5 must see authors 2014 Miami Book Fair International
June Aming has been published in the compilations Moving Right Along (a text that is studied at the University of the West Indies) and in The Caribbean Writer vol. 26. She also has work in the upcoming collections; Visions, Voicing our Visions and 16, in addition to putting together her own collection of short stories.
Laura Kipnis is the author of How to Become a Scandal, Against Love, and The Female Thing. A professor in the Department of Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the NEA. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, Slate, and Bookforum, among others. She is the author of Men: Notes From an Ongoing Investigation (Henry Holt and Company; $25.00), a witty and probing examination of why badly behaved men have been her lifelong fascination, on and off the page. It’s no secret that men often behave in intemperate ways, but in recent years we’ve witnessed so many spectacular public displays of male excess—disgraced politicians, erotically desperate professors, fallen sports icons—that we’re left to wonder whether something has come unwired in the collective male psyche. In the essays collected here, Laura Kipnis revisits the archetypes of wayward masculinity that have captured her imagination over the years, scrutinizing men who have figured in her own life alongside more controversial public examples. Slicing through the usual clichés about the differences between the sexes, Kipnis mixes intellectual rigor and wit to give us compelling survey of the affinities, jealousies, longings, and erotics that structure the male-female bond.
Marlon James author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He is the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, The Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction, as well as an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared widely including in Esquire, Granta, and the Caribbean Review of Books. In his third novel, A Brief History Of Seven Killings: A Novel (Riverhead; $28.95), James is exploring multiple genres: the political thriller, the oral biography, and the classic whodunit to confront the untold history of Jamaica in the late 1970’s; of the assassination attempt on Bob Marley, and the country’s own clandestine battles of the cold war. On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years. A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the ‘70s, to the crack wars in ‘80s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the ‘90s.
Duncan Wu is a professor of English at Georgetown University. He describes his occupation as a life-long endeavor to teach students to read poetry. He began his career as Fellow by Special Election at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the British Academy. He has authored or edited a number of books, principally in the areas of Romantic Studies and Contemporary British Drama. These include Romanticism: An Anthology; A Companion to Romanticism; Wordsworth’s Reading 1770-1815; Wordsworth: An Inner Life; Selected Writings of William Hazlitt; and Making Plays: Interviews with Contemporary British Playwrights and Directors. His writing has appeared in several newspapers, including the Observer, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, and the Independent, and was the producer/presenter of the BBC Radio program Signals. His latest book (With Carolyn Forché) is Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (W.W. Norton & Co; $29.95) the first anthology to reveal a tradition that runs through English-language poetry. The 300 poems collected here were composed at an extreme of human endurance–while their authors awaited execution, endured imprisonment, fought on the battlefield, or labored on the brink of breakdown or death. All bear witness
Carl Phillips is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Silverchest, Double Shadow, Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006; and Riding Westward. His collection The Rest of Love won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Poetry Prize and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His honors include the 2006 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Pushcart Prize, the Academy of American Poets Prize, induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of Congress. Phillips served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2006 to 2012. He is Professor of English and of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches in the Creative Writing Program. Carl Phillips’ lyric explorations of longing and devotion, castigation and mercy, are unrivaled in contemporary poetry. In Rock Harbor (Farrar Straus and Giroux; $12.00), his sixth book, Phillips visits those spaces, both physical and psychological, where risk and safety coincide, and considers what it might mean to live at the nexus of the two. Sifting among the upturned evidence of crisis, from Roman Empire to westward expansion, from the turn of a lover’s face to the harbor of the book’s title–a place of calm fashioned of the very rock that can mean disaster–these poems negotiate and map out the impulse toward rescue and away from it. Phillips’s pooling, cascading lines are the unsuppressed routes across his unique poetic landscape, daring and seductive in their readiness to drift and reverse as the terrain demands.