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Michael Sandel investigates 'justice'
Farrar, Straus and Giroux publisher Jonathan Galassi kicked off Michael Sandel's appearance at BookExpo America 2009 with a video of Michael Sandel investigating the ideas upon which the notion of justice are founded with his students at Harvard, where he is a professor of political philosophy. Sandel then took the BEA Downtown Stage and proceeded to break down Aristotle's definition of justice, using an example of 'who gets the special flute?' Turning to current events, Sandel raised the Supreme Court case brought by Casey Martin, who argued for his right to ride a golf cart in PGA competition. Sandel then weighed the scales of justice on the controversial subject of same sex marriage to wrap-up his dramatic presentation of his instant bestseller Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; September, 2009).

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Jane Smiley, Nicholas Sparks, and 'Sully' Sullenberger kick-off 2009 book signing season: The fall line-up of bestselling, first-time and emerging authors gets into high-gear as Jane Smiley, Nicholas Sparks, and 'Sully' Sullenberger hit the road signing books for adults and children alike.

Jacob Gold and John Eckberg sort through the wreckage of the economic meltdown: Jacob Gold of Jacob Gold & Associates, named 'one of America's top wealth management firms' by Bloomberg business news, and Cincinnati Enquirer business reporter John Eckberg discuss jobs, retail, money markets, consumer spending and entrepreneurship in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Tracy Kidder discovers inspiration and 'Strength In What Remains' of war-torn, impoverished Burundi: Bestselling narrative non-fiction author Tracy Kidder traces the inspirational story of Deo, a Burundi refugee in New York City, to his hometown and the miracle he brings to an impoverished, war-torn countryside.

Richard Russo and John Irving declare the novel alive and well and living in America: Two literary lions defend the storytelling tradition of Charles Dickens and Herman Melville, declaiming against the notion that plots and novels are dead in the face of technological change.

Ben Mezrich rolls the dice with 'Accidental Billionaires': Bestselling author, Harvard grad, and former blackjack game show co-host, Ben Mezrich rolls the dice with 'accidental billionaires' at BookExpo America 2009.

In memory of Frank McCourt, teacher, raconteur, and Pulitzer Prize winning author: Teacher, raconteur, and Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt and humor columnist, bestselling author, and perennial presidential contender Dave Barry appeared together for one memorable evening at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International.

Ridley Pearson invites readers to a 'killer summer' with a 'killer view' in Idaho: Bestselling crime thriller writer Ridley Pearson takes readers to Idaho where a nuclear laboratory and a countryside of anti-social characters and bears make for a 'killer summer' with a 'killer weekend' and a 'killer view.'

Gore Vidal recalls the past and weighs in on the present with, as always, devastating wit: American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, essayist, short story writer, actor and politician Gore Vidal surveys the modern American landscape in an interview with Books & Books founder Mitchell Kaplan at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International.

Dean Koontz brings 'relentless' suspense to the beaches this summer: Master thriller writer Dean Koontz hits the beaches with another instant #1 bestseller, 'Relentless.'

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