Deacon King Kong

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“One of the reasons why I wrote Deacon King Kong is because I wanted to show a world where people actually got along.” In this video, James McBride, whose novel Deacon King Kong (Riverhead Books, 2020) is featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, talks about the inspiration for the novel and shows CBS This Morning host Jeff Glor around the Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn where he grew up.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates at Monticello

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“I wanted to center the emotions and the feelings of the actual enslaved people.” Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks about what inspired him to write his debut novel, The Water Dancer (One World, 2019), as he walks through Thomas Jefferson’s estate, Monticello, with Gayle King for CBS This Morning.

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Lisa Lucas Talks Books

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“Books tend to get short shrift in the cultural world,” says Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation, in this interview with James Brown. Lucas speaks about the foundation’s goal to promote a love of writing and the BookUp program, which connects young people with published authors and provides free copies of books. 

James Patterson's BookShots

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"This is a little bit of a revolution, BookShots, a reading revolution." James Patterson speaks with CBS This Morning's Anthony Mason about his latest publishing venture, a series of short novels all under a hundred-fifty pages and under five dollars, and what led him to writing and publishing. Patterson's BookShots is featured in "James Patterson's Innovative Instinct" by Jonathan Vatner in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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