2012 National Book Festival: Fiction and Mystery
Schedule of events:
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22
10:00-10:45 Gail Tsukiyama ’s poetry, short stories and novels reflect her multicultural upbringing and convey the personal stories of Chinese women. Her most recent book, “A Hundred Flowers,” is the tale of an ordinary family facing extraordinary times — China’s Cultural Revolution. Signing at 11:30.
10:55-11:40 Stephen L. Carter, a professor of law at Yale University, is the author of seven works of nonfiction, including “The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion.” He has also written five novels; the most recent, “The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln,” imagines history had Lincoln not been assassinated. Signing at noon.
11:50-12:35 Patricia Cornwell began her career as a crime reporter and later worked in Virginia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. It was during that period that she wrote the novel “Postmortem,” featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, which was awarded the 1991 Edgar Award for best first novel. “Red Mist” is the 19th in the Scarpetta series. Signing at 1:30.
12:45-1:30 Steven Millhauser won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for “Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer,” the story of a young entrepreneur in 19th-century New York. His short story “Eisenheim the Illusionist”was the basis for the 2006 movie “The Illusionist.”In the title story from his latest collection, “We Others: New & Selected Stories,” Millhauser writes of a man who is dead but not quite gone. Signing at 2.
1:40-2:25 Michael Connelly After three years on the crime beat for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly began writing a novel featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch. That book, “The Black Echo,” won the Edgar Award for best first novel. Connelly’s latest Harry Bosch novel is “The Drop.” Signing at 3:30.
2:35-3:20 Geraldine Brooks covered environmental issues for Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald and was a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal before writing her first novel, “Year of Wonders,” set in 1666 during the bubonic plague in Europe. Her new novel, “Caleb’s Crossing,” takes place in the same year — but across the ocean, in Martha’s Vineyard. Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for her Civil War novel “March.” Signing at 4.
3:30-4:15 Sandra Cisneros has worked as a teacher and a counselor to high school dropouts, an instructor of creative writing, a college recruiter, an arts administrator and a visiting writer at several universities. Her books include two poetry collections, a short story collection and two novels. She has just finished “Have You Seen Marie?” an illustrated fable for adults. Signing at 4:30.
4:25-5:10 Lisa Scottoline was an associate with a Philadelphia law firm when she quit to raise her newborn daughter and began writing legal fiction. Since then she’s written 19 novels, including the Edgar Award-winning “Final Appeal,” as well as newspaper columns, reviews and other books. Her most recent mystery is “Come Home.” Signing at noon.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23
Noon-12:45 Charlaine Harris’s urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse is the basis for the HBO vampire series “True Blood,” now in its fifth season. Harris’s 12th and latest Sookie Stackhouse novel is “Deadlocked.” Signing at 1.
12:55-1:40 Maria Duenas is a professor at the University of Murcia in Spain. “The Time in Between,” a story set during the Spanish Civil War and the early days of World War II, is her second novel. Signing at 2.
1:50-2:35 Susan Richards Shreve is the author of 15 novels, most recently “You Are the Love of My Life.” She has written a memoir, “Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR’s Polio Haven,” and 28 books for young people. Her novel “Daughters of the New World” was the basis for an NBC miniseries under the title “A Will of Their Own.” Signing at 4:30.
2:45-3:30 Justin Torres has worked as a farmhand, a dog-walker, a creative writing teacher and a bookseller. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and other publications. “We the Animals,” his first novel, is a semi-autobiographical story of three brothers. Signing at 4.
3:40-4:25 Eloisa James When Eloisa James is not writing popular romance novels, she is a Shakespeare professor (named Mary Bly) at Fordham University; she thinks of it as having a double life. Her most recent novel is “The Ugly Duchess.” Signing at 4:45.
4:35-5:20 Mario Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian Spanish writer, politician, journalist and essayist. He is the author of more than a dozen novels, most recently “The Dream of the Celt.” His numerous awards include the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature — “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt and defeat” — and the 1994 Miguel de Cervantes Prize. Signing at 3.
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