Coming Soon to CLBR – Annual Miami Book Fair Author Series

Cranberry Radio is continuing WebmasterRadio’s relationship with the Miami Book Fair (MBF) and CLBR has interviewed the following MBF authors whose interviews will be aired shortly.  Details of their appearance at MBF can be found at the bottom of the page.





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Ari Berman’s new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, was published in August 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and in paperback by Picador. It was named one of the best books of 2015 by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, the Boston Globe and Kirkus Reviews. Give Us the Ballot was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and a nominee for the American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Writing in the Washington Post, Congressman John Lewis called the book “a must read” and “a primer for every American.”

Berman is a senior contributing writer for The Nation magazine and a Reporting Fellow at The Nation Institute. Business Insider named Berman one of the “50 most influential political pundits” in the US. He’s written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Politico and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, NPR and C-Span. He’s lectured extensively around the country, including at the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court.

This is an important issue and one that we covered four years ago.  I did voter protection in Florida in 2012 and have written about voting rights extensively: Challenging Republicans to Take a Stand Against BigotryBeyond Selma – Writing the Next Chapter in American Civil Rights History; and Tankman, the GOP and Voting Rights





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In American Maelstrom, Michael A. Cohen captures the full drama of this watershed election, establishing 1968 as the hinge between the decline of political liberalism, the ascendancy of conservative populism, and the rise of anti-government attitudes that continue to dominate the nation’s political discourse. In this sweeping and immersive book, equal parts compelling analysis and thrilling narrative, Cohen takes us to the very source of our modern politics of division.

Michael A. Cohen is an author, columnist and regular commentator on both national politics and American foreign policy. He is a regular columnist for the Boston Globe and World Politics Review and the U.S Political Correspondent for the London Observer.

He is the author of Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America (Walker Books, 2008), which was called by the New York Observer, “a perfectly timed compendium for anyone skeptical about the power of rhetoric during a campaign, or (come on, admit it!) anyone who’s been completely mesmerized.”

This is a very timely book because the consequences of 1968 are playing out now in our current election.  I’ll still cling to my belief that Bobby Kennedy would have won had he lived, but Cohen makes the case why he might not have.





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Journalist Amy Haimerl and her husband had been priced out of their Brooklyn neighborhood. Seeing this as a great opportunity to start over again, they decide to cash in their savings and buy an abandoned house for $35,000 in Detroit, the largest city in the United States to declare bankruptcy.

As she and her husband restore the 1914 Georgian Revival, a stately brick house with no plumbing, no heat, and no electricity, Amy finds a community of Detroiters who, like herself, aren’t afraid of a little hard work or things that are a little rough around the edges. Filled with amusing and touching anecdotes about navigating a real-estate market that is rife with scams, finding a contractor who is a lover of C.S. Lewis and willing to quote him liberally, and neighbors who either get teary-eyed at the sight of newcomers or urge Amy and her husband to get out while they can, Amy writes evocatively about the charms and challenges of finding her footing in a city whose future is in question. Detroit Hustle is a memoir that is both a meditation on what it takes to make a house a home, and a love letter to a much-derided city.

Amy is a professor of journalism at Michigan State University and covers small business and urban policy for Fortune, Reuters and the New York Times. She was the entrepreneurship editor at Crain’s Detroit Business, where she covered the city’s historic bankruptcy trial. She is an alum of Fortune Small Business, CNNMoney and USAA Magazine, as well as a former Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. She lives in Detroit with her husband, Karl; two pitbulls, Maddie and Beaubien; and stray cat, Jack, who is the boss of everyone.

Be sure to check out the article and photo spread on the house in Detroit Curbed.


This is a great sign of hope for America’s comeback city.  We covered another view of Detroit last year with Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss.


The Miami Book Fair runs November 13-20.  Our guests are featured in the following panels:

American Revolutions of the 20th Century

Sunday, November 20 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm

In Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the Voting Rights Amendment and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit it. Clara Bingham’s Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul is the electrifying story of the turbulent year the sixties ended, and America teetered on the edge of revolution. In American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division, Michael A. Cohen establishes 1968 as the hinge between the decline of political liberalism, the ascendancy of conservative populism, and the rise of anti-government attitudes that continue to dominate the nation’s political discourse


Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132

Home is Where the Heart Is: Two Memoirs of Place

Sunday, November 20 @ 12:30 pm1:30 pm

 Journalist and author Amy Haimerl recounts the restoration of a down-on-its luck house in a down-on-its luck city in her memoir, Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Home. Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, Angela Palm’s Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here is a book of spellbinding linked essays on place, young love, and a life-altering crime.


Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132