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MITCH ALBOM, DAVE BARRY, SAM BARRY, ROY BLOUNT, JR., TED HABTE-GABR, GREG ILES, RIDLEY PEARSON, AMY TAN, SCOTT TUROW, JAMES MCBRIDE on Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All

Saturday, Nov. 23, 3:00 p.m., Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)

Author(s) and Guest(s)

Mitch Albom

The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel (Harper; $24.99) tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Albom is the author of five consecutive No.1 New York Times bestsellers.  His books have collectively sold more than 33 million copies in forty-two languages worldwide. Tuesdays with Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time.

In 1992, some of the world's bestselling authors formed the band the Rock Bottom Remainders.  For two decades the band played on, loud and proud, to sold out crowds across the country.  Hard Listening:  The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All (Coliloquy; $16.99) combines essay, fiction, photographs, audio and video clips--even interactive quizzes--in a look back at twenty years of friendship, love, writing and the redemptive power of rock 'n' roll.  Albom is the author of five consecutive No.1 New York Times bestsellers.  His books have collectively sold more than 33 million copies in forty-two languages worldwide.  His latest is the novel The First Phone Call from Heaven.

Dave Barry

Dave Barry's first solo adult novel in more than a decade is  Insane City  (Putnam; $26.95).    Seth thinks all he needs to worry about is showing up to his  destination wedding in Florida.    But  that's before he encounters Russian gangsters, angry strippers, and an eleven-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.    For twenty-five years, humorist Dave Barry's work appeared in more than 500 newspapers.    The winner of a Pulitzer Prize, Barry is the author of thirty books.

In 1992, some of the world's bestselling authors formed the band the Rock Bottom Remainders.  For two decades the band played on, loud and proud, to sold out crowds across the country.  Hard Listening:  The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All (Coliloquy; $16.99) combines essay, fiction, photographs, audio and video clips--even interactive quizzes--in a look back at twenty years of friendship, love, writing and the redemptive power of rock 'n' roll. Sam Barry is the author of the humor-inspiration book How to Play the Harmonica: and Other Life Lessons and co-author with his wife, the late Kathi Kamen Goldmark, of Write That Book Already: the Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now.

    

Sam Barry

In 1992, some of the world's bestselling authors formed the band the Rock Bottom Remainders.  For two decades the band played on, loud and proud, to sold out crowds across the country.  Hard Listening:  The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All (Coliloquy; $16.99) combines essay, fiction, photographs, audio and video clips--even interactive quizzes--in a look back at twenty years of friendship, love, writing and the redemptive power of rock 'n' roll. Sam Barry is the author of the humor-inspiration book How to Play the Harmonica: and Other Life Lessons and co-author with his wife, the late Kathi Kamen Goldmark, of Write That Book Already: the Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now.   

Roy Blount, Jr.

Humorist Roy Blount, Jr.'s  Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text  (Sarah Crichton Books; $26.00) is for anyone—novice wordsmith, sensuous reader, or career grammarian—who loves to get physical with words. Digging into how locutions evolve, and work, or fail, Blount draws upon everything from  The Tempest  to  The Wire . "Blount's hilarious collection of riffs and raves adds up to a cantankerous ode to the English language in all its shambling grace."--Publishers Weekly starred review. 

In 1992, some of the world's bestselling authors formed the band the Rock Bottom Remainders.  For two decades the band played on, loud and proud, to sold out crowds across the country.  Hard Listening:  The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All (Coliloquy; $16.99) combines essay, fiction, photographs, audio and video clips--even interactive quizzes--in a look back at twenty years of friendship, love, writing and the redemptive power of rock 'n' roll. Roy Blount Jr. is the author of twenty-two books, covering subjects from the Pittsburgh Steelers to Robert E. Lee. He is a regular panelist on NPR's "Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" and is a contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly. His latest book is Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text.  

