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Sunday, November 17

Samantha Power, Education of an Idealist. Samantha Power is the Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School. She served in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama and as US Ambassador to the United Nations (2013-17).  In her memoir, The Education of An Idealist, Power offers an answer to the question, "What can one person do?" — while tracing a distinctly American journey from immigrant, to war correspondent, to presidential Cabinet official.


Joy ReidThe Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story. Joy Reid is the host of AM Joy -- a political talk show airing weekend mornings on MSNBC. She is also a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and writes a weekly column for The Daily Beast. In The Man Who Sold America, Reid places the Trump era within the context of modern history, examining the profound social changes that led us to this point. Providing new context and depth to our understanding, her book reveals the causes and consequences of the Trump presidency and contends with the future that awaits us.

Monday, November 18

Eve Ensler, The Apology.  Eve Ensler is a Tony award–winning playwright, author, performer, and activist. Her international phenomenon The Vagina Monologues has been published in 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries. She is the founder of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women of all ages, and One Billion Rising, the largest global mass action to end gender-based violence worldwide. Her most recent book, The Apology, is a powerful, life-changing examination of abuse and atonement based on her own personal struggles and a longing for an honest reckoning from her father, the man at the center of her story.  

Bari Weiss is an Op-Ed staff editor and writer for the New York Times. She writes about culture and politics. Bari was an op-ed and book review editor at the Wall Street Journal before joining the Times in 2017. She has also worked at Tablet, the online magazine of Jewish politics and culture. She is a native of Pittsburgh and graduated from Columbia University. How to Fight Anti-Semitism (Crown) is her first book. On October 27, 2018, eleven Jews were gunned down as they prayed at their synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. For most Americans, the massacre at Tree of Life, the synagogue where Bari Weiss became a bat mitzvah, came as a total shock. But anti-Semitism is the oldest hatred, commonplace across the Middle East and on the rise for years in Europe. So that terrible morning in Pittsburgh raised a question Americans can no longer avoid: Could it happen here? This book is Weiss’s answer.

Tuesday, November 19

George Will, The Conservative Sensibility.
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will has written fourteen books including One Man's America, Men at Work, and Statecraft as Soulcraft.  He writes a twice-weekly syndicated column on politics and domestic and foreign affairs for the Washington Post. The Wall Street Journal once called him "perhaps the most powerful journalist in America.”


John Waters, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. American film director, screenwriter, actor, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, the man in the pencil-thin mustache is one of the world’s great sophisticates. In Mr. Know-It-All, Waters serves it up well-done, and done more than once. Learn his advice on everything from Hollywood to love advice to cheating death.

Wednesday, November 20

Debbie Harry, Face It. Debbie Harry  Musician, actor and activist, Debbie Harry is best known as the lead singer of the punk/pop band Blondie. After the group broke up in the early 80s, she embarked on a successful solo career. Parallel to her music, Harry developed an acting career. In her memoir Face It, she recounts in intimate detail, in all its grit, grime, and glory, New York City’s downtown scene of the 70s, in a time and place when Blondie played alongside such icons as the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and David Bowie.


Mo Rocca, Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving. A correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, and host and creator of the Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, Mo Rocca is a frequent panelist on NPR’s weekly quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! He also spent four seasons as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and four seasons as a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In Mobituaries, the journalist, humorist, and history buff profiles the people who have long fascinated him.

Thursday, November 21

Richard RussoChances Are . . . Richard is the author of eight novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, two collections of stories, a collection of essays, and a memoir. Chances Are …,his first stand-alone novel in 10 years, is an absorbing saga in which the bonds of friendship prove as constricting and rewarding, as those of family or any other community.

Friday, November 22

National Book Awards at the Miami Book Fair: Nominees and Winners In partnership with the National Book Foundation and generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation., the finalists and winners in the categories of fiction, non fiction, poetry and young people’s literature come to Miami for this gathering of literary talent. Previous winners have been William Carlos Williams, Joyce Carol Oates, and William Faulkner.

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