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<b>Angela Bassett</b> and <b>Courtney B. Vance</b>, who sign their book, "Friends: A Love Story," Tuesday night at Eso Wan Books.

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance, who sign their book, “Friends: A Love Story,” Tuesday night at Eso Wan Books.

Last book I bought:
AB: “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis
CBV: “Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke” by Peter Guralnick

Book I’m reading:
AB: “Mirror to America” by John Hope Franklin
CBV: “At Canaan’s Edge” by Taylor Branch

Total number of books I own:
AB: About 1,500, more or less
CBV: A couple of rooms full

Three books that mean a lot to me:
AB: “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Du Bois
“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston
CBV:“Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison
“Of Human Bondage” by W. Somerset Maugham
Both: The Bible

Last film I saw:
AB: “Curse of the Golden Flower,” directed by Zhang Yimou
CBV: “The Prestige,” directed by Christopher Nolan

Three films that mean a lot to me:
AB: “Lady Sings the Blues,” directed by Sidney J. Furie
“Swept Away,” directed by Lina Wertmuller
“Life is Beautiful,” directed by Roberto Benigni
CBV: “Lawrence of Arabia,” directed by David Lean
“The Godfather” (Parts I & II), directed by Francis Ford Coppola
“American Beauty,” directed by Sam Mendes

Last CD I bought:
AB: “Corinne Bailey Rae,” self-titled album
CBV: “Minions Dominion,” Delfeayo Marsalis

Song currently playing:
AB: “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” John Coltrane
CBV: “So What,” Miles Davis

Three songs that mean a lot to me:
AB: “Come Sunday,” Duke Ellington
“What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
“Brown Eyed Girl,” Van Morrison
CBV: “Abraham, Martin, & John,” Dion
“Cat’s in the Cradle,” Harry Chapin
“What’s Going On,” Marvin Gaye

Favorite drink:
AB: Red Kool-Aid with lemon
CBV: Body Factory protein shakes

Favorite charity:
AB: UNICEF and Royal Theater Boys and Girls Club
Both: Save Africa’s Children

Favorite vacation:
AB: Away
CBV: Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 “Around the World in 80 Days”

Favorite vice:
AB: CCP’s (Cakes, Cookies, Pies)
CBV: Miami (I couldn’t resist!), but seriously, gourmet deserts, Mom’s apple pie, 27th Street Bakery’s sweet potato pies, and great cobblers with great vanilla bean ice cream, YEAH BABY!!!!!

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
AB: Prince, Sidney Poitier, Bette Davis and my Mama
CBV: Martin Luther King, Sarah Vaughn, Tiger Woods and my Father
Both: Nelson Mandela

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