tv [untitled] CSPAN June 28, 2009 8:30pm-9:00pm EDT
then at the end of it, she holds it up like, you know, the head after somebody puts the head of and the room just erupts, and then she gets up and walks out when i'm supposed to talk and have the room looks out with her. and so i don't know really what to do, but like today, this is not my strong suit preparation. so i opened the book i had just written, which is called "deadwood." i've been accused of forging this -- i don't mean me, i'm talking about the character of course in the book, but he opens the unlawful to a section where a guy named charlie utter is
talking to a woman of the night named noraline who has no last name and they are sitting together looking at a little skilled seamen on the floor and he's, you know, playing with her a little singing it's like a pollywog you can see him alive in there and she's saying i hate to see anything hurt, and at this point actually it was on the point of the word jazz on half of this word that wasn't standing up to follow margaret truman the rest got up. there's nobody in this room younger than margaret truman at that point. [laughter] to get out first. [laughter] >> that wasgate x5rmob, though. there was a bad mob that was --
and they had more than( umbrellas. they had ball bats and tire irons. so as these things go, we'll call that the bad mob. we're at the m's already. n, neighbors, they could not be improved by a good fence. outcast. i have a kid name lemoncats whose father throws him in kind of a high school kid, one of those kids that's it from the day he first starts school. everybody is picking on him at the playground. so finally his father makes him go out for football in high school to make a man of him and it's one of >> it is one of those deals i have never been on an athletic team that i have not been on the outcast. i keep saying i, but keep in
mind it is a novel, not a memoir, but at any rate this guy would smuggle baby ruth candy bars into practices and he would go and hide behind a block of demi's -- a demi's and he gets caught and the coach with him up and had bought him. and makes him run laps and it turns out the poor kid ran laps with a broken femur and i am telling you too much. i have an outcast, letter p, the protagonist had some kind of psychological problem has everybody finished
breakfast? he pissed, he broke into houses, it is little hard to explain, at any rate. [laughter] he would actually break into houses to pass in people's shoes. [laughter] he got or he would only do black shoes but then he starts putting them in the refrigerator and the newspaper gets a hold of this. and calls him the visitor. the visitor had all of the houses in vincent tights and georgia locking their doors. he cannot read. he is only nine it is his first brush with a celebrity. and he really likes it. so even though his poor stepdad try to have a man-to-man talk with him about
this he goes along with that there is the other poll always. still cannot go buy a house and he gets very good break the yen. letter q.. we have a quack. there are a number of? most operate on the protagonist at one time or another once leaving him conscious of the operating table while they drilled screws into one of his legs. i am telling too much of this story. there is not even the reason to buy the dan brown book i have the $8,000 rowboat which is involved with the burials at sea which goes out into the sea and sinks.
i have septic tanks coming to septic tanks. [laughter] really, they're pretty interesting just like with a bad child and a good child and you bring them up and treated the same and they get all the same toys and you love them and you treat them as well as you can and nurse them and one will turn out great and one is just awful. zero i will not get into that. you had still have had brac this. -- breakfast. tattoos? this particular book has a guy and it is what is the marine corps motto? he has some provide down his leg and he has forever and it
is more proof to our protagonist. now he can read this is america is crying need for more copy editors. [laughter] we have a you greedy and a body builder. wives? you do not want to start to especially someone may at misunderstood the book may be more autobiographical than it is but we will say one of them is at least 25 years more patient than the other. x rays are always bad news. yodeling as we always went through before. [laughter] and as you. not the protagonist but the
father-in-law is finally arrested because the protagonist has driven him out of his head. we have gotten through z and i feel like i have taken too much time am i still halfway married over there? [laughter] it does not look like it. no. [laughter] you cannot do anything to me in front of witnesses and i am not leaving. [laughter] so thank you again thank-you to the booksellers as dove said. [laughter] [applause]
>> there is a great line in to see whether bill murray is talking about the type of play he likes to write and he said he always loved it when people walk out of the theater and say what the hell did i just see? [laughter] [applause] peat. [laughter] i work around the clock and my wife and i have 47 children of all ages and sleep comes very rarely to us because i was
really -- so i was really excited when my wife decided to come to manhattan this weekend because i needed to stay up here and do this but we were excited we had a baby sitter, an apartment, it would be a magical weekend and so i went to sleep at 10:00 friday night my wife because it was a special night second ambien thank you i will give seven hours of sleep instead awoke about 4:00 in the morning and this is such a true story by have to say true story because i may four per politician -- former politician and my wife was wide awake and i said susan, what is up? she looked at me steering and then stared at the ceiling and she said so help me god, i just read pete dexter book.
