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Contemporary non-fiction authors autographs. Part one.

Updated on January 17, 2013

As a member of the New York City area C-SPAN video crew from 1997 to present, I have covered well over three hundred of today's non-fiction authors.

It is a thrill meeting all these literary figures, witnessing them in action, and as an event-specific paper ephemera and autograph collector gathering event materials and trying to obtain the autographs of every one of the participants on those same materials.

It is equally fun videotaping these literary figures speaking about their books, craft and the industry at so many different venues throughout the New York City tri-state area. It was a lot of work too.

In this, the second of several Hubs, I am sharing with you more of the materials and autographs I have come away with from those literary-related occasions. And links to the actual programs that are archived in the C-SPAN video library and the books that were featured. And in some cases links to information to or about their latest books or literary-related or other affairs.

Enjoy.

My very first event-specific autograph

My first accquisition was at a literary event featuring actor Barry Bostwick reading from a new Library of America book titled, George Washington: Writings - at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion...actually used by Washington in the Revolutionary War.
My first accquisition was at a literary event featuring actor Barry Bostwick reading from a new Library of America book titled, George Washington: Writings - at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion...actually used by Washington in the Revolutionary War.

The book Barry Bostwick read from...

Authors at a few Barnes & Noble bookstores in NYC.

In addition to the book George Ball, James A. Bill has written, Roman Catholics and Shia Muslims : Prayer, Passion, and Politics. I met and secured his autograph on April 17, 1997.
In addition to the book George Ball, James A. Bill has written, Roman Catholics and Shia Muslims : Prayer, Passion, and Politics. I met and secured his autograph on April 17, 1997.
Timothy N. Castle is a former TIME magazine writer, war veteran and still writes for Reuters from its London bureau. His book is about when the U.S. during the Vietnam war operated a top-secret radar system in Laos.
Timothy N. Castle is a former TIME magazine writer, war veteran and still writes for Reuters from its London bureau. His book is about when the U.S. during the Vietnam war operated a top-secret radar system in Laos.
Scott Anderson is a veteran war correspondent and has written for Vanity Fair and New York Times Magazine, and in September 2009 penned an article for GQ magazine about Vladimir Putin that was banned in Russia. Autograph captured on June 9, 1999.
Scott Anderson is a veteran war correspondent and has written for Vanity Fair and New York Times Magazine, and in September 2009 penned an article for GQ magazine about Vladimir Putin that was banned in Russia. Autograph captured on June 9, 1999.

From a Women Writing Women's Lives Seminar.

Nell Painter is a leading historian of the United States, Professor Emerita at Princeton University and author of The History of White People, Creating Black Americans, Southern History Across the Color Line, and other books.
Nell Painter is a leading historian of the United States, Professor Emerita at Princeton University and author of The History of White People, Creating Black Americans, Southern History Across the Color Line, and other books.
Blanche Weisen Cook is renowned for her biographies of Eleanor Roosevelt (see below). At this seminar, Cook and Painter participated in a panel discussion with Louise Bernikow, Honor Moore and Donna Munker about their research and writing experience.
Blanche Weisen Cook is renowned for her biographies of Eleanor Roosevelt (see below). At this seminar, Cook and Painter participated in a panel discussion with Louise Bernikow, Honor Moore and Donna Munker about their research and writing experience.

Check out their books here...

Authors on politics and books.

I obtained the autographs of Taegan Goddard and Christopher Riback (below) on February 5, 1999. Goddard's blog is titled, Political Wire.
I obtained the autographs of Taegan Goddard and Christopher Riback (below) on February 5, 1999. Goddard's blog is titled, Political Wire.
Their discussion took place at the exclusive National Arts Club where even the video crew had to don suit and tie to cover the event.
Their discussion took place at the exclusive National Arts Club where even the video crew had to don suit and tie to cover the event.
Dick Morris is a former Bill Clinton strategist, political commentator and blogger. His blog is, DickMorris.com. Notice this talk took place at the former NEWSEUM/NY, which closed a few years later.
Dick Morris is a former Bill Clinton strategist, political commentator and blogger. His blog is, DickMorris.com. Notice this talk took place at the former NEWSEUM/NY, which closed a few years later.
Andre Schiffrin is a giant in the independent publishing world. Also a Socialist, he was director of publishing at Pantheon Books where he was partially responsible for introducing the works of Pasternak, Foucault and others to America.
Andre Schiffrin is a giant in the independent publishing world. Also a Socialist, he was director of publishing at Pantheon Books where he was partially responsible for introducing the works of Pasternak, Foucault and others to America.

More author talks at a B&N.

Lee Stringer is formerly homeless writer who was mentored by Kurt Vonnegut. I captured Stringers autograph on October 1, 1998 when he and Vonnegut spoke about the penning of their books shown in the flier.
Lee Stringer is formerly homeless writer who was mentored by Kurt Vonnegut. I captured Stringers autograph on October 1, 1998 when he and Vonnegut spoke about the penning of their books shown in the flier.
The audio from their discussion (captured for replay on Book TV) was turned into a book titled, like shaking hands with god. Shown is the cover of the book I bought once it came out.
The audio from their discussion (captured for replay on Book TV) was turned into a book titled, like shaking hands with god. Shown is the cover of the book I bought once it came out.
Biographer Mary Dearborn has written about John Dewey, Henry Miller, Peggy Guggenheim and others. Autograph captured on January 25, 2000 at a talk about her book, Mailer: A Biography.
Biographer Mary Dearborn has written about John Dewey, Henry Miller, Peggy Guggenheim and others. Autograph captured on January 25, 2000 at a talk about her book, Mailer: A Biography.
Michael Korda is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Simon & Schuster. At this event Korda, spoke about his book, Making the List: A Cultural History of the American Bestseller. Americans love lists. And yes I got him to sign three event cards.
Michael Korda is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Simon & Schuster. At this event Korda, spoke about his book, Making the List: A Cultural History of the American Bestseller. Americans love lists. And yes I got him to sign three event cards.
The autographs shown are of Gabriela Lukas and Megan Clarke, daughters of the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and deceased J. Anthony Lukas. Secured at a panel discussion about their fathers writing on November 11, 1997.
The autographs shown are of Gabriela Lukas and Megan Clarke, daughters of the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and deceased J. Anthony Lukas. Secured at a panel discussion about their fathers writing on November 11, 1997.

I hope you enjoyed looking over the first images of my non-fiction authors collection. Again, I have hundreds more to share with you... including others at the following links.

So take a look at them too... and tell any C-SPAN and Book TV fans you know about this Hub.

Thanks.

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