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Chris Matthews harks back to the days when 'compromise' was not a dirty word
Hosting an author's breakfast panel at BookExpo America 2013, author, MSNBC cable TV news anchor, political pundit, former congressional staffer, and chief of staff to longtime Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O'Neill, playing a sometimes pivotal role in many key political battles with the Reagan administration in Washington, D.C., Chris Matthews began the breakfast event with a shout out to the over 800 independent booksellers in the audience. Beginning with a commentary on today's U.S. politics and culture from the days of Greta Garbo and her self-imposed private life to present day movies, changing politics, and media, Matthews reviewed the deleterious effects of recent filibusters, shutdowns, and budget sequestration, perhaps marking the death of bi-partisanship in the U.S. Congress. Matthews wrapped his remarks with a few words about his latest book, Tip and the Gipper, recently published in trade paperback format (Simon & Schuster; October, 2014), reflecting on Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tip O'Neill's visit to the hospital after an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan's life, kissing Reagan's forehead and reciting the 23rd Psalm together.

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Anjelica Huston (61 movies, 53 TV episodes, and 21 major awards later) needs 2 memoirs to tell all: The third in three generations of Academy Award-winning actors and directors, Anjelica Huston tells the story of her childhood in a 'non-Hollywood family of gypsies and comics' growing up in Ireland before becoming one of Hollywood's most celebrated actors.

Miami prepares for 31st annual author invasion from all over the world, November 16-23: Over 600 bestselling and emerging authors from all over the world are preparing to converge on the city of Miami for the 31st annual Miami Book Fair International, the oldest and largest book fair in America.

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann double down on game change, with all due respect: Bestselling author tandem, political junkie journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann present the follow-up to their blockbuster, Game Change.

Lena Dunham is not that kind of girl--she's a new kind of woman: Indie film writer/director, creator, writer, and 28-year old star of the Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning, HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham tells her story at BEA 2014.

Caitlin Moran reveals she was home-schooled by a TV set and flashes her 'feminist smile': Award-winning British TV host, scriptwriter, columnist and critic, Caitlin Moran offers everything from her opinion on opinion writing and Downton Abbey to Benedict Cumberbatch and Adele with a 'feminist smile' set to the tune of 'Hello Dolly.'

Nicholson Baker salts his fiction with little known facts about things like traveling sprinklers: Award-winning, international bestselling fiction and non-fiction writer Nicholson Baker discusses his recipe for success with Washington Post book critic Ron Charles

Brad Meltzer and Sandra Brown headline panel of mystery writers revealing secrets of the craft: Brad Meltzer, Sandra Brown, Michael Koryta, and Sara Blaedel join Megan Abbott in a tell-all about career high points and low points, writing superstitions and rituals, inspirations, and the finer points of mystery writing.

Scott Anderson and Ari Shavit compare the hundred year old vision and current reality of the Mideast: American novelist, journalist, and a veteran war correspondent, Scott Anderson,and Israeli reporter and columnist for Haaretz, Ari Shavit take a look at the modern Mideast through a historic lense, from on the early visionaries (1897-1917) to the current struggles.

Amy Bloom, Susan Gilman, Lian Moriarty, and Randy Meyers tackle ups and downs of women's fiction: Five bestselling authors discuss the ups and downs, ins and outs of women's contemporary fiction.

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