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Contemporary non-fiction authors autographs. Part 3.

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.


Adam Lebor is a British author and journalist, based in Budapest who started work as a foreign correspondent covering the collapse of Communism and the Yugoslav wars. He has written several books, worked in more than 30 countries, and reports on Central Europe for The Times and Monocle magazine.

I captured his autograph twice on April 22, 2004 at a talk about his book, Inside the Mind of Slobodan Milosevic. It took place during a class at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

His latest book is a psychological investigation into the Madoff fraud titled, The Believers: How America Fell for Bernard Madoff's $65 billion Investment Scam.

Richard Panchyk is the author or editor of 14 books on a diverse range of topics, including children's nonfiction and adult nonfiction. And his works have been translated into four languages.

I met and obtained his autograph three times (two are pictured) on June 22, 2003 at a very interesting talk of his about his award-winning and bestselling book, World War II for Kids. Held in the basement of Our Lady of Hope Church in Carle Place, NY, his presentation included the participation of a couple of children from the audience. He has published eight books in the "For Kids" series.

For his books, he has interviewed more than 30 political figures and celebrities, including Kurt Vonnegut, Rudy Giuliani, John Anderson, George McGovern, Ralph Nader and others.

This once folded card and the printed quote below are signed by both Gazzaniga and Wolfe.
This once folded card and the printed quote below are signed by both Gazzaniga and Wolfe.
Look for Conley's autograph below the word Party.
Look for Conley's autograph below the word Party.

Michael Gazzaniga, sometimes called the father of Neuro-cognitive science, is a Professor of Psychology and the Director for the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is one of the leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience, the study of the neural basis of mind.

Tom Wolfe is a renowned author of both novels and non-fiction and is considered one of the founders of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and 1970s. His books include, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. And supposedly he is working on a fourth novel titled, Back to Blood.

I secured their autographs together a couple of times and Wolfe’s separately a third time before they came together to discuss Gazzaniga’s book, The Ethical Brain, on June 16, 2005, at the old New York Academy of Sciences location. The NYAS is now located in the rebuilt 7 WTC building.

Notice one of the items they signed for me (to the right) is a printout of a prior-used typed quote from Wolfe about Gazzaniga’s book. It is something I prepared, then brought with me hoping they would sign. They were happy to do so.

Dalton Conley is a social scientist, commentator and is currently Senior Vice Provost and Dean for the Social Sciences and professor at New York University. I got him to sign two event cards on January 3, 2002 at a talk about his book, Honky. It details what it was like being white while growing up in a New York City housing project. It took place at Youth Communication, where teens, including foster kids, produce printed works for sale.

Youth Communication ( was a neat place to explore. It's mission statement says, “…helps teenagers develop their reading and writing skills so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives.”

I got Gary Hart to sign two of these programs.
I got Gary Hart to sign two of these programs.

Gary Hart is a former Colorado Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate (in 1984 and 1988). I captured his autograph on two programs on September 26, 2002 after his discussion with former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey about his book, Restoration of the Republic. It took place at New School University where Kerrey has been President for some time.

In his book, Hart argues for the restoration of Republican virtues and for homeland security as an important first step. Today, he is the Wirth Chair Professor at the University of Colorado and Distinguished Fellow at the New America Foundation.

Jean Fagan Yellin is a historian who specializes in Women's and African-American History, and is Distinguished Professor Emerita of English at Pace University (in NYC). She is best known for her scholarship on escaped slave, abolitionist, and author Harriet Ann Jacobs. Ms. Jacobs was the first-ever published slave woman.

Sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, her talk about the book, Harriett Jacobs: A Life, took place on May 18, 2005 at the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem.

I got Challenger and Filipovic to sign two of these fliers.
I got Challenger and Filipovic to sign two of these fliers.

Zlata Filipovic and Melanie Challenger are the editors of STOLEN VOICES: Young People’s Diaries from World War I to Iraq.” I met them when I helped videotape their discussion about the book (for replay on BookTV) on January 30, 2007 at the Bookshop at the United Nations.

Zlata Filipovic is also the author of the international bestseller, Zlata’s Diary. Well before the program I obtained a same day issue of the Journal of the United Nations to keep with the event fliers I collected.

I secured the autographs of authors Max Wallace and Phyllis Chesler when came together on February 29, 2004 for a discussion titled, “Once Again? The Return of Anti-Semitism.” It took place at the National Council of Jewish Women, New York Section.

Dr. Chesler, a feminist, has written thirteen books and thousands of articles, and lectured on mental health, legal, medical, interfaith, and feminist subjects. Her concerns are women's religious rights, the resurgence of anti-Semitism and jihad, Islamic gender and religious apartheid, and the ideological and propaganda war against America, Israel and the West.

Her latest book, which addresses why women treat each other badly is titled, Woman's Inhumanity to Woman.

Wallace is a Canadian writer, filmmaker and human rights activist, who wrote The American Axis: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of the Third Reich, about the Nazi sympathies of two American icons. He also co-authored two books about Kurt Cobain and as a documentary maker was nominated for a Gemini Award for his his first film, Too Colorful for the League (about the history of racism in hockey).


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