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.
Lisa Randall and Dava Sobel drew large audiences.
Lisa Randall is leading theoretical physicist, expert on particle physics, string theory and cosmology, and was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People (Time 100) under the section for "Scientists & Thinkers.
Dava Sobel is an award-winning former New York Times science writer and author of Galileos Daughter and The Planets. Captured on November 15, 2005 at her talk at the main NYPL.
Sobel is the daughter of renowned journalist Ruth Gruber. Shown is the lineup for the Dava Sobel appearance.
Howard Blum and Elias Khoury in action.
I met author Howard Blum at a talk about his book, The Brigade: An Epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation and WW II. I have learned it is being made into a film.
Blum is also a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. His talk about The Brigade took place at a Yom Hashoah Observance at the Sutton Place Synagogue. In the audience were several Holocaust survivors.
Elias Khoury is a Lebanese novelist, literary critic, editor and winner of the Palestine Prize for his book, Gate of The Sun, captured at NYU on April 26, 2006 prior to his participation in a PEN WORLD VOICES panel titled, Faith and Politics.
The renowned Philip Jones Griffiths comes to New York City.
Now deceased, Philip Jones Griffiths is a renowned Vietnam photographer. I met him at his provocative talk and slide show about his books, Agent Orange: Collateral Damage in Vietnam and Viet Nam At Peace, two of his volumes in his epoch trilogy.
Griffiths came into prominence in 1971 for his book, Vietnam, Inc. This is a photo of him after I secured his autograph a few times.
I also got him to autograph two event cards he brought with him announcing an exhibition of his that opened the prior evening in New York City.
The cover of the exhibit cards.
Griffiths presentation took place at the former location of the Chelsea Barnes & Noble. This article announces the closing of it two and a half years later. I also shopped their on occasion.
Biographers and a renowned historian.
This report was signed by J.M. Roberts, the now deceased British historian and author of History of the World, The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century, A Short History of the World and more. Secured on January 20, 2000 at his talk.
Thomas Cahill and Marshall Frady are biographers. I met and secured their autographs when they appeared together on January 30, 2002 at a talk about their books, Pope John XXIII and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Front of the signed event calendar. While Cahill has written many other books, including, Mysteries of the Middle Ages, the now deceased, Frady penned books about George Wallace and Jesse Jackson.