[laughter] i said it could not be that bad. [laughter] she said, honey, let me show you the part where a dog vomit up a tad too that has the u.s. marine corps see all. [laughter] -- seal. >> i said could do still make out the insignia? she said yes. yes. [laughter] i think after hearing pete talk of the only thing all of us can say appear is thank-you booksellers. we greatly appreciate it [applause] [inaudible conversations]
richard russo author of "that old cape magic". gail collins author of "when everything changed" joe scarborough author of "the last best hope" pete dexter author of "spooner" book expo is a trade industry that includes educational panels and information on soon-to-be published books. for more information visit book expo america.com.
>> i am the co-owner of politics and prose bookstore and washington d.c. and i got into the business because i love to read more than anything. you can see i do not get too much exercise instead they'll lay on myself but and read and so i want to tell you this is such an incredible year for reading and four books. i am happy to have a chance to talk about this on the c-span because it does not bring enough action to you and i think fiction can also be more true than books about policy were history. my two themes and this year our immigration and south asia. i will not talk about three
paper books that are so popular on their own they really do not need me to support them but i will tell you what they are, one is motherland which has received all kinds of awards by joseph o'neill, he is part dutch and part irish and is a book that takes place in the new york with 9/11. the second book the currency literary and potato peel society which is a book about world war ii and is a delight will block the -- book and women to get together and think of ways twos sabotages
the germans to occupy the island because it is part of britain and said journey -- not seize occupy the island. the other book is unaccustomed to earth. that segues and in fact, it represents both genres that i want to introduce today. one is a novel about immigration. if this with a constantly reaffirming story about people coming to united states to reinvent themselves and the other is the great lies of the southeast and writers and of course, both trends are represented. on immigration i guess
i've -- i would like to start with woods burner because it takes place in the 1850's because it starts with mostly new americans who are working out issues in the united states trying to settle into the new world but it all takes place in a few hours in the area around walden pond were a very depressed henry thoreau accidently starts a forest fire and everybody in the surrounding area is pulled in to prevent the fire from burning down this city of concord. then there was the immigration and the asian region immigrant who had a tragic event on the
ship on the way over to the unid states. it is a way in which he can rewind and relocate himself in the united states by helping to subdue the fire and there are other characters as well. irish immigrants, a czech immigrants, and others who are becoming the composite that the united states will be. and then another book that takes place one century later is brooklyn. that is about an irish woman that comes to the united states, to brooklyn obviously, and meats her family, there is no work for her in brooklyn and it is a very lovely book about how she
is able to settle then, friends then she has to decide when she comes back to ireland what side of the ocean and she has to live on. you don't know until the very end what decision she will make. it has a little bit of mystery and a little bit of romance and it is a very lovely book. we're out of its why cannot even sure you recover we have sold so many copies this weekend. another in a grand novel is it to the comments into the beautiful north. this is the second of his that i have read the first was hummingbirds daughter taking place in mexico with this
takes place mostly in the united states because it is about a mexican woman who comes to the united states to find seven men to save her town from bandits. she is under the presents under you'll brenner and the magnificent seven and they're looking for the seven men that will bite the bandits that is the adorable book. then we're is british immigration books. to, i think many of you know, that britain is changing the since it entered the common market, the has become a center for immigration promote over from eastern europe as well as south asia. to books that represent those two different areas, one is the road home from a british
writer who should be no better in the united states and this takes place in london a man from the former soviet union is trying to eke out a living at a very bleak time in eastern europe. then the second book also takes place in the kitchen and it is called in the kitchen. this of course, is in paper and the road home is on hardback which probably makes a difference to people. finally, this book and segue and to my other favorite shawn
