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Contemporary non-fiction authors autographs. Part 2.

Updated on April 27, 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.

So many different topics: history, public education, children's books and reproductive rights.

This twice-folded handout/mailer was signed by the now deceased Dr. Roy Porter, one of the most prolific and acclaimed medical historians of this generation. Captured on April 8, 1998, at a talk at the New York Academy of Medicine on Fifth Ave.
This twice-folded handout/mailer was signed by the now deceased Dr. Roy Porter, one of the most prolific and acclaimed medical historians of this generation. Captured on April 8, 1998, at a talk at the New York Academy of Medicine on Fifth Ave.
John Taylor Gatto is a former two-time New York City Public School teacher of the year. At his January 5, 2001 talk he spoke about how he broke the rules to become teacher of the year. Online he is still addressing education.
John Taylor Gatto is a former two-time New York City Public School teacher of the year. At his January 5, 2001 talk he spoke about how he broke the rules to become teacher of the year. Online he is still addressing education.
Leonard Marcus is a leading children books historian and critic. I met him on January 16, 2001 at his presentation to parents with young children about how to choose the best books for them.
Leonard Marcus is a leading children books historian and critic. I met him on January 16, 2001 at his presentation to parents with young children about how to choose the best books for them.
I captured Marcus' autograph on this handout. See below for one of his latest books.
I captured Marcus' autograph on this handout. See below for one of his latest books.
Best-selling novelist Richard North Patterson signed this program when he participated in an all day symposium about legal, moral and ethical issues raised in his book, Protect and Defend.
Best-selling novelist Richard North Patterson signed this program when he participated in an all day symposium about legal, moral and ethical issues raised in his book, Protect and Defend.

Two authors addressing religion.

Samuel G. Freedman is a former NYT writer, commentator and professor. Autograph secured on December 7, 2000 at a talk about his book, Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry.  It took place at the Temple Beth El, Cedarhurst, NY.
Samuel G. Freedman is a former NYT writer, commentator and professor. Autograph secured on December 7, 2000 at a talk about his book, Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry. It took place at the Temple Beth El, Cedarhurst, NY.
Karen Armstrong is one of the foremost commentators on religious affairs, penning books about what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common. She first rose to prominence in 1993 with her highly successful book, A History of God.
Karen Armstrong is one of the foremost commentators on religious affairs, penning books about what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common. She first rose to prominence in 1993 with her highly successful book, A History of God.
I secured her autograph twice on March 8, 2004 after she presented the Barry Ulanov Memorial Lecture at the Union Theological Seminary.
I secured her autograph twice on March 8, 2004 after she presented the Barry Ulanov Memorial Lecture at the Union Theological Seminary.

At a celebration of "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

Valerie Wilson Wesley, former executive editor of Essence magazine, writes for children and young adults and pens novels and mysteries for adult audiences. She was a panelist at a literary event called, A Celebration of Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Valerie Wilson Wesley, former executive editor of Essence magazine, writes for children and young adults and pens novels and mysteries for adult audiences. She was a panelist at a literary event called, A Celebration of Their Eyes Were Watching God.
bell hooks is a poet, author and feminist and author of numerous critically acclaimed and influential books on the politics of race, gender, class, and culture.
bell hooks is a poet, author and feminist and author of numerous critically acclaimed and influential books on the politics of race, gender, class, and culture.
An image of the cover of the program which was covered for replay on Book TV on February 17, 2001.
An image of the cover of the program which was covered for replay on Book TV on February 17, 2001.
I obtained the autograph of bell hooks a second time on July 22, 2000 at a Harlem Book Fair discussion. As did the prior event, it took place at The Countee Cullen Regional Branch of the NYPL in Harlem.
I obtained the autograph of bell hooks a second time on July 22, 2000 at a Harlem Book Fair discussion. As did the prior event, it took place at The Countee Cullen Regional Branch of the NYPL in Harlem.

Books that were referred to...

An important discussion at the Cardozo School of Law

This overlapping poster (above and below) was signed by German author Bernhard Schlink, author of The Reader, and Tina Rosenberg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who regularly contributes to the online NYT Opinionator.
This overlapping poster (above and below) was signed by German author Bernhard Schlink, author of The Reader, and Tina Rosenberg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who regularly contributes to the online NYT Opinionator.
The Reader was used by the discussants to ask how German citizens cope with or tolerate the Nazi persecution of the Jews.
The Reader was used by the discussants to ask how German citizens cope with or tolerate the Nazi persecution of the Jews.

I hope you enjoyed looking over the first images of my non-fiction authors collection. Again, I have hundreds more to share with you... so stay tuned.

And tell any C-SPAN and Book TVĀ fans you know about this Hub. Thanks

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