friend Zachary Lipez, on his days as a
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"bartender, drug abuser, bookstore clerk, metal fan, miserable
adolescent and relentless skirt chaser."
We hear all of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will also be in town for a live performance.