Rachel Swarns is one of the smartest reporters to ever work in Miami... or as a foreign correspondent anywhere. About two decades ago, she arrived here to write at the Miami Herald, where she covered Hurricane Andrew and the LA Riots.
In 1995, she headed off to the New York Times, where she has written about national politic and reported on immigration and presidential campaigns. She has also been a foreign correspondent for the Times, reporting from Russia, Cuba and Southern Africa, where she served as the Johannesburg bureau chief.
This Sunday, Swarns reads from her recently published book, "American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama" at the Miami Book Fair International. She'll appear at 3 p.m. at Miami Dade College (Building 2, 1st Floor, Room 2106, NE 300 NE Second Avenue). What follows is an excerpt from the book.More »