Contemporary non-fiction author autographs. Part 7.
Chinua Achebe and Ruth Gruber at separate talks
Chinua Achebe is a world-renowned and Nobel Prize-winning novelist, essayist, poet, author of childrens books and longtime professor. He is best known for his first novel and magnum opus, Things Fall Apart, written in 1985.
I met him on November 3, 2000 at a Bard College weekend conference honoring him on his 70th birthday. At it he was interviewed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Toni Morrison. His latest book is, The Education of a British-protected Child: Essays.
Ruth Gruber is a legendary journalist and more. I met her after her interview with her daughter, Dava Sobel at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Ms. Gruber is also known for becoming the youngest person in the world to receive a doctorate.
This is a media release about the event. A documentary about Gruber titled, Ahead of Time, was released in December 2010. Look for it online.
This opened monthly calendar/brochure from the museum describes upcoming events and exhibits, including one featuring the photography of Ms. Gruber.
See their discussions on C-SPAN...
Peter Kwong at the Brecht Forum and Matthew Continetti at Columbia University
Peter Kwong is a documentary filmmaker, Professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College and author of The New Chinatown. Autograph captured on February 19, 1998 at the Brecht Forum.
Matthew Continetti is a commentator and journalist who at the time wrote for the Weekly Standard. Articles of his have also appeared in the Washington Post, NYT and elsewhere. His website is matthewconetti.net.
Sponsored by the Columbia Political Union, it took place in a classroom at CU. I recall having little time to set up our video equipment, microphones, lights, etc. I also got him to sign a recent commentary of his.
Talks featuring a NASA astronaut and writers of the Cuban Revolution
Former NASA astronaut and retired USAF officer Mike Mullane came to the Big Apple on February 2, 2006 to talk about his book, Riding Rockets.
Mullane flew on three Space Shuttle missions in 1984, 1988 and 1990. Here he is signing books after his talk - at the Borders bookstore located at the Time Warner Center.
During his introduction to the talk, he reminded the audience Riding Rockets was written for adults, not children. And that is me behind the camera at it, covered for replay on Book TV.
I secured the autographs of Anthony DePalma, a former New York Times foreign journalist, and Samuel Farber, a political professor and author after they participated in a conference about Cuba.
The weekend affair featured writers about Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution and took place at the Graduate Center at CUNY. DePalmas latest book is City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance and 9/11.