Once again, the Miami Book Fair offers a week of rare opportunities to see and hear some of today’s biggest writers and influencers. We interview festival authors including Al Franken, Edwidge Danticat, Mariko Tamaki, and many more.

Read individual stories below.

On ‘SNL’ and in the Senate, Al Franken is a ‘Giant’
In his latest book, ‘Al Franken: Giant of the Senate,’ the comedian and second-term Minnesota senator spills the beans on whether being a senator is as much fun as working on ‘Saturday Night Live.’

The Complexities of Adolescent Friendship: ‘PW’ Talks with Claire Messud
Claire Messud, the author of the acclaimed ‘The Emperor’s Children,’ talks about the roots of her newest novel, ‘The Burning Girl,’ a bracing, hypnotic coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends.

Lidia Bastianich Celebrates the Italian Way
The chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author shares secrets from her new cookbook, ‘Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party,’ which was written with her daughter, Tanya Bastianich Manuali.

Jim Lahey’s ‘Sullivan Street’ Tips
The owner of the famed Sullivan Street Bakery—a.k.a. the church of bread—answers questions from readers with tips from his new cookbook, ‘The Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook.’

Edwidge Danticat’s Peaks and Valleys
The acclaimed author on how she made her memoir, ‘The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story.’

Khizr Khan’s Books of American Aspirations
Khan electrified viewers around the world at the Democratic National Convention, and now he’s doing the same for readers in two new books.

Comics Authors Look Backward and Forward
The Miami Book Fair welcomed an array of voices from the world of graphic books in 2017.

Spinning from Ice to Love: ‘PW’ Talks with Tilda Walden
The author of the graphic novel ‘Spinning,’ illustrates her journey from competitive figure skater to comics author and discusses what it was like to come out as gay.

Books Bewitched by Witchcraft
Exploring fantasy and identity with Molly Ostertag’s new middle grade graphic novel, ‘Witch Boy.’

Giving the Lumberjanes a New Life
Mariko Tamaki moves from comics to a new middle grade series of illustrated books based on the Lumberjanes comics franchise.

A Love Letter To Music and Ghana: ‘PW’ Talk with Kwame Alexander
The Newbery Medal– and Coretta Scott King Honor Award–winner talks about building a library in Ghana and his latest book, ‘Solo.’

Lawrence O’Donnell on the Drama of 1968
“The political world that we’re living in now had its seeds planted in 1968,” the journalist and cable TV host says as he discusses his new book ‘Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics.’

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