bridges south asian books. i have two of them hear. one is here cutting four stone which is about a position it is very hard to describe because it is a very fact epic novel and lots of people have been coming into the store to say how much they love this book. the author is a position in the united states that immigrated here actually from ethiopia where his family were protestant missionaries. a lot of the book takes place in ethiopia and a lot takes place in the united states in a hospital and it is lush, beautiful riding about medicine and immigration and
ethiopia it in bad times and 80 wonderful book. another book that takes place in calcutta and it is called an sacred games. in the tradition of life imitating art 1/2 bid in mobile last year it happened as almost they were following a script from sacred games and it is dominated by two major characters, the underworld boss who has all kinds of ties to nationalist groups he is doing the will of some of the fundamentalist, the hindu fundamentalist politicians. the good guy in the book is a police detective is on the
>> 2009 book expo america convention here with stacy the was the director from city lights books out of san francisco what do you have coming out this fall? >> we have a couple of books from angela davis. a collection of essays it is our first book that has been published in about four years that covers things that she is particularly interested been the, racism, sexism the prison industrial complex and particularly interesting thing that we're publishing with angela is a new edition of a narrative of the life of
frederick douglass which contains douglas's narrative as well as essays by davis that were part of a course that she talked at ucla in the '70s. and it really brings two life that sa and will include a new essay written by her this year. we're hoping people who have read the narrative before they will be enriched by the new and the old works. we're also publishing the awaken her the long awaited a memoir by hellman weaver it is about her life with jack kerouac and greenwich village in the fifties and is also involved in the publishing scene in the '50s so it is more than focusing just on jack kerouac but a bigger and literary life in new york and with it which it continues always to be of interest.
we are excited about that one. the latest book that just came out is called the people diaries and what he is talking about is at one time everybody was interested in pop culture because they are fascinated by celebrities but he coined the term peep culture that the focus has gone from celebrities to the focus on yourself that you actually can be the celebrity and you can do that by blogs, websites and youtube and videos so it is a commentary what that change and technology has created for a social and cultural life in the u.s. and it is very entertaining and the inserts himself and a lot of scenarios, the blogs all the time he was twittering people's secrets people were asked if they wanted to get a
copy today they had to tell us a secret and then he went on his twitter account and tweet the secrets some of the new nonfiction. >> many eat viewers know you as a bookstore but the publishing offices are on the second floor how did city lights start? >> city lights publishing started in 1955 by lawrence ferlinghetti. of many people know who he is the is one of the most renowned poets in the world. he began a publishing company with a collection of his own palms called pictures of the gone world that was the first book in the pocket politics series we have about 60 books in print right now in the serious. >> tell me a little about the bookstore and the publishing
house. how does it work? to the two work together? >> most of the people that work in the publishinpublishin g company had worked in the bookstore burma of the person that is now the editorial director worked for over 15 years in the bookstore and is now leading the way publishing books for city lights. we're in this same building in is quite symbiotic. the books that republish very much reflect the type of books that we carry in the store, the commitment to progressive politics, literature and a translation, gay and lesbian literature, poetry and translation if one were to look at the city lights lit store think of the books we were just talking about then walked to the story you would get the sense that the
selection is curated for you and a very specific intentional thing done by the book fair buyer, the system by year, a store manager, and a whole host of other people working in the bookstore. the mission is one and the same that continues from the bookstore to the books that we publish. >> how old as mr. firming getty and is he still love of with the bookstore and the publisher? >> lawrence's nine years old station 90 years old and we just celebrated his birthday. any poetry that we are publishing is headed by lawrence ferlinghetti and pass to have his approval but by he has not kept the company to himself but he has delegated work to a lot of people and let us continue his vision and our
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