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    Deciding the Next Decider

    Calvin Trillin read from many of his previously published stories, but focused on his latest release, Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme (Random House; November…

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    Memorial Tribute to Molly Ivins

    A memorial tribute to syndicated columnist Molly Ivins was held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Ms. Ivins died of cancer at the age of 62 on January 31, 2007. The event began with a slide…

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    R.W. Apple, Jr. Memorial Service

    A memorial service was held for R.W. “Johnny” Apple, Jr. Mr. Apple, a correspondent and editor at The New York Times for more than forty years, died October 4, 2006, in Washington, D.C. A letter from…

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    A Murder, A Mystery, and A Marriage

    Roy Blount and Calvin Trillin talked about Mark Twain and his newly discovered book, A Murder, A Mystery, and a Marriage published by W.W. Norton & Company. Mr. Blount wrote the foreword and the…

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    Messages from My Father

    Mr. Trillin talked about his book Messages From My Father. He related experiences from his childhood and memories of his father.

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    Roots and Ancestry

    The panelists talked about their ancestors and their effect on their writing. Some had immigrant grandparents. They also talked about how they were raised and the stories they heard from…

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    Autobiography and Fiction

    In a session titled, “Favorite Stories: Making Meaning from Life,” authors talked about the difference between fiction and memoir in writing. Jane O’Reilly is the author of “The Girl I Left Behind.” James McConkey is the editor of “The Anatomy…

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    The World Today

    Ms. Clinton interviewed Mr. Trillin about writing humor and about his career as a humorist. He commented on the upcoming campaign and various other political issues. After his comments he…

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    Charles Kuralt Legacy

    The panelists talked about Charles Kuralt’s legacy. They discussed Mr. Kuralt’s influence on television news coverage. The Museum will not allow sales of this tape.

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    Family Man

    Mr. Trillin talked about his new book, and current headlines. He also took audience calls, faxes, and electronic mail.

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    Government and Public Behavior

    Former Senator Bradley talked about the government’s role in influencing public behavior and the role of money in influencing politicians and lawmakers. He also outlined the differences…

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    1996 National Book Foundation Medal

    Ms. Morrison, who has won both 1993 Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, in 1993 and 1988 respectively, received the foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. After being…

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    Prose Readings

    Several authors read from their works to honor the 50th anniversary of Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. Mr. Merkin read from Tom Wolfe’s profile of Roger Straus because Mr. Wolfe was ill and…

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    1996 National Book Awards

    Mr. Trillin hosted a ceremony at which awards were presented in fiction, non-fiction, children’s and poetry categories. Victor Martinez won in children’s literature; Hayden Carruth won in…

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    Messages from My Father

    At Brattle Theatre, Mr. Trillin talked about his 19th book, Messages from My Father, which focuses on the importance of his father in his life. He read several passages from the book and…

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    Washington Thursday Journal

    Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes…

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    A Humorist's Perspective

    Mr. Trillin discussed humorously some of his writings and some political issues. ====

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    Kuralt Fourth Estate Award

    The participants paid tribute to Charles Kuralt, the winner of the Fourth Estate Award. Mr. Kuralt is a retired CBS correspondent.

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