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M.J. Fièvre: Author, Poet, Editor

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M.J. FIÈVRE was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She moved to Miami, Florida in 2002. Her first mystery novel, Le Feu de la Vengeance, was self-published at the age of sixteen.  At just nineteen years-old, she signed her first book contract with Hachette-Deschamps, in Haiti, for the publication of a Young Adult book titled La Statuette Malefique. As of today, Fièvre has authored nine books in French that are widely read in Europe and the French Antilles.

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Philip Caputo: Author, Journalist, Vietnam Veteran

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PHILIP CAPUTO is an author, journalist, and Vietnam veteran. Caputo has won 10 journalism and literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 (shared for team investigative reporting on voter fraud in Chicago), the Overseas Press Club Award in 1973, the Sidney Hillman Foundation award in 1977 (for A Rumor of War), the Connecticut Book Award in 2006, and the Literary Lights Award in 2007.

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Michael Klare: Author, Educator

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MICHAEL T. KLARE is an author, educator and public speaker who studies issues related to war and peace. Klare also studies resource competition and international affairs.

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Karen Dukess: Author, Journalist

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KAREN DUKESS is the author of  “The Last Book Party,” and a journalist whose work history is as eclectic as her taste in books. She has been a tour guide in the former Soviet Union, a newspaper reporter in Florida, a magazine publisher in Russia and, for nearly a decade, a speechwriter on gender equality for the United Nations Development Programme.

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Mark Leibovich: Chief National Correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, Author

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MARK LEIBOVICH is the chief national correspondent for the “New York Times Magazine.” His most recent book is “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times.” Leibovich also appears frequently as a guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and “Deadline: White House,” NPR’s” On the Media,” and other public affairs programs..

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Dunk Tank Clowns

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DAVID SIMMONS, who goes by the name PATCHES, works as an insult clown in the dunk tank at carnivals. He wears a wetsuit and waterproof face paint and tries to entice fairgoers to buy a bucket of balls to throw at him

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