Ted Habte-Gabr

In 1992, some of the world's bestselling authors formed the band the Rock Bottom Remainders.  For two decades the band played on, loud and proud, to sold out crowds across the country.  Hard Listening:  The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All (Coliloquy; $16.99) combines essay, fiction, photographs, audio and video clips--even interactive quizzes--in a look back at twenty years of friendship, love, writing and the redemptive power of rock 'n' roll.  Ted Habte-Gabr has managed the band since 2002, and which mostly has been like herding cats. He is founder and producer at Live Talks Productions, which provides consulting services in live events and produces two series of on stage 'in conversation' events in Los Angeles -- an evening series of arts and cultural events (www.livetalksla.org) and a morning series of business thought leaders (www.livetalksbusiness.com)  


Greg Iles

After appearing in two of Greg Iles's most popular novels, Penn Cage makes his triumphant return in The Devil's Punchbowl (Pocket Star:  $9.99). As a prosecuting attorney in Houston, Penn Cage sent hardened killers to death row. But it is as mayor of his hometown -- Natchez, Mississippi -- that Penn will face his most dangerous threat. In 1992, some of the world's bestselling authors formed the band the Rock Bottom Remainders.  For two decades the band played on, loud and proud, to sold out crowds across the country.  Hard Listening:  The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All (Coliloquy; $16.99) combines essay, fiction, photographs, audio and video clips--even interactive quizzes--in a look back at twenty years of friendship, love, writing and the redemptive power of rock 'n' roll. Third Degree, True Evil, and Turning Angel. He is also a member of the Band Formerly Known as the Rock Bottom Remainders.     

Ridley Pearson

One of today's most successful and versatile writers, Ridley Pearson continues with the second installment of his John Knox thriller series,  Choke Point: A Risk Agent Novel  (Putnam; $26.95).    Set in Amsterdam, John Knox investigates a "knot shop," where underage immigrant girls are put to work in shocking conditions.    Pearson is the author of nearly 30 adult suspense novels, more than 15 children's adventure novels, and "Peter and the Starcatcher," co-written with Dave Barry, which was adapted into a Tony-winning Broadway play.  

In 1992, some of the world's bestselling authors formed the band the Rock Bottom Remainders.  For two decades the band played on, loud and proud, to sold out crowds across the country.  Hard Listening:  The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All (Coliloquy; $16.99) combines essay, fiction, photographs, audio and video clips--even interactive quizzes--in a look back at twenty years of friendship, love, writing and the redemptive power of rock 'n' roll. Pearson is the author of nearly 30 adult suspense novels, more than 15 children's adventure novels, and "Peter and the Starcatcher," co-written with Dave Barry, which was adapted into a Tony-winning Broadway play.  His latest is the international thriller, Choke Point.

 

   

Amy Tan

Spanning fifty years and two continents, Amy Tan's latest novel,  The Valley of Amazement  (Ecco; $29.99) tells the story of a willful woman who was once the proprietress of Shanghai's most exclusive courtesan house.  Tan, author of the bestselling novel  The Joy Luck Club , is the author of several other books, including  The Kitchen God's WifeThe Hundred Secret Senses , and  The Bonesetter's Daughter .

In 1992, some of the world's bestselling authors formed the band the Rock Bottom Remainders.  For two decades the band played on, loud and proud, to sold out crowds across the country.  Hard Listening:  The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All (Coliloquy; $16.99) combines essay, fiction, photographs, audio and video clips--even interactive quizzes--in a look back at twenty years of friendship, love, writing and the redemptive power of rock 'n' roll. Amy Tan, author of the bestselling novel The Joy Luck Club, is the author of several other books, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and her latest, The Valley of Amazement.

 

Scott Turow

Scott Turow's latest novel,  Identical  (Grand Central; $28.00), is the story of identical twins caught up in the re-investigation of a 25-year old murder.    Turow's bestsellers, which have been translated into over 20 languages and sold more than 25 million copies, include  Presumed InnocentThe Burden of Proof , and  One L .  

In 1992, some of the world's bestselling authors formed the band the Rock Bottom Remainders.  For two decades the band played on, loud and proud, to sold out crowds across the country.  Hard Listening:  The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All (Coliloquy; $16.99) combines essay, fiction, photographs, audio and video clips--even interactive quizzes--in a look back at twenty years of friendship, love, writing and the redemptive power of rock 'n' roll. Scott Turow has written eight fiction and two nonfiction books, which have been translated into over 20 languages and have sold over 25 million copies. His latest novel is Identical

   

James McBride

McBride's historical novel The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Hardcover; $27.95) tells the story of a young slave living in the heart of the battleground between anti-and pro-slavery forces.  The boy joins John Brown's crusade against slavery--as a girl. "A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel.” – Washington Post.  A former reporter for The Washington Post and People magazine, McBride is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Color of Water.   

 

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