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A Conversation with Author Debra Dean

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Home-Slider, Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Conversation with Author Debra Dean

A Conversation with Author Debra Dean

    Introduction to Debra Dean.  0:46 sec. Photo & Design: Raymond Elman.  Music: Soul and Mind by E’s Jammy Jams   Debra Dean is the bestselling author of four critically acclaimed books that have been published in twenty-one languages. Her debut, The Madonnas of Leningrad, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice novel, a #1 Booksense Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Novel, and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. It was long listed for the IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award. Confessions of a Falling Woman, a...

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A Video Conversation with
Poet Campbell McGrath

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Video Conversation with
Poet Campbell McGrath

A Video Conversation withPoet Campbell McGrath

    Introduction to Campbell McGrath.  1:39 min.  Video montage:  Jade Cheek.   Campbell McGrath grew up in Washington, D.C. where he attended Sidwell Friends School. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1984 and his MFA from Columbia University’s creative writing program in 1988. He currently lives in Miami Beach, Florida, and teaches creative writing at Florida International University. McGrath has been recognized by some of the most prestigious American poetry awards, including the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award (for...

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Killing Griffin
By Anne Bernays

Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in Articles: 2016, Home-Slider, Literary Arts | Comments Off on Killing Griffin
By Anne Bernays

Killing GriffinBy Anne Bernays

      Excerpt from Killing Griffin, chapter one.   “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” — Ernest Hemingway   Union Square is to Somerville what Harvard Square is to Cambridge, that is, its very heart. There all similarities end. But that’s not quite accurate: there’s no store that sells underwear in either place. For an idea of the international character of  Somerville,  all you have to do is look at the range of places where you can sample the international cuisine — such as it is — of Portugal,...

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A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Recipient Jane Smiley

Posted by on Apr 28, 2018 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Recipient Jane Smiley

A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Recipient Jane Smiley

    Introduction to Jane Smiley.  3:00 min.  Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.  Video Montage:  Jade Cheek.  Music:  Hard Times Come Again No More · Stephen Collins Foster · Alisa Jones Wildwood Flower.   Jane Smiley (b.1949) was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.  She obtained a BA in literature at Vassar College, then earned an MA, MFA, and PhD from the University of Iowa. While working toward her doctorate, she also spent a year studying in Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar....

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Celebrating National Poetry Month 2018

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2015 | Comments Off on Celebrating National Poetry Month 2018

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2018

  To celebrate National Poetry Month 2018 and O, Miami 2018, Inspicio has mashed together video recorded readings by notable poets Campbell McGrath, Marie Howe, Richard Blanco, Denise Duhamel, and Mark Doty. For more information about O, Miami and National Poetry Month activities, check out the following websites: O, Miami Poetry Festival The Betsy Hotel The videos below are organized by poet and run between 44 seconds and 4 minutes. Tap on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.   CAMPBELL MCGRATH: 4:08 min. From...

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Morton Dean: A Noble Career in Broadcast Journalism

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Literary Arts | Comments Off on Morton Dean: A Noble Career in Broadcast Journalism

Morton Dean:  A Noble Career in Broadcast Journalism

    Introduction to Morton Dean.  2:23 min.  Painting:  Raymond Elman.  Pictured Above Is At Least One Person Who Loves the Boston Red Sox and  Edward Hopper’s House.  60 x 40 inches.  Oil & digital collage on canvas.   Morton Dean (b.1935) is an award-winning American television and radio news anchor, broadcast news correspondent, documentary film director, and author. Dean is a former weekend news anchor for CBS Evening News, as well as ABC’s Good Morning America. While a correspondent for CBS News for 20 years and ABC News for...

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The Remarkable Jonathan Plutzik

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on The Remarkable Jonathan Plutzik

The Remarkable Jonathan Plutzik

    Introduction to Jonathan Plutzik.  5:53 min. Drone video:  Zachary Plutzik.  Music:  The (New) Beethoven Quartets. The 32 Piano Sonatas Reimagined. By Jeffery Briggs.  Piano Sonata in C-minor, op. 13.  Performed by the Amernet String Quartet.  Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.   How does the son of a poet become the owner of the most culturally advanced hotel in the world? Practice, practice, practice. (The hyperbole is mine until proven otherwise.) And with a “little” help from his family and friends — for the glorious cultural...

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The Classic That Changed Christmas

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on The Classic That Changed Christmas

The Classic That Changed Christmas

    The Man Who Invented Christmas trailer.  2:40 min.   Editor’s Note:  Mitchell Kaplan, the founder of both Books & Books and the Miami Book Fair, joined forces with award-winning Hollywood producer Paula Mazur to create The Mazur/Kaplan Company, with the objective of identifying, optioning, and producing literary properties for film and TV.  The Man Who Invented Christmas is their first film to be distributed nationwide, beginning November 22, 2017.  The film is based on the book The Man Who Invented Christmas:  How Charles...

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Into the Deep with Author Patricia Posner

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Into the Deep with Author Patricia Posner

Into the Deep with Author Patricia Posner

    Introduction to Patricia Posner:  1:58 min.  Photo & Design: Raymond Elman.  Music: Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Music for Berlin.     Patricia Posner was born in London and spent half of her life in the U.K. and half in the U.S.A. For thirty years Posner worked on 12 books of investigative historical nonfiction with her husband, bestselling author Gerald Posner. On those projects, she conducted every interview with him, sifted through thousands of pages of original documents in government and private archives, and worked on the early...

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A Video Chat with Author Jay McInerney – Capturing the Zeitgeist

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Video Chat with Author Jay McInerney – Capturing the Zeitgeist

A Video Chat with Author Jay McInerney – Capturing the Zeitgeist

    Introduction to Jay McInerney  2:14 min.  Photo and design by Raymond Elman.  Music:  Carmen Cicero   Jay McInerney Jr. (b. 1955) is a New York Times Best Selling American novelist. His novels include Bright Lights, Big City; Ransom; Story of My Life; Brightness Falls; The Last of the Savages; Model Behavior; The Good Life; and Bright, Precious Days. He edited The Penguin Book of New American Voices, wrote the screenplay for the 1988 film adaptation of Bright Lights, Big City, and co-wrote the screenplay for the television film Gia, which...

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