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Charlaine Harris mixes Poe with Bronte and a dash of Dumas for Sookie Stackhouse cauldron of success
With an introduction by NBC-TV actress, comedian, writer, and producer Mindy Kaling, who also has a book coming out this fall, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Crown; November, 2011), mega-selling author Charlaine Harris took the stage at the 2011 BookExpo America (BEA) trade show author's breakfast to introduce her latest edition (#11) of the Sookie Stackhouse vampire novels phenomenon, Dead Reckoning (Ace; May, 2011). Rather than run through the characters and plots of the Sookie Stackhouse series, which are well known not only through Harris' vampire novels, but also through the HBO tv adaptation, True Blood, Harris offered the recipe for her success, beginning with Edgar Allan Poe's macabre imagination and unhealthy life, mixed with the intense, dark romance of Charlotte Bronte's masterpiece Jane Eyre, and salted with the virtues of Alexander Dumas' classic, The Three Musketeers. Skipping the first twenty years because 'everybody else did,' Harris then reviewed her writing career, beginning with her sudden fame and fortune and her transformation to Hollywood celebrity status along with the rude awakenings that come with it. Harris wrapped her BEA 2011 appearance with a salute to the book industries' powerful influence in shaping the world.Charlaine Harris Is Introduced By Mindy Kaling At 2011 BEA[/movie]

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John Cleese declares 'there is no hope' for this mad world, and he's 'never been happier' for it: English actor, comedian, writer and film producer John Cleese, in an interview with NPR's books associate editor, Petra Mayer, decries failed democracy and a world gone mad, declares 'there is no hope' and insists he's 'never been happier' knowing there is nothing that can be done.

George Clinton and Questlove cover doo wop to hip hop with Ben Greenman: Multiple awards winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon George Clinton and Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, founder of the thinking person's hip hop group, The Roots, the highly influential, hit record-selling hip hop group since 1995 and currently nightly performers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, do a literary duet, orchestrated by co-author and The New Yorker editor Ben Greenman, on their memoirs covering R&B from doo wop to hip hop.

Siri Hustvedt, Susan Minot, and Francine Prose lead the way with passion and intellect in fiction: Three of America's leading contemporary literary fiction writers take the stage to read from and talk about their work.

Roz Chast finds balance between personal experience and art in her NBA Finalist graphic memoir: Staff cartoonist at The New Yorker and bestselling childrens and adult graphic books author Roz Chast talks about the things aging parents avoid talking about and reads from her National Book Award Finalist Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

Anand Gopal reports from Afghanistan and finds No Good Men Among the Living: Afghanistan correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor, Anand Gopal reads from his NBA Finalist No Good Men Among the Living and talks about his investigation.

Evan Osnos meets the new China in its Age of Ambition and brings home the 2014 National Book Award: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Book Award-winning author Evan Osnos reads from his NBA winner: Age of Ambition and talked about how he gained the trust of ordinary Chinese people to write his popular 'Letters from China' blog, the basis of his award-winning non-fiction book.

Rabih Alameddine rocks a 72-year-old woman's voice in his NBA Finalist: An Unnecessary Woman: Jordan-born American-based Guggenheim Fellow, painter, and author Rabih Alameddine reads from his 2014 National Book Award Finalist and talks about the challenges of writing in a woman's voice.

Phil Klay reads 'Bodies' from National Book Award winning short story collection: Redeployment: U.S. Marine Corps Iraq War veteran Phil Klay reads from his National Book Award winning collection of short stories: Redeployment.

Emily St. John Mandel injects a note of hope in post-apocalyptic NBA Finalist, Station Eleven: Prize-winning, internationally acclaimed author Emily St. John Mandel highlights her 2014 National Book Award Finalist fourth novel, Station Eleven, with a reading at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International.

Chris Matthews harks back to the days when 'compromise' was not a dirty word: Author, MSNBC cable TV news anchor, political pundit, and former U.S. congressional staffer Chris Matthews presents his latest book, Tip and the Gipper, at BEA 2013.

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